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I sit here writing, brows furrowed in a state of stormy contemplation. Rachmaninoff’s Second Piano Concerto rages in my headphones. It’s the right tone for my mood. I hit legs a few hours ago. Leg day always gets me; it waters the seeds of fiery passion hidden deep within the primate brains of all men. I am no exception to the laws of biology.

Maybe that’s a good thing. I’ve been meaning to write this piece for a few weeks. And it was the energy generated from Romanian deadlifts that sharpened my resolve to start tonight. …


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One of the unfortunate realities of playing over-the-board, competitive chess is that most tournaments don’t allow participants to listen to music. We can’t have people listening to the audiobook version of Bobby Fischer Teaches Chess. What if your opponent forgets how to en passant?

Fortunately, these restrictions need not apply to online chess. Most streamers play music while broadcasting their games. And yet, the perennial question remains — What is the best music to listen to while playing chess? I’ve gone through my phases. Rap boosts my confidence; but the lyrics can distract me from my calculations. …


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At the end of 2019, I published a story about creating ambitious goals for the 2020s. One of the goals I set was to earn the chess Grandmaster (GM) title by decade’s end. I have no delusions of becoming a professional chess player. Rather, I’m motivated by the sport of chess, the mastery of body and mind required to compete at the highest levels. Check out this ESPN article if you still think of chess players as those uncoordinated nerds from middle school.

“For in the idea of chess and the development of the chess mind we have a picture…


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Last July, I quit my comfortable job at a Fortune 500 biopharmaceutical company to start working on an idea for a healthtech startup. The following months did not unfold according to plan as I battled cycles of zero motivation and periods of depression. Hey, nobody said startups were easy.

In the past month, I’ve landed on a sustainable anchor for each day — a morning ritual created through trial and error. This morning ritual, made up of four parts, focuses on body and mind. On average, it takes me slightly under 2 hours to complete. Don’t be intimidated by that…


For the year of 2020, I set myself the goal of reading 52 books — an average of 1 per week. The following tweet from Naval Ravikant describes the growth in focused attention I seek.

Unintentionally, a number of the early books I’ve read this year center around the theme of personal development. They have been useful as tools for examining my own conception of what it means to be a man. In truth, I think many women would find value in these books too. However, I chose to stick with framing them for men, as I closely identified…


When I was a senior in high school, my first class each day was AP Literature & Composition. I hated AP Lit. It was a constant reminder that I wasn’t in the English class of my choice, Honors Seminar in Writing.

Honors Sem was this uber exclusive class you had to apply for to get into. Only thirty out of over 600 students were chosen each year. Mr. Friebel, my AP Language & Composition teacher, shared the deets. …


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Albert Einstein, a genius of the highest levels, died a confused man. The father of general relativity and an early pioneer of quantum mechanics, he spent the last few moments before death scribbling equations on a notepad trying to unify the two theories. Relativity explains how large objects such as stars and galaxies interact while quantum mechanics does the same thing for subatomic particles like protons and electrons. The two theories, however, contradict each other which has puzzled physicists throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. “God does not play dice with the universe,” Einstein wrote in frustration with the probabilistic…


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It’s the end of the year, a time of lights, love and gratitude. For most, the respite that the holidays provide offers a chance to introspect on what went well and what could have gone better in the past year. Naturally, this analysis helps us think about how we wish to improve in the next year. We call these goals our New Year’s resolutions.

I will not be making New Year’s resolutions this time around. As the door of 2019 closes, I am taking a slightly different approach. I came across this quote that really stuck with me.

“We always…


I decided to create my own Masters Program. It’s partly because I’m disillusioned by the outrageous costs of university tuition and formal degrees. Sure, there were some great classes I took as an undergrad, but even in that environment the majority of my learning came from outside the classroom (often accompanied by a pack of IPAs or a joint).

As an entrepreneur, self-learning is pretty much in the job description. I completed Y Combinator’s Startup School program a couple months ago and felt my ability to grow my startup was limited as a solo, non-technical founder. …

Aakaash Meduri

Entrepreneur. Writer. Chess Master. https://aakaash.blog/

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