Letter To My Younger Self

By | August 11, 2018

After my UPSC results, someone came up to me and asked: “Now that you’ve succeeded after a long journey, you must have learnt a lot of lessons along the way. If you were to meet your younger self who is starting his preparation just now, what advice would you give him?”

I wrote this speech trying to answer that question. I titled it Letter to My Younger Self and delivered the talk recently to a group of bright, enthusiastic aspirants at the Ravindra Bharati Auditorium in Hyderabad.

Sharing it here so that it reaches those who couldn’t attend the event. Hope you find it useful.

Link to the Video

32 thoughts on “Letter To My Younger Self

  1. Anonymous

    It would be helpful if you can suggest some tips for effective reading of news paper so as to save time.

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  2. poojaart

    This touched my heart, brought tears and rejuvenated me and my belief to continue and persist. It inspired me to not lose hope and do what the present demands. Thank you sir.
    I really like how you consider others as your own and not have boundaries of self and others. Keep being such beautiful human being.

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  3. Prathibha Srirangam

    Quite thoughtful and much needed.Thankyou for sharing!

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  4. Saiz

    Thankyou for sharing it sir..I think now I will able to concentrate more on my small targets…

    Sir could you please tell that how did you prepare current affairs for prelims specially…

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    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      I’d written about my current affair strategy in one of my comments on this site. Please find it.

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  5. Gousiya Sultana

    Hello sir, Thank u so much sir….these true words Wil surely helps me in my journey,no matter what I should move on and have determination,perseverance and commitment with my goal……..Thank you again sir.

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  6. Ramya Rk

    I never thought I would begin to admire you to an extent where my day starts with watching you speak and ends with reading your writings!!! It’s reallyyy euphoric at times 😄plzz do continue writing!!!

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    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      Thanks. You are kind.

      Sure, plan to write more.

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  7. tedtri

    I saved this as Guru Mantra. You’ve not mentioned anything about your interview in your site. Best wishes for your 93rd FC. – a 2019 Aspirant

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  8. Meena

    Thank you sir
    Could you suggest how to read newspapers and prepare for current affairs.

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    1. Anudeep Durishetty Post author

      I didn’t make notes from newspapers but read them carefully. I’d make a mental note of important recurring issues. I would do this exercise for a week and then on a fine weekend, I would just sit and go through 7 days current affairs compilation from CD/Forum/Insights (choose as per your liking, all of cover the same content anyway) As I read these online compilation, I used to highlight important things so that they became my revision material when I refer to it later.

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  9. Divyam Verma

    Sir,
    My name is Divyam Verma. I am a junior BITSIAN from 2017 Batch. I saw a bit of coincidence while reading this post so I decided to share.
    1. This “Letter to my Younger Self” post was posted on my Birthday which is 11th Aug 1999 (!).
    2. I am exactly a decade junior to you.
    3. While you were addressing your fellow BITSians on 13th August, I was also present there (!).
    4. I also asked you a question from the audience ( Is leadership skills necessary for UPSC ? – yes the second question!) and you gave such an awesome answer ( while looking at me!!) which uprooted all my self doubt.
    5. I just hope there was a fifth point too…

    I hope that this much of coincidence will be necessary for cracking the UPSC Exams (lol). Another thing I want to mention is reading your blog feels like drinking the milk of a cow ( mother cow does all the hardwork, eating grass, digesting and making milk. But the calf gets it for free!).
    I just wrote complete booklist in my diary and will refer it whenever I feel lost. I will also keep reading your blog because I always thought there should be a different study plan for people who cracked JEE , BITSAT etc. but your words still ring in my mind that ‘Arrogance will take you nowhere’. So I pretend to not succumb to arrogance. Hope to see more of your success stories and maybe meet you personally after clearing UPSC CSE (!!). Thank you for the precious support.

    Regards

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  10. riya

    Sir
    I am a upsc aspirant from a small city of port blair.I am going to prepare for upsc 2020 please tell me how much time should I spend in a day to prepare

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  11. Barnalee Paul

    It is very motivating sir. The speech that you have delivered is very valuable and boosted me up to start preparing without the hesitation of being imperfect at first(“start imperfect”). That example of pot was really good. I will keep it in my mind. Thank you so much for motivating and giving us a right direction.

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  12. Anonymous

    Hi Anudeep

    Waiting for more articles by you, especially on meditation.

    Thanks

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  13. maloth vinod

    Hi Anudeep,
    Hearty congratulations…
    Really inspired by your journey..
    I am writing my mains this year and this is my first attempt. …I request you to upload your all your mains test copies which would really be helpful. Thanks in advance

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  14. Hari

    HI ANUDEEP SIR,
    In interview upsc DAF it is asking leadership position in college. If am I not having that will be iam out of th race ? or will the board think it a weak point
    in me.
    THANK YOU.

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  15. Raju

    Hi sir Iam Raju From karimnagar District I want to guides with you sir My goal also IAS sir ..Sir when ur free just cal me once sir please…This is my Request sir ….This is my Nbr 8008270758

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  16. Sandeep Kumar

    Hello sir,
    Life is sometimes very cruel but at the same we tend to forget it teaches us very important lessons as well.
    I am a tax assistant in CGST DELHI and fighting very hard to prepare for CSE. I would like to request you to pls share your time table/ schedule as it is very difficult to prepare with regular job and due to some circumstances I cannot afford to go on EOL.

    Waiting for your reply,
    All the very best for FC
    Stay Blessed

    Warm Regards
    Sandeep Kumar

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  17. Anonymous

    Hi sir, I want to evaluate my answers online …for this what I have to do …pls suggest me.

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  18. ATHIMAMULA MANIDEEP

    Great to hear the golden words for the up comming youth i mean the aspirants…we take you as an inspiring personality.

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  19. Tannu Kumari

    Very inspiring video .Thanks for it sir. Just got the lost confidence after seeing it. I will remember those three things as a thumb rule for my civil services preparation. I m glad that you are still helping the aspirants like us. I request you to continue helping us.

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  20. Prãçhï Singh

    Sir please help me , how to prepare for upsc with a job , as u always been my source of inspiration nd a guider too , so please try to help in ur own words , how to give our best in upsc preparation wt a job.
    9am-8pm job

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