Thursday, October 06, 2011

I must absolutely blog about this. (Steve Jobs passed away)

2 events / things inspired me to blog about this:
1) The passing of Apple co/founder , Steve Jobs.
2) The reality tv show, The Buried Life.

A few weeks ago, a friend of mine introduced this youtube video to me.

Steve Jobs , never completed college. Yet, he was able to start up a company that was able to change the world. But, I'm not saying tertiary education is useless. It takes guts and "street-sense" to take risks and do things right. There was something that he said was very inspiring to me
"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."

If you can't find something you love, don't settle. keep looking.

For myself that means a lot to me. I've worked for around 9 years, I've changed from tech support to a programmer job. From AREV to ASP, ASP to ASP.NET and now PHP and soon ActionScript. I think I'll be learning a lot more. But I think I should change my mindset now.
I shouldn't be just looking for a day-in-day-out job as a Flash developer. I should looking much much further a career in IT job, probably a job that allows me to manage a team of people.

That is what I should be looking forward. But in order to do that, I have to very good in what I do. I was quite interested in watching animation (never doing one :P), but Flash is good for doing both (animation and coding) .

This is my 3rd job now, I think I seen my fair share of people who are good managers, good coders, but rarely both in one person. But if there is one, I really have tremendous respect for these people. Each of these people have their pros and cons. It's up to on how to work things out.

okay. seems like a bit out of topic here.

About Buried Life. It's basically a tv show that inspires me people to do great things by asking this question "What are things that you want to do before you die?"

In Steve Jobs commencement speech, he mentioned a similar question / issue. "Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything -- all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure -- these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."

When we think about today or tomorrow is the last day we're going to die, we will feel we achieved so little, we would've done more. We will work harder to achieve that target.

On Buried Life,

In this specific episode, Ben wanted date Megan Fox and during the process of finding a way to date Megan Fox , met a girl who was scared of roller coaster known as Silver Bullet. What inspired me is that since this girl was so scared of roller coaster, The Buried Life crew(??, sorry I don't have a better term for that), decided to take this girl to the roller coaster help her conquer her fear of roller coaster.

She conquered her fear with their help. That has inpsired me to think about what good things I can do before I die.

So, when we go to work tomorrow, when we go to class tomorrow, think about this, "if tomorrow is the day we're going to die, what are things that you want to do before you die?"

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