Today we have a guest editorial as Steve is away on vacation.
Before I shipped off to boot camp I was fortunate enough to have so many friends and family that were willing to offer advice. I ignored all of it; except for the classic “Don’t volunteer for anything”. It took me about half way though boot camp before I realized how bad that piece of advice is, in all aspects of my life.
I became a DBA because I volunteered to do something that others were not willing to. I became a User Group chapter leader because I knew if I didn’t exchange ideas with my peers, they would advance their skill sets out of mere shared knowledge. I became a speaker because I stepped out of my comfort zone.
As you move through your career, I recommend stepping up. Take on challenges that make you uncomfortable. Try to learn something that you don’t think you can do. Submit a session to speak at a nearby SQL Saturday, or start a blog.
Fear of failing has impacted me at different points in my career, but once I took a risk I saw many new paths open up to me. Have I succeeded all the time? No. But I haven’t regretted trying either.