🍾A New Chapter in 2020

June 13, 2020 - 3 min read 🍵🍵

Tags: life

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity” - Seneca

After many interviews, I am excited to announce that I am employed as a Software Developer at Coveo! I feel extremely grateful and lucky to have been able to find full-time employment during these rough times.

It has been exactly 12 months since I had left my previous employer and after months of hard work, and an exhausting journey, I’m eager to start a new chapter in my life.

Looking back, when I took a leap of faith, I ended up stumbling with a health issue that took me 4 months to recover from. During that time, I felt like I had already completely derailed from the path I had planned out.

I had taken 9 courses of antibiotics, 4 different opioids, had 2 surgeries and lost about 20lbs. I honestly didn’t even know what to think, at the time, I was battling the worst pain I’ve ever experienced and having to face the biggest enemy, myself.

From feeling the biggest FUD (fear, unknown and doubt) and dealing with the side-effects of my medications, I was able to reframe my mindset to only focus on what I was able to control. It allowed me to stay consistent and persevere through my hardships with a positive attitude.

While I had been recovering, I read a book called Atomic Habits by James Clear and started applying the techniques mentioned in the book.

I started small and developed positive rituals and routines to get me back on my feet. I developed monthly Pomodoro reports, solely focusing on the process instead of the overall goal. Eventually, these monthly reports helped my visualize my efforts which fueled my progression in programming.

In addition, I love self improvement and optimizing every aspect of my life. I really believe that continuous improvement is the key to success. I read A Mind for Numbers by Dr. Oakley to learn how to learn more effectively which became my initiative to improving my Pomodoro process.

I have been able to document every possible steps I have taken to show how far I’ve come. I have listed all courses and the exact number of hours spent on studying and learning which can be viewed here.

I have been extremely grateful to have the support of my family and friends, without them, I know that I wouldn’t have gotten this far. I have been in a very privilege position to be able to achieve my goals, that being said, I made sure I effectively utilized the opportunity I was given to make the career change.

In addition, I am finally in a position where I can make donations to support organizations that accelerate positive values to make the world a better place. In recent events, I plan on making donations to campaigns that support the Black Lives Matter movement and help contribute to the change🙏.


A blog by Kien