I feel, I'm not good at writing a blog post, which leads to me not practicing it, which of course leads to me not being good at it.
If its meant to be, its up to me!!!
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Sunday, May 30, 2010
As Michael Bolton mentions in his blog post Management Mistakes Part 1,
I usually don’t like fiction writing in the form of dialogs. I’m not good at the form, which leads to me not practicing it, which of course leads to me not being good at it.
I relate with the above statement.
I want to practice and here is an attempt to highlight what I think of people who don't try due to fear of failure.
I feel that there are at least two choices when an opportunity presents itself. Either we recognize it or we don't recognize it. Well, after recognizing an option, there seems to be two more options: either you are ready to take the risk needed to utilize the opportunity. Or you cook up an excuse and make it big enough such that you feel that Yes, the opportunity is not the right opportunity. You enjoy being in the victim's seat and when the last ray of the opportunity presents itself in form of colleagues, you say: you know I have A,B,C already piled up, how can I take up this opportunity?
I did the right thing right?
Well, if you search for colleagues who always have a YES you are right!!!
So, what is the point I want to make?
Every opportunity has a risk associated with it. If you concentrate too much on the risk, you fail to realize the value of the opportunity. There is no single human being on earth who doesn't have problems.
It is we who have to act on the opportunity.
Please note: I'm not saying: take every opportunity or don't consider the risks of any opportunity.
The result of 'Every shot you don't take' is already known. It will not hit the target. Why don't you even try? What if the target was missed the last time? It is OK.
Maybe the attempt was not strong enough.
Maybe the competition needed more preparation.
Lets give it our best shot and forget about the result.
Why do you wait for the tomorrow. Why not today? What stops you today?
Tomorrow has its own share of problems and opportunities.
I'd like to conclude by quoting Robin Sharma:
No one will work to improve my skills. Its up to me to make use of the opportunities presented.
Don't wait for the opportunity. Create one and grab it. Life is short.
I am very happy as I type this. I feel I have conquered a mountain.
I am OK if this blog post is not up to the standard. I have made a start and will improve :)
Sunday, May 2, 2010
WTANZ - Weekend Testing Australia and New Zealand Chapter had their second session on
2nd May 12pm IST.
Date: 02nd May 2010
Time: 12pm - 2pm IST
I joined them five minutes late, got the mission in private.
"Exploratory testing of how easy it is to get data in different formats about education in the United States and the United Kingdom from data.gov and data.gov.uk."How easy was it to get data in different formats?
The two websites...
First five minutes, I spent observing the questions asked by co-participants.
I was *confused*. What was the exact mission?
Find how easy it is to find education related info from the site?
I re-phrased the mission and clarified with the facilitator.
"Exploratory testing of the two websites"I set myself a mission: "How easy it is to find information from the webpage: http://www.data.gov/catalog/raw/category/4/agency/0/filter//type//sort//page/1/count/25"
While others were testing & discussing on the Skype window, I peeped now & then to check if I missed any important information.
I selected 'Education' as Category and did not select any agency *on purpose*. When I clicked on Search, I was presented with 4 records and 'Education' & 'All categories' checked in the Category and Agency checkboxes.
Let me see if a different agency would give a different search result.
Category - Education; Agency - Bureau of Indian Education yielded 1 result.
And Oliver pastes this link: http://flowingdata.com/2010/02/04/data-gov-uk-versus-data-gov-which-wins/
Did I meet the mission?
I don't know. Let me participate in the discussion. Will update later.
Posted by Ajay Balamurugadas at 12:41 PM