Amardeep Parmar

Welcome to my profile

I write on a variety of topics whilst challenging common advice to be more mindful. People seem to like it as I had over 1 million views in 2020! Search for articles easily on my website or sign up for my weekly newsletter.

If you’re a writer who wants advice, go to Write Your Future. I am also a co-editor for Entrepreneur’s Handbook and a moderator for Medium Writing Academy.

My most-read articles:

Instagram | Twitter | LinkedIn | Email me


A guide for non-conspiracy theorists

Image for post
Image for post
Created by the author — original image from Unsplash

“Erm, no you’re not. Don’t be stupid.”

That was the identical reaction I got from two people I trust when I told them about my plan to buy bitcoin. One is an accountant and the other works for a hedge fund. Honestly, I’d have reacted the same way a few months earlier but I managed to convince both of them I wasn’t crazy.

Bitcoin has a massive communication problem. People who got in on this fringe product early tended to be counter-culture and stubborn. …


The lessons I learned the hard way.

Image for post
Image for post
Created by the author

“Don’t listen to the Amardeep of the past, he was an idiot.”

A friend of mine recently asked me for advice and broke down her plan in detail. I threw lots of objections her way and suggested things she could do instead. Then she hit me with the killer; “This was your idea, you told me to do this a few months ago…”

Damn.

My face went red but I was also proud in a way. I’d given poor advice in the past but at least I could spot it in the present. …


Lessons from the founder of Naked and Kosan

Image for post
Image for post
Created by the author

My introductory call with Joel Primus went well over an hour over schedule as we drifted way off-topic. As his wife put her foot down that he had to greet their guests, where most people extend a business arm forward, Joel instead hoped he had made a friend. He had.

The Joel I met is the result of years of soul searching following his remarkable career. It all started while hiking in Peru when he discovered the local cloth for underwear was unbelievably comfortable but lacked durability. …


Meet Jeff Bezos’s successor: Andy Jassy

Image for post
Image for post
Created by the author — original image from Wikimedia Commons

“No, I didn’t know what my job was going to be, or what my title was going to be. It was super important to the Amazon people that we come that Monday.” — Andy Jassy

When Andy started working at an online bookstore in 1997, no one could have predicted he would one day be running a $1.7 trillion empire.

Those first few years were far from glamorous. Amongst other things, he was Jeff Bezos’s personal technical assistant and floated around other roles. …


Tom Blomfield’s reminder that entrepreneurs are human too

Image for post
Image for post
Created by the author — original image from Wikimedia commons

“I’m very happy to talk about what’s gone on with me, because I don’t think people do it enough” — Tom Blomfield, Founder of Monzo

He’s absolutely right. If you read enough entrepreneurship advice, you’ll realize many people seem to have missed the mental health awakening completely.

Work harder than everyone else!
Do you only work 100 hours a week?!
Never give up!
Who needs friends?!
Do you want to be average?!

It’s easy to get brainwashed into the cult of hard work above all else. There’s this weird paradox where boasting about your results makes you arrogant but bragging…


“The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.”

Image for post
Image for post
Created by the author from Wikimedia Commons and PxHere

Sun Tzu’s Art of War is a short book. You can read it quickly, tick it off and boast about it. Or you could read it slowly and painfully and learn something about yourself.

I initially read it while I was deep into my martial arts training, I was disappointed at the lack of secret fighting techniques. On my second read-through, I discovered the philosophies would help me in the ring. It wasn’t until several more read-throughs I started seeing there was something deeper in all of this.

While it was a guide for actual war in ancient times, many…


Whitney Wolfe Herd bounced back after terrible abuse

Image for post
Image for post
Created by the author — original image from Wikimedia Commons

Some people believe lightning doesn’t strike twice in business. I’d tell them Whitney Wolfe Herd’s story to prove them wrong.

She not only co-founded America’s most popular dating app (Tinder) but several years later she founded the second most downloaded (Bumble) too. It’s difficult to argue any one person has had a greater influence on modern millennial dating than she has.

Whitney is about to go one step further by becoming the youngest woman to take a company to the Nasdaq. While many men may look in envy at Bumble’s $8 billion valuations, there is a lot of work to…


And cracked Top 10 on Substack Literary charts.

Image for post
Image for post
Created by the author

“I want to help writers to grow through a newsletter but there’s just so much noise out there. I don’t know how to stand out”

“Yeah there’s so many opinions out there, how do people decide who to listen to”

“I feel like people could learn just from listening to the conversations we have with each other.”

“Wait that’s actually an idea. No one else is showing that debate between trusted writers who don’t always agree”

“Yeah! And we can get a couple others involved too, it’s be awesome. Let’s do it.”

This conversation between myself and Mike Thompson in…


Don’t imprison yourself.

Image for post
Image for post
Not Edith, unfortunately | edited by the author | original image pixabay

At 18 years old, Edith Eger lay in a pile of corpses with a broken back, typhoid and pneumonia. Thankfully, for humanity, she survived and has blessed the world with her psychological research. You need to know there is a happy ending to be able to read her story.

Earlier in her teens, she was madly in love and training with the Hungarian Olympic gymnastics team. The Nazis slowly took her freedoms away until one day she ended up in the hell known as Auschwitz. Her parents were sent to the gas chambers on the first day. …

Amardeep Parmar

Rethinking self-improvement with mindfulness╰☆╮My short newsletter: https://amardeep.substack.com ╰☆╮Writing advice: https://writeyourfuture.substack.com/

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store