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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 6:56am On Aug 10|
Building Strength Through Challenges
Every single day of our lives, we are challenged. Directly or indirectly, our fundamental beliefs are challenged, our way is challenged, almost in every area of our lives. But would life be any better if we were never challenged at all? Would we rather prefer to live life without any problems? Well, I do not know how much we would like that. But life would be better if we indeed faced our challenges and got better at facing them.
The human muscle grows stronger when it faces a challenge, it breaks and dies. Another muscle grows in place of the previous muscle and gets better and stronger than the previous muscle. It derives it strength having been challenged previously. So in whatever area of life, we find ourselves, challenges would always come. How we meet them is the most important thing.
When we are challenged, a certain way of life we believe or are used to is always questioned. So it becomes really difficult to function because we are now working outside an environment we once were used to. It feels difficult at first to get used to the life. But once we get used to it, we become better at two fields. Our previous way of life and the new way of life. So we have indeed grown. But explaining it this way makes it seem much easier than it actually is. But we can always try.
In whatever situation that we are in, for the current challenge that you are facing, imagine you have no other option than to fix the problem. How would you go about it? If you are in a relationship that is being challenged, in a workplace that is being challenged, how do you face your challenges and get better at it? Do you simply give up and say it can never work out? Do you simply lament and complain about the situation of things and hope an angel out of nowhere fixes your problem? Well, that is possible but I doubt if it is on this planet.
So today, take a different look at your challenge. Relax and assure yourself that this challenge would only make you stronger. Nothing more. You would become a better version of yourself and nothing more. This is the way to start your day. Whatever I am going through now would only make me better. I can always face this challenge. By having a challenge at something, we are been challenged, and according to one of Newton’s Law, actions and reactions are equal and opposite. The more you react better, the more you get better at facing challenges.
So rise today and face it. Make it and give it all you have.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 6:55am On Aug 15|
Information is powerful. With the right information, people can well be aware of what is important and what is not. In the absence of any information, people try to fill in the blank spaces information is supposed to occupy. So as such, getting information and getting the right level of information is a very important concept in our daily lives.
For example, couples in a relationship must communicate in other to understand what each other is going through. But without communication, they both begin to speculate and guess what is happening to the other person. They begin to get suspicious and if the matter is not properly handled, it degenerates into an uncontrollable problem and issues soon start rising.
However, all these could have well been cleared from the beginning only if we all communicate. It would have saved us all the time we needed to think and fill in the blanks for ourselves. Such time would have been spent organizing some better affairs in our lives.
So I speak directly to you today to seek for the information you need. If you need to understand why your parents do what they do, communicate, if you need to understand why your friend is the way they are, communicate. If you ever have any information you need to have answered, all you need to do is to communicate.
Because if you do not communicate, it creates an atmosphere of suspicion. An atmosphere of complete distrust which is neither good for any of us. So whatever the issue is that you have, do communicate.
But in communicating with other people, choose your words carefully. It would rather be advisable that you read “How to Win Friends And Influence People” By Dale Carnegie before you embark on the journey of communicating with people. It would help in a very long way. Whatever your needs for information are, always seek to understand the major reasons from the person directly. Do not go around seeking to fill in the blanks from inappropriate ways.
But some people are very hard to communicate with. That would be the response some of us would give. For different people, they have different ways of understanding. Seek to find the best way to communicate with the other person before you communicate. It would really be very good for us all in the end.
So make a decision today to seek to get the information only from the right source. No form of gossip should be entertained.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 11:10am On Aug 22|
Silence, A Form Of Speech
A lot of the time, we want our ideas and opinions to be heard. We want our presence and impact to be felt by the people around us. So we seek any means possible to achieve this. But note that it is not always about what we do, it is about how we do it.
What we want to do sometimes might be a very good thing, but following the wrong way might just make it all wrong. Sometimes, to make an impact or an opinion, we fall into the valley of arguments. We say what we believe or know to be the right thing and the other person also says the same.
But sometimes, to make a point, all we need to do is to be quiet. By being quiet, we simply pass on a message. A message so quiet that it creates some of the best results. Our colleagues and friends would come to respect us for that. I do not mean that we should always be quiet in every situation, but rather evaluate the situation and understand that it is better to be quiet at some point.
Take for example, in your marriage life, you see something which is clearly the truth but your partner sees it in another way. You already know that both of you are obstinate about your decision. You need not continue in the path of disapproving the ideas of your partner but to rather accept and give up the wonderful argument moments which might result in things not expected. Sometimes, in the silence, we have a break to really think about the whole situation and also probably have a paradigm shift about the whole situation.
When you have gone through the same situation as your enemy, you would definitely do the same thing as him. But you cannot know this if you do not take some few steps back and reevaluate the whole situation. A period of silence creates that. A period of silence creates a medium of deep thought about what really you are talking about.
So take as a lesson today the spirit of silence in situations when you believe arguments or other issues might rise up. This does not mean to keep quiet when bad things happen, it simply means to keep quiet when you know that your lack of silence might indeed lead to a bad thing.
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 10:59pm On Aug 23|
Learning Java Series — Part 1 — Comments In Java
Learning the basics is the most important way to learn anything. To learn a language also, you need to begin from the basics which are why I have decided to learn the Java Programming language again from the beginning.
I would try to explain what I have learned when I read with the hope that others would indeed learn and I would also become better in the process.
So I would be talking about Comments In Java Today. So what is a comment in the context of a programming language? A comment is a piece of information that is meant to shed more light on a certain piece of code. It is meant for humans to fully grasp the meaning of a certain code without having to spend much time understanding the implementation of the code.
Comments are necessary for that they aid readability of programming languages. In Java, there are 3 forms of comments. We have
The Single Line Comment
The Multi Line Comment
The Single Line Comment is usually used to give a line or a few lines of comments. It starts with a (Double Back Slash) // and everything on that line becomes a comment. Single line comments are very important because we sometimes need to make very short comments and this is the basic way to achieve a single line of comment. An example of a single line comment is
// Welcome to The Java World
The whole line above is now a comment. The compiler does not attend to it when it compiles the code and is only useful for the human programmer.
Multi Line Comment is used when you have a little more comments than a few lines can take. You use a multi line comment which allows a number of lines to be commented without having to use multiple single line comments. An example of a multi line comment is
Every thing within here is a comment
Documentation Comment is similar to the multi line comment except in very few ways. The documentation comment is used to have a large note to serve as comments. These types of comments are usually needed if the comment is to be transferred to another page maybe like a website.
This is a document comment
All these forms of comments are needed to help make our code readable. But ensure that your code is so readable that comments are barely found anywhere in your code. You would need to use comments no matter what, but kindly reduce it to a bare minimum. It helps.
Please do submit your observations and recommendations to help make this better. Thanks for Reading
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 7:33am On Aug 24|
It’s Not What You Do, It’s How You Do It
Most of the time, we feel overpowered by the rate of change and the number of events in our daily lives. We want to get more done, we want to do more and be more. We seem to equate movement with success. When people see your table filled with a lot of stuff, people believe that we are indeed working.
But have you ever reconsidered everything you are doing and wondered if you were doing it the wrong way? What if everything you have been doing is wrong? Who told you that what you are doing is the best way possible? Take a few seconds and evaluate what you are doing now. It is not about what you are doing, it is about how you are doing it.
So you do all these tasks every day and you feel tired at the end of the day over a very stressful job. But have you ever considered automating everything you do? What about delegating the not so important issues to another person who would gracefully attend to them? Whatever it is you are currently doing, there is a better way to handling it. So find that way.
Most of us are focused too much on the future that we underestimate what we can achieve in a day. By focusing on every day as our last, we would better be able to handle what we do. Consider today to be your last day at work, would you do what you are doing the same way? Would you not want to be so efficient that the next person that takes your seat would always remember you for the good work you did?
Life is how you take it. Same as your job. Have you ever realized that someone is somewhere doing exactly what you are doing but living a better and a more fulfilled life? Why then are you different?
Facebook is simply like a messenger. It takes messages and sends them to other people. But have you ever imagined how difficult it would be to communicate if we were to use humans for all the communication Facebook does? We would literally be doing the same thing but which would you prefer. This example might seem like an extreme but carefully look at what your next task today would be.
Can the task be done by another person without supervision? Can the task be automated so that subsequent ones are handled automatically? Can the current task be done on a larger scale so that the task is handled faster than handling it individually? Whatever your task is, you can always make it better.
So take some few seconds to go over all the tasks you have to complete today and determine which ones can be automated, delegated or even deleted. Not all tasks are even needed in the first place.
Remember, because you are moving does not mean you are progressing. You might simply be moving in the wrong direction. You would need to come back to your current position before you think of improving. So in essence, you are killing yourself more. So start today and make that task better.
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 5:03pm On Aug 26|
Variables In Java
Well well, before we proceed, let us begin by understanding the concept of variables in programming. A variable is a label for data in memory. So what exactly do I mean? The essence of programming is to manipulate a given input to get an output. So when the computer receives the input, how does it label it? How does it save it? That is the essence of a variable. A variable is a named memory location for keeping data. So in Java, to save a certain input, it follows a basic way.
First is to define the type of variable you want to save. Well, there are different types of data you can save on the computer, but let us begin with the basic types in Java otherwise known as the primitive data types. The primitive data types handle Numbers, Characters, and Boolean (True or False).
Numbers are also divided into different categories. We have whole numbers and real numbers or you could just imagine numbers with decimals. Whole Number Data Types in Java are byte, short, int and long. These data types hold different range of numbers. The byte is the smallest and the long the largest. Real Number Data Types are basically double and float. They also hold the different range of real numbers with float being the least and the double the largest.
Beyond numbers, we can also save characters. We use char to save characters. Single characters are what is saved using the char. Also, there is the boolean which handles true and false. They handle logical operations.
To create a variable in Java, you first need to declare its type. This is called variable declaration. By declaring a variable type, you are telling Java the type of data you want to save. This concept where a language tells what type of data it holds is called a Strongly Typed Language. Languages that do not hold this paradigm are called loosely typed languages. So Java is a strongly typed language.
A semicolon must end every statement in Java. After declaring the variable type, the next thing is to define the value that the variable would hold. So for example,
age = 5;
The first statement creates a variable called age that is to hold a number. The next line initializes age with a value of 5. The second line is called variable initialization. After declaring and initializing a variable, you can now simply refer to the variable name to get the value you saved.
Variables in programming is a bit more extensive than this little explanation but I hope this little explanation throws more light on variable declaration and initialization in Java.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by Juniorbuba(m): 9:07am On Aug 28|
azibit:Or just int age = 5;
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 9:48am On Aug 29|
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 9:49am On Aug 29|
What Have You Done About It?
It is easy. Isn’t it. To simply see a problem and talk about it. It is very easy to see a problem, discuss the problem, sometimes discuss solutions but never do anything about it. Every day, we encounter problems, but our response to these problems is what is most important.
In our relationship, work-life and everyday endeavor, we face different problems, but the most important thing is the way we respond to the problems. We should sometimes take a few minutes to analyze our problems and determine what would happen if we looked at the problem from a different perspective. What if we looked at the problem through a different lens? We sometimes believe the problem is from another source but when looked at critically, we are sometimes a part of the problem rather than the solution. Because come to think of it, if you are not part of the solution, then where are you? Well, I would leave you to answer that question.
It is important that we look at the problems around us in a much better perspective. If your colleague at work is irresponsible, If your job is not as interesting as you want it, if your life is not as you want it, what have you done about it? Stop blaming the situation on the economic situation, your past or anything. What have you done today that would help eliminate the problem? If you are not doing anything about it, it is time you start.
Because if you do not start, you would one day regret inaction when another person implements all those actions you so much talked about and did nothing about. You should always not look at the problem from a very big perspective, start small and keep going. All that matters is that you start. When you start, better ways of fixing the problem would come up.
Always think win-win. Whatever the situation is, think about how you and the other person can come out as winners in the end. It does not matter what the current situation is, always find a way to make it better. The people who have succeeded in life are the ones that have been able to fix other people’s problem. Well, those that have caused more problems than they can solve are nowhere to be found. It is okay that there are problems, but how we fix or handle them is the most important thing.
Next time when you want to complain about a problem, ask yourself first “What Have I Done About It?”
|Re: For Computer Science Students by Keeppushing: 12:44pm On Aug 29|
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by lizzlix(m): 7:13pm On Aug 29|
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 9:58am On Sep 05|
Get Back Up
I run every day, write Medium posts almost every day. But well that was me a few months ago. Now, I hardly run weekly and I barely write my blogs everyday. But at this point, all I have is two options. To continue whining about the things I used to do or simply continue where I stopped.
It does not matter what your past was, you cannot get it back. All you can do is to use the future to your advantage. That involves getting yourself back up and never giving up. When people think of successful people, they imagine people that never had to fight back. They imagine a set of people who simply had all they asked for.
But that is never the case. The successful ones had to fight their battles. They were sometimes knocked out but only one thing made the difference, they were willing to get back into the race. Willing to give it all they have.
Willing to use today only as the last day. Never think that your struggles would be any less painful. You only need to have a goal. Keep pursuing and keep moving. That is all that matters.
Whatever situation you are in today that seems impossible to get out of, remember that if you do not leave, you would remain there and bear all the consequences that are there. You would remain in the same place and only complain about how you would have been better if you did more.
A life of regret is simply a life of not getting back up when we should have. People regret not doing what they were supposed to do because they could not get back up. A life of regret is simply a dead man living. Because you never really live in the present. You are always remembering the past. The past which we can do nothing about. And also not living in the present.
Living life without living in the present is nothing more than a dead man with thoughts. A dead man cannot do anything in the present and his thoughts are only about the past.So what about you?
Are you thinking and living in the past? You can always get back up and get better than you were before. All you need to do is to get up. Know that you would fall off from time to time, but the most important thing is to never stay down.
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 8:22am On Sep 06|
Plan Your Day
Time is truly a non-renewable resource because it is one of the very few things we can never get back once it is gone. But how then do we spend this wonderful resource? How we spend our time goes a long way to determine how we would live our lives till the end. The way you spend your time determines how you would work on every other task.
But how then can we make good use of our time? Well, the simple answer is to plan our time. How best can we organize and spend our time well? It involves taking your time in small bits and making good use of each small bit. You do not have to plan the whole day. That might sometimes be too difficult to achieve.
Start by blocking out a certain period of time in the day and making good use of that time. You might start with just one hour. Make sure you can decide what would happen in that one hour. You can choose to be better and do something that would improve your life. It is a good idea you find such a time early in the morning so that the energy after the fixed time activity can spread to other activities of the day.
Planning the whole 24 hours might look too difficult because we just realize that some part of the day are simply too hard to track. But if you start small, it would be easy to monitor how you spend that few period of the day and you can continue increasing and improving your time management from there
What is most important is that you are willing to start and maintain that period. If you are consistent, then you would definitely achieve. Also ensure that you have the plan for that period of time set. Do not have to come into the period and start thinking of what to do. Have the plan and simply execute it when you start. By thinking about our plan during the fixed time might cause us to loose some extra time in trying to get ourselves ready to start. All you need to do is to get started.
Prepare your plan for the fixed period a day before and ensure that all you do within the fixed time is only what you have allocated to that time. By doing that, you have developed the willpower you need even before starting. When you start thinking whether you have the willpower or not, it means you are yet not sure of what you want to do. But if you are sure, simply go for it. No need to think about it after you have planned it.
Take a few minutes today to decide something and set a fixed time every day to do it. Start small. It is important that you start small. Starting small and been consistent is the most important thing to do.
It is always hard to plan our 24 hours but you can start small. Start today with as little as 30 minutes and continue from there. All that matters is that you start planning your day. Start now.
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 9:21am On Sep 07|
Just Start Something
Few of the very important things I have ever wanted in life is to become a world-class programmer and a professor of Computer Science. But how I would get there is something I do not fully have planned. But that is okay because all that is important is not only to have dreams or hopes but most important is to start something.
A lot of us have what we hope to achieve and become but we are yet to start something. It does not matter where you want to be, you simply need to start. A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step. I use to look back at the time I wanted to start something and wish I started back then. I am sure I would not be where I am if I have not started a few things I wanted to do.
Well, I am not yet a world-class programmer but I have also developed from the developer I used to be 2 to 3 years ago. I do not know if I would one day be a world-class programmer but all I know is that I am not where I used to be. If I continue on this path, I would one day be better than I am and hopefully become the world-class programmer I have always wanted to become.
You might not want to be a world-class programmer. Whatever it is you want to become, all you need to do is to start something and be persistent with it. The secret is to start small. We usually underestimate what we can achieve in a year and overestimate what we can achieve in a day. One hour every day for the next 365 days is already 365 hours spent getting better. Imagine what that would have made you. Way better than the first hour I can assure you. All you need is to see the end goal and keep pushing.
A lot of us usually want to have it big. This sometimes makes us underestimate the little contributions we put in every day. Do not worry if you start small. All you need is to remain committed when you start. No one assured you it will be a free ride, but then no one said you cannot at least try. But then ask yourself the question, what else would I use my life for if I do not start now? Time would definitely still pass away no matter what I do. All I have is to simply make good use of the time that I have.
Take a few moments today to start something. Something you wish you started a long time ago and keep going every day. Start small and keep going.
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by prizlezzlalasky(f): 10:10am On Sep 07|
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 2:24pm On Sep 09|
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 2:25pm On Sep 09|
Mean It When You Say It
More than anything, you are what you say and do. The most important way to be what you say is to never say anything at all but that would mean you are dead. But as far as you are alive, you would have to say some things to people and people would only regard you as important as how you mean what you say.
People make and break a lot of promises and never feel any remorse about it. Well, it's no big deal, I would make it up the next time. But well that is easy to say especially if you are the person who is at fault. We find it easy to break every piece of the promise we have made and would have no remorse in doing it again or even be contrite for a few seconds.
But take a few seconds and imagine yourself in the other person’s shoes. The other person has made their plans because of what you said and all of a sudden, you simply do not meet your own end of the bargain. How then would you feel? In some cases, it is way beyond our power to control how events go and sometimes they just happen. Well, most people would understand when you explain before hand why you might not be able to make it.
But without any prior notice, you simply fail to meet up on your end and feel like the other person should simply forgive and forget. Well, we are humans and one other thing is that we are emotional. We remember events especially those that shatter our emotional hopes on something.
So make a decision today to make as few promises as possible. Never promise more than you can accomplish. Start small and when you know that you might not be able to meet up with some expectations, kindly respond before time so that the other person can make other plans so that you do not undermine their efforts because they depended on you.
A lot of us are definitely guilty of not holding up to our end of the bargain but it is not too late to begin fixing the few ones we can. That does not mean going around and telling everyone no to every thing they ask you. What I am saying is try to always explain why you might not be available for some events or actions rather than promising and never showing up.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by prizlezzlalasky(f): 3:56pm On Sep 10|
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 7:45pm On Sep 10|
Peace and Unity In Africa
Peace can simply be defined as a period when there is no war or war has ended. But what is war especially in the African context? War can be defined as a state of armed conflict between countries or between groups in a country.
In a continent of more than 1 billion people, what is our source of conflict? The major source of conflict in any environment is when a group either feels that its right has been denied or indeed their rights are been denied. When a group feels that its rights are been denied, it simply means the mind of such group is either misinformed or simply corrupt. When the mind of a group is misinformed, how do we fix that? To fix such minds the people must be educated. Education is not only about going to school. It is about stating the facts and making it available to everyone. It is about been transparent and open in every transaction carried out. It is about carrying everyone along in all the processes involved. Most people who are usually misinformed are usually fed with biased information which makes it really difficult to guide such people. However, by presenting the information in every media outlet, people can be able to think for themselves and hopefully see the truth and follow it. And for the people who provide this biased information, a stern judgment would have to be delivered to deter others who want to follow in such footsteps.
So the most important way to ensure peace and unity is to educate people. Provide them with all the necessary information they need to make informed decisions about what is happening in their environment. As such, the minds of people is repaired and peace can find a place. It is said that our thoughts become our actions. And our mind is the factory of our thoughts. If our minds are clean, then our thoughts and consequently our actions would indeed become good.
Moving on to the group of people whose rights have indeed been denied. How do we return peace to the mind and environment of such people? It begins with accepting all the mistakes that have been done in the past. The idea of accepting mistakes is not to go back to the past, but because without understanding the past, the future might be very hard to achieve. After accepting the mistakes of the past, people must understand that sacrifices have to be made to make the future better than the present. By accepting mistakes, solutions on how the problems would be fixed are stated and everyone is informed of how it would be done. The idea of explaining the solution is to create in the mind of the people a solution-oriented government. By understanding how the solutions would be achieved, it would be much easier to carry everyone along.
Also, the minds of people who are indeed denied their rights must be made clean. Revenge is never the way to solve a problem. Learn from your past and build a better future should be the motto of the society.
Fast-tracking the development of infrastructures that improve the lives of people. The basic needs of people which are food, clothing, and shelter must be given higher priorities because, in fact, the African continent is still overwhelmed with providing these basic infrastructures. Agriculture which is one of our major source of income must be subsidized to make food provision a problem of the past. Also, by providing food, employment issues can be greatly eradicated. The African continent is still battling with hunger and famine. With great food supply, people would be able to focus on more important things like education, peace, and unity because, without food, we all cannot do anything.
Eradicating diseases will help improve the lives of people. By improving lives, it is easy to discuss peace and unity because when people are sick and dying, who are we going to discuss people and unity with.
Programs that help introduce ethics in every human endeavor is introduced. This is because the ethics of almost every profession in the African community has been thrown to the dogs and people simply want to feed their own stomachs and their families. Living extravagant lives with the funds meant for the development of the community. People can now sacrifice almost anything just to be rewarded with money. Introducing ethics would definitely make everyone aware of what is right and what is wrong. And also enforcing the ethics is very necessary. It is surprising that a lot of these professionals understand what the ethics are, but they simply do not follow it. But by creating institutions that enforce ethics in every human endeavor, people are indeed careful in the way they behave. And with such moves, peace and unity is achieved
Punishment for every crime is enforced because as humans, we sometimes need to be scared to do the right thing. By introducing unbiased laws for every crime, every person is more careful in their conduct.
History of past leaders who have fought for the liberation of the African continent from the hands of our colonial masters must be taught in schools. This is necessary to help mold the current generation into a set of selfless youths. This is because if the current generation is left to continue in the current state that we are in now, it would not be long before all the history of our great leaders is forever lost. The culture of the people must also be upheld. The culture that promotes moral uprightness in every area of life is inculcated. The belief that our culture is inferior to that of the western world must be discouraged.
Leaders who have been found guilty of running the country to the ground must be made to atone for their sins. It is not enough to simply discuss peace and unity, but also lay some examples so that everyone realizes that the struggle to maintain peace and unity is real. When people can see that equality between the rich and the poor is upheld, people would follow their leaders and secure peace and unity for their communities.
Lastly, rewards must be put in place to encourage those who have taken the path least followed. The path of Patriotism, honor and higher moral conduct. People who have sacrificed their personal gains for the betterment of the whole humanity are highly rewarded which would, in turn, encourage everyone to become better. By being better, we become more peaceful and more united.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 7:55am On Sep 12|
What If It Does Not Work Out?
Well, we read books and other resources so that we can understand what happened and what might happen in certain situations. But sometimes, still, with all the knowledge, we still mess up and still do the wrong thing even though we know we are wrong.
I had to yell at a Taxi Driver yesterday all too well knowing that between my stimulus and my response is my ability to choose my response. I could have calmly responded and would not have gotten into such a big issue with the taxi man.
We sometimes plan and they simply do not go the way we want. Well, it happens. What do we do in such cases? The most important thing is to always learn why what happened happened and try your best to ensure that it does not repeat itself again. Time and time again we would fall short but the most important thing is to pick yourself back up and keep going.
When you offend or wrong another, immediately seek to apologize. We are humans and when something we cannot change happens, all we need to do is to be contrite and remorseful about the situation. Since you cannot prevent what has happened from happening, all you can do is to sincerely apologize.
So I did sincerely apologize to the driver and hope that he finds it in his heart to forgive and forget. Because seeking forgiveness is indeed a very noble and difficult thing to do. Have you ever had to apologize especially for something you believe you were right about? You feel so mad but at the end, you feel better because by apologizing, you clear it out with the other person.
Whatever it is that you are doing that did not go according to plan, all you need is to regroup your plans and start again. It does not matter how small or how big the plan is, all that matters is the tenacity, the persistence. Keep trying and never let the reason for stopping something be that you are incapable of doing it. Do not limit yourself. This is different from remaining adamant even when all conditions show that you should stop.
Rather I mean situations where you can still get something out of it. Even if does not work now, try harder next time. Even if it does not work now, I am sure it would work the next time.
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|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 9:38am On Sep 14|
Is That The Right Thing To Do?
As kids, we exhibited some behaviors that were termed innocuous meaning harmless but looking back at such behaviors, one realizes that they are the source of some of our problems. As a kid, when you want something, you find any way to get it. You tell your parents you want ice-cream, they have to get it for you or else you turn the whole house upside down.
Few years down the lane, these few behaviors have now transformed you into a person who learns to have it his/her way or the highway. We never imagined that such small behavior would turn a person into such.
So I tell you today to look closely at whatever it is you are doing today. How much impact would that have in the years to come? How would what you are currently doing going to impact the world in the years to come? If it would not have any meaning, you should let it go and if it would cause huge problems you cannot control, it is time you re-evaluate.
Sometimes, we do not easily see the effect of what we are doing. But with conscious effort, we begin to realize and understand what we are doing. Recently, I was going through the old hip-hop music in Nigeria and realized that the immorality in the Music Industry started back then although it was not as pronounced as today. It, however, laid the ground work for almost all of the immoralities present in the music we hear today.
Ladies are seen only as sex tools for such music and knowledge and wisdom that used to be in Music has now been left to the dogs. Well, do I mean we should stop music altogether. No, what I mean is to really carefully analyze the effect of what you want to do before doing it because you do not know where your effect might be felt later.
Take, for example, the great work done by the past great leaders of any country. Whatever the current state of a country is, it is largely due to the work that was done by its past leaders either good or bad. So know that one day, you would be tagged a past leader and the effect of what you have done would be felt in the society. So choose well.
Live a life based on the Right Principles. You do not need to have everything figured out, but a little at a time is what you need. Refine your attitude and your behavior so that tomorrow, you can say with your head high you did the very best and the positive impact of what you are doing is what the world is reaping now.
I remember during my final year in the University when we were to have a party. Another set of people decided against just spending only to have a party but to have an event that would have a profound effect on the life of people. As such, visit the hospital and seminars were organized to mark our graduation. Years later, the sets that have followed are now following in the same line. That is indeed a great news.
So whatever you do today, think not only about the Short Term but the Long Term
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 8:37am On Sep 15|
Shorter Might Actually Be Better
We sometimes believe that the longer we do something, the better it is. This is correct but there are some cases in which doing less is actually better. It is what you do in those few moments that determines how you would grow not how long you did it.
Take, for example, exercise. You can choose to exercise your body for as long as you want. But exercising 30 minutes might be better than exercising 2 hours depending on what you do. If you are involved in an intensive 30 minutes exercise, that would definitely pay back more than a normal 2 hours exercise. This does not only apply to exercise. It applies to a larger part of our lives than we can imagine.
Consider also the number of hours you spend at work. Sometimes, what you would achieve with just a few hours would not be achieved in a full day depending on the mode you are in. With a lot of information and distraction, you hardly ever are utilizing the 8 hours you have at work every day.
No matter how focused you are, sometimes spending too much time at work has a diminishing return. The more time you spend, the less productive you would become. This is really true, especially in brain-tasking jobs. Jobs that would require that you think and use your brain.
So how best can one handle this? Well, one of the best ways to set out some time for focused work. During this period, you know that you have no distraction and are only committed to the task at hand. Then schedule compulsory breaks in between. Breaks are indeed necessary to help you get back to your high level.
Without breaks, stress and fatigue sets in faster than you can imagine. At this point, it does not matter how much time you put to the task. It is like you are punishing yourself by spending more time at your job.
And it would be a great idea to begin looking at reducing our 8 hours work day to about 5–6 hours. Because well, let us face the truth, almost half of the time at the office is spent during unproductive work. By cutting out the unproductive time, people can easily focus for lesser hours and put in their best before stress and boredom sets in.
Schedule short naps at work to help recover. Set aside days to recover. You need to recover. Your body needs to recover and your business definitely needs you to recover to have a better flow of ideas
Thanks for Reading
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 11:36am On Sep 16|
What I Really Want In A Relationship
It is common these days to see a lot of people in different levels of relationships. A lot of reasons are why people enter relationships. I might not know it all but would really like to state and express why I would like to enter any relationship.
Well, by breaking the word relationship into two words, you have relation and ship. So it has to be people relating in a ship. When people are on a ship, it means they are at least going to the same place, or at least on a path together. To be together on a path, there are different things that could happen. It could go really well if both parties corporate or it could be miserable and both parties would regret ever been on the ship.
What my aim is in any relationship is to be better. Better in my religion, my moral and social life is to improve. This is the basic reason I see myself in any relationship. To be better.
But it is said to travel fast, you travel alone but if you want to travel longer, you get a partner.
So in a relationship. You want to have a long and great life together, you want to wake up each day better than the previous day. That is what being in a relationship is all about. Because imagine if you cannot be better, why on earth should one be in a relationship then?
Also, to be able to be me. I want to be in a relationship where I am not afraid of expressing myself in my true form. Being able to talk about my past, present, and future without any fear of being judged or chastised. Because whether we like it or not, we all have one or two things we would like to keep secret but sometimes we look frantically for someone to share these with, and if we don't, they become a burden to us in the end.
A partner who would not be afraid of telling me the truth in every situation is a partner I seek in a relationship. A friend who would see my dream and help achieve it. All these said I would also love to be the one to do all I want in a relationship for my partner. I would like to help them get better, make them able to express themselves and also able to tell them the truth no matter what.
It seems like a weakness in today’s world to say you want something and admit that you do not have it. A lot of people would prefer to house pain in their hearts rather than revealing it now. Well, life is too short to bare too much pain.
Whatever relationship you are in today, evaluate and see if you are indeed becoming better or not. If you are able to speak freely to your partner and if you really can tell them the truth in whatever situation because if all these are not present, you might be in an unhealthy relationship.
Hoping to hear from you soon. My future partner.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 9:16pm On Sep 18|
Coming Up With An OKR
So for some of those who do not know what an OKR is, it means Objective And Key Results. Well, forget the long meaning. It simply is a way to plan your goals for the next few months of your life usually about 3 to 4 months. Organizations normally come up with OKRs as well as their employees. But you do not need to be in an organization to have an OKR. All you need is to have a plan, then you can design an OKR to help achieve it.
Most importantly, whatever plan you set, you need to be able to measure your progress at any point in time. So an OKR basically must be measurable. You would need to be able to access your success after a few days or weeks. The agenda you set in your OKR would need to be as measurable as possible. Beyond having a measurable OKR, it also needs to be as clear and concise as possible. You need to be able to read it and immediately understand what your goal is, what you want to achieve, make sure it is clear.
Beyond having a clear and measurable goal, you would also need to have a plan that imagines your future. In the next 3 months, what precisely would you love to achieve? Your goals in the OKR should be able to help you imagine your life in the next few months. Its all about your future. So you should have a goal that well captures your future. Imagine where you want to be in the next 3 months, goals you want to have achieved, what certain knowledge you wish to have learned. Then add that in your OKR. If you are not able to see your future self in an OKR, then you need to re-evaluate the OKR.
The most important part of an OKR is having to look at your OKR and praying that you achieve the goals you have stated because frankly, the OKR scares you. You look at it and you imagine if you can ever achieve what you have written within the time frame. This means you have an ambitious OKR. The main goal of an OKR is not to achieve every single goal but to make sure that your best work has gone into making the OKR plans and goals possible.
Also necessary about an OKR is to be able to see it and review it from time to time. One such way I would suggest is to have your OKR in a glass frame and look at it every morning and every time. This reminds you of the success to work towards. It reminds you of the goal at hand and to keep working. Always seeing and reviewing the OKR is a sure way to be on track in achieving all the goals and plans in the OKR.
The most important goal of your OKR is to move you away from your comfort zone into a zone that scares you. If you look at your OKR and it does not scare you, kindly review and evaluate your OKR. More needs to be done.
Take a few moments today to design and evaluate your OKR. In our everyday business, we would all need something that reminds us and brings us back to the center of our goal. An OKR is one such tool. Use it sagaciously.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 5:50pm On Sep 19|
Why Appreciation Matters. Appreciate That Person Today
Our everyday tasks sometimes overpower us that we simply seem to react to things that happen to us and hardly find time to ever be in charge. We sometimes see the things that happen to us and fail to remember the time when we were wishing for the things we currently have.
I still remember my days at the University when I used to wish and hope I was a graduate. Today, being a graduate simply just seem normal and okay to me and I forget when it was the only thing I was hoping for. Such is life. But beyond that, we need to be able to sometimes take a few minutes out of our busy schedule to appreciate that one thing we have today. It could be that one family member, that one friend, that one colleague or that one boss at work. It is really important that we find time to appreciate the people around us. Because when you look at it, it took a lot from you and also from those people to get you where you currently are. It did not just happen overnight.
It is never too late. All you need is to take a few minutes and really appreciate the few people that have made where you are possible. I do believe the most important person to appreciate is God. Without him, all our appreciation would not be complete. After appreciating God for what we have, next is our family. Our parents, our spouses, and our other family members. They have played a great role. It has not been an easy task.
After that, you can look closely at your colleague, your friends and everyone around you that have made your life in one way or the other better than it should have been. That little favor, that little help. You need to appreciate.
To appreciate is really a great thing. You are happy, the other person is happy. Imagine if the other person is happy, how many more people they would make happy? Imagine the number of people you would have made happy by a simple act of kindness.
Tomorrow might be too late to appreciate that one person. Start small. Start now. Appreciate someone today
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 12:38pm On Sep 24|
Watch Your Promises
Have you ever made a promise and never fulfilled it? Yes, we all have at one point or another made a promise and somehow never fulfilled it. It is usually very painful when we are the ones at the receiving end. Imagine making all your plans based on a single promise and later realize that it all fell apart.
I recently realized how much I do make and break promises. I would simply say things and really not follow them through. But recently, the same thing has now happened to me. Someone promised me some documents before the end of the week and I am currently looking at the next week right on my calendar.
It does not matter how small the promise we made is. It might not be so small to the other person. Next time I want to make a promise, I would seriously look at my schedule and really hope to meet up before I say YES.
It does not matter that you say YES to everything and you simply become a liar. People would prefer that you say YES only when you are sure of meeting up with your promise.
Even when you know you might not be able to meet up, simply call back and inform the person as soon as you can to upgrade the promise.
Life does not always go as planned and some promises made in good time sometimes seem impossible. In such cases, it is better to inform the other person in time that you might not be able to meet up. So just be clear and elucidate your reasons.
It is not the TRUTH that we say that hurts. It is the LIES we present that in the end always hurts the most.
A lot of reasons present themselves as to why we do not fulfill our promises but we should always try as much as we can. Put in all the extra efforts as much as we can to see that it works out.
Take a few minutes today to reflect on the number of commitment and promises you have made. For the ones you think might not be possible, take some time out to call and explain your reasons now.
Tomorrow might be too LATE.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 3:36pm On Sep 25|
On Being Different
Recently I began to take note of how people did things simply because others did the same thing. From taking pre-wedding shots to having birthday parties. Now, don’t get me wrong. People can have pre-wedding pictures and birthday parties and any other thing they want to, but for what reason? What is the reason for doing what you are doing? A lot of the people who do things are in the habit of doing what others do.
It would come to a point in time when people would do things we currently deem stupid but everyone would be okay with it because it is simply what everyone does. It seems everyone just wants to have what every other person has or has done. But for what? What is the motivation behind what you do?
It is really okay to be different. It is okay to do what no one has dared to do. It is okay that you want to have a simple and less social-media concentrated life. It is okay that you do not post every single picture you take on social media for social recognition. Some of these things have become so common that we think it is what we want. A countless number of times have I looked at a practice and remembered when it was even a taboo just to mention it.
Take for example Fashion. People now wear torn clothes all in the name of fashion to help justify what they do. Wearing clothes has in history served to protect us from embarrassment by keeping away our unclothedness and to protect us from other forms of physical harm. But these days, the definition of clothing is such that I assume it has taken on a new dimension. People dress in very provocative ways all in the name of Fashion. That was a time when we did not even want to show any form of our unclothedness.
But people have transcended into following the norms, into doing what every other person does. At such speed, people no longer consider if it is important or not, all they do is to realize if other people are doing it. If others are doing it, it all of a sudden seems normal and okay to everyone.
However, we need to consider the aspect of being different. It is okay that we do things for the most important reasons rather than for what others think. Take a few moments and realize if what you are doing and about to do is simply to conform rather than being the true you. No one can be exactly like you. No one knows how long we would be here on earth. It is only wise that we begin to spend our time and life in ways that show who we truly are.
Be Yourself because every other person has been taken
You can only be yourself. No one else. You can only do the things you do the way you do them. No one else can do them. So it is time to carefully look at your life and decide if you want to do things because they are what matters or what everyone wants.
We have been so brainwashed by the media that we sometimes play to the tunes of others without ever realizing that we are following a script.
Whatever it is you are doing now, Dare to be different. It pays to be different. Usually different in a positive way
Imagine how long you would live on this earth and begin to see how much time you have left to be you. To be yourself. There is no time to be someone else. Be different, Be yourself.
|Re: For Computer Science Students by azibit: 10:41am On Sep 26|
On Being Open
Withholding some information from others sometimes seems very effective in keeping and making us look strong. But sometimes it does break the other person up to the point that they find it difficult to ever want to trust or believe you again. It pays to be open. No number of talks can justify that otherwise works.
I have at one point or another being in different relationships and the one thing that most breaks me out of a relationship are you trying to be open while the other person seems to carry on without opening up to you and ever relating how they feel. Sometimes, we learn from history not to be open to people but sometimes the situation demands that we simply go all out and be open. Especially if you are sure the other person is opening up to you.
And what is this thing about wanting to always be strong? People want to look and act strong. But sometimes, it is just okay that we are at our weakest. At this point, we sometimes know who our real friends are. The most important aspect of opening up is you are truly yourself. No hiding, just you.
But a lot more people have had enough experience to always want to be secretive. But sometimes, the experience is not indeed the best teacher. It might limit us in trying to experience new things by being drawn back by the things that would indeed make us better.
It pays to keep some stuff to ourselves but it is sometimes a punishment to the people that open up to us without we opening up to them. It drives away the beauty and fun of it.
Take a few moments today to look at the issues you would like to be open about and critically look at the people you need to be open with. Life is too short to sometimes be too uptight.
Take a cool look and be open on some things. It pays.
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