Monthly Archives: April 2015
You know how every new years people say “new year, new things”? Yes… I’m sure you do, Infact this year I said the same exact thing. Unfortunately, news years had come and gone, February was approaching and I had no job, almost done with college and nothing to show for it, no future plans,no business,no money basically no sense of direction… So for me, no new thing had come about since new years; same old problems and situations. I was just as pathetic this year as I was last year.
I realised that I didn’t like where my life was heading, I mean, it was not the life my mother would have wanted for me. So I decided to change things. So the first thing I decided to do with my new found drive for change, was to look for a job. It cant be that hard (oh so I thought…)
I got my sister, who is always my moral support to take me in order to calm my nerves. We drove and parked the car next to the office. I got out of the car feeling as confident as ever. I mean, I am smart, I am on deans list, I get A’s and B’s in school. Who wouldn’t want me? Little did I know that this interview would be the worst and yet the best interview of my life.
I entered my soon to be boss’ office and greeted him.
Wanjiru: (Confidently) Hi, I am Wanjiru
Dan: (Warm and Kind) Hello, I am Dan Nduati. Please take a seat. Are you ready?
Wanjiru: Yes Sir I am
Dan: Great! Lets get started…
Let me tell you, EVERYTHING went down hill from this point…
I walked into the interview room with literally nothing. This I later learnt was my first mistake. Seems obvious right? I did have my CV but in this situation the CV didn’t mean much.
Dan looked at my CV made a few comments and put it aside.
Dan: I see you are on deans list that’s pretty cool. So tell me, more about yourself
Wanjiru: I am a journalism major and USIU, I am in my last year, and I want to work here.
Clearly this answer was not good enough for Mr Dan; he pushed for more information,
Dan: Mhhmmm, that’s great, but please tell me something that is not on your CV.
I froze, at this moment, I knew I was finished… Dan probably saw the panic in my eyes and moved on
Dan: Okay, What have you heard or what do you know about Brand2D?
I thought to myself, their company is called Brand2D so for sure they do Branding. I gave a very foolish answer (at that time it seemed smart)
Wanjiru: You do branding.
Dan: (Very unamused) Wait you mean you don’t know what we do? You are applying for a job here and didn’t even do any research?”
This was my second mistake.
Dan: What else do you do? Any hobbies?
I got super excited at this point and proudly replied
Wanjiru: I love photography and blogging.
Dan: (Full of hope) So, where are some of the pictures you have taken? or blog posts that you have written?
Wanjiru: Oh! I don’t have any. I would give you my link but I have not updated my blogs in a long time
This was my third mistake.
Dan (shocked): You came in here having not done any research. You had no portfolio. You don’t update your blogs, which by the way tell me you are not consistent. Your CV does not show me who you really are. Its just the normal kind of CVs. I would have liked to see more of your personality. Some color some cool designs instead of the normal. you should have created a CV that stands out, this is a branding company.
Dan gave me such a woishe look that made me realise I didn’t have the job. He simply told me, “Thank you for coming”.
I felt so bad about that interview that my sister took me for some ice-cream to help me feel better.
Somehow, Dan decided to give me a second chance and the second time round, Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets I kicked the ball out of the park and I got hired. I updated my CV and made it have some spank, I put together my portfolio that also had my blog posts. Most important, I did my research and was able to show them why I was a good fit.
As I re-read this blog post, I realise how silly I was. I thought I could breeze through this interview. I seriously made no effort.
Looking back, I am glad it happened the way it did. I learnt a lot. Now before any interview, or meeting, I do ALL the research I can do so I am not lost. I come with all documents that are needed. I was lucky that Dan gave a second chance. Not many people get those so its best to just do our best the first time round.
I have the coolest boss in the world and a pretty amazing job that teaches me so much and gives me the opportunity to do the things I love most. Plus now I have such an awesome CV that kicks A$$.
The moment I typed the title to this post “Don’t Be Afraid To Fall”, I knew it would definitely be my motto for the rest of the year. Three weeks ago I went for an ice skating party at Panari Sky Centre. On the rink that evening were people with different levels of ability: some could skate well enough to play hockey, the host could figure skate, and then there were the regular Kenyans like me.
I began skating by holding on to a blue dolphin doll that balances on the ice. It looks very weird as it was probably designed to be used by children, but I held on to that dolphin like my life depended on it. I held on so tightly, I eventually put all of my weight on it and fell onto the ice. In that instance, falling was the best thing that could have happened to me. It was a “eureka” moment, as I realized that falling wasn’t so bad. I ditched the dolphin and used the side rails. In less than half an hour I was skating across the rink in the middle of the ice, even falling two more times in total.
As I looked around at the people I had started with, one thing really stood out to me: they hadn’t moved. Many were still leaning, even sitting on the toy dolphins; others were squeezing the side rails very tightly, completely unable to relax and let go of the fear of falling. It hit me that they were the ones stopping their own progress because they feared falling more than they desired to skate.
This made me think of all the times I stay in my comfort zone because I’m too afraid to fall:
Professionally where I am afraid to risk an investment in my company, Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets hire someone new, or push my team because I’m too afraid of the pain that would be accompanied with these risks. The ice skating taught me that not all falls must be detrimental; each fall is not going to take us back to the time when we could not afford to pay salaries or to the period where we lost many key members of the team.
In personal relationships where I fail to tell the people I love how I really feel about them, what I really think about what they do and what they mean to me. While falling at the skating rink I learned that these steps do not need to be taken at once, but we can grow through short moments of vulnerability.
The long term lesson I took from the skating rink is that if the motive is right the fall does not hurt so bad nor does the pain last that long.
willpower is not a personality trait, a skill or a virtue. Instead it operates like a muscle”. And as such it can be strengthened.” Willpower: Rediscovering the Greatest Human Strength
Many of us give up just at the thought that something is undoable. Here’s the catch, no one ever accomplished something by sitting and relaxing. Those who tried are the ones who are most likely to get something done.
Every January we come up with resolutions just because everyone is doing so. Many of us do not put much thought into the goals we set for ourselves. Thinking about the goals you set helps you to know the mechanics you will follow in order to achieve them. The goals you set need to be achieved by no one but yourself. If you do not achieve them, it is you who is to blame. You have not done everything it takes to achieve your goals. Sometimes circumstances force you to adapt your goals but really, we do not achieve our goals because we do not try hard enough.
It is only self-discipline which will help you achieve your goals. This is because most of us start something but slack when we see that results are not coming fast enough. Patience is key if you have to achieve anything good. Quick fixes result in one being half baked. Question is, how do you cultivate self-discipline? How do you ensure that self-discipline runs across every facet of your life?
Start slowly: no one achieved anything by doing everything at once. Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets When developing a good habit you need to begin slowly. Do not bombard yourself with huge unrealistic goals to be achieved in a short period of time.
Establish a routine: When people hear routine, they imagine a boring life, no fun and so on. These routines should help you learn how to do meaningful things in the course of your day. Establishing a routine can help you get extra things done. A good example would be to find time each day to exercise or read more.
Identify your goals: You have to know what exactly you want over a definite period of time. Set realistic goals with realistic timelines.
Visualise the rewards: This really helps you to continue pushing on even when the going gets really tough. It will enable you to give what you are doing the best since you know what you are going to gain afterwards.
It can be a huge deal to make something become a habit. When the going gets tough remember that the longest journey begun with the first step.
Many people have different ideas about what makes a website good enough. Some say it’s in the design while others say it is in the amount of traffic experienced on the website. All this is true but there is more to a successful website than traffic or design.
The biggest goal your website should seek to achieve is generation of traffic and conversions. These are the greatest business objectives of any website. So how exactly do you achieve them?
Gain user trust: A website gains the trust of the users by churning great, reliable content. The information should be as accurate as possible so that your audience can benefit from it. The website should also be easy to access without trying to trick people into clicking links or registering on email links.
Mobile friendly: Nowadays more people are using their mobile phones as it is more reliable and convenient to do so. As you create your website you should have this in mind since many people want to see a mobile friendly website. Large Tea Cups Cute Tea Cups Wholesale Vintage Tea Sets Amber Bangle Bracelets It should be easy to get the information you need from a website while on your mobile phone.
Website speed: Your website should not take forever to load. People get very bored when they have to wait so long for a website to load the images. Chances are they will proceed to another website that loads quickly making you lose a lead. To make your website fast you could consider using suitable designs that will make your website ‘light’
References: Your website should contain references to other good sites. This will help search engines place you higher because referencing shows that your website is reliable and trustworthy.
A good website takes a lot of time and work to build. How your website turns out eventually is a product of your dedication to it. Never expect a website to shoot in the search engine rankings out of the blue. Time is a great factor in its becoming a truly awesome website.