An Excerpt from The Vocabulary of Ultimate Success

Sometimes vocabulary is even more transformational than bargained for — a fact to which several major advertisers can attest. After translating their slogan,

Come Alive! You’re in Pepsi Generation

into Chinese, corporate officials were stunned to discover that they’d just spent millions of dollars announcing,

Pepsi Brings Your Ancestors Back from the Grave.

Chevrolet, mystified sluggish sales of its new Nova compact in Latin America, eventually discovered the Spanish translation of no va:

It Doesn’t Go

~An excerpt form the Vocabulary of Ultimate Success (chapter), Awaken the Giant Within, Anthony Robbins, 1991.

Free PeoplePods Theme – BluePill

Hi! Following the release of XOXCO‘s PeoplePods 0.9, I’m happy to give you a free theme named BluePill! The theme is built using the latest PeoplePods version (0.9).

What is PeoplePods, you asked? PeoplePods is an open source SDK (programmed using php and mysql) that can be used to build and power your next community or social network. It allows you to deploy a minimum viable product (MVP) rapidly and easily.

The description and the related screenshots of the theme are included below.

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PeoplePods 0.9 Theme - BluePill
PeoplePods 0.9 Theme - BluePill

As you can see, the theme is catered towards web 2.0’s heavily-laden text-shadow fan.

BluePill Theme Home
BluePill Theme Home

At the moment, the theme has been tested using both Firefox and Chrome (modern browser only). A little bit discrepancy might be observed if you are using Explorer (7 and above).

BluePill Theme Profile Page
BluePill Theme Profile Page

Some additional touch are curated on the profile page, where the menus are located beside the profile photo.

BluePill Theme Public Timeline Page
BluePill Theme Public Timeline Page

Awesome Public Timeline, isn’t it?

BluePill Theme Single Content Page
BluePill Theme Single Content Page

An improved arrangement of the Single Content view.

The installation instructions are quite straight-forward. Following the theming structure of PeoplePods, unzip the folder “BluePill” to the folder “/peoplepods/themes/”. Finally, activate them in the Command Center. And, you are done! (In several occasions, note that you might need to clear the cache, and refresh your browser hence properly activate the theme)

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Enter the Malaysian Workforce, the Undergraduate Way

I miss the excitement of being an overly-confident undergraduate student. Optimism is in the air, being such student came the feeling of superiority over personal capabilities and time-bending control. Every semester all students are given a new subject guidebook where they are free to register subjects with respect to other responsibilities (e.g. clubs and associations, and residential colleges). Such associations bring good names, reputations and respect among peers. However not all are gold, it came with stress and some of the students could not finish on-time within their intended study plan.

These popular star gain fame and friends. They work their way to the top of the student associations while at the same time skipping classes, missed tutorial sessions and sometimes forgot to register subjects. Curiously, they seem to know how the system works hence continuously exist in the university system. Normally twice the time taken by an average student to finish the whole degree.

Sometimes, those popular star are popular only in the world that they create e.g. clubs, social medias of blogs, social networks etc.. However, did they excel in the real life? Spending 8 years to obtain undergrad degree with lower-than-mediocre results?

Yes, I don’t want to elaborate more on the students’ achievements. Whether they obtain good results or not, I am in no position to judge them. To end this note, I would trigger a question. “Once graduated, how do you enter the workforce?”, Well I can outline few strategies:

  • Being academically super-achiever (CGPA-3.7) with -okay- communication skill.
  • Being a satisfactory student (CGPA-3.2), with credentials of handling amazing final year research project
  • Being a kind-of-okay result (CGPA 2.7), with amazing final year research project and additional skills (programming, selling, manufacturing)

In the perspective/framework of current society, in the entry level if you want to enter the workforce by having a bachelor degree, your salary is at the range of RM 1800~2300. Now bear with me, in the entry level (age: 22, no working experience) there will be no distant difference whether you are aiming to work in private nor government sector. However, things change when you obtain years of experience. Whether you’ve gain specialization, additional professional certificates or expanded network of people, then your salary evaluation shall change non-linearly.

Do you have other recommendation on how to enter the workforce for undergraduate degree holder? Feel free to share your opinion.