What we teach

When we don’t know what to do or where to start we simply imitate. The same is true with kids.
“No Such Thing As Bad Student, Only Bad Teacher.” – The Karate Kid
We teach things in the opposite way. Though we know there is a better way, which takes time to practice, we never opt for it. Just because something worked (quick fix) doesn’t mean it’s a solution in the long run.
The following is a short list we do in the opposite way.
We teach:
competition before participation
luck before efforts
speed before perseverance
hate before love
cheating before trusting
to talk before listen
success before failure
death before life
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God As A Service (GAAS)

This article is not about god, it’s about us. This article doesn’t discuss about the existence of god.

When you are hungry, god didn’t feed you but your mother did.

When you are down/depressed, god didn’t motivate  you but your father did.

When you tried to impress a girl, god didn’t help  but your friend laid the plan.

Inspired from:

Anbe Sivam

Zahid sharab peene de masjid mein beth kar,
Yaa woh jagha bata jahan Khuda nahin..
(Mirza Ghalib)

Courses are free, our time isn’t

Now MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) is a buzz word. There are many courses (most of them are free) from different providers. You can learn from people who have profound knowledge of the subject. You can pause them. You can replay them. And all is for free.

Most common situation arise for everyone is, we enrol for many courses and end up finishing none or very few. Why this happens? For each course considerable amount of hours per week are necessary, but while enrolling we make wrong calculations on the amount of free time we have. While calculating free time we include (sacrifice) whatever free time we have. But when actually courses begin we realize the reality. We understand switching between tasks isn’t easy and it is affecting overall productivity [ref: multitasking affects your productivity]. We feel restless, We procrastinate    (tomorrow I will finish for sure) and finally we regret once the course finishes.

When we find a course that matches our interest we enrol without any second thought. Interest is good, but anxiety is bad. Instead of enrolling to 20 courses a year and finishing only 4 (just for the sake of finishing), it’s better to enrol for 10 and finishing all 10 courses, (with knowledge of it) also it improves confidence. Aim big, but start small.

Course are free but our time isn’t, so let’s utilize it carefully. Happy Learning.

PS: At first I used to enrol for 5-6 courses at a time and couldn’t able to manage time. Later I learned how to study in MOOCs, then I started enrolling to fewer courses and I am able to finish them.

Thanks for reading

Goutham

How to have more money with little/more income?

Don’t say to yourself I :

  • have little income I can’t Save
  • have more income I don’t have to Save

Everyone has to Save, not that because it’s money but it’s necessary to have money. Saving is easy if you wish to.

1) Warren Buffet tips: [full article]

  •  Spend wisely
    If you buy things you don’t need, you will soon sell things you need.
  • Saving: Save for the unexpected
    Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.
  • Think long-term and be patient
     “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things just take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”
  • Borrowing: Limit what you borrow
    You will not become rich by living on borrowed money (credit cards, loans). People initially think that borrowing is manageable. One needs to have a solid plan to pay the debt back and not become its lifetime slave. A debt-free life is the best life.
  • Risk
    Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.

2)  Benjamin Franklin tips: [full article]

  • A penny saved is a penny earned.
  • An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
  • Having been poor is no shame, being ashamed of it is.
  • He that is of the opinion money will do everything may well be suspected of doing everything for money.
  • Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.

3) There is a subtle line between misery and spending wisely, so watch for it. So when you have to spend – spend like a King.

4)  Follow 70-20-10 Rule. Divide what you earn. [full article]

  • 70% for living expenses
  • 20% for savings
  • 10% for debt (student loans, car payments, credit cards). If you don’t have debt/credit cards, then you can save this 10%  too.

Any other personal tips please share in comments. I would love to learn.

 

Thanks for reading

Goutham

 

 

Learn to Code Online

“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

-Benjamin Franklin

I wrote an article on Free Education(online)[link] over a year ago. There are many new MOOCs started these days. Especially for coding, there are many. For many years(even today*) for learning web development and other related technologies we have been using W3Schools. In W3Schools it is limited to only HTML, CSS and JavaScript to try instantly(Learn By Doing). For other technologies there is only static tutorial. Things have changed now. You can “learn by doing” most of the technologies for free and for learning advanced stuff you have to shell out some dollars.

 * – For quick references.

I am limiting the list to websites that offer courses on coding. For list of websites that offer courses on various subjects check this article[link].

Editing old posts

Today made some corrections to some posts in my blog.

1) I was in a misconception that typing all in small letters is fancy. But, it is not, not at all. I didn’t feel good, when I am reading my own articles. So changed some posts to  first letter capital.

2) Some posts are wrongly or not categorized, fixed them.

3) Added few sentences in two posts.

4) I realized I should do considerable amount of research before writing a post.

5) Have to read my own posts once in a week. Tune/Maintain the posts timely.

 

FoF – Fear of Facebook

This term I coined long back, infact I thought of creating a Facebook group for that(but I didn’t). When this phrase first came into my mind, it is in the context of pictures uploaded by users, and their friends. Now, it is dangerous because of Graph Search.

For more articles and info type: “graph search creepy” in google

Why?

    Like, Tag, Comment

Liked, Tagged, Commented

Liked by, Tagged by, Commented by

Tagged in

    etc…..

How?

Photos of  <your friend>  tagged in

Friends of mine who liked “sunny leone”

Friends of mine who like Sachin Tendulkar

…. and your creativity.

 

 

 

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Partial Reference:

http://www.networkworld.com/news/2012/092512-free-cloud-262764.html

staying calm

when we are meditating, there is no wonder staying calm.
staying calm in the amid of chaos is really a wonder.

Backtrack linux’s tagline: “the quieter you become, the more you can hear

Taking a fight or talking rude doesn’t cost monetarily but definitely in other ways it will affect (like taking your mood off, relations).
After some-days we will laugh at the situations we angered.

and staying calm always also doesn’t solve issues.

Even Gandhiji didn’t say* what to do if someone slaps on our second cheek too. He left for us to decide.

So when to be calm and when to reciprocate?

may be it comes by experience 🙂 and this is where our intelligent and dumb parts of the body come into play(brain and heart) – combined called wisdom.

* if someone slaps you turn the other cheek