Have you seen Ken? I haven’t. Even for the past 17 years.
Ken was a name I gave the kid who persistently helped me learn how to write Visual Basic code back in 1999. I would not have survived the world of computer programming if it were not for him. And I could not have completed my very first computer software if it were not for his patience – teaching me the fundamentals of writing code. He literally helped me pursue a new career, one that wasn’t even on my radar after failing my only computer programming course in university.
I never got to personally thank him. I don’t even know who he is, where he’s from or what he does. But he certainly did make a difference in my career. My code still suck, though.
Everyday, hundreds, if not thousands, of Kens are going out of their way to help make the digital world a better place. They are literally everywhere – on forums responding to questions, on Twitter creatively writing with the restrictive 140-character limit, on blogs writing about solutions to problems, on office corridors giving the new junior DBA a confidence boost. Their contributions are honorable; their generosity, exemplary. I bet you can name someone who has literally helped save your career.
Sadly, most of them go unnoticed, neglected, even painfully criticized when they don’t immediately respond to a question posted on a forum, newsgroup or email.
It doesn’t have to be like this.
Giving Away Gratitude Tokens
Almost 3 years ago, I gave away FREE access to my online course on Udemy. It’s my simple way of recognizing the contributions of people in the greater SQL Server community. I’ve been a recipient of their generosity in one way or another.
Also, it’s been a year since I launched my online course Windows Server Failover Clustering for the Smart SQL Server DBA. To celebrate, I’d like to give you an opportunity to recognize someone who has made a contribution in your career.
Write a blog post or record a video telling a story about the person you are recognizing. The person could be a family member, your boss, a Microsoft MVP, somebody who wrote a blog post that helped you navigate a disaster at work, etc. Share an experience about how the person has made an impact in your career as a SQL Server/data professional.
- Submit an entry by leaving a comment in this blog post before 21-July-2017 10PM Eastern.
- Your comment must include a link to the blog post or the video (YouTube, Vimeo, Wistia, Facebook, etc.). You can submit multiple entries. Multiple entries mean you are recognizing more than one person.
- Inform the person you choose to recognize. Send them a link to this blog post after you’ve submitted your comment. After all, this is for them.
- Share this this blog post via social media. Use the #SQLFamily hashtag on Twitter, share it on Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, Reddit, and anything else you can think of.
Three (3) winners will be chosen. Every submitted entry will be added to a voting form that will be attached to this blog post. You can ask family, friends, colleagues, peers, etc. to vote for your entry.
Winner will be announced on 28-July-2017.
One year access to my online courses (worth US$ 950)
- the Windows Server Failover Clustering for the Smart SQL Server DBA
- the mini-course How To Build A Personal Lab for Deploying SQL Server on a Windows Server Failover Cluster
- the Udemy course SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HA/DR).
I look forward to hearing your stories.
[UPDATE: 28-Jul-2017] The winners have been chosen. Expect an email from me and enjoy FREE access to the online course.