This month’s T-SQL Tuesday topic, hosted by Ewald Cress (t|b), is “Folks Who Have Made a Difference.” This is a topic near and dear to my heart; for 17 years I have worked as a Developer/DBA truly fearing that I was not good enough to be a part of the SQL Server community. I am also an introvert. As I was working on this post Kendra Little (t|b|l) must have been looking over my shoulder as she posted a podcast on “introverts” here. It is definitely a topic I need to think more about. Two years ago was my break through moment for becoming a part of community. This was all because of one particular person that gave me the nudge I needed.
The entire SQL Server community has helped me in one fashion or another throughout my career. However, I have to point out one person that truly got me started in this community and gave me confidence to be a part of the community. That person is, Chrissy LeMaire (t|b|d). She introduced me to the Twitter, Slack SQL Community, and the entire SQL Family in later part of 2015. I started to contribute where I could with her project dbatools, where you can also check out the 1000+ member community here on slack. From there, things have sky rocketed for me.
- I have been contributing a lot more in the community (a lot more than I thought I ever would).
- I have starting to blog (never ever thought I would even attempt, this is my first and will be publishing another one in a few hours).
- Communicate with so many others within the community.
- Attend webinars/WebEx sessions a lot more frequently and interact with other members.
I am able to do all of this now without feeling like an introvert, judged, or even anxious.
It has been humbling to be part of this community for the past 2 years allowing me to contribute further, make new friends, help others, and challenging myself more. Time has flown by in the last 2 years and one day I hope to meet as many community members as I can. Again, thank you Chrissy for introducing me to a simply amazing SQL Family!
From here, I am going to list out some other key people that have had an impact on me in one way or another with my career decisions in no particular order:
- Rob Sewell (t|b|g) – Thank you for being a dear friend from afar and teaching me everything Pester, PowerShell and letting me contribute to dbareports and handing it off. (need to discuss some things once things settle down)
- Claudio Silva (t|b|g) – Thank you for allowing me to contribute to a function you wrote for dbatools that got me started on my new adventure.
- Brent Ozar (t|b|g) – Thank you for all you have done with the Community, not just First-Responder-Kit, but also GroupBy and all your blog posts. You assisted in jump-starting my career as a DBA many moons ago in ways that I cannot express enough.
- Constatine Kokkinos (t|b|g) – Thank you for teaching me more PowerShell and Git-Bash commands (blog post saved in drafts for now).
- Fred Weinmann (t|b) – You are a rock start in my book. Thank you for teaching me more advanced PowerShell, getting me to understand powershell even more internally and responsiveness to my questions.
- Shawn Melton (t|b|g) – Thank you for giving me code advice and teaching me PowerShell. In addition, thank you for taking the time to review my blog posts, your generosity is tremendous and I appreciate it (congrats again!).
- Gary Bargsley (t|b) – Thank you for challenging me with your questions, and helping not only myself but also many others.
- Paul Randal (t|b) – Thank you for you and your wife’s dedication to the community and all you have done and continue to do.
- Jonathan Cox (t|b) – Thank you for your assistance so far with all of my Dynamics questions (more coming soon).
- Argenis Fernandez (t|b) – Thank you for taking the time to answer my questions about our storage system and teaching me new things to look for.
- Pinal Dave (t|b|g) – Thank you for the countless simple blog posts that always seem to come up first for me as a great solution and for being such a great speaker.
- Shane O’Neill (t|b) – Thank you for your tireless efforts moderating GroupBy, dbafundamentals along with the slack channels during all the presentations, you have been amazing.
- Andy Mallon (t|b) – Thank you for shaping a piece of my life that I never expected you to do, however, you did. You have given me more motivation to do this than you can imagine. You are a true inspiration and motivator. (I am still a cake doughnut person, sorry)
There are countless others out there in the SQL Server community and SQL Family that deserve thanks. I want to say thank you to each one of you for all you do. Every blog post, YouTube video, training webinars, podcast etc. Each one of you are amazing and I am not just proud but also very privileged to be a part of this amazing community.