Learning from your mistakes

At SarawakYES! we always emphasise the need to learn from mistakes, whether it’s for our career, education or personal growth.

Yet we live in a world where not everyone can tolerate mistakes, and many parents have been teaching their children not to slip-up, supposedly so that they don’t grow up to become incompetent or troublesome.

The truth, however, is that whether intentionally or not we all make mistakes. But it’s the way you interpret and confront yours that will eventually define you as a person.

If you read stories of accomplished individuals, you’ll find their achievements are due to their willingness and determination to learn from and overcome their mistakes.

The question then is how can you grow from your mistakes?

DO:

Acknowledge and take responsibility – This is your first step towards learning from mistakes. It can be uncomfortable at times, but your readiness to admit and be accountable can quicken the process of identifying and resolving your errors.

Perceive your mistakes as learning opportunities – This enables you to boost your self-confidence, which helps in taking more risks in the future.

Reflect on your mistakes – Whether on your own or with someone you can trust, ask honest questions about these mistakes and then find ways to ensure that you don’t repeat them.

Apologise for your mistakes if they end up affecting others – Assure the people who’ve been affected that you won’t do it again. Your apology needs to be genuine and sincere so people can recognise you for your strength, honesty and accountability.

DON’T:

Dwell on your mistakes, as it can be unproductive and stressful – Self-reflect on your mistakes, move forward and remind yourself that as long as they aren’t deliberate, there’s no harm in making mistakes.

Blame others or justify your mistakes – This won’t provide any closure to yourself or others affected. It also shows your reluctance to learn from your mistakes, which can lead to the greater possibility of repeating them in the future.

Repeat the same mistakes too many times – This may suggest you’ve yet to fully grasp lessons learnt from your mistakes or you’re not committed and disciplined enough to change for the better.

Fear making mistakes – In fact, not encountering any mistake at all can be your biggest mistake. The more you experience and overcome mistakes, the more capable you become in navigating through life, giving yourself more room for personal development.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (AZAM) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

This article first appeared on The Borneo Post, visit this link: http://bit.ly/2JVJSw5

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How to ensure that you are digitally literate

As citizens of a world that is increasingly influenced by technology and the Internet, it is very important for us to be ‘digitally literate’.

The definition of ‘digital literacy’ has changed with the evolution of technology; at present, it refers to our competence to find, evaluate, share, communicate, and create content digitally in an ethical manner.

Compared to digital skills that focus on technical usage, digital literacy looks at our navigation through numerous forms of digital media, whether offline or online via our computers or mobile devices.

For instance, conducting an online search or posting on social media sites are digital skills, while our ability to search effectively or use social media carefully (such as authenticating which information is real or fake) is part of digital literacy.

A digitally literate person is highly aware of the aspects of digital media and information, and is responsible in using technology when interacting with others.

This means having skills relevant to the digital age such as critical thinking, communication and information management, and in the global environment, having a great understanding of different cultures, languages, and communication approaches.

With the advent of digital economy, more businesses and public services are going online, while technological productivity and innovation across industries have become key factors in a country’s economic growth.

Thus, beyond technological skills, a digitally literate workforce is capable of adapting and thriving in various digital environments, and creating meaningful content through collaborations.

In fact, more jobs require high ICT competencies, and several studies suggest that talents with a strong foundation in digital literacy are more employable in the labour market.

The demand for digitally literate workers is perhaps the reason why many digital literacy discussions focus on early exposure through education, for today’s generation of children and youths are digital natives, who are already familiar with digital technology from an early age.

Parents and teachers are encouraged to teach them crucial digital literacy skills such as online privacy and protection, effective online research, and appropriate online behaviour.

Still, it is never too late for you to improve your digital literacy; regardless of age, having digital literacy not only supports your academic and career endeavours, but also your participation in the society at large.

Therefore, you need to be comfortable with being in the digital landscape and understand the value of using digital platforms to improve your confidence and fluency in digital literacy.

You also need to practise and hone your skills in using these platforms constantly, and commit to becoming a lifelong learner of digital technology so that you are prepared for the next digital technological evolution.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

This article first appeared on The Borneo Post, visit this link: http://bit.ly/2G6h70S

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Gaining invaluable experience through travel

This week, we’ll look into one of the most common human activities: travelling. Since time immemorial, human beings have been going from one destination to another whether by land, sea or air for various reasons, be it school, work, business or pleasure.

Travelling to distant locations has always been a popular activity during the holidays, whether within the country or beyond. And in today’s modern, dynamic, technologically-driven world, it is perceived as an important means of rest and recuperation – a method for us to break away from our daily routine.

In fact, various studies have shown that exposure to different environments, people and experiences improves our overall health by keeping us fit, boosting our cognitive skills and immune system, and lowering our stress levels and risk of fatal illnesses, among many other health benefits.

Travelling can also increase our creativity, especially through new, exciting experiences that push us out of our comfort zone, thereby forcing us to expand our minds, adapt to situations and eventually build our self-confidence.

Many who have gone far and wide would tell you that travelling makes them better individuals. For example, if you are travelling solo, you can work on your communication skills by talking to strangers, and perhaps creating new connections in the process.

Meeting different people with different cultures, lifestyles and beliefs allows you to broaden your life values and perspectives by becoming more empathetic, tolerant and considerate towards people. As American author Mark Twain wrote in his travel book ‘The Innocents Abroad’, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”

So how can you make your travel worthwhile? Try going to new places and set out on making new experiences whenever you go somewhere for your holidays so that you won’t get bored with doing the same thing in the same place.

If you can’t afford to go abroad, go for places you have never been in your home country or even your home state. You’ll come to realise that there is more to them in terms of their people, culture and heritage than what has been portrayed in the media.

And when planning for your trip, keep your schedule flexible in order to fully enjoy yourself instead of stressing out on keeping track of time.

Regardless of location, though, ensure that you keep an open mind, observe to your heart’s content and live in the moment for travelling makes you healthier, happier and more perceptive. Ultimately, learning through travel experiences enriches your life and yourself as one of the over seven billion people on this planet.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

This article first appeared on The Borneo Post, visit this link: http://bit.ly/2hxvdfn

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Five reasons Sarawakians must always keep learning

By SarawakYES!

http://www.theborneopost.com/2015/08/29/five-reasons-sarawakians-must-always-keep-learning/

WITH the world around us constantly changing and evolving, having the ability to learn and adapt is critical.

The same can be said for our places of work. Employers and workers need to be always searching and developing new ways to work if they want to keep pace with those around them – or even push ahead of their peers.

By continually learning and developing, employees enhance their appeal to the company they work for and to hiring managers seeking to recruit the best talent.

Some companies are even willing to help fund some learning opportunities for their staff, whether it’s language classes or a short course on improving your social media skills. Would you say no if you had the opportunity to better yourself and improve your value?

There are plenty of reasons why Sarawakians should never stop learning – here are some we have hand-picked for you.

Get out of your comfort zone

Taking on a new challenge not only stimulates your brain and creativity, but also opens up new ways to look at things.

Pushing yourself beyond your normal comfort zone will also do wonders for your self-esteem and, ultimately, make you feel happier. And happier people are often better at their jobs!

Become more valuable

The more you can do well, the more valuable you will be to current and prospective employers.

These days, it’s not enough just to complete your university degree and expect to gradually climb through the corporate ranks.

To make yourself more appealing, continuous learning helps broaden and sharpen new skill sets.

This not only sets you apart from your colleagues and peers, but can also enable you to seek higher compensation in regards to salary and/or benefits.

Adapt quickly to change

With the speed at which technology changes these days, it can almost make you dizzy. But it’s vital to keep up-to-date with the latest software, programs and processes implemented in the office.

By keeping your finger on the pulse of these changes, you can stay ahead of the curve and demonstrate more worth to your employer.

Stay healthy

Scientists have proven our mental health outlook is best when we continuously exercise our brains with learning.

People who make it a priority to learn new skills and improve upon existing ones are less likely to suffer from illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease.

You can even learn about things that help the rest of your body as well.

For example, learning about proper nutrition will help you maintain a better diet or learning about time management will help you guard against excess stress.

Giving life more substance

People who take the time to learn new things seem to live life more deeply.

Learning something valuable remains with you. The more you learn, the more you’ll be able to make connections between pieces of knowledge – and the more tools you’ll acquire to enhance creativity.

This is a weekly column by SarawakYES! – an initiative driven by Faradale Media-M Sdn Bhd and supported by Angkatan Zaman Mansang (Azam) Sarawak – to provide advice and stories on the topics of education and careers to support Sarawakians seeking to achieve their dreams. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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