2017 is over. Was it successful for me? Definitely! Probably one of the best years of my life. Why? Here is the list of things which I’m really proud of:
How to achieve long term goals? Continuously make small steps toward a success. If we use the power of habit, we’ll automate a process of getting better, every single day.
Do you want to decrease the number of times when you open social media from your device? Remove Facebook/Twitter/Instagram from your launch screen and make sure that you need to tap at least a couple of times to get there.
Design something to make your good habits easier to achieve and add more steps between you and bad behaviors.
Do you have 25 minutes more? See these and many more hints from James Clear about how to be 1% better every day.
Today, during Google Developers Day in Kraków, we could see Google Developers + Udacity cooperation announcement which brings us 60 000 seats in their online courses (Web developer and Android developer, 30k seats in each one). The scholarship is dedicated to residents of Europe, Russia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey. All accepted students will have an opportunity to learn coding Android or Web during 3-months course with a help from Udacity and Google mentors.
10% of the best ones will have an opportunity to take a part in Nanodegree program for free, which ends with certification and a great chance to find a real job in the picked area.
As a former student of Udacity Nanodegree program (Artificial Intelligence Nanodegree in my case), I can only say: thank you Google, thank you Udacity! This amazing initiative with high-quality materials will bring tons of value for IT industry all over the world:
- For students and future developers who will have a chance to learn how to build a real product from experts working with those technologies on daily basis,
- For employers who will have a chance to hire well motivated junior devs with practical experience and great will to gain new skills,
- For entire IT industry (including Google, Udacity and others), because more IT specialist means faster growth this area,
- And for the people all around the world. Online and cheap/free access to knowledge means that there are much fewer limitations for those who have a great will to learn and want to be professionals in the future.
Let’s build bridges, not walls.
This is my second day of the daily writing challenge. Still not sure how far I’ll go but I’m well motivated to give a try. Why? Because I’d like to try if it works, what are the profits and most important – because finally, I can! As non-native English speaker, I spent a lot of time practicing this language (including written form). And It seems that finally in less than 30 minutes, with no (or a little) help of Google Translate, I can produce something meaningful.
Besides various motivations, mostly from medium.com, my biggest motivations are: Tobias van Schneider with his weekly emails and daily blog by Fred Wilson, a venture capitalist who’s been writing every day since 2003 (14 years!).
Currently, I have no plan behind this – no reminder, no dedicated time during the day. I would like to see how natural it’s for me.
I’m writing at Google Docs, post by post. Subject? One, the most prominent thing from my head. Goal? Write at least 6 posts per week. If I can’t make it, I’ll think about more strict rules and long term plan.
Quote of the day:
Success is continuously improving who you are, how you live, how you serve, and how you relate. (source)