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What is the process for goal setting and how do I maintain the will power to achieve that goal? Maybe Pablo Picasso said it best…

Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.

— Pablo Picasso

Disclaimer: I wrote this article in 2013 after finishing my career as a D1 Track and Field athlete at UCSB. That year we won the first Men’s Team Championship in school history, I jumped a personal best and placed 2nd in the conference championships as team captain. This is not only a reflection on how I got to where I did but a guide that helped me to achieve my goals. I wrote this as an athlete but I would like to share it because I see that these principles are extremely general, not limited to just athletes, and can help anyone setting and achieving goals. …

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“The greater the tension, the greater is the potential.”

— Carl Jung

When I first began to write this article it took on the voice that tension is ultimately a negative thing. Digging into the topic deeper unveiled a much more fundamental role in the natural world for tension.

Tension allows humans to move and stand upright. It allows us to convert built-up energy into a form of action. It plays a role in mechanics and invention. It can exist between two people as a form of competition, pushing each other to achieve greater things.

In these places, tension is needed. Rather than explore whether tension is bad or good, I believe it better to pursue whether tension is necessary. …

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There is something about speed that makes it an object of desire… somehow when you are on a highway going somewhere, getting there faster is the goal, and achieving that goal makes you feel “better” than everyone else on the same highway.

I love speed and constantly strive to run the fastest in the room… but some problems are best solved by just cutting the track in half. If you can afford the extra work, doing multiple things at the same time can take you to the next level.

What is acceptable?

I remember this one time I was reading a really unmemorable blog post, but what I did remember about it was that in the post it said it took their company an entire DAY to run their end-to-end test suite, and that it’s cumbersome to wait for these tests. I’m sitting here reading and thinking… well YEAH DUH, a day is an extremely long feedback loop. Though this anecdote is not 100% related because this particular blog is about server unit/integration tests and not e2e tests, it does a good job of conveying that often times test suites grow with lack of attention. …


Michael LaRocca

Mike writes about code, cloud things, and many other interests. Software Engineer @ Galley Solutions.

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