Lessons from Failure

August 13, 2017

Everyone fails at some point in life. It could be due to various reasons. Some people may have experienced failure at early stages of life while others may experience at a later stages in life. Some people may associate failure with a complete stop in life and may be unable to move on. However it is through failures that we learn the important lessons in life. The inventions that we see today like  aircrafts, the light bulb, telephone and so on were due to the failures of the people who tried to invent them but their failures did not stop them from reaching their final destination.

Most successful people in the world wouldn’t want to revert their clocks and go back to status quo instead they would rather be grateful for the failures they’ve experienced along the way. I share with you 4 things that I got to know about failure in my journey so far.

 

 

1.Failure is success delayed

Failure is not necessarily the end of the road. Sometimes when we fall the damage is little and other times its severe and hurt overselves. Most of the time, we’re worried more about the fear of failure rather than the failure itself. Questions such as What will others think of me keep pondering our minds. However we need to keep remind ourselves that failure is not necessarily the end of the road but its success which is delayed.

2. Transformation

No one has experienced success without first failing in one way or the other. Some may have had to endure only a few failures before success while others have endured thousands.

When you fail, something happens, you start transforming yourself and begin to refocus your priorities in life. You prioritize on things that matter to you. You begin to look inwards at yourself and at your life and you come to realize the things that are of utmost importance to you.

3. Perspective

Major failures may help you change your perspective on things such as time and money. Whether it’s failure in business, relationships, or anything else. The decisions we make in life have impacts and consequences on our life.

As long as you learn through failure, then you’ve made yourself a stronger platform for success in future.

4 People who you associate with

From each success or failure, you will be able to tell how many true friends you have. When you are successful everyone wants to be around you. But, when you fail, many of those so called friends disappear.

A true friend doesn’t care how rich you are or what car you drive or what you do but he is always there to always support you regardless of who or where you are.

Please feel free to comment on your views.

 

 


Day to Day life

August 9, 2017

In this 21st century, our modern day life contains so much worry. Our mind is exhausted from various day to day things. Why can’t we tell ourselves that our happiness is one of the most important things in this life.

Today I share a few concepts with you from one of the books I read recently about success and happiness.

1.Nurture your Mind

Your mind can your most valuable asset or destructive weapon. It is estimated that about 50,000 thoughts pass through the human mind everyday. Most of these thoughts are useless or not important.

It is hard to let go negative thoughts especially criticism. They can mentally hinder your personal growth. Feeding your mind with positive and uplifting thoughts is crucial in attaining the success you desire.

      2.Be uncomfortable

Step out of your comfort zone. Success begins in the inside first. It is buried inside everyone of us. Identify the things holding you back from doing what you want to do and do them as you will be building on your own path to success.

The more the burning desire in you, the more successful you will become.

3. Value your time

Live as if today were your last day. Ask yourself what would you do if today was your last day?

Do not live a life of mediocrity. Push yourself to do more everyday. Most of our time is dedicated to the day-to-day activities, some of which influence the quality of our life. Say “no” to some things in your life and prioritize the important things.

4. Gratitude

Practice gratitude regularly in your life. The secret to happiness is helping others. Practicing gratitude daily plants an seed in you that each day is blessed. The richer the relationship you build around you, the more abundance comes your way.

5. Goals

Setting a goal will give our mind direction and a sense of motivation. Goal setting will help our mind to analyze where we are standing presently and also helps us stay on track.

Goals allow your mind to place an importance indicator on every thought you have, whether it is important or useless. It is something simple yet most people do not have or do not set goals . Goals are really just focusing your things you want and discarding everything else.

 

As I conclude this article, I will emphasize on time. It is one our our most important asset. Save time. Try learning something new everyday. Spend time doing what you like and look for new ways of doing it.  The above concepts are from my perception and I believe that there everyone’s perception is different. Some may agree with what I said and others may not.

Please feel free to drop your comments.


My bumpy road

August 5, 2017

 

Its 7.30 am on 3rd May 2011, a chilly morning in Nairobi. The road was busy. People and cars seemed to go about their own hustle and day to day business.

I stared out the window and thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. I have always wanted to do everything in life when I was in high school starting from Software engineering, Finance, Computer science, Archeology and Geologist but was not focused on any of the options.

I had to make a decision in about 2months time but did not what do when I go to college, I found lots of people saying “Go for doing what you love.” which to me seemed so difficult to find. I was an avid reader about business/personal finance books and inspirational books which then led me to develop interest in accountancy.

I started off by failing the first papers as I did not have focus and mindset for accountancy but I realized that failing an exam doesn’t necessarily mean you can’t do it. It means you will even do better next time. Self belief is something which every student needs to have in my perspective.

The next few papers went relatively smoothly until I reached the Professional level where merely reading is not enough to tackle the exams as questions tend to scenario based. This is where I failed two papers again.

However with self belief and confidence,  support of my parents I was able to complete ACCA and now working as Audit and Tax semi-senior at a local audit firm.

Please feel free to drop your comments regarding this article.

Thank you for reading.

 


Glimpse of WIndows 10

December 14, 2014

Windows 8 was not successful as anticipated by Microsoft. It was mainly aimed towards touch screen devices. Upon release, Microsoft claimed sales of 200 million however we do not know how true this figures are. Compare that with sales of windows 7 which passed 240 million within 12 months.

 

 

Windows 10

 

The company now decides to release windows 10 in January 21st next year. This are some of the things to look out for:

Pros

Start menu – Windows 8 proved to be less user-friendly users were not familiar with the metro interface and  start button was removed which they were used to like in the previous distributions. However in windows 10 this issue has been resolved. It’s like a hybrid menu now.

Multiple screens – Though this was there in windows 8 however there have been slight improvements made to it.  Switching between multiple screens is now easier.

Cons:

  • There is nothing new as such as the metro interface is still similar to windows 8 and a few additions from windows 7.

 

  • For users with tablets, they will have to wait some time before they get they get the ‘tab’ version

 

  • Although Microsoft is targeting companies with its latest release, It may not be reliable for corporate users as it will have ensure that problems like in windows 8 do not appear in windows 10.

 

In conclusion, windows 10  It’s still under development so it’s not possible to give a detailed view as there may be many changes between the developer version and the final release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Linux Mint 15 – Olivia

March 15, 2013

Its been quite a while since I have not updated my blog. My last article was on the features of Ubuntu 12.10 release.
In this article I will give some brief information about Linux Mint 15 which will be released in May.

1) Cinamon 1.8: Cinamon is a user interface developed for Mint just like Ubuntu has its Unity interface. New features in this include:
Desktop widgets or desklets such as system monitor, terminal, pictures video and slideshow frames, ability to install and uninstall cinamon themes, Bump mapping (is a technique in computer graphics for simulating bumps and wrinkles) and improved applets such as mail notifier and RSS reader applets.

2) Nemo 1.8: This is a default file manger forMint just like Nautilus is for Ubuntu. Some improvement for this include; Improved User interface, File preview ability and disk management.

3) Mint Display Manager(MDM): This is the defualt display manager for Mint based on Gnome display manager. Previously it was on version 1.06 but with Mint 15 it will be upgraded to 1.2. Some of its features include: an interactive detachable tabs, Support bookmarks in the side bar, collapse sidebar categories, enhanced image properties & you can send files via thunderbird and xdg email (A tool used for send mails using one’s preferred email composer). You can find out more about xdg-email here.
Last but not least it will provide HTML 5 powered login screens which means a superb login screen looking much better than its previous versions.


Ubuntu 12.10 at a glance

November 4, 2012

“Avoid the pain of Windows 8 & get Ubuntu 12.10 today.” These words welcoming Ubuntu 12.10 as seen on the Ubuntu website on the 18th October 2012 just days before Windows 8 will be released. Microsoft has put a tremendous effort on it and it will include many applications with it. The good news is Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to it at a subsidized rate.
When some people hear the word “Linux” they get a picture a very complicated System to use. They say, “Linux is too complicated”, “it’s free so why should I use it”, “it doesn’t have a market so I cannot use it.” and many more endless comments. I would say they are suffering from stereo type thinking. They are programmed to think in one direction only.
I would like to go over a few new features in Ubuntu 12.10 – Quantal Quetzal.

1) A new Kernel version 3.5.4

2) Python 3

3) Updated versions of GIMP, Firefox 16.01, Libreoffice 3.6.2 etc.

4) Web Integration

5) Quick App installation

The web integration can be used through the new Online accounts feature, with which you can to add in your Facebook, Google and other accounts from one window.

Unity 2D is no longer there. Unity 3D is the way forward. However there are people out there who criticize it and as an alternative use Linux Mint – MATE or Cinnamon. I will not go into details regarding Unity.
However one of the best things that I like about Ubuntu 12.10 is the option of Disk encryption which is now given as part of the install process. It seems that Canonical has focused on accessibility and this is evident while performing a search in Ubuntu 12.10. Not only do you get local search results, but web results are presented!
Ubuntu has been regarded as the distro for new comers because it offers an excellent GUI, Package management and stabliltiy.


Linux Mint 13 vs Ubuntu 12.04

August 12, 2012

What a fantastic finisher at the Olympic games by Usain Bolt in 200m. It is hard to believe that China this time is at the top.
With the increasing release of various Linux Distro’s like Ubuntu, Linux Mint, OpenSUSE, Fedora, Mandriva and Redhat it can be tricky or hard to choose which is the right distro for you. In this article I will compare Linux Mint 13 Vs Ubuntu 12.04.

Linux Mint is a distribution based on Ubuntu which was first released in 2006. Some say Mint is an enhanced version of Ubuntu because it rides on Ubuntu resp. In my opinion I agree to that however Mint is not completely based on based Ubuntu because it has it own unique enhancements such as Unique themes specially made for Mint only.

The main difference between them is just the user interface. Mint is developed by mixing Gnome 2 and 3 features. Fans of 2 appreciated the developers for this. Fedora, OpenSUSE use Gnome 3 to its full capacity and likewise Ubuntu has it own interface i.e. They moved from Gnome 3 to using their own interface called Unity which offers quick access to apps. Its just that Mint took over Unity’s interface and replaced it with MATE and Cinamon

Mint has inbuilt codecs, browser plugins, JAVA configurations and supports DVD playback.

Here is a quick glance at other basic features of Linux Mint

1) Good collection of tools which are developed in house and are very user friendly.

2) Software package manager – APT using DEB packages (This is also compatible with Ubuntu)

3) Versions: Mint has 3 main versions i.e. Gnome(Original Linux Mint is based on this) and KDE

Mint 13 – MAYA has:

1) MATE 1.2
2) Cinamon 1.4
3) MDM
4) Search engines

On the other hand Ubuntu 12.04 has:

1)Unity 3D interface 5.10
2)Unity 2D interface 5.10
3)GNOME 3.4.1
4)Linux kernel 3.2.12
5)Python 2.7.3 and Python 3.2.3

Ubuntu is one of the greatest distros and one of the greatest advantages of Unity interface is that it can run on old machines which run on low hardware specs while Gnome tends to “fallback” on machines with old hardware.
Ubuntu has one of the easiest in built search engines i.e. HUD which is one of the reasons which I really love Ubuntu 12.04
Other reasons are it has a wide support community, has hundreds of technical articles written by experts and some by users. A solution to every kind of software or hardware problem can be found on the Ubuntu community.

In conclusion both Mint and Ubuntu are almost identical and are written on the same kind of code. Given a choice between various distros out there I would go for Ubuntu 12.04