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What is your why?: T-SQL Tuesday #111

T-SQL Tuesday

This month Andy Leonard (b/t) wants to know why we do what we do. Funnily enough, this is something I think about on a fairly regular basis. Like most people, I have a lot of reasons for doing things, but for me, most of them come down to one thing.

I provide for my family.

Now, I should point out that my wife makes a good living and my MIL contributes her fair share and then some (my ILs live with us). In the end though, in our family, I’m the primary provider. That means I can’t afford to not have a job right? Now I’ve talked about this before, but a while back my company was going through a lot of changes and that made me rather nervous. And so I quite literally thought I’m pretty sure I’ll have a job for the next few years, but I’m not sure what will happen after that. What can I do to make it easier to find a new job if things go south in say 3 years. Educating myself is of course always important but I decided that even more important than that was showing off what I can do. Hence this blog. Over time I realized there were a lot of great benefits and a lot of great reasons to blog, speak, answer questions online, etc. All of these are among my whys.

  • I learn more by teaching.
  • A blog is a great reference for things you learned but may have forgotten.
  • It’s also a great place to store queries you’ve written as well as links to stuff other people have written.
  • Teaching others is a real rush.
  • I’ve made some amazing friends.
  • Writting (or coding) something so that others can understand/use it forces me to think things through better.
  • To be fair, in the end, I enjoy it.

You’ll notice that awards (even being an MS MVP) are not on the list. They are wonderful, and I love having them, but they aren’t why I do anything. That said, they do help with my primary reason for what I do.

I provide for my family.


My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.


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