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Be confident in the pace you can achieve

Get used to learn from only one book for a whole semester during all these year when I was educated in China. I found myself intentionally or automatically treat “learning something as a whole” requiring a large amount of time. That leads to a status that I would not start learning such as subject, such as learning how to use the software Dreamwear. However, that amount of whole spare time hardly came and that’s why I missed so much subjects to learn (such as VB language).

Always being told that work pace is far more different than in school, I suddenly realize why should I set myself a limitation on the pace of learning a subject. For that “long time” prediction, it is an evidence of not being confident in myself. If we can achieve a three-time faster pace in work, why can’t we achieve the same fast pace in study or self-study.

A couple of friends have told me the first half year on their job they gained more knowledge more than the accumulated four years in college. So I suppose we are all underestimate our potential in learning ability. Don’t be afraid of the coming subject, but just start conquering it.

Also there are techniques we need to apply to be a better faster learner.

 

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SEO to improve the chance to be found out

Improving a website’s chance to appear on the first page of search results for the keywords can be achieved by search engine optimization (SE0). There are a couple of aspects that a website could improve to achieve SEO. Firstly, social media is of great value and importance for SEO because those media channel are constantly changing or updating with major industry keywords. From the perspective of search engine, the more recent it is, the higher rank it would be in the results. Secondly, taking the search engine algorithm into consideration during the process of designing the website should make a difference in SEO. Two types of SEO are on-page SEO and off-page SEO. On-page SEO is how well the content is presented to the search engine while off-page SEO refers to how good other websites say about the website. On-page SEO can be refined and improve its search engine score quickly while off-page SEO account for 75% of the score and takes time to be improved. Off-page SEO is mainly to have more inbound links and inbound links from websites with high authority, which largely dependent on valuable and remarkable content. On-page SEO contains nine areas that should be clearly presented. Page title, Meta description, headings, cascading style sheets, images, domain information, MOZ rank, Google crawl date and URL structure are the places that a web designer should pay attention to. Overall, keywords should be included and put in prominent places such as title, image file and Meta data, structure need to be lay out clearly and simple, multimedia should be used appropriately but not overwhelming. More technologically, long domain name, higher Moz rank, recent Google crawling the site and clear URL structure are dependent on back-end parts of your website but worth improving on in order to achieve effective SEO.

Appreciate every small “activity”, no single “step” would dramatic change you

Every time when I look at prologue for the purpose of recommendation, it would decreeable the book as a turning point that makes a dramatic change for life. However, every time when I finish reading the book, I felt nothing that astonishing as expected. I always look forward to gain a great value from a event, a social networking or just a meeting. However, it should be of great value when a book could provides you one or two points that throw light on you. It would be great gain if you could make a friend who keep in touch with in a social networking.

Such a bad habit also lies in the way that I would spare a whole day out and plan to make a big progress. For example, I would choose to learn how to use Adobe Dreamwearer  in a single day but not spend one hour every day for a month. The result is really clear that I alway failed to meet my expectation because the learning process require time and consistent effort.

Because I hold high expectation to a single event/activity/person, I could not appreciate those small but valuable elements in these things. Because I want to put all tasks together without breakdown, I felt stressful and impact on performance.

Appreciate every small incremental step and then change occurs; appreciate every minute and then efforts accumulates.

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You should never be afraid of competition –From Pro. Evans

To be an entrepreneur is not to play a game. It seems I could have one thousand great ideas but when take it as an idea to really invest money into, I retreat. There could be so much potent ion competition that if I could make money while others would not follow….

One very popular slogan we repeated in high school was” If you think I can, I can; If I think I can, I can!”. Similarly, this is just about an attitude about how we could look at the  notice of potential risk and difficulties. By noticing potential competitions, it is not about being beat but about making the business more stronger in core competitiveness.

With value proposition into essential areas of business but not in low pricing, competition should be an incentive to be more innovative in both cost reduce and value adding.

Complain is not a strategy to face competition, just think what to do to win it over!

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Now or Never!

Since had the chance to read the book “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity” by David Allen, I made a mistake that hold the concept to put all things “Next”. However, such “next” did give a relief from facing with too much things at the same time but also make a illusion that I am very safe to do the “Next”s. Therefore, the “Next”s never come to me until very close to deadline. I wanted to travel a lot, I wanted to learn a third language, I wanted to have an experience in shooting, I wanted to go to flying courses, I wanted….. All beautiful things but had hardly been realized!

Memory goes back to the time when graduating from college and needed to choose whether go work or overseas study. The most frequent word we use to encourage each other is “Now Or Never”. So does everything else. Plan now, do it now! Should really get out of the comfort zone by not creating myself a “next” zone!nike-1023x8451

Just do it with small steps and get further to reach perfection

When learning things from book, you get confused. Reading the book of “The New Psycho-Cybernetics” and other similar theories, it stress the importance of viewing everything in detail before you get started and get fully prepared. But when you really do it, you could never get started because you could never get everything into consideration into every detail. This expectation for perfection cause a problem of procrastinating for me, then.

It seems I would have a lot of things in mind, but it turn out to be too short to be passage. I expect to be astonishing  for the first draft but every time it turned out to just meet the deadline and basic requirements.  Every time I regret and swear I would never start so late under the pressure of  deadline, I still start late next time. There seems to be no productivity even I start early but deadline be the most incentive to improve productivity.

Suffering so much through these repetitive pressure and rescue and pressure agin, I figure out the ultimate barrier is the notion that I ask myself to do things perfect at the first time and one shot.

To get rid of this, I change the view to get started with small step and just do it to get further development toward perfection during the process with several draft review. This would be a reminder every time I would hesitate to postpone tasks  into “later on”.

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Continuous effort, meaning of this blog to me and Thank Pro. Evans

    While setting up this blog is an assignment from Professor Evans, which assignment I would be totally not qualified to requirement, I should still appreciate this pressure during the process. 

    Caring more on how to do and seeking for way of standing in those “Philosophy” topics, I know the most important different aspect in me with US culture lies in “Action”. Some people say, when Chinese friends get together, they would talk about “what is the meaning of life, who do yo get connected, who would be in charge and who has more power”, while when Americans talk over sports, travel, life experience and what happened to friends. That has been summarized as Chinese care about connection but Americans are more into life itself on the details. I don’t believe this could just category Chinese and Americans into such two dimensions but the notion really describe me. 

    The most important impact that overseas life throw on me is recognizing the beauty and necessity to live life on the ground and into detail. Get more than asking about what life means to you and knows what the world is, to live the life in every detail in action, such as learning a traveling, hiking or just watching a sport. There should not always be something gained from a “thing”. Accomplishment or purpose, had been alway asked by myself before doing something, which leads to take life into all parts as “projects”. For example, I would work heavily on preparing for an assignment or exam within two or three days just to live up to the assignment itself. Actually, that is what life has been for me, everything academic with which I could just spend a few days to handle well, treating life as a line of separate projects.

   However, at the stage of getting independent really on my own. I should notice the biggest necessity is to change that notion to view it as continuous efforts contributes to life success. Short time ago, assignments are just allocated burden on me while now I feel to find the real passion and value in what I spend time in.  To connect what the theory with what it really relate to the practical world. 

   Just like this blog, was supposed to post every week but still procrastinate until the every deadline even though a lot of ideas came to me during the semester. But I am determined to use this blog as a tool to build the new habit of continuous work within the 21 days and keep the good habit for lifelong!

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