I don’t follow reality television but it’s hard to not be aware of who the Kardashians are. Last Friday, one member of the show, Bruce Jenner, sat down with Diane Sawyer for an interview to discuss his transition from a man to a woman. Homosexual, Bisexual and Transgender issues are always starting points for conflict but that’s not the angle I’m coming from. Speaking to Diane Sawyer, Bruce Jenner said he always believed he was born with ‘the soul of a woman’, and this is the last time he would appear as ‘Bruce’ before becoming ‘her’. Now whether this is right or wrong is none of my concern but one thing I do understand from all of this, is that it can drain your spirit if you can’t be yourself. So many times we pretend to be someone else for so many reasons. Either because we believe it’s the societal norm, to make or parents and family happy, to be accepted by those around us or to make relationships work. Bruce Jenner has been living a life where he could not be his true self for the past 65 years and I can only imagine how crippling that can be. I know personally what it’s like to be be living a life to make someone else happy and forgetting who you truly want to be. I have found great joy in getting back to my true self and regaining sight of the things I want to accomplish in life, instead of living by someone else’s standards and ideals. One of the most beautiful things about life is that we each have our own and we can live it how ever we see fit. While something may have worked for someone else, it’s not guaranteed to work for you. There is not blueprint for life, for relationships, for parenting. Referring to Pythagoras’ quote ” Man know thyself; then thou shalt know the Universe and God”. Instead of trying to be who society or some else tells you to be, figure out who you truly are and everything will fall into place.
Two of my nieces, Charlize and Faith, ages 4 and 2 respectively are sisters. Recently I’ve been hearing stories from their Mum about them and how they’ve been creating some trouble for themselves, emptying containers of food in the kitchen and around the house then covering themselves in the food they’ve thrown out. Usually their Mum will discipline Charlize, the 4 year old, as she should know better and should stop her younger sister. I know Faith is a bit naughty as she also has the habit of turning off the television, then running back to her seat as if she did nothing when her siblings call their Mum to complain. Last week however, while their Mum was giving Charlise (the 4 year old) a bath, Faith decided to empty the cereal all over the kitchen floor and have some fun with it. This time however, she had no one to blame or no one to accept the punishment on her behalf, it was quite obvious that it was all her doing. She was not pleased with the fact that she had to be disciplined, as she told her mother she would inform her Aunt (my sister) of the disciplinary action taken against her. Children…lol.
Sometimes we may experience situations where we have been wrongfully accused of something and forced to deal with the punishment and negative consequences of the actions of someone else. You should have confidence in the fact that the Universe never sleeps and the law of Karma is in full effect. Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind . . . what we sow is what we reap. Faith has only 2 years experience in this world, in this lifetime and soon she will understand the full effect of the laws of the Universe. The Great Law “As you sow, so shall you reap”, is also known as the “Law of Cause and Effect”. Whatever we put out in the Universe is what comes back to us. If what we want is Happiness, Peace, Love, Friendship…Then we should BE Happy, Peaceful, Loving and a True Friend. As is true with all things in life, Faith will continue to have the experiences necessary to teach her the lessons she needs to learn, until they are fully grasped.
Last week I spoke with my manager and told him that I’ll be leaving the organisation at the end of February 2015 and I’ll submit my resignation letter sometime in January 2015, as a month’s notice is required. A few days later, I met up with him for my assessment. At the end of the assessment, he assigned me new tasks more reflective of the work I’m passionate about, with the hope that the tasks will convince me to stay. I have been as honest as I can with my manager about my preference to work on mobile applications and how I feel about the work I’m currently doing. I’m excited about what I’m doing now as the knowledge and skills are transferrable and more in line with mobile application development. I can’t say right now when I’ll leave but I will definitely be completing these assigned tasks before I depart.
This weekend I spent most of my time preparing a proposal to submit to a company for the development of a tablet application. The same application was previously developed for the company by another vendor but that vendor really did not have the company’s best interest at heart, so the company is now forced to have the application completely redone. It’s really sad when companies do poor work for clients. It’s one thing to not know most of the techniques for your craft and lack experience but it’s another thing to intentionally deceive a client for the sake of money. In business, what matters most is relationships and providing value to customers. Before you seek to become a person of success, become a person of significance. When you provide value to customers there will always be a pay cheque waiting for you and success will eventually follow. It’s best to be known as someone clients can trust and someone who will always have their best interest at heart. Life is governed by cyclic laws and that which you give out will surely come back to you.
For the past couple of weeks I’ve been working on my iOS apps and I’ve been extremely happy about that . On Tuesday, I contemplated alot of things about my future and I decided that I needed to talk to my boss about my situation. While some people may suggest otherwise, I believe the world is governed by Cyclic Laws and I need to be mindful to give out only what I would like in return. One day I will have people working for me and I would appreciate that type of honesty from them. When I got to work yesterday, I walked in and asked my boss if I could have a word with him. I basically explained to him that I know my passion is with iOS Development and I’m trying to develop that similar burning desire for what I do here at NIBTT. I told him I will work on becoming more motivated for the job but if I can’t by the end of October, I’ll give 2 months notice so he can find someone more passionate about the work. This is a temporary role so there’s no point in my fighting to love something that I’ll be giving up in the near future. I believe this is fair to him, to the organisation and to someone out there who is hoping for such a role. My honesty with my boss worked out to the benefit of the department. He suggested that a meeting be held with the Analyst Programmers to discuss the project, the technologies being used, where we’re at now, how we plan to proceed and how responsibilities will be divided. This helped a bit with my zeal towards my work and I’m glad I decided to be honest with my boss. However, this puts me in a situation where I have to now step up my approach to securing an iOS Developer role in the UK by the end of this year.
I sent emails to a few recruiters on Tuesday and Wednesday introducing them to my blog and the feedback has been positive so far. Kiri O’Brien at Lorien Resourcing Limited suggested an iOS test I can take to send along with my CV to recruiters. I’m surprised I never thought of this but then again this is the purpose of this blog. I’m really excited to hear about other suggestions from recruiters and companies about how I can proceed along this path towards accomplishing one of my goals I’m most passionate about.
Everyday I try to apply for jobs, even if it’s just one new role, I try my best to keep my CV out there. I recently made a few changes to it based on some recommendations by James Tarrant at Client-Server Limited. I noticed the best day and time to apply for jobs are on Sunday nights. I think my applications appear on the top of the recruiters inbox on Monday morning when they’re fresh and pumped and ready to go. So I’ll be scheduling at least an hour on Sunday night to search for roles and send out applications, with the hopes that I’ll be receiving a few calls on my way to the gym on Monday morning.