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Steve Job’s commencement address in Stanford…

Steve Job was and is one of the most inspirational and motivational icons in my life. Needless to say why;  he is my favorite star in all rounds of life. So let me share his address which i found really inspirational.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.
The first story is about connecting the dots.
I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?
It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.
And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.
It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:
Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.
None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.
Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.
My second story is about love and loss.
I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.
I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.
I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.
During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.
I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it.
Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.
My third story is about death.
When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.
Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.
About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.
I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.
This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:
No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.
Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.
When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.
Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish

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World is changed……..

I always had a thought that one day I may experience new things in my life. The thought of mine wasn’t mistaken or wrong. The change in the way the world is being operated and seen has something to be realized by each individual dwelling in this world. When I write this I am sure many will oppose, many may feel that I am truly pessimistic. Yet, the present scenario of the world that I see through the lens of my eyes are another need to do so. Nevertheless let me take my keen interest to share what the world has been changed. When I say the change in the present scenario, I don’t mean that the position of sun and moon, Northern and Southern Hemisphere being exchanged. But the thought of people residing in those hemispheres have been totally changed. I know am not an expertise or a scholar to give the fact but myself being a youngster , I would like to comment something related to the present behaviors of modern boys and girls.

Boys and girls in their teens and in early twenties love to be extra-ordinary, something unique, and something unnatural. But most of us if not all don’t exactly know how to be. We love and want to be the best, the famous, the public icon, but we don’t know the way or the path to follow. The time when the path or the journey is being taken, its too late for all of us to realize that it wasn’t the path we wanted to follow. For example, I have seen maximum of my friends suffering and crying over the split milk. The time when I saw something wrong happening to the one I know, I wondered what actually was wrong with them. Why the sadness is always emerging and their happiness being always submerged in an agonizing pain.  I have meet and seen several friends crying after their loved ones. I always tried to console, advice and even to the extent to counsel. I hate doing such things but I too can’t bear the pain when I see my friends in such an exhilarating pain. The more and more time I try spending with them and the more I learn about their problems, I came to know almost all of them had the same problem. The problem was the choices they made were the ones with different wavelengths.

In case of my girl friends, they just look for the one who are wealthy and highly qualified. Girls must know the logic that may be used by the ones who are wealthy. Before actually thinking about the present benefits you may gain from him, why not take a time to think about your future. The time where you have to leave alone: without parents or relatives. The time will come for you to cry when the puff of wind blows the mind of that guy. It may be too late when you know that man has a wife and even children. My dear friends, take your position and get in the shoes of that poor woman and the children. I get hurt and let me to think million times when i happen to see many young girls gallop with an old but wealthy man. At last I have seen it was girls who had to cry and can do nothing. But left spoiled. No other way, he has got what he wanted. If problem arises he can just pay you with any amount. Money may not be a problem for him. So, think million times my dear friends. You may get money or any other luxurious things for time being but how long will you survive with him who has a wife and children aside?

In case of my boy friends, they just look for the short time pleasure they will enjoy with a girl. They never think about that poor and pity girls. But have the mind and think what if you sister happens to be in the same case. Will you be happy? I can’t think upon it. So, try to choose a girl that will love you, trust you and care you more than anyone else. Never look for short term pleasures. It may curse you.

Finally, i would like to say that if my writing contradict and hurts anyone, Let me apologize. But both the girls and boys might have to think before deciding anything in your life. So, TAKE CARE.

Love Can be fun, yet dangerous too………….

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Throughout the history of mankind, we as a world culture have made love out to be mysterious, complex, difficult, and indefinable. It’s the subject of endless poems and literary works. There is an enormous amount of material available out there about love, a lot of it contradictory. Many of us try saying what is love but as far as i know i see love has many dimensions to be considered. The definitions can differ from mankind to mankind. So, let me share what i feel it to be….
I even fear to say what it is. Maybe there’s a fear that if  i define it, it would somehow be less powerful…less impacting…less exhilarating. Maybe we like the mystery of it. But is it really that complicated? Perhaps the complications surrounding love come from all “stuff” we add on to this powerful emotion. Lets drop all the baggage surrounding relationships and define what it is we are experiencing in the moment of love.
Love can happen in all kinds of individuals, yet the modern world takes youngsters into consideration while it is being discussed. The love shown by youngsters are more or less fragile, impure, changeable , many more which i don’t like to mention here. The feelings of youngsters change like the puff of smoke that follows the direction of the wind. But, some some suffer due to imbalance in the thinking power and due to the truth that lies that it is all creatures inability to think same.
With this very afore-stated reason some get an exhilarating pain where LOVE CAN BE DANGEROUS TOO… To further understand what i actually meant to say let me narrate a story of two lovers who faced the pain terribly. I feel sorry for both of them. The story is more or less depicted in the Thai Movie “4bia” which goes like this.
Lovers under a blossoming sakura
There lived a girl and a boy. The boy was a prince in that region. The boy loved that girl so much. The girl was handicapped due to unexpected and unfortunate taxi accident. The boy though loved that girl truly,he was unable to express his feelings to her. Later, because of some unfaithful and unavoidable circumstance the boy died. The real climax begins from here. The handicapped girl being so bored in her home alone, she just watches the beauty of the Bangkok town. The boy too has to spend almost 100 days in his coffin. Then the boy sends a message to that girl through mobile phone. The girl being so bored got extremely happy and the exchange of chats through mobile continues……”I am really bored being all alone in my room for many days” the girl wrote. The boy from his coffin replies ” I don’t get air, it is very dark here, now it is almost 100 days in this dark room.”. The girl asks the boy to call her but he refuses each time she asked. She tried to call her, but the phone replied, “No number”.
Later a girl asks him to send a photo. The girl sends her photo to him but she  immediately gets her photo back from him. The boy stated “see carefully i am near you.” She vividly could she him and got really frightened. She now remembers his message of having spent 100 days in dark room is matching with the news paper that states that the prince had died and it is now 100 days.
The boy then plans to go to meet her. The girl got really frightened,,,,He continues up the steps to her fifth storey building. He continuously puts off the lights and finally reaches to the girl. He puts off the light there too….Really frightened of the ghost she jumped out of the window and died.
So, what i concluded from this story was the boy never thought of killing the girl but due to his true and pure feelings came to meet her even from his coffin. So, we must not ignore when someone says “I Love you”. But i must warn that one must study whether the word id true or not. If true think wisely before having to jump out of the window like a poor girl. Give attention to the one who loves you truly.
There are many ways in which we give our attention to another when i say give attention. We use our five senses. Our ears to listen. Being completely present with the one who is speaking. Our eyes, watching another, undivided attention. Tasting/smelling? Touching, giving a hug, holding a hand, a cares. But i must all depend on the type of relation you are with.

Be careful too, it may also ruin your life.

Lectures and the real time work….

Monggar Regional Referral Hospital

I have got an opportunity to work in the IT department of Monggar Regional Referral Hospital for almost three weeks where i can spend my summer breaks fruitfully with the ICT and Telemedicine Service Department of the Hospital. Almost all of my friends were shocked when i said that i will doing my internship with the Hospital. The thought of only medical staff will work in the hospital may have arose in the minds of my friends. Nevertheless, I considered none of their thoughts where I have known that there will be so many ICT related works in the hospital.

After having came for the office almost for some days, no programmings, no coding, no designs are required. But I know basics of all of those and the applications are required to the fullest.  Nevertheless what are actually important in reality is all the lectures we learn in the classroom and more importantly- its applications and concepts, all the basics like: connecting projectors, printer settings, printings, power points, excels, micro soft works, internet connections (network settings, etc.. ICT professionals must be equipped with all knowledge. No assumptions must be made. We must deal with very tech savvy and the ones who don’t know how to use Office tools too.

But all the above stated are what i feel and what i have learned. It may differ in some of the case of my beloved readers/viewers.

Congratulations to First Graduating Class of RTC!

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First Graduating Class of RTC

July 3rd, 2012 has been a very memorable and unforgettable of all the RTC family as we had our first graduating class entering into the market. Myself being a member in the Royal Thimphu college would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to all 232 graduating students of RTC. Most importantly, we were graced to have Her Royal Highness Azhi Kezang Wangmo Wangchuk, His Excellency Lyonchen Jigme Yoezer Thinley, His Excellency Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk, Tshugla Lopen and other high officials from different ministries, departments and agencies, parents and well wishers. The Prime Minister of Bhutan on behalf of the government extended his heartfelt welcome for 232 graduates to work for the betterment of the people together.

Actually, i was impresses and happy to see all of you walking towards the stage and ripping the fruits of your sincere and dedicated hard work for several years from the Chief Guest. I know there is no doubt that all of you will succeed in each and every step you take, still i would not be satisfied until i wish all of you  “ALL THE BEST IN EVERY STEP YOU TAKE, MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL”.

Moreover, those of you, who will sit for RCSC exam, I would like to wish ALL THE BEST. DO WELL. YOU CAN DO IT. IT IS NO DIFFERENT THAN EXAMS WE HAD BEEN DOING ALMOST FOR 16 years or more.

CONGRATULATIONS FOR THE FIRST GRADUATING CLASS, 2012. HAPPY TO SEE ALL OF YOU GRADUATING.

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