The Only 150 Words Advice You Should Read Today to Start Taking Action

Taking action is the key to success. Do you know the secret of taking action? Ask this question to yourself: What is the smallest step I can take towards my goal, right now?

No matter how much you read, if you don’t get into action, you’re wasting your time.

Today, I’m cutting this post very short and asking you to do something right now. This could be anything like: start looking for a better career, start learning any automation tool, learn basic SQL and UNIX commands, learn basics of scripting and HTML or do something that will improve your life and help you achieve your goals! All these are high level goals. You need to break it into smaller steps and start with a smallest step which can be completed within next 30 minutes, and so on..

Leave me a comment of what you are about to do and how much you succeeded in that!

Good luck for your new endeavor!

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72 comments ↓

#1 Arjunan on 08.26.12 at 4:54 pm

I have been learning asp.net and C#..

#2 lavanya on 08.26.12 at 5:02 pm

i am preparing for testing certification…

#3 Ashish Sharma on 08.26.12 at 6:14 pm

I have done C Language & currently working on a databse project on C.After that i will proceed to C++ & Java.

Is that sufficient or should i do more.

I want to become a software development engineer…

Am a computer geek also..

#4 Madhu on 08.26.12 at 6:25 pm

great idea. i am planning to improve communication. today started preparing for GD topics from your website. I will keep posting on mu status.

#5 chandru on 08.27.12 at 4:08 am

Hi lavanya,
preparing for which certification…….

#6 Kanif on 08.27.12 at 4:42 am

My question to Vijay that “Is certification is mandatory in testers carrier?”

#7 SKP on 08.27.12 at 5:32 am

Great Words and Very true.

TO answer Kanif question, Certification is not mandatory for Testing. But it’s helpful to know the testing better if you go for certification. Few companies also keep their entry criteria.

Thanks
SK

#8 ram on 08.27.12 at 5:37 am

Now i want to learn some unix command.could you help me to learn some important command those are always asked in interview.

#9 Nagarjun.Pv on 08.27.12 at 5:57 am

I am looking into Game Testing as my career and i completed Software Testing course and i am brushing it to make better understand ….

#10 AKK on 08.27.12 at 6:00 am

Am going to start learning selenium+python and as first step im learning python.

#11 lavanya on 08.27.12 at 9:30 am

Hi Chandru..Preparing for ISTQB..

#12 paramesh on 08.27.12 at 12:07 pm

now am preparing for certification in Testing.

#13 Prasun on 08.27.12 at 1:26 pm

i want to learn php and any testing tools like QTP,selenium .

#14 Andrii on 08.27.12 at 3:38 pm

Passed ISTQB FL. I’ve started to code in python

#15 Vijay on 08.27.12 at 6:22 pm

Hi friends. great to see so many positive responses and willingness to take action. Please carry on with your decided task from right now and make sure you finish your plan rather just finishing the schedule.

#16 Vijay on 08.27.12 at 6:29 pm

@ Ashish Sharma – Your end goal is clear but to achieve that you need to create and follow the concrete plan. Create such a plan and start to follow it from today.

@ Kanif – Certifications are not mandatory. Though it will help you understand the concepts if you take one.

@ Ram – Below are some posts to get started:
http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/unix-basics-for-software-testers/
http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/advanced-unix-commands-with-examples/

@ All- all the best for for your future endeavors. Don’t forget to take action and start right now!

#17 Tory on 08.27.12 at 8:50 pm

Dear friend,

I’d like to get a testing certification. do you know where/which is best certification online in USA ?

May I have you suggstion? Thank you in Advance!

Tory M

#18 Mike V. on 08.27.12 at 11:39 pm

Today I joined a gym. I will continue to lose weight (50 pounds so far). I hope to one day be reconciled with my wife. She currently hates me.

#19 ela on 08.28.12 at 2:04 am

I want to find a automation testing position to join a foreign company,so I begin learning the automation tool and script language,and learn oral English.I also learn Linux command and basic SQL .

#20 ela on 08.28.12 at 2:08 am

I should break these into smaller and many steps to finish,now I have not breaken them into smaller,so I feel I finish not very well,everyday have no plan.So I should take actions at once.

#21 chandru on 08.28.12 at 4:41 am

Hi lavanya,
Are you working ah….preparing by your own…or going to any institute.

#22 Maniksidha on 08.28.12 at 8:32 am

Hi,
Dis is Sidh hear planning to take in career in IT industry, to begin wid I would start my career in it as software testor not because it can be done by anyone but it requires certain skills like going in for details of things to be done by a testor. Basically what I have understood it as is it requires effects to understand what d job is about, what is require by the process & why d testor is required in d whole process. It makes very important that the work is done in particular manner prescribed by the vendor and in particular time frame with all d details for the product or services being testor by the Vendor. This also requires help of team of Developer & testor to give a successfull product or service to be tested or passed.

#23 Binoy on 08.28.12 at 9:53 am

Hi Vijay,

I have been working in Manual Testing for 3 years.
Want to learn Automation,so from were should i start using which tool, language?

Also what are the additional skills needed for Security testers apart from basic skills?

#24 Vinayak on 08.28.12 at 2:45 pm

Hi,

I have 5.6 years of experience in manual testing with domain experience on e-commerce, m-commerce,media and mining domain. Currently working as senior test engineer. Have basc knowledge of QTP. Would like o know what are the best possible career paths to choose. Do i need to go for any certification? Currently I am ISTQB certified. I have less programming exposure.

Not sure whether to go on Quality Assurance, Software Business analyst, Testing, auditing or ITI.

Please Suggest. Thank you.

#25 Ravi on 08.29.12 at 3:55 am

Hi, I want to learn SQL, how to start learning those things..is there any specific link in this site and i want learn from basic..

#26 mani on 08.29.12 at 6:26 am

thanks sir, it is motivating

#27 Shiv on 08.29.12 at 6:29 am

HI,
I feel security testing is attractive nowadays and have passion towards professional hacking and social engineering. Anyone has suggestions to how to start this with.
Currently I am a test Consusltant and have expertise in SQL injection and DWH tetsing

#28 Rajesh on 08.30.12 at 4:44 am

I have undergone Selenium training. Training helps us in understand the concepts. So, i have started working on those concepts to get the practical experience of writing scripts.

#29 RITs on 08.30.12 at 9:26 am

I have done Engg. from Electronics & communication in 2008 after that i have done lectureship at Engg. college now i want to start my carrier in IT field and i am also doing Testing certification course. please help me how to get jobs in Testing field.

#30 Faida on 08.30.12 at 12:45 pm

I am learning JAVA basics for Junit testing

#31 Vijay on 09.02.12 at 7:13 am

@ Tory
You can take ISTQB certification. This is preferred by most of the US and UK employers. More details about it http://www.istqb.org/
You can also read various posts under our certification category to get more idea: http://www.softwaretestinghelp.com/category/qa-certifications/

@ Mike V.
That’s Awesome! I’m sure she will soon start loving you ;-)

@ Binoy
You should start with QTP and Selenium automation tools. For QTP you can take any professional course.
security testing is itself a vast topic. From the QA perspective you can learn XSS, SQL injection, DB security methods and vulnerability scanning tools. Practicing security while learning is very important to learn security testing.

@ Vinayak
I would rather suggest to stick with testing and advance your skills. Other career path you mentioned are the best options but you will have a big learning curve for those. Finally it depends on your interest and area where you are passionate to work.

@ Ravi
Start with basic SQL commands. You can refer various tutorials on http://www.w3schools.com/sql/default.asp

#32 paris on 09.03.12 at 2:29 pm

I have learned Java for many years and now use Junit and instrumentation to excute the white testing

#33 chandru on 09.04.12 at 4:20 am

Hi,
i had a doubt,in QTP how dot net application should be tested..

#34 pardeep sharma on 09.04.12 at 5:33 am

i have start to learn QTP now. i am working in manual testing now, good knowledge in sql. right now i am try to improve my communication skills.

vijay i want to know i have goood experience in manual testing but i have not got any good offer right now. what i do now for getting good offer?

#35 Rajkumar on 09.04.12 at 9:39 am

i have learned QTP tool in an istitute…now i will start practising it..

#36 chandru on 09.05.12 at 7:06 am

In sql how DBA testing should be done……we want to test only the back end or want to write queries and from that want to test…….

waiting for replay…

#37 Aparna on 09.05.12 at 11:31 am

Hi Vijay,
I want to learn QTP.Can u let me know the best way to learn it.
Also pls share any document for QTP which is good for beginners like me.

Thanks in Advance!!
aparna

#38 satyajeet on 09.05.12 at 1:13 pm

Hey aparna
Please check out YOUTUBE for qtp.you will get ample of material.
YOUTUBE is best for learning things..

#39 zakee on 09.06.12 at 4:42 am

i am learning vb.net 2010 … please help me.
programming coding and sql 2008 r2.
zakee1900@rediffmail.com

#40 Dhanu on 09.06.12 at 8:52 am

Hi Vijay,

I want to start preparing for ISTQB. Started reading the FL-syllabus pdf. I wanted to pass that mandatorily. Because i am doing it for myself. No company is paying me for that.. Please tell me some guidance.
And thanks for this Great words posting here, and after reading this everybody will think it for a while and take the 1st step to achieve their goal.

#41 girish on 09.06.12 at 12:15 pm

hi vijaya,
how to test build with different testing methods and explain with examples

#42 Chandra Tiwari on 09.06.12 at 12:45 pm

Thanks For providing us nice motivation, I am very impressed, now i am going to take the classes of QTP, will you please suggest me about good institute in Delhi

Thanks

#43 vignes on 09.07.12 at 2:36 am

i’m not into the software industry till now..i just completed my engg this yr ,going to join IT company on dec 2012..so till then what i can learn utilising these free time…can anybody help me out??

#44 ratna on 09.10.12 at 6:29 am

I am working in testing for past 6 months ,i don’t have any programing knowledge (i know the basics of C, C++ )Know i wanted to learn automation testing ,to learn automation testing what are the programing languages i should learn initially.

#45 raghu on 09.10.12 at 2:47 pm

hi i m planning my career in testing ….
as i m 4m the science background…. let me know the scope of testing and the career prospective of testing ….
can i build my career in testing
kindly suggest me….
thanks

#46 SilverLining on 09.11.12 at 10:05 am

The best step, i think, u took which results u within next 30 minutes that is posting such waste post and ask for others to comment on it so that u can make some money..ahhhh..take my comment and it will surely let u earn some more penny..

#47 saki on 09.11.12 at 3:03 pm

apart from learning those concepts of testing i want to test a software practically….any one pls guide me to implement these testing concepts practically….bt my bad luk i don’t even have little idea abt thz..i’m a fresher to thz topic….plss any one hlp me…

#48 Chandrakant on 09.13.12 at 9:54 am

I want to learn Selenium

#49 Sujit on 09.14.12 at 9:39 am

Sir, I have done my Engineering i.e B.E(Information Technology) from Mumbai University,India with I Class.I have 7 months of Website Maintainence Experience on Government’s Server(Not Pure Dvelopment,but Support & Enhancement of code).But I am not much interested in pure coding.Should I switch to Software Testing.Please guide.Awaiting reply at the earliest.

#50 MohanRaj on 09.17.12 at 5:45 am

You are realy great dude, till this time, I was wasting my time by gathering the notes for testing. But not started to use it in a way , that will nourish my carrer. You are a unknown well wisher… Thank you. I am planing to refresh my automation qualities, from today.

#51 Kesav on 09.18.12 at 12:25 pm

I am working on mobile app testing(manual). What are skill i want to learn for my QA future. Please guide me. Awaiting reply at the earliest.

#52 Tshepo on 09.24.12 at 9:29 am

I’m refreshing my skill in SQL. Haven’t done it in over 3 years.

#53 navjeet kaur on 09.25.12 at 3:34 pm

I hve done istqb certification. I want to get job in it industry. My communication skills are ok. I cnt understand where to start.

#54 navjeet kaur on 09.25.12 at 4:18 pm

I hve 2 yrs of exp in teaching computer application. I hve knowledge in qtp and qc. But most of d cmpy they prefer selenium and python. Cn u guide me abt scripting lang

#55 Muklesh on 09.26.12 at 10:01 am

I have to start Selenium . Have to learn perl .

#56 Balaji on 09.27.12 at 5:16 am

hai every one,
i am balaji, i am a software testing trainee in covalense compeny i want to how to improve the manual testing and what conditions should be fallow the manual tester pleas tell me.

#57 Faisel on 09.27.12 at 11:43 am

Hi Friends,

I have 3 years of experience and wish to be a Performance Test Engineer with Functional Test automation skille.
I have learned Jmeter , planning to learn more about performance testing.
I have started learning Selenium to learn Functional Test Automation.
Hope that Scripting will be covered while learning these tools.

I feel that learning Jmeter and Selinium might give better carrier opportunity.

#58 deepthi on 09.28.12 at 1:12 pm

hi friends,
i’m deepthi. i completed my mca in 2011. most of the mnc’s are asking for 2012 passed outs and the aggregate from 10th to mca will be above 60% but i have 48% in 10th and 54% in inter.

#59 deepthi on 09.28.12 at 1:15 pm

i am intrested to learn testing. can u guide me about testing?

#60 Efsun on 10.01.12 at 7:38 am

Started to learn c#for unit testing. Good luck all testers:)

#61 kumar on 10.05.12 at 9:29 am

Hi.I am from chennai and planning to take ISQTB Certification. Please advice me whether i need to undergo training in any institutes or can learn myself through net.

#62 Megha on 10.11.12 at 9:04 am

Hi, I want to learn software testing, how to start learning those things..is there any specific link in this site and i want learn from basic..

#63 N.Balaji on 10.12.12 at 5:03 am

Hii vijay i am a software tester trainer i want to how to prepare the effective SRS document and how to develop the testing side please give me some suggestions i can fallow that rules.

#64 Efsun on 10.19.12 at 1:54 pm

KUMAR if u want to get certification download ISTQB syllabus and notes and read carefully thats all. but certificate notes not enough to learn testing. U can read lots of lots books. there is some good books. Also try to practise and think dummy @ pc:) u can find some bugs when u think dummy :) also start from blackbox techniques that is first thing to start line of testing.

#65 Govardhan Reddy M on 10.22.12 at 3:01 pm

@ deepthi,
Hell lot of companies, Hell lot of opportunities, Hell lot of applications, Hell lot of clients, Hell lot of customers….so on.

Just least worry about the companies, Who just look for cut off scores. If not 25k salary, Lets take 10k salary. I mean to say, If not big companies, Lets move on small companies. What’s wrong?

Just search in naukri. You run out of the limit for applying jobs! :-)

How much you scored in 10th? This doesn’t matter much. May be hell lot of genuine reasons behind your less scores! But now time is there and it is up to you, How you’re going to deal with it.

Get job in a small company. Small package. But don’t look at salary. But take the opportunity that you’ve got to admit mistakes and learn the job in your area of interest. Take the benefit out of it!

Once you gain experience, Then you can list out your dream companies to work! This definitely works in long run.

Good luck.

Regards,
Govardhan Reddy M,
QA Engineer.
“We don’t have the choice to hold a minute from passing, But we do have the choice to make tat moment magical”

#66 jffun on 11.02.12 at 7:57 am

I’m starting learning c language!

#67 Santosh on 11.07.12 at 5:11 am

Hi,
I’m working as a support Engg from last 4 years and now i planned to learn testing for better carrier.
I have completed Diploma (in 2008), need your inputs for my decision.

Regards,
santosh

#68 Kalpana Vinay on 11.25.12 at 3:50 pm

Hi,
I am Kalpana Vinay. I have done my BE in E&C with 60% in the year 2008. And, i have done Embedded Systems and Software Testing course. Well, Now I am looking to make my career in Software testing field. But as a fresher I am not getting any good opportunities.
So, can anyone please suggest me how to get the job opportunities on Software testing? I have very good technical knowledge on C, C++, SQL, VB, Manual Testing and basic knowledge of QTP & QC. Thankyou..

Regards,
Kalpana vinay

#69 Anshu on 01.18.13 at 8:04 pm

Dear I am looking for job in software testing. I have done MCA and my Professional experience is as Lecturer (IT) till now. Recently I have cleared ISTQB Certification and now I want to work as software tester. How could I enter into corporate as I am not having corporate experience?

#70 yogeesh on 10.17.13 at 2:01 pm

as i am fresher 2013 output,,,at present i mean last 2 month back i am working as a software devloping on dot net base in one small compony( tryning period is going on),,,i felt like it dificult for me,,,even i was CS student in my BE life,,,so i decided to leave this job and go to softaware testing,,please any one advise me. what should i do??????????????

#71 priyanka on 10.30.13 at 1:31 pm

hiii….i m a fresher 2013 passout….completed my btech in electronics and communication n wanted to switch my career to IT field….for that i have done a diploma course in testing.but still finding difficulty as i don’t have proper grip on programing languages except the basic knowledge C n C++…really in a great need of job..plzzz tell me what i must do to fetch a good job as soon as possible..n i also secured good marks in my acamedics..so plzzz help me out

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