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I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.

Failing to Overreach

I’m not sure what put this phrase in my head, though I think in part it came from various posts by Seth Godin, and it represents something – a doubt maybe – about whether I’m doing enough.

I think of myself as fairly conservative when it comes to taking risks. Others might not agree, but the conservative part comes from me thinking I can do this. If I think I can get there, if I think extra effort will make the difference, then I’m in. It doesn’t seem like a huge risk when I decide to do it.

It’s hard to assess fairly. Risks, at least the ones that turn out ok, look smaller in hindsight. There’s also a difference between being out of the comfort zone and real risk, though emotionally they feel very similar.

I don’t know that I want to take risk for the sake of risk, or get out of my comfort zone (which is larger than it used to be) just because, but I am thinking that maybe there is another 10% or 20% edge to the envelope that I could push. Not sure how to get there. Not intuitive to take a risk that you don’t think will work. Maybe it’s a re-calibration, thinking that since I’m mostly succeeding on the risks I take that I can adjust the dial the next time I’m making a decision.

I’m not sure what that will look like yet. I think right now it’s the mental preparation for the next time I need to make one of those risk decisions.


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