Love the editorial and the advice. Thank you!
Those starting today have a distinct advantage over old timers. Back in the 70's there were no support groups, really none. Know as DP then we often wondered if that meant Data Processing or Dislocated Persons. In some ways they were the same. We were often on an adventure alone. But today there are many resources that give those who will use them great advantage.
Years ago the only help was in the IBM manual which was written by someone you would never meet and there was no way you could ask questions. You were on your own and doing some of those creative things was a huge challenge for there was no code examples, few built-in formulas and functions, and few if any peers to talk it over with. Today you can get well down the road to a solution by drawing on the experience and willingness to share of others.
It amazes me to day that many feel they should do it themselves and not ask for help. The idea is to get something done, not to prove you can do it by yourself.
I'll pipe down now and get back to work. 🙂
Not all gray hairs are Dinosaurs!