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  1. chrisfwilliams
    chrisfwilliams at |

    Great article! Surrounding yourself with positive, thoughtful peers really gets the creative juices flowing. Check out the book “The Innovators” by Walter Isaacson if you haven’t already, all of the technological leaps of the past 200 years were done by groups of people who pushed & encouraged each other. I’m trying to think of a way to re-create Charles Babbage’s salons today 🙂

    I also try to find a mentor to aspire in each new environment/technology/process to look up to. There’s this PowerShell guy who’s articles I read… 😉

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  2. Lee Abner
    Lee Abner at |

    Thanks for posting. Gives me some ideas. I don’t have a lot of people who challenge me at work (small shop), so I need to connect more with people on the line in Social Networks. Also I could do a better job of connecting with people at events that I attend, instead of being a wallflower.

    One other thought that the article brought to mind, is that I need to be that kind of person to others, to mentor them. I think I do fairly well there, but I could certainly be more mindful of it.

    Lee

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  3. Jay Miller (@miller_jay)
    Jay Miller (@miller_jay) at |

    Very good article. The part about being around negative people (at work) is so very true. For us, we either need to try to fix it, or move on to something more positive and fruitful. Additionally, surrounding ourselves with people of varying opinions, disciplines, and levels of expertise is a great way to stay excited about tech, as it keeps us always learning new ways to do & think about things. This thought kind of makes me feel bad for the smartest technical mind in the world. Such a lonely & sad day to day he/she must have! 🙂
    PS) The Datanauts podcast is, IMO, the best technical podcast out there. All of the different perspectives and discussions are immensely interesting. Keep up the good work!

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  4. Jeff Wilson
    Jeff Wilson at |

    Great post Chris!

    I was fortunate enough to meet and work for a friend/mentor mid-career. Though I was highly technical and disciplined prior to meeting him, I never knew how to think strategically about technology, costs, and my own place in a cost center ‘in the business.’ Before I met him, I’d spent a good 8 years in various IT Roles becoming progressively more bitter and angry about my choice in career.

    Looking back, he was the first boss who didn’t liken “best practices” to a cynical vendor ploy to increase sales. He pushed me to do things the right way, to not take shortcuts and to think strategically. He also taught me to always be transparent and honest about my failures, and to take pleasure in my work. He told me that a technical career is hard path to follow, but it’s much easier if you can speak the language of the business.

    After working for him, I realized he had rekindled some of the joy that got me into computers and technology in the first place. Today I try to pay that forward to the young ‘uns.

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