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The Five Minute Challenge

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There are things that we all wish we could do but don't seem to have the time to do.  That could be anything from creating art such as paintings or music to working out or meditating.  With our busy schedules, it always seems that there simply is not enough time to do some of the things we really want to do.

Is there something that you have been wanting to do for a while?  What if I told you that you have the time and you can do it easily.  I learned this tip recently. Do the 5 minute challenge.  Commit yourself to just five minutes everyday doing it and cut yourself no slack for skipping the five minutes. Almost Everyone has five minutes...almost everyone.  The point of the exercise is not to get results from whatever it is that you are doing but rather to create a habit.  Try it. I challenge you to do something that you really want to do for five minutes every day for the next thirty days.  You can thank me later.

You can get more helpful tips like this one from the book How S…

Are You Following Your Dreams?

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There is something within all of us. That something, many call a gift and it is accompanied by an inner voice that will calls us to it all of our life. We can choose to ignore it or we can choose to follow it. It takes everything we got to follow it; courage, humility, perseverance, persistence, patience, love, passion. It takes nothing to ignore it, other than your time wasted on this earth. Time wasted doing something you're only lukewarm about.

So what prompts me to write this? I'll answer it by asking this question: If you are a software developer, are you doing what you were born to do? Are you doing what you love the most? 

Beware of Null Database Columns

I created a new post on codematterings regarding the issue of null database columns. Go check it out.  http://www.codematterings.com/software-engineer/beware-of-null-database-columns

Dressing Up Can Hurt Your Chances of Getting the Job

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Traditional thinking tells us that it is safer to dress up than to dress down.  Wearing a suit and tie to an interview when only a button up is expected, is safer than wearing a polo, when a suit and tie is expected.  This kind of thinking comes from true and tried corporate culture, where success says that a well fitted suit and tie makes the best impression.  Wearing a suit and tie is considered a sign of success and power (throw in the red tie to demonstrate you are a real alpha type).  Dressing down on the other hand, such as wearing a polo and Khakies, can send the message that you are a slouch or lazy individual. Show up wearing a polo and you can send the signal that you are too laid back.

On the other hand, many of my technical peers will consider you too uptight, if you show up wearing a suit and tie. If your suit is specially well fitted and you speak in an articulate manner, but are questionable in your technical speak, you may be seen as the salesman type (developers don&…