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Will You Accept an Adequate Career?

July 28, 2009 Leave a comment

500 DoSJust saw the movie (500) days of summer again and still loved the film. This time around, I also admire his job vs his career passion. (Don’t worry, I am not spoiling the key plot about a boy meets girl story)

The main character Tom began the movie working at greeting card company; he was pretty good at it. Although he studied architecture & we see hints of passion for it.

At first we see him working adequately glad for his job of 4 years. To him it was a job that he could find after college to pay for expenses. Slowly we see him moved to a position that leads to a outburst. After quiting, he started to work hard for his passion of architecture.

Questions: Can you imagine that happening to you?

What will you go for after the outburst?
– Begging for the job back
– Look for another similar job using your work strength/experience
– Search for your true passion & work to it
– Fore go the money & go for your current dreams/passions

The interesting thing I saw was that after a few year of taking a regular job; He had saved up and he could negate his reason for taking his old job (expenses) & go for his passion.

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Categories: Careering

Embracing Silly Errors

July 21, 2009 Leave a comment

When teaching math, I find the error made are usually silly rather than the new or difficult parts. Ones that comes from copying the question wrong or they add instead of subtracting. Often times this would ripple into a different results than expected.

To provide an impact, I often let the error ride through the problem & ask them to find the turning point. (Many times the results are interesting)

Luckily there is no correct way to live, lead or work through careers. When you look back, you will find the different decisions or non-decision steer you to where you are at right now. You know when you take a wrong turn to a restuarant; Instead of an illegal U-turn, you can continue driving and park at an restuarant that catches your eye & try something new. It might just become your favorite new restuarant.

You can always gain something from errors that happens in life, the tricky part is to embrace it.(not ignoring it)

Next time when you realized an old error occured. Acknowledge it, then let ride and see the outcome … at the very least you will learn something from it.

Caution: Evaluate the impact before deciding this approach (please include emotional impact of others as well) if results are too risky, then take some corrective actions immediately.

Categories: Learning

Learning: Creating the Dots

July 12, 2009 Leave a comment

As a followup to the “Connecting the Dots” post, someone ask what do you mean by dots?

The ‘dots’ are something you will do or have done that gives you unique experiences.

waterRaftingHow? … Try something new!
When you try something new, you will:
– learn something from it
– get to meet new people/network
– have some fun
– do something worth remembering (no matter it was good, bad or ugly)

These dots are the part of your life that can & will generate future opportunity or serendipity. I’m pretty sure anyone of you can think of at least one relatable scenario … those scenarios were created by these dots.

Of course when do something new, you will be able to teach it, lead it and gain new skills from it for careering.

Categories: Learning

Careering: Connecting the Dots

July 5, 2009 1 comment

“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” Steve Jobs, Standford Commencement Speech, 2005.

People LinkI was having coffee with a friend from my computer science undergrad days. We found out we both liked programming in our teens, which led us to our degree. Beside our degree, we found how our 1st job affected our career many years late.

He start as a programmer for new products at a IT firm … then a developer for the university in a new research program … then work for a small software firm … Now, he is a senior developer for a startup.

I started as a teacher for a part-time job & a data analyst using enterprise softwares for full-time …….(See my LinkedIn)…… Now, I’m a business lead for a systems implementation; as a lead, I often guide & teach my colleagues.

My friend have got 1-3 man programming team, doing every other thing to get products to work; giving him a edge in startup environment. As for me, beside working with big systems, I constantly help people, business & IT work togather through describing complex ideas with other experts. Every dot in our pass has influenced the pther dots in our career.

None of us knew or planned our current position we are in. When we look back, we were able to see what & how we got here; just as Steve Jobs described.

Steve Jobs’ story ends with (5 min within the video):
“Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart, even when it leads you off the well-worn path, and that will make all the difference.”

Categories: Careering