Welcome back to part 2 of my week at the PowerShell Summit 2018. Let's dive right in!
A lot of the "How to accelerate your career and others by proving you're a badass" session was about how I talked about putting value in your bucket every time you make a blog post, do a user group talk, a session talk, or when you do anything in the community. That's the way that I was able to get a job that over doubled my current salary and made me a significant amount of money, more money than I've ever made in my life. During the talk, there was also a lot of other success stories about how they got started and there would be no way they were able to get to where they are without providing and contributing to the community. That was such a rewarding talk for me because I was able to get up and talk from a personal story, a personal experience of mine, and talking real numbers too.
Let's Talk Real Facts
That's one thing that I really wish a lot more people would do is talk real numbers. I say in the talk, last year I made 269 thousand dollars. Nobody wants to talk about specific numbers but it's the specific numbers and specific circumstances that really motivate people. For me, $269,000 is a lot of money. I'm sure it's a lot of money for other people as well and I wanted to show that is a specific number that you can achieve. There's no way possible that I could have ever achieved that if I would have not simply started a blog. Right now, I've got over four hundred posts on there and I would have never been able to do that. I would have never been able to even come close to that number if I were just keeping going with my 9-5 in my day-to-day. I did a recording of that session, and it's here on the YouTube channel.
I heard an interview on Freakonomics recently from Ray Dalio, I think he's a hedge fund manager, and he was saying that there are three phases of life. The first phase you depend on everybody; the second phase you have people depending on you, you have family and you want to be successful. In the third phase, you have some modicum of success and you want other people to be successful, and I really think that I'm sort of getting to that point in my life.
I've been in IT for 20 years, I'm 38 approaching 40, and I really feel to some extent that I need to start doing more. I need to really focus less on learning deep dive technical stuff, and I've done plenty of that in my career. But, it feels like it's more rewarding now, to sum up, all that technical content and talk about bigger things, soft skills, career things, how you can get started again in IT. Those are the things, in my opinion, that makes a much bigger impact on people. Career and life decisions and stuff like that is much more impactful than me writing a blog post on how to do this, how to do that. That's me personally.
What Do You Write About?
I wanted to stress to people, if you're not doing this at all, you should at least write about what you enjoy, what you're doing at work. If you know of a great new way to read a text file in PowerShell, or how to orchestrate some really big systems management process, something like that, write about that. Things that you enjoy, you need to write about. That's what I started doing and I still do quite a bit of that stuff. I did notice in this year, I seem to go to a different phase. I've been doing this for three or four years now and I seem to be getting to the point where I personally need to do less deep dive real technical stuff and focus more on career and life decisions and stuff that an IT pro can take home.
Consider the Summit
The PowerShell and DevOps Summit 2018, if you have never been to it, you definitely owe it to yourself to do it. The community is great, even if you're not into PowerShell hardcore, like a lot of us are. Some of the sessions will probably go straight over your head. There's a lot of deep dive content but they have a slack channel. To give you an example of how friendly and welcoming the community is, there was somebody who was a novice at PowerShell and he wanted to learn more about it and he felt like he was overwhelmed.
There were 16 or 17 replies to this guy saying no, he should have read the brochure, the marketing stuff, he should have read all this stuff. They didn't do that at all, they took the initiative to say, "please let us know if there's anything I can do." There were a few people that said for him to look them up at the evening event and they can help him out. Next year they're talking about a separate conference for people beginning with PowerShell and getting involved in it, and I think that's great.
This community that we've built over the years, there's so many of us. There are so many personalities and different people coming from different backgrounds. I've talked to somebody from Israel, somebody from West Virginia, somebody from Australia, they come from all over the world. This conference is the one conference that once you get involved you feel like they're so welcoming. If you love automation, PowerShell, azure, anything in the Microsoft space, this is the community and the conference that you need to go to. It's so rewarding, it's a shot in the arm for your career because it has so many great people, you can make so many good connections, the session content is really good.
It's a really great conference for you to go to. I highly encourage you to hit it up. Yep, PowerShell Summit 2019, be there!
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