5 Quotes to ponder on from Tribe Mentors

I wrote a quick review on the book, A tribe of mentors, but wanted to go into more detail and give you some of the quotes that that really hit home for me. I chose 5 of them to share with you.

I truly found a lot of value in this book. If you are interested, go ahead and read my quick review here and then get a copy for yourself.

1. Perspective and focus:

“It is not what you look at that matters, it is what you see.”

Henry David Thoreau

2. Good decisions:

“Hard choices, easy life, easy choices hard life”

Jerzy Gregory

3. Being true:

“Integrity is the only path where you will never get lost”.

Mike Maples Jr.

4. Hanging around the right people:

“It is the quality of your relationships that determine the quality of your life”

Esther Perel

5. On taking action:

“To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing”

Elbert Hubbard

a brilliant talk on how to prepare for success

I watched this talk and it answered most of the questions I had about how to succeed and make an impact.

The talk is titled “You and your research/career”, implying your career is something to be studied.

You should watch it yourself, but for me, the main take away is: “Work on important things with important people”.

I hope you learn something that inspires you to take charge of your career. Where do you want to be, who do you want to work with and what kind of legacy do you want to leave behind.

I got this talk from: Must-See Tech Talks for Every Programmer

Why I no longer care about politics, but I still vote

A few years ago, I was politically fired up. I believed that politics would fix all the problems we were having in our beautiful country. I used to think, if only party X would win, or if only party Y would get better, then we’d be in for real change. I honestly believed the answers to our problems can be solved with politics.

Politics, a game smothered in corruption and parties making promises they can’t keep. The parties that are genuine cannot create enough “buzz” as they won’t do whatever it takes.

The day I stopped caring about politics was when I realised this: Even if politics changed it wouldn’t affect my life that much, I would not be healthier and I would not be happier. The effect that politics and the government have on our day to day lives is very minimal. Of course, if things go haywire, it affects us all, but it affects us all the same.

Instead of focusing on politics.  I choose to work on myself. In the words of Jim Ron:

“When you change, Everything will change for you”

There’s a prayer I remember, one those that people hang up on their bathroom walls, called the Serenity prayer:

“God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the Wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other”

Now, I completely ignore politics. I still vote and that, that is where my input stops. I will no longer pour any of my energy into politics by having debates on Facebook, talking about it socially while secretly hoping that one day, politics will save us.