21 Jun 2018 by Bappy Golder

The high burn rate…

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.  ~ African Proverb

Some of you might be familiar with the above saying. The truth is, sometime you have have a need to go fast, and other times you don’t. It is important to have an understanding of what journey you are on.

I was musing this evening that a rocket goes very far, but it also goes very fast. Does that make the proverb above untrue? Well, it doesn’t, and here’s how.

As a rocket moves through space it burns a lot of fuel very fast. That is the third element we need to take into consideration. I tend to believe the speed of the movement is relative to the burn rate. Same holds true for people. Think Steve Jobs as an example of very far, very fast. A great example of lots of high achievements, with a cost of lost relationships and health.

Slow is often sweet, but life doesn’t always dishes out dessert. Hence why we need be prepared for some occasional churns and burns, it’s part of life.

So which journey should we be on? Well, it depends. As we live we will inevitably face both. It helps to understand the nature of the journey when we come face to face with a massive dip.

Next time you burn an opportunity or a loose a relationship, perhaps ask yourself before you worry too much, “Which journey was this one”.

17 Jun 2018 by Bappy Golder

Another nice Sunday

One great thing that is going about Sydney is it’s rich cafe, food, and social culture. I’m definitely a busy city boy.  When you make some time though it’s very easy to find somewhere a little away from the CBD (Central Business District) and recharge yourself with some great coffee!

I’m just finishing my very late first meal of the day at the Corellis Cafe Gallery in Newtown. Luckily our developer Bharat was available on the other end of the call and able to chat about the latest design I’ve completed about one part of oLab. That’s going to be done by tomorrow. We are halfway there with this.

I’m excited about starting next week on Monday. Also very grateful to the people I have around me.

Hope your weekend was good too…

Corellis Cafe Gallery Newtown, Sydney Australia
My Breakfast @ Corelli’s Cafe this afternoon. Yes, I do breakfast in the afternoon sometime.
16 Jun 2018 by Bappy Golder

Some updates – June 2018

I have been away from this blog for a while. Here’s my effort to start again with some updates:

What I am currently learning

  • Business development (sales & marketing)
  • Looking into Flutter & DiRT programming language
  • Google’s marketing stack

What I am currently focusing on doing

  • Building oLab
  • Working on a few client projects
  • Supporting the our team that supports our clients
  • Making some automation tools

Books I’m reading or listening to

  • The Conversion Code by Chris Smith
  • Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire
  • Life in Half a second

That’s all for now… [checking out as a night owl: 5am Sunday 17, June 2018]

05 Dec 2016 by Bappy Golder

Learn like a turtle act like a horse

Often when we learn something, initially we start with a passion to learn the subject.

Some of us however are cursed with “The Vinchcurse”. We have many interests. So often half way through learning something new our direction changes. We either stop and start something new or our primary motivation for learning becomes racing to the end.

It is vital to keep a clear focus on our motivation for learning something new. If we have the motivation clear in our mind, it becomes easier to invest extra time for mastery.

The extra time we spend in mastering something (not just learning) can save hours down the track. So I embraced this philosophy:

If you are going to use something a lot, don’t just learn it. Master it.

Learn like a turtle work like a horse - By Bappy Golder
03 Dec 2016 by Bappy Golder

Project Starter

Note: This is a technical post.

I have a simple boilerplate type project and called it Project Starter. I made it to save time when when I need to start a new web project. If you need to start  a new website or a web project you can simply download and start building.

It has a bunch of common files and plugins already included like:

  • Normalize.css
  • jQuery Library
  • A bunch of jQuery plugins such as:
    • Slick
    • Sticky etc.

The other advantage of this project is that all the HTML, CSC & JS files are all connected so you don’t have to waste time connecting them.

I’m sharing it here if as a reference. Feel free to use it whenever you need to stat a new web project. Project Starter is a part of my Code Library project.

 

 

02 Dec 2016 by Bappy Golder

The debt of thinking & planning

As we go through our daily activities it seems we often don’t have enough time for thinking & planning. Most of the tasks are things we need to do today; a problem we need to solve now. A few of what we do are plans and preparation for a future issues. It seems we tend to like giving responsibilities of our future to other entities so that we can have fun now.

The problem with that is the outcome or solution we get is determined not by ourselves but by someone else. It seems we are often addressing things that needs immediate attention or damage control. It is often hard to do the work that will contribute to the result of something in a few months time. It seems like most of us don’t have time for planning. We are in a constant damage control mode.

Are we all running a big debt of thinking and planning?

If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions. ~ Albert Einstein

 

29 Nov 2016 by Bappy Golder

The negative momentum effect

I’ve never heard the phrase “negative momentum effect”. It is possible that I’m making a new phrase up. It sounds pompously better if I actually said I just coined this new term, ha ha…

Here’s something I recently observed. When we are doing something continually over relatively long period at some point it becomes harder to stop.

This is obvious when we think about a car I suppose; but how about watching TV or scrolling through the Facebook feed or eating some of those food you love. Did you ever notice that after watching a TV for a while we sometime don’t feel like stopping. Even if the program you turned it on for is over. I’m not a big TV person, most of my entertainment comes from the internet. However I feel like not stopping whenever I’m watching TV.

There are probably a lot more negative momentum effects that takes place everyday. The only way to stop the effect influencing is just stopping. And sometimes when you stop doing something like checking Facebook feed, you may be left with a slight bit of disappointment without any realistic reasons.

This happens in big and small scale. Perhaps we often refer to it as fear of change. Is it possible that we are afraid or uncomfortable of change because our brains has gained some momentum and that’s why it resists the change.

Did you notice that sometimes we actually feel good after doing something that we initially didn’t want to do? Did you also notice that sometime the only thing that stops us are the same things that stops a car. It’s obstacles that stops us from running in autopilot and pushes us to try something new. And all of a sudden we realise that we came out of our comfort zone without even know we did.

28 Nov 2016 by Bappy Golder

Advice

It is so strange that we find it hard to ask for advice. We often feel uncomfortable to give or receive advice.

In some circles or in different cultures people tend to giving and receiving advice more openly than others. Most of us have a need for improvement, and a need for advice. But not all of us can easily accept the fact that we need to be reminded about what gives us joy and what we can improve.

I find it satisfying when a good friend counsels me. And the deeper the relationship the more the advice or suggestions matters.

Advice Game

Hmm… this might sound wired, but this was an experience I had today.

Sitting in a circle with two of my very close friends. Out of some random whim I suggested why not we take turn predicting what each of us think will happen to us in six months time. Now six months might be nothing for a lot of people for change. But if you are me, a lot can change in six months. So we did just that.

It was fun, the opposite of reminisce, if there is such a thing. We did it in a group not alone, even weirder. But then something interesting happened. One of the friend suggested how about we take a turn sharing one advice to one another. This included sharing an advice for yourself as well. I’ve done things like, let’s share three things we are grateful for today; but not advice.

We ended up sharing one, two or even three advice about each other and ourselves. It was very refreshing and touching. It was amazing to see that my friends cared enough to mentioned things that requires deep observations.

A spirit of compassion

Advice needs to be shared in the right spirit. That’s something that makes it authentic and helpful. Something for you to think about. It also allows the giver to share a concern for you that you would have never known otherwise. As a receiver you get to see perspective from others. And sometimes you hear the echo of something that you already know, thus you get reassurance. Whether you can follow the advice or not you get to know things that you would never have known.

In technology world we do a thing called User Experience Design. A process that essentially breaks down problems and ask and research users to find ways to improve products. Now, why not try that for hacking our life and improve who we are

So if you are feeling brave why not try asking someone you trust (a close friends, spouse, parents or a sibling) the question, “If you could give me 2 advice what would they be”. See what you find and how it feels. And if you feel like sharing I would love to know how your experience was.

Giving and receiving helpful advice requires a combination of courage, humility,  honesty and compassion. That’s a lot of good stuff not all of us have. But like in the gym the more we try them the better we get at it. I’m looking forward to my next game of advice 🙂

Advice - The joy in receiving & giving helpful advice

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