The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one. [Mark Twain]
Do not be frustrated by parts of Smalltalk that you do not immediately understand. You do not have to know everything!
Alan Knight expresses this principle as follows:
Try not to care. Beginning Smalltalk programmers often have trouble because they think they need to understand all the details of how a thing works before they can use it. This means it takes quite a while before they can master Transcript show: ‘Hello World’. One of the great leaps in OO is to be able to answer the question “How does his work?” with “I don’t care”.
It sounds cliché, but the most important thing I learned over the last 10 years, is to believe in yourself. For young technologists, this specifically means that you do not have to listen to nay sayers if it goes against your own judgment. Trust your intuition. Chances are no one knows your business better than you.
In this industry, I cannot stress enough the importance of decision-makers having a strong technology background. The reason is very simple: in this industry, technology is business. Technology and business are so intertwined in this industry that no sound business decision can be made without a strong technology foundation. I greatly admire Mark Zuckerberg for publicly saying something to the effect that “everyone at Facebook needs to know how to code.” Of course, he doesn’t mean that literally; rather, he is giving credence to the insight that “technology is business.”
So to the young technologists, believe in yourself. Don’t be misled by “business preaching.” If you know how to code well, you should have the capacity and the foundation to handle all of the other things. [Nexaweb Chairman, Founder & CTO Coach Wei]
Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Lee Hack Teik said: “Such inspiring stories of locals who started out from scratch should spur our youths of today to make something out of their lives.
“They may come from destitute families but bear in mind, self-determination and endurance are the keys for one to choot tau (make it big).
“When we fail, remember to get up and try again. Those who don’t give up easily are the ones who are likely to triumph at the end.” Link