• http://www.schmitzit.com Peter Schmitz

    Great post. Like with working out, great nutrition to ensure your body gets all the building blocks it needs to keep performing at peak level will help you learn easier and better, too. Oh, and stay away from steroids ;-)

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Thanks Peter. I’m liking the nutritional angle on the fitness analogy. I may have to “borrow” that……

  • Matt Velic

    Definitely agree. Must be careful though, it can be easy to take on too much new stuff at once. I know that’s happened to me. But I think as long as you remain focused on specific tasks/goals, it works fantastically.

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Matt, a wise cautionary note sir. Sticking with the fitness training analogy, pushing too hard too often is one of the causes of over-training, and the same can indeed be said for challenging professional development endeavors.

      I find building down time and rest into my schedule in advance, as being a good way to ensure I am able to achieve some level of balance. Determining the “right” level for the right time, is something I’m still working on.

  • http://www.sqltrainingonline.com Joey Blue

    You could also throw some cross-training into your analogy. A little development training on the technology side and maybe some project management, business analyst, or business process training can help your database career without getting burned out/injured.

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Joey, I like how you’re thinking sir.

  • http://lance-england.com Lance England

    Wow, great post, and one that really hits home with me. The past 12 months for me has been a continuous push to learn new things, get out of my comfort zone, and “take it to the next level”. The results have been amazing! I have never been more excited about my career. Once you get momentum, its amazing how far one can go. In fact, starting my blog and being more active on the professional social mediums are two recent areas I’ve been pushing. I don’t recall how I came across your blog and forum, but joining the conversation in your house is just another step.

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Thanks Lance, glad you enjoyed this post sir. It really is fantastic to hear from people achieving the results they desire!

      Being excited about your career is a tremendous place to be and as you’re discovering through your own experience of career momentum, things can really start to take off for you.

      It sounds like you’ve had some wonderful and interesting experiences on your journey, I’d love to hear about them and I know others will too. I’m delighted that you’ve found our community and it’s great to have you here.

  • http://dbdon.blogspot.com Uday Arumilli

    Hay John, thanks for the great post, really impressive and thanks again for the divine guidance.

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Uday, thank you for your far too kind comments sir. I appreciate it.

  • http://www.borishristov.com Boris Hristov

    Just to add up that in case you really want to accomplish all that – fitness, growth, etc, you have to think about how you manage your time, because that is crucial! Once you figure that out, you will probably go to the next step and continously challange yourself and think how to do more with less. At least I am obssesed by this! Someone like me here?

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Boris, absolutely sir! It’s about doing less and achieving more with it.

  • http://lance-england.com Lance England

    One quick question that is at least tangentially related – how can I put my picture next to my comments? After posting I thought it must be gravatar, then I thought maybe it was tied to my profile on your forum. A consistent online identity is a tool in career growth, so I was hoping to achieve that here. Thanks in advance!

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Hi Lance,

      The community forum and blog site are independent from one another with regard to profiles. The blog does indeed use Gravatar logos by default sir.

  • Daniel

    Great post. I agree with almost everything said here but I would like to add another perspective which is usually lost while we all try to learn new things to fix our “perceived deficiencies” (which is a lot – at least in my case anyway ;). Instead experiment on practicing what you already know and love 80% of the time, be really good at it and achieve automaticity. Hopefully this will let your mind become decluttered, free and hence creative.

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Thanks Daniel!

      Good man, it’s great to hear from folks that do not agree with everything I say, would be a pretty dull world if you all did ;-) In all seriousness I really do encourage and enjoy readers offering alternative perspectives. It makes for a more colourful and enriched discussion for everyone. That’s what we’re all about here, heck we even have a Community Forum we like talking so much.

      I’m loving the concept of “perceived deficiencies” and think there’s a larger discussion to be had there for sure.

      An excellent point about sticking to and developing your core skills to the extent where you can leverage them for automation, freeing yourself for other pursuits.

  • http://www.chrisyatessql.wordpress.com Chris

    Okay Okay….I just got to ask; is that really you on the bench press????

    All kidding aside my thinking falls right in line with the post generated. It took me 8-10 yrs to step out of my comfort zone and get involved in the community and I am glad I did. This same concept can be applied across the board in all areas of one’s life.The fruits of the labor so to speak are rewarding.

    Good solid post as always John!

    • http://www.johnsansom.com John Sansom

      Thanks Chris.

      Ha! I’ll leave that puzzle for the readers…..

      Wise words sir. I’ve yet to meet a Data Pro that regretted getting involved with the community. For those folks out there still thinking about it, take the plunge already.

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