Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Software Engineer ??? Huh !!

"A person without any aim in life is like a rudderless ship"

My aim is (WAS) to become
  • an air hostess When I was a kid.
  • Sports player when I came district 2nd in 100mts dash.
  • A scientist when I came across the inventions of Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton, Louis Pasteur
What Next +2? - The question that bothers all students in +2.

I used to escape by answering,

"A chemistry teacher" to chemistry Sir .
" A Maths teacher" to Maths sir.
"Tamil Miss" to Tamil Sir. :-)

Great people Say, before you choose an aim answer these 3 questions:

1) what do u feel like doing?
2) what are u interested at?
3) which subject can u do better?

My answer for all the three were

1) Anything, but not a Software Engineer
2) Anything, but not a Software Engineer
3)Anything, but not a Software Engineer

My desire was to become an Mathematician.
My dad too encouraged by saying, you are good at Maths, you can go a head.
As always Maths Lecturer are in demand in all Engineering and arts college, I joined Bsc Maths by negotiating BE-ECE seat in KSR college.

My inspiration - D.Vishwanathan (DV) sir, who teaches maths relating to Real world.
Staffs encouraged me to do MCA after Bsc by seeing the marks. Everybody in my class Joined T.I.M.E and Brilliant Tutorials.

I asked myself . . Why am I not pulled towards IT Field??? Why MCA craze was not with me??

my focus was on MSc Maths. Days Passed.
5th Sem study holidays. As usual watching TV and sleeping.
I received message from my class mate "Campus interview for HCL on OCT 18th"
Simply I took Written Test and was short listed. Interview was scheduled next day - Oct 19th -2006.
My mom advised, At any case you should not feel bad in case you are not selected.
I shook my head and attend without any dream.
:-) :-) I was placed in HCL.

Later in HCL, IBM and Wipro.

I remembered the days with Kiruthika. We both used to sit, think and note down the points for "Drawbacks of software engineer"
After that day, I reversed the paper and started writing the advantage of "Software Field"

Thursday, February 18, 2010

90 / 10 Principle -It will change your life (at least the way you react to situations).


10% of life is made up of what happens to you...

90% of life is decided by how you react.

What does this mean?

We really have no control over 10% of what happens to us.

We cannot stop the car from breaking down.

The plane will be late arriving, which throws our whole schedule off.

A driver may cut us off in traffic. We have no control over this 10%.

The other 90% is different. You determine the other 90%.

How? By your reaction. You cannot control a red light., but you can control your reaction. Don't let people fool you; YOU can control how you react.

Let's use an example.

You are eating breakfast with your family.Your daughter knocks over a cup of coffee onto your business shirt. You have no control over what just what happened. What happens when the next will be determined by how you react.You curse. You harshly scold your daughter for knocking the cup over.

She breaks down in tears. After scolding her, you turn to your spouse and criticize her for placing the cup too close to the edge of the table. A short verbal battle follows. You storm upstairs and change your shirt. Back downstairs, you find your daughter has been too busy crying to finish breakfast and get ready for school. She misses the bus. Your spouse must leave immediately for work.

You rush to the car and drive your daughter to school. Because you are late, you drive 40 miles an hour in a 30 mph speed limit. After a 15-minute delay and throwing $60 traffic fine away, you arrive at school. Your daughter runs into the building without saying goodbye. After arriving at the office 20 minutes late, you find you forgot your briefcase. Your day has started terrible. As it continues, it seems to get worse and worse. You look forward to coming home, When you arrive home, you find small wedge in your relationship with your spouse and daughter.

Why? Because of how you reacted in the morning. Why did you have a bad day?

A) Did the coffee cause it?

B) Did your daughter cause it?

C) Did the policeman cause it?

D) Did you cause it?

The answer is " D".

You had no control over what happened with the coffee. How you reacted in those 5 seconds is what caused your bad day. Here is what could have and should have happened.

Coffee splashes over you. Your daughter is about to cry. You gently say, "It's ok honey, you just need, to be more careful next time". Grabbing a towel you rush upstairs. After grabbing a new shirt and your briefcase, you come back down in time to look through the window and see your child getting on the bus. She turns and waves. You arrive 5 minutes early and cheerfully greet the staff. Your boss comments on how good the day you are having.

Notice the difference? Two different scenarios. Both started the same. Both ended different.

Why? Because of how you REACTED. You really do not have any control over 10% of what happens. The other 90% was determined by your reaction.

Here are some ways to apply the 90/10 principle. If someone says something negative about you, don't be a sponge. Let the attack roll off like water on glass. You don't have to let the negative comment affect you! React properly and it will not ruin your day. A wrong reaction could result in losing a friend, being fired, getting stressed out etc.

How do you react if someone cuts you off in traffic? Do you lose your temper? Pound on the steering wheel? A friend of mine had the steering wheel fall off)

Do you curse? Does your blood pressure skyrocket? Do you try and bump them? WHO CARES if you arrive ten seconds later at work? Why let the cars ruin your drive? Remember the 90/10 principle, and do not worry about it.

You are told you lost your job. Why lose sleep and get irritated? It will work out. Use your worrying energy and time into finding another job. The plane is late; it is going to mangle your schedule for the day. Why take out your frustration on the flight attendant? She has no control over what is going on. Use your time to study, get to know the other passenger. Why get stressed out? It will just make things worse. Now you know the 90-10 principle. Apply it and you will be amazed at the results. You will lose nothing if you try it.

Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have.. Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively.

When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling…

And even more beautiful is, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

Enjoy your day with a heart of gratitude.