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Want to start your career as an Android Developer? Follow these steps.

If you want to start your career as an Android Developer or just learn how to develop mobile apps, then follow these steps.

  1. Sign up for a developer account (just $25) with a new email. Very Important!


  1. Get a good Laptop! Android Studio has a minimum hardware and software requirement. To avoid being a “frustrated cat”, i highly recommend you get a laptop with at least 8gb of Ram, an SSD for storage, 14 – 15.6 Inch screen and maybe a dedicated graphics card. Top 15 Recommended Laptops for Android Development & Gaming – 2018


  1. Go to Udacity sign up for the Android beginners course (it’s free!). Go through the course and finish it.


  1. After completing step 1, Buy and read this book Android Programming: The Big Nerd Ranch Guide (3rd Edition) (Big Nerd Ranch Guides): Bill Phillips, Chris Stewart, Kristin Marsicano. It’s a great book!


  1. Buy an android device. You don’t necessarily need a Samsung S9+. Just get a good one with stock android e.g Xiaomi Mi A1 – $130


  1. At this stage, if you haven’t started building your app ideas, now’s the time! As a beginner your app will probably suck, some functions won’t work, the UI might be horrible. Don’t worry about it, just keep doing your thing! Remember: Rome wasn’t built in a day, Strive for continuous improvement, instead of perfection


  1. Publish any App you write! Don’t get caught up in just the habit of just learning without creating your own apps. You learn best by doing! How To Create A Developer Account For Google Play.


  1. Attend (Coding) Meetups. Eventbrite  and Meetup are great resources to find events near you. Doing this will reinforce you to become a better Android Developer. “If you don’t have the burning desire for success, get it from people who do”


  1. Be prepared to get it all wrong and fail. Embrace failure as a process, not a finality. When you do (fail) remember these “The Master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried”, “Failure is the price of greatness. You’ve got to be willing to crash and burn”


  1. Learn Kotlin, Kotlin is way better than java for android development. learning Kotlin will save you from writing a lot of boiler plate code and help you write a more elegant and readable code.


  1. Teach others what you’ve learnt, this might be in a form of a blog post, video tutorial or stand up a presentation. Learn, teach, do is the formula to cement knowledge to your brain, FOREVER.


12. Things change really fast, never stop learning. The moment we stop learning             we stop evolving, when we stop evolving, we DIE!


  1. Sometimes read the official android documentation. It can be boring but you should consider as the gospel truth documentation of any Android API you’ll encounter.


  1. Learn to use git. Using git in Android Studio is surprisingly easy.


  1. Sign up on Stack Overflow.


  1. Stay hungry. Keep Learning. Keep Slaying!



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The Alchemist: A fable about following your dream.

Dreams are made to be followed.

Life is meant to be lived.

Some books are meant to be read, loved and passed on.

The Alchemist is one of those books.

The Alchemist is a not a fable about following your dream only but also it’s the source of many inspiring quotes. In this article, I listed some of them;


“And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”

“The secret of life, though, is to fall seven times and to get up eight times.”

“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things, and only the wise can see them.”

“Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.”

“Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.”

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.”

“People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”

“Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.”

“When each day is the same as the next, it’s because people fail to recognize the good things that happen in their lives every day that the sun rises.”

“If you start by promising what you don’t even have yet, you’ll lose your desire to work towards getting it.”

“It is said that all people who are happy have God within them.” 

“Everyone on earth has a treasure that awaits him.” 

― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist


Visit this link to see the hundreds of quotes from The Alchemist. 


FIVE FINGER BALANCE -how are you getting ready to apply to the most prestigious universities in the world?

I’ve recently attended a conference titled “The Future of Education: 2030 & beyond” in Nairobi, Kenya which I found extremely interesting. I took notes and pictures during the program, and I like to share them with you.

I was born, raised and educated in a country where education is all about “good grades” and “good university entry exam results” all the way from primary to university and it follows the same as you keep pursuing the higher education; be it graduate level or doctorate. Most countries and their education systems still take the academic success as the key component of “being successful” or being eligible to pursue higher education.

After I got into the professional life, I started realizing that “academics,” namely good grades, is a small part of a whole pie. Until I attended the conference mentioned above, what I knew was that academics and extra-curricular activities matter to achieve a career goal. But I still was wrong because there are more than that out there…Today, I will introduce to you a phenomenon which is held dear by the most prestigious universities (including Ivy league universities) and developed countries; the “FIVE FINGER BALANCE.”

  1. Academics
  2. Extra-curricular Activities
  3. Community Service
  4. Family
  5. Philosophy of life/Religion/Moral Compass

Students those who are planning to go to the top universities must consider covering each aspect of the list above. They should be building their portfolio/resume from the very early stages of secondary school and present their achievements when the time arrives to apply.


Note: I have come across with the news below about a student who recently accepted into Harvard University. In the story, he explains how he achieved to get there. I think it’s a great example of FIVE FINGER BALANCE.

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