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Martin Luther King, Jr Day 2012

In honor of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, I thought I would pass on some of his wisdom since I am at home enjoying my last holiday until Memorial Day.  Enjoy!

“A man who won’t die for something is not fit to live.”
“A nation or civilization that continues to produce soft-minded men purchases its own spiritual death on the installment plan.”
“At the center of non-violence stands the principle of love.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
“Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

SQL and Nothing Else?

I have a thought that has been resonating in my head all week, well probably for a couple of weeks.  It was a comment made at the Tampa Bay SQL Server User Group Holiday gathering last month.  To set the scene…it was a moment of frivolity where several of us where debating as to who had the best job.  Naturally, everyone denied that it was their job and thus pointed to another member at the table and espoused the reasons that they believed that person to have the best job.  When the TBSSUG version of Quentin Tarrantino, yes looks and mannerisms but not the height, turns to me and says the following:

Tarrantino:  “Hey what about you, do you have the best job?”

Me:  “No, I don’t think so….”

Tarrantino:  “Why not, what disqualifies your job?”

Me:  “My job is not 100% SQL, therefore it cannot be the best job, in my opinion.  I have other Windows Server administrative duties, I am a VMWare administrator (which is a positive and not a negative even though it may not seem like that from the tone of this blog), I have to attend numerous pointless meetings, and I have to deploy numerous dot NET applications, which should disqualify me automatically.  I am personally responsible for approximately 200 servers.  Don’t get me wrong, but I love my job, except for the pointless meetings, but that is a separate blog topic.  I just don’t think it would be the best job, that would be a job where I was a SQL DBA for 100 percent of my duties…”

Tarrantino:  “100%, that would be the worst job….who would want to do that?  SQL and nothing else, that would be boring…no way…you’re crazy…(turns to the next person) What about you, is your job the best?”

It was a silly conversation served up with a delicious beverage and Christmas cookies, so why does it still bother me?  Is it the fact that one of my peers does not share the same passion for SQL Server?  Or is it the fact that maybe I am Don Quixote and this is my windmill:  chasing a dream of a golden job opportunity in a town called Perfect. 

What do you think?  Enjoy

And so it begins…..

After attending SQLAndy’s SQL Saturday session on “Building a Professional Development Plan” a couple of months ago, I have been determined to develop my own Professional Development Plan.  Over the next week or so, I will be formulating this plan here on this blog.   At this point, I have a few goals for 2012 to begin the discussion.

  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.

Stay tuned as we formulate this plan….

Merry Christmas Everyone!

I would like to personally wish you and your family a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  I hope 2012 is especially productive and that we all have a very #SQLAwesomeness year!  I look forward to seeing you all at various SQL events in the new year!  I would also like to thank everyone in the SQL Community for everything you do throughout the year to help spread the SQL love, it is appreciated!  Finally, let the Big Gator Growl!

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