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To Succeed: Try, Try, Try Again!

October 22, 2009 1 comment

Bulb_oldDo you remember how many resume did you send before getting your first jobs after college?
To succeed in anything, you got to try, try, try again!

Perseverance is need before success arrives, just look at these examples:

  • Edison & his associates had around 10000 light bulb prototype before success
  • Henry Ford founded 2 car company before Ford Motors
  • The iPod had 4 revision before getting the click wheel right & gain mainstream attention for the device (This includes thousands of prototypes)

As for me, this is my third attempt at blogging, I learn something in every attempt:

1st Blog: Take-Talk
My first one was a podcast notes & recommendation blog. I loved listening to & learning from podcasts; it seems logical to follow my passion to share what I gain from them. I found passion sometimes is not enough to keep me going, because there are spikes & valley in passion.

2nd Blog: Soft Side of IT
With my experience in IT in 10+ roles, it would be a great career move to write about lesson learn in Information Technology jobs. Again it fell off since I had interest in IT, but passion was another story. This also lead to peaks & valley in writing for the topics, plus it was too broad.

3rd Blog: Teach … Lead … Careering
This time, learning from my last few attempts; I regroup & started this new blog (After a few months of break). By learning from failures … this time I made sure I had passion, interest, experience, career motivation & a future before I start. if one part falls off, I can rely on one the 5 things to keep pushing me forward. I don’t know if it will succeed or not, I just know this fits what I want to do.

To gain experience at any new knowledge, skills, industry or anything else; you need to try, try , try again to succeed.


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Categories: Blog, Careering, Learning

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.

Categories: Careering

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

Careering, Yes … it’s a Verb

May 26, 2009 Leave a comment

RadicalCareering-myCopyThe term Careering came from Sally hogshead’s book Radical Careering, one of my favorite little career book.

Here is an excerpt from an interview/podcast from total picture radio:
“Careering … when you think of it like a verb, it shift the way you interact of a career … your career is no longer a thing that is static … It is constantly moving and evolving”

Most of us, gen X & Y, are not going to stay in 1 role or even 1 company for more than 10 years. Our career will probably morph as time goes on. We should take a proactive stance to manage how we grow in every moment of our careers. It doesn’t mean to job hop … You can take projects & responsibilities to gain skills & knowledge to move towards your goals.

This is what careering is about.
Have you been careering or settle with the 1st thing that comes by?