Think Big, Start Small

Do you smile when you’re working?  Do you have things that you do that give you joy or challenge you?

I wasn’t smiling when I was working because to tell the truth, I’m not really doing what I want to be doing.  I’ve made choices based on money and promotion and while it’s helped at home, it’s leaving me wanting for more.  Life is too short to be stuck, to regularly do something that doesn’t help you grow or at least make the world a better place.  If you’re sitting in the parking lot dreading going into the office, or pulling the covers over your head when  you wake up, it’s time for a change.

Regardless of what higher power you believe in or what you believe comes after this life, you owe it to yourself to make a difference.  Whether it’s helping someone succeed in business, raising decent human beings, or just spreading joy around you, this is not the time to sit back and do nothing.

I found myself in that very position a few months ago.  I have been trying to get back into development several times over the last 2-3 years, I would always get discouraged and go back to feeling sorry for myself.  I decided to try again, but this time I resolved I wouldn’t just focus on technology, I would focus on me – my decisions, my behaviors.  Yes, there are things that everyone has to do on a daily basis that might not be the coolest or the happiest thing to do, but some of those things are necessary.  The key to what I’m hoping will be my success, is that I finally saw the issue – me.  I think we are all guilty of getting in our own way whether it’s from making excuses, or not getting up to do that extra bit of reading or research, or making a sore leg worse in your own mind so you don’t have to wake up and run.

The Nike commercial and Shia LeBeouf had the right idea – Just Do It.  The key to that piece of advice, is think big, but start small.  For me, I want to be one of those people up on stage at conventions giving speeches that everyone is on the edge of their seat for.  That’s my 10000 foot goal.  My 1 inch goal was tweet more.  Got into the habit of that and said, “Okay, start blogging”.  That was a little more difficult because I didn’t know what my platform was – who is SQLKohai, and why should people listen to him?

Well, it’s a few months now, I have made some REALLY great connections with people on Twitter, found some excellent sources of info in blogs I’m reading regularly, and Saturday I’m going to my first SQLSaturday in Boston.  I can’t afford the room, but I’m not letting that stop me, so I’m waking up at 4am, driving to Boston, and hoping to make some connections with people.  I’m doing the extra, going above what I would normally do because I know what I want, and I really think this is a step on the path.

So what’s your idea/passion/quest?  Think Big, Start Small.