Failure Happens!

July 28, 2015 at 2:07 am

FailureWant to accomplish something great? Of course you do. Get ready to fail.

I am never surprised to read the posts in our Google Communities at CBT Nuggets regarding someone that has just failed an associate level or professional level exam and they are lit up! They would type a bunch of F-words if they could…

Listen…want to achieve the highest levels of your certification and your career? Get ready to learn from many failures. It happens.

One of the things that is tough for cert students is that many of them have NEVER failed an exam in their life. NEVER.

Relax, breath, you are going to survive this setback, learn from it, and continue to soar.

Don’t believe me? Check out these observations from some of the greats…

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” – Michael Jordan

“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” – Bill Gates

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

“Do not fear mistakes. You will know failure. Continue to reach out.” – B. Franklin

Power Google Search Usage – Part 2

January 2, 2015 at 7:16 pm

Ready for more power Google tips? Here they are:

6. Local Searching – looking for something nearby? Try – “NY Style Pizza” 01505 – or, if for some reason you do not know where you are – hit Search Tools after your search and use the area options – including the ability to auto-detect your area.

7. Better Images – use the Search Tools options at images.google.com and do all kinds of cool things like select the type of image you need and even find royalty-free stuff.

8. Better Images – Part 2 – search for something general like cliff, and the images results will give you more specific suggestions at the top of the screen.

9. Web History – want to improve the accuracy of Google auto-recommendations for you, and also get a nice detailed history of your searching – check out history.google.com – are you freaked out about Internet privacy – don’t go near this feature. 🙂

10. Time Sensitive? – Use the Search Tools option in order to refine the time range of what you are looking for. I love this feature combined with news.google.com – especially when I am checking for NFL injury information.

11. Site Down? – web site down you desperately need to get to? Try cache:cisco.com in your search in order to pull up a cached copy.

12. File Types – want a specific type of file about a subject? No problem – for example – filetype:pdf “EIGRP Named Mode”

13. Let Google Help – Google will suggest related searches at the bottom of the page that just might help you narrow things down for what you need.

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More great tips on the way in the next post…

Power Google Search Usage – Part 1

January 2, 2015 at 6:24 am

My oh my do I owe Google so much for all of the great research over the years. To start this new year off right – here are some power tips (part 1) for using this free tool.

1. Boolean Operators – use +, -, * – or my favorite – “” when searching for something exact – for example:  “EIGRP Named Mode”

2. Site Specific – for example – site:cisco.com “EIGRP Named Mode”

3. Definitions – for example – define:truffle

4. Calculator – just type your desired calculation in the search box – for example, .2*56.49 for a proper tip calculation

5. Quick Answers – Remember Ask Jeeves? The idea was you type out your question…well, Google is all over that – for example, try When did the Cubs last win the World Series?

I hope you enjoyed these tips – lots more on the way for you!

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