Monday, January 31, 2011

Which part of the equation do you don't understand?

Which part of the equation do you don't understand?

When the requirements clearly mention fortran, FEM and structures as
keywords then this should clearly tell you if you fit the requirement.

If these 3 things are not even mentioned in your resume, don't bother
sending your resume. You are wasting your and others time!!

Understand this you will get a job by earning it not begging for it.
So if you see yourself begging, you have already lost it.

And earning means fitting the requirements in skills and knowledge.

So stop throwing your resumes at every email ID you see.


The equation to understand is meet the requirement = get the job

The first part is in your control, so take charge.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Fortran & FEM

If you have coded in fortran. You love structures. You have technical knowledge of FEM. And you want to change/get a job then quest has an opening for you.

Rush in your profile/resumes at sukh2010 @

Before you rush your resume, remember it's best suited to you if all the three conditions I mentioned above match.

If you don't fit the bill, please forward this to any of your friend who might be interested in this.

Good luck.


Read this excellent quote on practice and want to share this with you all.

You practice to master the task, not to complete the task -jon jagger

Yes read it again. Practice to master the task.

I strongly believe in this and honestly to follow it my work and projects.

Hope knowing this, you all will appreciate this.

You know I am fan of good quotes, you can many other via this link

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

MAV workshop a quick reminder.

Please read the Mav announcement post again and if you are interested send in your interest by today.

As Mr. Rakesh has informed us, we need at least 50 participants to be able to confirm the workshop.

Here's what Mr Rakesh had to say
"we are waiting for the final count till 27 Jan after that decision will be taken. Minimum 50 participants was required to take up this opportunity to call Mr. Nathan Chronister, CEO, Ornithopter Zone."

So if you are interested in building a Mav with your own hand and can spend one day in Bangalore with Mr N. Chronister, then rush in your email.

The clock is ticking.

More information regarding whom to send your interest follow this link

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Next innings

If things are just like they used be in my time in AeSI, this is the time students of AeSI be returning to their base.

For some it's chennai, for some Bangalore, Pune or Dehradun.

Holidays are over and all are recharged for the next innings of AeSI.

So to mark this occasion and to help you hit centuries, I highly recommend this post by Scott H Young

It's about strategies to learn faster and better.

Most of us use some elements of his mentioned techniques, but we will greatly benefit if we can further ingrain this techniques into our learning.

Great article not only for students but for everyone who thinks himself as a learner.

Go check it out. Mind you it's a big article and you might want to have some to read and sink in what it says.

The url again

How to kill your job interview?

1. Don't go prepared.
2. Give a lengthy & irrelevant intro.
3. Don't research the company.
4. Don't understand the company requirements.
5. Behave like a fresher.
6. Don't listen and understand what is being asked.
7. Be over confident.
8. Don't know when to stop talking.

Having a great resume, pleasing appearance and all good things isn't enough.

You will kill your interview if you do ANY one of the above!

Good luck.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Entropy always increases

Let me start with this.

Remember this, whatever be the process entropy always increases.

It's interview season in office and every other day you hear a story of one or other interview.

If a mechanical or civil engineering graduate is not able to answer basic fundamental thermodynamics questions, we ignore it. But when an aerospace graduate and more so an aesi graduate falters in basic thermo questions. It's a matter of shame for that guy!!

Similar thing happened in a recent interview. An aerospace graduate (not an aesi guy) was interviewed for gas turbines. The guy fumbled in brayton cycle, in efficiencies and other typical gas turbine interview questions.

Thinking he is in from industry so he might have forgotten some of it, the interviewer shifted the question to basic thermodynamics and asked what will happen to entropy in compression process.

The guy fumbled and he answered "it will decrease"

An aerospace graduate and that too giving an interview to work on gas turbine performance and you don't know what happens to entropy. There was something seriously wrong.

The aerospace graduate who had 75% in his degree was dumb. Clearly he was not selected.

And the last thing he was told was "Remember this, whatever the process entropy always increases "

The point of this big post is, get your fundamentals right. Even if you don't have tools-knowledge, right skills or great experience, don't ever falter in the fundamentals.

AeSI might not have given you much exposure, many hands on training opportunities, but what it grinds in you is fundamentals. So learn them and internalize them.

These are your ropes to climb to a job. Strengthen them. And remember entropy always increases....

Find questions that are asked in an aerospace interview and many more by clicking the following link

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

An interview tip like no other.

Close friend of mine is taking interviews and by now he has meet quite a few candidates coming for interview.

Here's a tweet he tweeted on the interview!!

Sums up a lot.

"Came across many freshers in last few days.felt that few r confused n few r in hurry. Both t conditions may prove dangerous."

Thats the interview tip!!

How to ace interviews, find them at

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Focus and goals.

Of all the goals or resolutions that I have set for myself, I have been really really interested and excited about one of them. And needless to say that goal is getting my undivided attention.

I am regularly following it up. I remember it and put in the minimum time I have allotted to it. I measure it and I am seeing improvement in it.

Now here's a curious thing, that I have noticed.

My progress on the goal is good but along side it's dragging my other goals with it. My enthusiasm for this particular goal is carrying over to other goals and progress in them is also going north.

Even though my motivation for some of the goals is minimum when I take them alone but the by concentrating on one really loved goal has rubbed up positively on all aspects of my life.

So the point is, if this is happening for me. This will happen for you too. Going ahead in one area of life will surely benefit other areas of your life. So if your resolutions and goals for this year are slacking, you might see a boost if you pick a favorite and focus on it.

Try it.

This blog is 6+year old, so there is lot of material out on the blog. Check it by visiting

MAV workshop announcement from AeSIAA

Let me break up our regular programming for an important MAV workshop

If I get a chance, I would definely be a part of this.

So without further delay, here's the actual announcement.

Dear Friends,

AeSIAA has received a proposal to organize a one day workshop that
would explain the theory of ornithopters, bird flight, control systems
and also feature hands-on session under the guidance of Nathan
Chronister. Nathan Chronister is CEO of the Ornithopter Zone. Nathan
Chronister has 20 years of experience in ornithopter research, and the
company he founded provides model kits and supplies for students and
hobbyists and conducts training sessions all over the world.
His website is

In the workshop, each attendee is given a customised kit and tutored
on building and flying of the ornithopters. Practical applications for
ornithopters could include both manned and unmanned aircraft. Some
manned ornithopters have made successful flights.

Since time is short, we are expecting the enthusiastic people who wish
to attend this to respond quickly so that a initiative can be taken to
organize this through our association.

Expected date: February 21(Mon) or 22 (Tuesday)
Expected fee ( per participants): Rs. 1000 (each participants will get
a kit)
Expected venue: Bangalore

Please let me know whether we can take up this programme during
February final week. I have also attaching a poster of a similar
program conducted during September last year by Jain college for your

Please reply back in case you like to participate in this. Initiative
will be taken based on response (Min 50 participants). This will a
post semaa-2010 activity and you are requested to address your mails
to convener.semaa @


So hurry, email at the mentioned email so that we can put the wheel in

The workshop is for you and you have to take action.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Projects build skills

As I posted links to tutorials on fortran, I received a query from someone asking about projects he can do in fortran.

First, if you are in propulsion, I have this couple of off hand list of things you can program once you have completed the tutorials.

1. Make a gastubine cycle design program
2. Create a program to generate ISA
3. Create a program to convert cartesian coordinates to polar cordinates
4. Create a program to take NACA airfoil number and generate aerofoils
5. Create a program that takes an IGES file as input and write out the the node coordinates and element topology in csv format.

I did most of this programs when I was learning fortran and c.

The point i trying to make is that a project is what you make of it. You don't need to write a 1 lakh line software. Do simple stuff that are available around you. Find some problems. Solve them using the knowledge you have acquired.

That's the real project and that's where real learning will happen.

Working on dedicated, focused projects build skill. So finish your tutorial fast and start some small projects.

And last of all, share what you make.

Will talk more about sharing in a latter post.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

SEMAA 2010 slideshow

I know its late. But just like LCA better be late than never. :)

So here is the slide show the last SEMAA 2010 meet.

Enjoy and go find yourself, if you were there.  

If you have your own photos taken at the SEMAA 2010, please feel to share the link with me..

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Breaking inertia

After a few days of good posting and setting up a momentum, an external routine change brought everything to a stop.

One day I didn't post and then the next day and then the next, it continued and I realized I was in a rut of inertia.

For a couple of months I have been observing how difficult it becomes once I loose the momentum. The inertia restricts getting into the previous mode.

So over the years I have seen these three techniques valuable in conquering inertia.

1. Time yourself for a simple task. For example to break my posting inertia, I set a timer for 7 mins and then allow myself to write whatever comes to my mind. This initial jolt of action usually does the trick.

You can employ it to break your non study inertia, to set your routine to include some fortran learning or something more specific to your need.

2. Take up the simplest task and do it. If the project is overwhelming, then take up the simplest task related to it and resolve to work on it in next 10 mins. Notice I haven't mention complete it. I said work on it. Make a huge difference.

For my current personal project, I am building a patron neural file reader, and to curb the inertia that has developed because of my break from it, I sat down and just choose to do the simplest task of writing a flow chart for what I need to do.

3. Change your activity. If the activity is indoors. Go do something outdoors. If it's computer related, do something non computer related. Just changing the context for sometimes helps you crumble the inertia.

These were the techniques that has helped me curb being stuck in inertia.

Inertia has featured a lot on this blog and you can found how and where via this link

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Two Fortran tutorials for beginners

fortran 90 fortran 77 tutorialDuring the last week I have received couple of requests for tutorials on Fortran. I have listed some of them before, so here I want to direct you to two tutorials that ate just I would love to use if I were a beginner…

So here are the links

Start with the first and then move on to the second….

The courses are short, simple and no nonsense Fortran tutorials…….  Not everything is covered but enough to get a start…

Happy coding guys and gals!!


or learn it here..

Fortran 90

Fortran 77

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Three tips for telephonic interview.

For all interviews, now a days, telephonic interview has become the first stage.

Before a personal round, most people are pre screened via a telephonic interview.

So here are 3 tips for giving a successful telephonic interview, all gathered from interviews I did in the last couple of months.

1. When asked to introduce yourself, be brief. Start with your education, end with the relevant project and work that your have experience of. Don't sing your history. It's supposed to give a view of your career in view of the requirement.

2. When describing your projects, don't use jargon. Don't overwhelm the other person with unnecessary details. All he or she wants to know is what is your experience and what role you played in it? Skip any other detail.

3. Know what the requirement is and use it to lead the interview. Having a clear idea of what is the requirement will help you respond and drive the interview process.

And to sum up, talk slowly, clearly and briefly. Telephonic interview is just a trailer. Picture to abhi baki hai merae dost!!

To find more on interviews, please follow this link

Good luck

Monday, January 10, 2011

Advice to Avionics Stream AeSI graduates

A few days back, I received this following query.

"Sir, I have given last three exams of Aesi and from avionics branch. As my degree is going to complete, I want to know what other things i learn which is helpful in my future like some languages which are required in avioncs branch."

So I directed the question to Mr. Rituraj. He ,in my opinion, was the best person to answer this query. His being from the same stream helps!!

Mr. Rituraj was kind enough to take some time out of his already busy schedule and here is his reply.

"My advice for avionics graduates on langauages/tools will be to learn 'C'/MATLAB/Simulink in depth. If MATLAB is not available one can download PsiLAB freely. An avionics engineer can go into three streams: Control, FMS and Communication. They should not hesitate to start their career with Systems V&V and then slowly move to design & development."

Thank you Mr. Rituraj!!

I hope this will help avionics graduates coming from AeSI!

If you want out more about avionics on this blog, please follow this link

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Resolutions(goals) for 2011

I like to call my resolutions as goals with one year time frame.

Having goals mean you're trying to be better. You want to improve.

And what better way to commit to a goal than making it public. So I will list my 4 goals for this year. If you are into this, please post your goals for 2011 in comments.

Recently I posted a review of my goals of 2010 and this years goals originate from the 40+ books I read last year because of one resolution for 2010!

So here we go.

1. As always, keep posing one post a day to this blog. Hope I get enough material and have something useful to say. My inspiration for this goal is Seth Godin, who has posted in his blog for the last 5+ years without missing a single day!! Amazing! You should follow his blog at

Along side this I will be more active on my personal blog and would like to post at least one post per week!!

2. Last year I read 40 books, this year my aim is to read at least 30 non fiction books. I have reduced the goal to enjoy and get some time to reread some of the books I have already read!!

3. No TV. I did this partially last year and this had gave me good hours to work on my personal side projects. So this year I am aiming to reduce it much further. Will utilize the time gained in 4 personal projects I have lined up for 2011!!

4. Building discipline. Whatever be the goal, whatever be the target, Discipline always triumphs will power. So will do many small tasks daily to build discipline. Like excising daily, keeping desk clean, running, eat healthy etc

So there they are, 4 simple goals that I would like to pursue in 2011!

Now it's your turn to commit!!

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78 fortran interview questions you can face in an interview!

There is powercut in my area and I am sitting in complete dark. It's 8 pm and I can't do anything.

So to utilize this time I list 78 fortran questions that you can be asked in a fortran interview?

1. What is common block in fortran?
2. How many types of common are there?
3. What is difference between named and unnamed common?
4. What is an equivalence statement?
5. What is statement functions?
6. What is the use of statement function?
7. What is the equivalent of commons in fortran 90?
8. How are arrays stored in fortran?
9. How is array storage different in fortran and c?
10. Is memory allocation possible in fortran?
11. Is there pointers in fortran?
12. How will you implement pointers in fortran?
13. What is type Declaration?
14. Give the kinds of variables you can create in fortran?
15. What is the Use of modules in fortran?
16. What is select case statement?
17. Explain computed go to statement?
18. What is the statement to create a file in fortran?
19. What is the statement to append a file in fortran?
20. What are allocatable arrays?
21. Is it a correct declaration statement -> real :: a(:,:)
22. What does the above declaration statement mean?
23. What is the purpose of continue statement?
24. What is array slicing?
25. Can you dynamic arrays in fortran?
26. How to declare a string variable of 10 character?
27. What is format statement?
28. How will you output a 10 character variable? Show via a format statement
29. what is kind operator?
30. Can you increase the precision of the variable?
31. If yes how. If no why not?
32. What does include statement do?
33. What is namelists?
34. Why use namelist?
35. What is block data?
36. What is the purpose of blog data?
36. What is pass by reference and pass by value?
37. Name ten intrinsic functions?
38. What are intrinsic functions?
39. What does real a(*) mean?
40. Is this correct declarative statement. Real a(*,4)?
41. What does Len=* in character variable declaration mean?
42. What is contains?
43. Use of contains?
44. How to create global variables in fortran?
45. What is the difference between real and real*8?
46. Create complex variable in fortran?
47. How will you access the real and imaginary part of the fortran variable?
48. What is implicit none?
49. What happens if we don't use implicit none?
50. Can a fortran array start with 0?
51. Is the array declaration correct integer is(-10,20)?
52. How do you concatenate two strings in fortran?
53. What is the difference between stop and end statement?
54. What are data statements?
55. How to use data statement?
56. What is parameter?
57. How do you define a constant in fortran?
58. What is implied read and write statement?
59. How to define a 3 dimension integer array?
60. What does write(*,*) mean?
61. How can you read ten or more variables at a time?
62. What is entry statement?
63. What is save statement?
64. What is where statement?
65. Where do your use forall statement?
66. Can you do object oriented programming in fortran?
67. What is the continuation character in fortran 90 and above?
68. Difference between print and write statement?
69. How to define a Boolean variable
70. What does this operator mean ==
71. What is the power operator in fortran?
72. What is computed if?
73. How to convert real to integer and vice versa?
74. What is dimension statement?
75. What is a pure function?
76. What is !DEC$ statement?
77. How to use compiler directives in fortran program?
78. What does index intrinsic do?

Knowing answers to all question is not important. Knowing the right answers for the right question is important!!

Find more interview questions via this link

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Ls-dyna Analysis tutorials

Well this one will be a short post.

If you are into analysis and by any chance use LS-Dyna analysis
software tool, then I have a site to recommend to you all.

It's !!

Yes as the name suggest there are numerous downloadable ls-dyna
examples on this website.

Even if you are not into Ls-dyna, but are in analysis, I suggest you
take a tour of this website. You will comeout by learning something

That's it, if you know about other sites that might be helpful to
other users of this blog, please do name it in comments.


More tool specific advice can be searched via this link

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Quotes Collected Over 2010

I am in the habit of collecting quotes, lines from the blogs, books and article that I read. Formed this habit while I was onsite last time and ever since stayed with me…

So here’s the collection of the same. Wherever possible and where I remembered I have attributed the quote the concerned person.

Do let me know which one striked a chord with you…. :)

  • You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.-John Wooden
  • Repeated fresh attacks are how hard problems are solved in the real world – Studyhacks
  • Risking the appearance of weakness takes strength. And the market knows it - Seth Godin
  • The desire to actually start doing something comes from within - external motivators and ideas only channel it in an interesting way. - The simple Dollar
  • Talent grows with production - Cal Newport
  • You can add value in two ways: You can know the answers. You can offer the questions. - Seth Godin
  • As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters. - J K Rowling
  • Personal finance success - or success in any avenue of life - isn't about being all things to all people. It's about being the important things to the truly important people.  -the simple dollar
  • We need something more than ourselves to be ourselves.  -Mark Vernon's
  • Your strengths are not "what you're already good at " but what make you feel strong and fulfilled in that moment - Marcus Buckingham's
  • Creativity happens not with one brilliant flash but in a chain reaction of many tiny sparks while executing an idea....insight and execution are inextricably woven together...each adjustment [involves] a small spark of insight that [leads] to others
  • "What really matters,happens at the edges"  - Guy Kawasaki
  • Don't aim to be liked, aim to be memorable. - Chuck Palahniuk
  • "Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly."  -Robert F. Kennedy
  • A grand challenge can be the spark, but a carefully crafted series of steps in one's own professional development is critical to future success in a technology-oriented world -  Dr. Bobby Braun, NASA
  • "Given two people with exactly the same ability, the one person who manages day in and day out to get in one more hour of thinking will be tremendously more productive over a lifetime." - Dr. Richard Hamming
  • At the core of getting better is deliberate practice, stretching yourself beyond your current capability - Cal Newport
  • I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well." - Diane Ackerman
  • Never allow a person to tell you no who doesn't have the power to say yes." - Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Everyone has talent. What is rare is the courage to follow the talent to the dark place where it leads." - Erica Jong
  • A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • Working right trumps finding the right work.
  • Only invest time in the things you want to be good at
  • Yale Professor Richard Sennett calls craftsmanship "an enduring, basic human impulse, the desire to do a job well for its own sake."
  • Auer responded, "Practice with your fingers, and you need all day. Practice with your mind, and you will do as much in 1-1/2 hours."
  • "Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be." Abraham Lincoln
  • There are only two problems in life: (1) you know what you want, and you don't know how to get it; and/or (2) you don't know what you want.  Steven Snyder
  • View your job as an opportunity, not a paycheck. –SG
  • If you wait to do what you're told, it's way too late. -Seth Godin
  • It's just like selling encyclopedias. No doorbell ring = No sale
  • "My experience is what I agree to attend to." - William James
  • I'll live the focused life, because it's the best kind there is - Winifred Gallagher
  • Training your mind is crucial in building a good life - Winifred Gallagher
  • Life is the sum total of what you focus on
  • It is better be alone than in bad company. - George Washington
  • An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest. -Benjamin Franklin
  • We want/need both the material compensation from work and the feeling of contribution we get from work. Without the feeling that what we do matters, we are left with an emotional letdown.
  • The more you toss yourself into areas of change that match your skills and passions, the more valuable you become very quickly.
  • Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
  • You can't let praise or criticism get to you. It's a weakness to get caught up in either one.
  • If you're not making mistakes, then you're not doing anything. I'm positive that a doer makes mistakes.
  • Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
  • If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?
  • Working hard builds great things. Chasing results ends up like Wall Street.
  • If we don't start, it's certain we can't arrive. - Zig Ziglar
  • In her multimedia book THE FIRESTARTER SESSIONS, Danielle LaPorte urges you to pay attention to something else: what people compliment you on. "The gratitude you receive is a reflection of your genius. Create a habit of noticing where and when appreciation comes at you in your life and work. It's part of the feedback loop of strengths and talent that you need to invest in, in order to thrive and feel fulfilled and effective."
  • Robert Heinlein put it, "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects"
  • Travel is about the experience, not what you bring with you.
  • Vision without execution is hallucination - Thomas Edison
  • "When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is probably wrong." - Arthur C. Clarke's lesser known three laws
  • The brain is such a monkey to begin with, leaping after the happy bananas of distraction - Tribal writer
  • If you've got a wagon full of rice as food aid, you can just dump it in the town square and drive away. You have all the power. But if you have to sell something in order to succeed, it moves the power from the seller to buyer.
  • Employees do more than just complete the tasks you give them. They establish a pace, a culture, a tone for your company. -Seth Godin
  • Remember, the number one thing you have to invest is your time. -Seth Godin
  • Advice from others primarily as an opportunity for greater insight into the mind of the advice-giver, rather than as something useful to be acted upon ourselves. - Ben Casnocha
  • When giving advice, include the word "because." It increases eventual absorption, regardless of what you say after the word "because."  - Ben Casnocha
  • When you give advice, it's easy to fan the embers but hard to strike a new fire.  - Ben Casnocha
  • Whoever is happy will make others happy, too." Mark Twain.
  • "It is easy to be heavy: hard to be light." G. K. Chesterton
  • One common approach is a shotgun clause. It says that at any point, Person A can offer to buy out Person B. Person B then has a few days either to take the money or to turn around and pay Person A exactly the amount proposed. It's guaranteed to be fair, and it's quick.
  • A student who has no perceived math ability, or illegible handwriting or the inability to sit still for five minutes gets immediate and escalating attention. The student with no curiosity, on the other hand, is no problem at all
  • Because advertising is a little like watering seeds, you don't want to miss even one cycle.
  • Instead of always looking for a new prospect, a new audience, a new market, make sure you harvest all the apples on this tree first.
  • The best performers set goals that are not about the outcome but rather about the process of reaching the outcome. -Geoff Colvin
  • Planning a career at a career fair is a little like looking for a soulmate at a singles' bar. –SG
  • The first time he faced someone with a gun, he was frightened. The second time, less so. The third time, it meant nothing.
  • You don't have to be the target of an assassin to develop the attitude of urgency - 50 cents
  • Creative excellence, which is the focus of the "Song", is not a singular entity, but depends rather, like the flavor of a cake or a cup of coffee, on an appropriate blend of a range of factors - principals of excellence
  • Success, in any field, has to be created. -principles of excellence
  • The easiest way to force the insight of what can be lived without is by playing a game of constraints: You have to ship on Friday, you can't add more people, you can't work nights. Fixed resources, fixed time. All that's left to give is scope. It's amazing how creative the cuts and sharp the sacrifices become when you're backed into a corner. - noise and signal
  • Excellence is a journey.
  • "To the extent that your work takes into account the needs of the world, it will be meaningful; to the extent that through it you express you unique talents, it will be joyful" (Laurence Boldt - How to Find the Work You Love).
  • "The only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve" (Albert Schweitzer).
  • Learn to think like a shepherd who spends his days watching our for problems and the needs of his flock. In the Bible, sheep are often used as a metaphor for people.
  • Have you been failing and feeling unfulfilled because you have been trying to do things you are simply not equipped to do - like a fish trying to walk or a mouse trying to swim?
  • When asked in a TV chat show what he would do if he lost all his money, entrepreneur Richard Branson replied simply: "I would find something interesting to do".
  • "Never be a minion, always be an owner." - the 50th law
  • Busy does not equal important. Measured doesn't mean mattered –SG
  • More time spent under the car hood means less time spent on diagnosis and repair. - Fixed to flexible by Todd Sattersten
  • Farmers prefer productive meetings, hunters want to simply try stuff and see what happens. –SG
  • All of this came out of Napoleon's determination to see everything around him as an opportunity. By looking for these opportunities, he found them - the 50th law
  • An opportunist in life sees all hindrances as instruments for power - 50th law
  • In general, obstacles force your mind to focus and find ways around them. They heighten your mental powers and should be welcomed. -50th law
  • "You don't become indispensable merely because you are different. But the only way to become indispensable is to be different. That's because if you're the same, so are plenty of other people." – linchpin
  • He didn't care if people thought he was different-he was proud of it. - 50th law
  • I am amazed at this wonderful dynamo in the mind that can create a novel from a single image. You should give yourself to your imagination. - John Fowles
  • An important trait of the great programmers is constructive laziness -Eric Raymond
  • Often, the most striking and innovative solutions come from realizing that your concept of the problem was wrong – ER
  • Antoine de Saint-Exup (who was an aviator and aircraft designer) said: 'Perfection (in design) is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but rather when there is nothing more to take away.'
  • Comfort the frightened, coach the clueless and teach the uninformed –SG
  • When I ask you for your opinion I'm not asking you for the right answer. I'm asking you for your opinion. – SG
  • Hard work is prison sentence only if it has no meaning - Outliers Malcom Gladwell
  • If you work hard enough, assert yourself and use your mind and imagination, you can shape whatever future you want.
  • He took up boxing to discipline his mind and body
  • Progressing step-by-step was the only way to succeed in anything
  • To make this work you must choose a career or a craft that excites you in some deep way. You are creating no dividing line between work and pleasure. Your pleasure comes in mastering the process itself, and in the mental immersion it requires.
  • The fearless types in history inevitably display in their lives a higher tolerance than most of us for repetitive, boring tasks.
  • All of man's troubles come from not knowing how to sit still, alone in a room.- Blaise Pascal
  • Understand: the real secret, the real formula for power in this world, lies in accepting the ugly reality that learning requires a process, and this in turn demands patience and the ability to endure drudge work.
  • These suggestions are more like eating algorithms, mental devices for thinking through our food choices. - In defense of food
  • The Ku Klux -Klan was a group whose power-much like that of politicians or real-estate agents or stockbrokers-was derived in large part from the fact That it hoarded information.
  • In fashion as in art - style emerges not from a lack of rules but  from a mastery of them, from making them serve you instead of the  other way around. - Some guy in a stephack blog
  • Five minutes a day you might do exceptional work, remarkable work, work that matters. Five minutes a day you might defeat the lizard brain long enough to stand up and make a difference. –SG
  • Any problem is much easier to work through when you are given the solution at the beginning.
  • Asked how long it took to achieve Excellence, IBM's legendary boss Tom Watson is said to have answered more or less as follows: "A minute. You 'achieve' Excellence* by promising yourself right now that you'll never again knowingly do anything that's not Excellent-regardless of any pressure to do otherwise by any boss or situation."
  • "Work is love mode visible.  - KAHLIL GIBRAN

Well that’s it. Now tell me Which one you liked the most!!

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Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Don't take a recession salary and 2 other tips for recent AeSI graduate!!

Taking forward the last post on recent graduates, in this particularly small post I would like to point 3 things that AeSI graduates should do.

Most of them just do the opposite! These mistakes if avoided will help you in your long term success.

1. Go to every walk in and all job opportunities that come your way. Don't assume. Just go. Show up. You will always learn something and if it's your day, you might land up with a job!

2. Don't take-up whatever is available without looking at your interests!! Yes for long term success and happiness, your interest is important. Yes money will always play a good role, but before that access yourself and then accept the offer.

3. If its not recession, don't take a recession salary? Know what is the current state of the market. Ask someone in the industry about the range and take that. Any compromise you do now, joy might regret latter.

Well that's it. Do you have anything to add, your comments are always welcome. Please use the comment field!!

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Monday, January 03, 2011

One thing that you should do now if you are about to graduate from AeSI

I have written a long post on things to do in your last semester of AeSI and it's included in the after-aesi ebook.

So here I will be brief and touch upon the most important thing that you can do if you are nearing your graduation from AeSI!

Sit down with a pen a paper and list out all your good points, things you are good at, your likes and your favorite subjects, topics.

Once this is jotted down, cook up a resume for yourself. Refine it. Show it to someone, get it reviewed and finally post it in various online job portals.

The advantage of this simple yet not so easy task are many.

You will know where you stand. Your own introspection and coming up of a resume with it, will help your mind to get focused.

You will know what you need to learn and do to be job ready once you graduate.

Uploading your resume on job portal will allow you to receive job listing based on your resume. This job listing will tell you where you actually stand, what areas needs to be improved, which skill is most sought after.

So what are you waiting for. If it's your last or second last semester, find more on how to write a resume and get started.

Start building your resume before you actually need it.

Resume building tips can be found at

Good luck

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Look beyond the periphery

A few days back I meet a guy who is doing some fortran work in a govt agency as contract engineer!

It seems he has been doing this task as a contract engineer there for 6 months. His task is to develop the tool being created there. He took the task from a previous guy and is now the owner of that task.

He proudly mentions this job in his resume, but when I talked to him and asked him about his task and especially about fortran, he was blank.

He is coding in fortran but he knows next to nothing about it. He knows how to change and use do loops and if statements but nothing else.

He is blank when you ask him about common, shakes his head when you ask about column major and row major.

This i think is the problem that most of the folks doing training and first time jobber have. They don't learn the periphery of their jobs. They do there assigned tasks and leave it there.

Learning more and getting better at what they are already doing never enters their mind. Most concentrate on doing something else apart of getting better knowledge on what they are already doing.

So if you are in the similar stage, please please concentrate on the work you are doing. Master it, learn from it. The grass always looks greener on the other side, but do remember it's your side that will count.

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Supporting structures

They are building an over-bridge on the road next to our area. Construction had began a few months back.

The actual work is going on now, but the pre work, securing the place, creating by pass roads, erecting supporting structures have began way back at the start of the year.

Now the slabs and the cement work is in full swing and I am sure they will finish the work by the scheduled time.

Why don't we apply the same technique for completing our resolutions and goals?

At the start of the year we decide some resolutions like to get fit and we start. And loose the steam just a week or month later.

Why not create supporting structures like the people in construction industry do?

Why not erect our own bamboos just the way it's done for building homes, before the actual work begins.

A little pre preparation on your goals ( resolutions) can go a long way.

If your resolution is to study more, make plan to fix a time for it. Support the resolution with necessary details of keeping the books you want to study close by, deciding what to study and fixing the time.

Once everything is ready, rest is just a matter of following the plan.

So if you have written some resolutions for yourself, make sure you build some solid support for achieving them. Think what changes you can implement in your surrounding to help you reach your resolution.

Have a success filled new year!!

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