Personal Development Plan Part Dos….

Having posted yesterday about my Personal Development Plan, I read a blog post from Neil Hambly regarding his 2012 goals.  Now, I realize that my goals were somewhat vague and easy to worm out of.  Here are the goals that I had mentioned yesterday:

  1. I want to dedicate time everyday to this blog and giving back to the SQL community that has helped me so much over the years.
  2. I want to continue to dedicate time to the SQL community in social media.
  3. I want to attend at least ten events this year consisting of SQL Saturdays, training, code camps, and possible SQL Rally and/or SQL PASS.

Let’s revise those goals to the following:

  1. I will post daily to this blog in order to give back to the SQL community that has helped me so much over the years.
  2. I will spend time daily helping people on twitter, SQL blogs, and various SQL-related websites such as SQL Server Central.
  3. I am setting a goal of 300 followers on Twitter which would double my existing followers for 2011. 
  4. I will attend at least ten of the twelve Tampa Bay SQL Server User Group meetings
  5. I will atend three to five other SQL User group meetings, such as the Tampa BI group or Orlando’s MagicPASS.
  6. I will attend every Tampa VMWare User Group meetings which occur quarterly.
  7. I will attend other events that interface with SQL Server or VMWare such as the Orlando IT Pro Camp scheduled for January 21, 2012.
  8. I will attend one Microsoft SQL training course this year, but I cannot say at this time what that course will be as that will depend upon my employer ;-).  I would like to attend Course 2778a (Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL) and Course 6234 (Implementing and Maintaining Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services. 
  9. I will attend every SQL Saturday offered in the Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville areas.  I would also like to attend some others, if possible, within driving distance.  I am already registered for SQL Saturday #110 in Tampa on March 10, 2012.
  10. I will volunteer to help with at least one SQL Saturday this year.
  11. I would like to attend SQL Rally in Dallas this year and I would definitely like to attend the SQL PASS Summit, but with one child in college this year and two more entering over the next two years, I may have to pass on this one for a couple of years until they are situated and my bank account returns to normal.
  12. I will continue to take at least one to two classes a semester online in order to complete my degree in Business Administration.  All those Engineering and Computer Science classes I took 20 years ago are not relevant today and I would like  to possibly return to consulting in five or ten years and that degree would be more beneficial in that long term goal.
  13. I will continue SQLAndy’s recommendation to meet at least three people at every SQL event.  This is a great recommendation for networking.  It is hard sometimes to break out of our introverted ways.
  14. I will attain my VMWare Certified Professional 4 certificate this year for VMWare.
  15. I would like to speak somewhere this year, my local SSUG, VMUG, or even a training session at work.  I need to get over my fear of public speaking. 2012 is the year to step it up and take it to another level.

I think this is an adequate list on my second day of contemplation, but I will review this over the next week or so to decide if it is exhaustive.  Stay tuned and enjoy!

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About SQLGator

Florida Gator and Microsoft Data Platform MVP, Star Wars fanatic and is there anything else...oh yeah PS4! I am a geek and SQL Server DBA who dabbles with VMWare, there are other technologies greater than these? Not so fast my friend! I also love to travel to new and exotic places.

Posted on January 2, 2012, in Career Advice, Goals, Personal Development Plan, SQL Saturday, Training and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I’m impressed, best of luck to you! I know you can do it!

  2. Reblogged this on SQL Swampland and commented:

    The fourth most popular post from 2012 on SQLGator.com

  3. Excellent, much better when they are clear and consise {not worming out of them is allowed}
    I’m about to compile my 2013 goals (setting 20 of them this year) and will blog on those soon, some will be ones I didn’t manage to complete in 2012 + a whole host of new ones
    {and I’m not going to make it easy this year to achieve them all}

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