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Life Mapping: A Vision of Success

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Life Mapping: A Vision of Success

Success is more than economic gains, titles, and degrees. Planning for success is about mapping out all the aspects of your life. Similar to a map, you need to define the following details: origin, destination, vehicle, backpack, landmarks, and route.

Origin: Who you are

A map has a starting point. Your origin is who you are right now. Most people when asked to introduce themselves would say, “Hi, I’m Jean and I am a 17-year old, senior highschool student.” It does not tell you about who Jean is; it only tells you her present preoccupation. To gain insights about yourself, you need to look closely at your beliefs, values, and principles aside from your economic, professional, cultural, and civil status. Moreover, you can also reflect on your experiences to give you insights on your good and not-so-good traits, skills, knowledge, strengths, and weaknesses. Upon introspection, Jean realized that she was highly motivated, generous, service-oriented, but impatient. Her inclination was in the biological-medical field. Furthermore, she believed that life must serve a purpose, and that wars were destructive to human dignity.

Destination: A vision of who you want to be

“Who do want to be?” this is your vision. Now it is important that you know yourself so that you would have a clearer idea of who you want to be; and the things you want to change whether they are attitudes, habits, or points of view. If you hardly know yourself, then your vision and targets for the future would also be unclear. Your destination should cover all the aspects of your being: the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. Continuing Jean’s story, after she defined her beliefs, values, and principles in life, she decided that she wanted to have a life dedicated in serving her fellowmen.

Vehicle: Your Mission

A vehicle is the means by which you can reach your destination. It can be analogized to your mission or vocation in life. To a great extent, your mission would depend on what you know about yourself. Bases on Jean’s self-assessment, she decided that she was suited to become a doctor, and that she wanted to become one. Her chosen vocation was a medical doctor. Describing her vision-mission fully: it was to live a life dedicated to serving her fellowmen as a doctor in conflict-areas.

Travel Bag: Your knowledge, skills, and attitude

Food, drinks, medicines, and other travelling necessities are contained in a bag. Applying this concept to your life map, you also bring with you certain knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These determine your competence and help you in attaining your vision. Given such, there is a need for you to assess what knowledge, skills, and attitudes you have at present and what you need to gain along the way. This two-fold assessment will give you insights on your landmarks or measures of success. Jean realized that she needed to gain professional knowledge and skills on medicine so that she could become a doctor. She knew that she was a bit impatient with people so she realized that this was something she wanted to change.

Landmarks and Route: S.M.A.R.T. objectives

Landmarks confirm if you are on the right track while the route determines the travel time. Thus, in planning out your life, you also need to have landmarks and a route. These landmarks are your measures of success. These measures must be specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time bound. Thus you cannot set two major landmarks such as earning a master’s degree and a doctorate degree within a period of three years, since the minimum number of years to complete a master’s degree is two years. Going back to Jean as an example, she identified the following landmarks in her life map: completing a bachelor’s degree in biology by the age of 21; completing medicine by the age of 27; earning her specialization in infectious diseases by the age of 30; getting deployed in local public hospitals of their town by the age of 32; and serving as doctor in war-torn areas by the age of 35.

Anticipate Turns, Detours, and Potholes

The purpose of your life map is to minimize hasty and spur-of-the-moment decisions that can make you lose your way. But oftentimes our plans are modified along the way due to some inconveniences, delays, and other situations beyond our control. Like in any path, there are turns, detours, and potholes thus; we must anticipate them and adjust accordingly.

A Blueprint For Success With Animation And Game Design

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A Blueprint For Success With Animation And Game Design

One look and it’s not hard to tell how much animation and game design play a role in the world of media arts. The number of new technologies all rolling around together in the same pot is what ends up creating the stunning visual effects that leave people wanting more. The only limits there are seem to come with the boundaries of the imagination.

The soaring popularity of video games has a great deal to do with the lifelike animation. Great animation and other elements of game design work together to make the player feel as if he or she is actually in the middle of it all. When this happens, a game is considered to be truly successful.

Rarely does anyone stop and think about all the elements that go into animation and game design. The sleek and finished end product disguises months, if not years, of ground floor concept development all the way to marketing and public relations. Without the individuals behind the project working in cooperation, most concepts would never even get off the floor.

Those who enter the world of animation and gaming often do so because it is their passion. They not only love video games but the many facets of which they can consist. Luckily, there are now many educational options that allow the complete study of this type of media.

As technology continues to evolve, it takes the venues of animation and game design with it. Those who study in this area will not only learn the aspects of such things as CAD and 3D applications, they will continuously update their certifications in the field. A career in gaming and design means being at the forefront, and staying at the forefront, of all the latest technological developments.

Because of the need for high-level skills in 3D modeling or the concepts of game development, entry-level positions to this type of career will require at least a Bachelor’s degree. Prospective employers of the gaming world are looking to be the best and want employees who walk in the door with phenomenal skills. Exceptional skills coupled with passion make for the most winning combination.

A Bachelor’s degree is what gives students a foundation in the basic elements of both gaming and design along with their practical applications. From developing a story to character design and modeling, this is where many students begin to develop their portfolios. In no time, many find they are able to branch out into various areas of the career path that suits them best.

A Master’s degree allows an individual to combine their experience and education to handle the responsibilities of running entire departments. Ensuring the collaboration of different departments is always a necessary aspect of game development. From visual concept development to public relations, each plays a very necessary role in ensuring a game’s success.

Those who choose this vocation often do well because their job brings them such a high level of personal fulfillment. It is also a field that is growing by leaps and bounds and has a very solid future. A career that has such a strong foundation in technology can also mean a higher starting salary than other careers.

Animation and game design is an area that is catching on like wildfire. A laid-back field, rarely will one be required to wear a shirt and tie to work. At the same time, it is one of the most competitive occupations, requiring the best in high tech skills. In this vocation, individuals combine their passion and their career and that is the very recipe to their inevitable success.

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