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Steve Jones is the editor of SQLServerCentral.com and visits a wide variety of data related topics in his daily editorial. Steve has spent years working as a DBA and general purpose Windows administrator, primarily working with SQL Server since it was ported from Sybase in 1990. You can follow Steve on Twitter at twitter.com/way0utwest

Career Advice – Play Your Own Game

I get asked this question fairly often. How do I find time to write so much, work on SQL Server, have a family, a ranch, etc. It seems that people often want to blog as much as me, or speak, or something else.

It’s natural, I often look at others and think, why can’t I do what he does, or think that I should do what someone does.

I don’t really want to be like someone, however. I don’t want to live another person’s life. I like my life. What I really would like to do is improve my life in some way.

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to emulate someone that’s successful, but that’s the wrong thing. Really you want to take a piece of what someone else does and incorporate it into your life. We all look at the world differently and what might seem to work for someone else, or make them successful isn’t what wil work for you.

Or work in your life.

I try to stress with the Modern Resume that you want to find what works in your life, what you can handle, and what won’t become another stressor. Learn to do what works for you, in your life, and incorporate that.

Don’t try to blog like me, or speak as often as I do, or write a book because someone you admire in this business has done it. Do it because it’s something that will work for you, and work at the appropriate time in your life.

Play your own game.

Comments

Posted by Jason Brimhall on 15 November 2010

I think an internal look at one's self is important.  We all get caught up thinking about what this successful person or that successful person does.  What about the success that you bring to the table for yourself?  Success is too often a measuring stick of what others have done.  Success should be an internal measuring stick of what you have done with your skills and talents.

Posted by Jack Corbett on 15 November 2010

Definitely good advice.  While I'm not trying to be someone else I am trying to be more/do more than what I currently am.

Posted by Dukagjin Maloku on 15 November 2010

Steve, thanks for the clear explanation and really professional advice "Play your own game"! - This can help to be more original in your work, not being someone else!

Posted by Glenn Berry on 15 November 2010

Yes, you have to try to do what makes you happy and successful, which is sometimes easier said than done. Good post, Steve.

Posted by Steve Jones on 15 November 2010

Thanks, and it's something I do strive to remember. It's easy to get caught up in trying to emulate someone else, especially when they're an expert in your field.

Posted by Mark Stacey on 21 November 2010

Having said that we should follow our own path - there are still things one can learn from others - so perhaps an article on the time management tricks you use would be great?

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