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It is not everyday that one gets to interview the Prime Minister of India. In an exclusive interview with YourStory’s Shradha Sharma, the Prime Minister opens up like never before on the last four-and-a-half years of his tenure and answers questions not put to him earlier.

No matter which side of the political fence you’re on, you’d agree that this first-of-a-kind opportunity to a homegrown Indian media firm that thrives on telling inspirational stories about entrepreneurs and changemakers, says a lot about how far the Indian startup ecosystem has come.

Shradha writes, “As we entered the gates of 7 Lok Kalyan Marg, I reflected on the fact that my presence in these hallowed grounds indicated a massive shift in the attitude towards entrepreneurs and startups, and I sent up a silent thank you to everyone who has been a part of my journey over the past decade.”

In the hour-long interview, the Prime Minister talked about new India, the Indian startup ecosystem, MSMEs, women entrepreneurs, and more. The Prime Minister was also pleasantly honest when asked whether he ever imagined he would hold the topmost position in the country. He replied matter-of-factly, “No. In fact, at the time, even if I had got a small-time job, my mother would have distributed ‘gur’ (jaggery) to everyone in my village.”

This set the tone for the interview that followed. Shradha writes, “The Prime Minister was direct, candid, and answered my questions with patience and a wry sense of humour that I hadn’t expected.”

Read the full interview here.

We, at YourStory, would like to thank all of you who have been part of our journey so far. We are here because of you.

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“If a man can reduce his needs to zero, he is truly free: there is nothing that can be taken from him and nothing anyone can do to hurt him.” –John Boyd

Food For Thought
Living In A State Of Apatheia

There once was a Roman trader named Stilbo, who often traveled for months at a time.

One day, he returned home to find that a group of Barbarians had sacked his city and killed or kidnapped his entire family. His wife, kids, and friends were gone.

One of his companions turned to Stilbo and asked, “What have you lost?”

“I have lost nothing,” he said. “My goods are all with me.”

On the surface, this response seems incredibly cold. But Stilbo was a Stoic and had fully embraced the idea of “apatheia”. This wasn’t a cold comment, and if dissected, you’ll find it actually shows great love…

Stoicism is “an ancient Greek school of philosophy founded at Athens by Zeno of Citium. The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with the divine Reason that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.”

Stoics strive to live in constant “apatheia”—loosely translated as equanimity, orcontentment. The idea is to not let petty annoyances, emotions, or “passions” distract you from fully engaging in the present moment. (This piggybacks off of what we discussed yesterday about living in the moment.)

The Stoics believed that loss is one of life’s only constants. And the best way to deal with it is to fully engage with what we have while we have it.

It’s the ultimate philosophy of #NoRagrets.

For Stilbo, the goal was to love and appreciate each moment so fully, that when loss eventually arrived, it held no real power.

For a deeper analysis of stoicism and Stilbo’s story, tune in below. 😎👇

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Stoic Insights for Happier Relationships


Focusing on personal growth is the best way to show commitment in our relationships. In this episode, Chad and Ian discuss mental practices that will help you appropriately value time with those you care about.

Deep Dive

Curiosity + Growth = Satisfaction

“Curiosity + Growth = Satisfaction, meaning, and a journey which is a joy to reflect on. This is one of the master equations for relationships. It leads towards upliftingrelationships which get better with time, and offers us memories to reflect on when we face future loss. The journey becomes the reward, and we explore and live life fully.”

Read the essay.

Add This To Your Bookshelf:
Letters from a Stoic: Epistulae Morales Ad Lucilium


On the surface, stoicism seems uncaring and anti-emotion. Seneca helps shift that perspective. In these letters, he “transforms [Stoicism] into a powerfully moving and inspiring declaration of the dignity of the individual mind.”

Check it out.

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Music To Help You Focus At Work


Need something to drown out the noise of the office dog barking or Nancy chowingdown on her carrot-filled salad?

We recommend the Deep Focus Playlist on Spotify. 🎶 🎧

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