My professional career has been spent interacting with and managing information systems. I have had the opportunity to work in a multitude of environments that include large data centers, and operations command centers, both onsite at client locations and remote. My responsibilities have included system administration, application/middleware support, team leadership, and project management.
It's a popular thing to say in the modern working world. However, this is more than a "buzz term" to me. There are times when we have to go above and beyond to excel at our chosen profession, but we must also strive to balance that ethic and drive with the necessity to take care of ourselves and those who count on us daily.
Not everything I do requires a computer or even electricity! I would like to consider myself a renaissance man. I like to delve into many subjects, and in turn, keep my knowledge palette wide. With that being said, I have a lot of interests outside of those that pay the bills every month. When I am not "on the clock", you may find me involved in a variety of activities ranging from home remodeling, bass fishing, motorcycle riding, graphic design, or just enjoying music.
Many years ago, while talking with my father, he told me that I had to be twice as good as the next guy to even get noticed, let alone be considered as comparable. For a long time, I never understood what that meant. However, after working in the corporate world for most of my adult life, I know exactly what he was talking about. The difference is, now I think the bar has been raised to three times as good. Nevertheless, to this day, I still carry those words of wisdom my dad spoke to me so long ago. Those words give me the drive and purpose to be the best version of me that I can be. I certainly celebrate my accomplishments, but I continue to work to make myself better. Remembering that there are others following and/or observing my path, and also reminding myself to never settle, no matter what plateaus are reached.