I am humbled to be among so many great professionals and honored at the same time for having been chosen.
Not only should you pay respect to those giving of their time, but you should spend a little time to also give back to the community. I will say it again, the more you give of yourself to help others learn your trade, the more you will personally learn and grow in your professional and personal self. It is an investment well worth taking.
One of my favorite database automations is to send trivia style questions daily. This helps me to mentor and assess other dba talent within an organization without being too aggressive. Not only can a database be used for automation but it can also be used for numerous other automations. Beyond being highly useful for automation and training, there is also the possibility of using TSQL to solve puzzles like Sudoku puzzles.
If you can use a database to create automation routines to help sustain your work life, you can certainly do the same to sustain your personal life. Databases are an essential piece of both my personal and professional life.
One of my biggest reasons why I do what I do, boils down to the challenges that I frequently get to encounter. There is a wild satisfaction to working on a very difficult and challenging task, product, tool, profession, skill, etc. This satisfaction often involves reward and a sense of accomplishment.
One of the things that should seem very commonplace to a data professional is the effort to become a lazy DBA. A lazy DBA is not a bad thing. It just means the DBA works hard to automate the repetitive mundane tasks that may be tedious and/or time consuming.
I have personally participated in quite a large number of these TSQL Tuesday events – despite not being every single one. This is a roundup of my personal participation across the years.
Small tokens of gratitude and small actions help to build this wonderful SQL Community that gives and gives and gives. Humility leads us to seek out ways to give more and become better as individuals. Give and you will receive!
Getting feedback from others is that little check that is needed to help progress and move in the right direction. When allowing time and opportunity for feedback from others, you are doing yourself a service as well as them.
Building on the work of these three fine individuals, here comes the difficult task. You have been the benefactor of some awesome help from somebody else. You even wrote about it and in a way, told that person how they impacted you, your career, or both. You have set goals for yourself to become a better you after some personal reflection, meditation, introspection. Then you have given back to the community in some way.
I am not asking you to be braggy, just aware and cognizant. What have you done to impact somebody else in the last 13 months?