Declarative vs Imperative Goal Setting

Declarative vs Imperative Goal Setting

Goals come in all shapes and sizes. Life goals, year-end goals, New Year’s resolutions, Quarterly targets, and so on. A common approach to goal setting is:

  • Step 1: Define end goal
  • Step 2: Enumerate the steps needed to achieve that goal
  • Step 3: Perform the steps that were identified
  • (Hopefully) achieve the goal

This simple flowchart illustrates this:

Figure 1. Imperative goal setting

In computer programming, when you define the actions step by step until you reach your desired state, it is called imperative programming. As this same concept is evident in the diagram above, we can call this Imperative Goal Setting. When your plan consists of executing specific steps and actions, then your plan is imperative. read more

On Consolation

On Consolation

My sister passed away on February 24 after almost three years of her battle with cancer. She courageously persisted, and fought till the end.

Seneca the Younger (4 BC – AD 65) was one of the great Stoic writers. A Roman senator, he was exiled in AD 41 as he went against the reigning emperor. He wrote To mother Helvia, On consolationwhile on exile to provide comfort to his mother.

In death, the comforters usually are the surviving friends and family, but as Seneca is still alive in exile, he was able to do this himself using his own words. This writing, together with his other works about the shortness of life, provided me with insights on how to deal with the death of my sister. read more

How to deploy your frontend application using AWS Amplify

How to deploy your frontend application using AWS Amplify

In recent years, it became easier and simpler to deploy and publish your application in the internet. Previously, you will need to purchase your own virtual machine, install libraries and then configure to deploy your application. This requires money, time, and expertise if you decide to do it yourself. Today there are lots of free (or cheap) services that will build and deploy your application in a click of a button or a code update. read more

Buying Time

Buying Time

I wanted to do that but I didn’t have time!“. Have you heard yourself say this before? I am certain everyone did at some point. We all wish we have the time to do the things we want. 24 hours is not enough for a day!

But think about other people whom you admire. Perhaps its someone who leads a successful business, or someone who produces amazing works of art. These are people who spent a lot of time practicing and honing their skills. How did they find time to do these things? Why am I not as skilled as them even though all of us had the same number of hours in a day? read more

Your Truth

Your Truth

You just received a message from a friend asking for a favor. This has already happened more times than you wanted. You feel anxious and uncomfortable but you just can’t refuse. You’re not the kind of person who disappoints and lets other people down, are you? Defeated, you give in to your friend’s request. You have failed again to speak your truth.

What is your truth?

You are always playing it safe. It’s ok to be honest on your feedback!“, a colleague said to me one day. I was a bit jarred. Is there anything wrong with that? “I like to keep everything in harmony as much as possible“, I thought to myself. read more