Category Archives: Self-learning

Passion Do’s and Don’ts

Cover of "The Runway of Life"

Cover of “The Runway of Life”

After I finished my internship with Canada Wide Media last year, I received several parting gifts. Among them was a book written by Peter Legge called The Runway of Life. I didn’t have a chance to read thoroughly until now, but one of the things that really struck me when I was reading the book was a section entitled “PASSION Do’s and Don’ts: Five things you should definitely do and just a few don’ts.”

I won’t paraphrase/quote the entire section – just the Do list:

  1. Start off simple: “Start by simply doing something for yourself.”
  2. It’s the journey, not the destination!: “Many people lose their passion in pursuit of their goals because they forget to take some time to enjoy the journey.”
  3. Oh, the people you’ll meet: “Take time to connect with the people you meet…”
  4. Change your point of view: “If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always gotten.”
  5. New mountains to climb: “As your passion moves you onward and upward, keep in mind that it is not uncommon to lose some of your momentum as you check goals off of your list… Take a bit of time to catch your breath, admire the view and reflect on what worked and what didn’t on your way up.”

Reading this section of The Runway of Life comes just in time as 2013 draws to a close, and 2014 draws nearer. It’s helping me reflect on how the year went, and how 2014 can be better. And while I’m reflecting, I should probably finish reading this book!

Playing around with iMovie lately

I’ve been playing around with iMovie lately, which has been really fun. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’ll notice that I posted a few YouTube videos about AIESEC.

AIESEC UBC is currently on recruitment mode – they are now looking for members to join the chapter, and for students/recent grads to go on AIESEC internships abroad. I volunteered to help Gwen make these YouTube videos. Most of the videos were shot by Gwen, and then edited by me on iMovie.

Here’s one of the videos:

This video features Jeff talking about why he joined AIESEC. Video shot by Gwen, edited by me on iMovie.

It took me some time to learn how to use iMovie and edit/cut videos, but now I got the hang of it. Keep an eye out for more videos!

Oh, and join AIESEC!

Code Academy: Importance of Self-Learning

So I recently discovered Code Academy, a website that allows its users to learn basic programming skills like JavaScript, HTML, CSS and so on. I just finished Part 1 (covers basic programming) of Code Academy’s introductory track, Code Year. I’m going to start the project-based course (Project Fizz Buzz) tomorrow!

Badges I earned after completing the first course!

The badges that you get after hitting milestones in Code Academy’s courses are motivating – right now I have four. I know that only completing Part 1 of the introductory course doesn’t count for much, but hey, I got four badges!

Anyways, one of the reasons why I’m talking about Code Academy is because I want to highlight the importance of self-learning and self-education. In order to remain competitive in today’s job market, everyone has to constantly upgrade their skills to keep up with the competition and to adapt to the demands of today’s marketplace. Code Academy is a fun way of gaining basic knowledge of programming – I encourage you to try it!