This is my first in what I am going to attempt at electronically doing what I do every morning. Cody Bunch started me on morning pages to get my mind and system into writing on a regular basis. For the most part I have done this. As of late I let excuses get in the way, very much like not going to the gym.
So now that you know quickly what these are
Last week Rebecca Fitzhugh during her Boston VMUG session talked about leadership qualities, there was one that stood out among the others Self-Awareness. Since then I realized I have failed myself with this blog, I have many thoughts and blog concepts that I just let excuses get in the way or laziness. I have had episode 6 of Tech Stand Up Podcast ready to go, however it just sits there.
This is my first attempt to change a weakness in myself, to learn from my failures.
In order to grow as a person in both your professional and personal lives, you need to truly understand where you are weak. Until you admit that you are not going to change. Understanding your limitations and what is holding you back from excelling is a great motivator to change.
One thing I find is that I am my own worst and hardest critic, I feel bad for my family at times. During dinner when I try a new recipe I am doubting things that I have tried. Now understand I am trying for with anything I cook multiple times – consistency. I want to know my food is not only tasting good but how can I repeat that over and over. I ask my wife and kids multiple times how it tasted, what can I change, thinking about it now it must bug them when I do it. However that is a weakness in which I need to be more assertive and confident in my cooking abilities and when in doubt I know the local pizza place’s number by heart. Seriously it is probably one of the few numbers I know off the top of my head.
Over the last 7 years I have failed at writing consistently, it’s a fact. That IS going to change. I am going to stop thinking of writing my book and actually start working on it. I have about two pages done so far, I started it last year.
By truly knowing and being self-aware with your weakness you can then start to actually make it a strength. Working on that or knowing when to ask for help to improve is crucial.
Here are a few things that can help you get started with overcoming your weakness
So what are some of your weaknesses and how have you started to combat them?
This week’s guest is Ariel Sanchez, recorded live from the VTUG Winter Warmer. Ariel is a Costa Rican native who has a man crush on Tom Brady. This crush isn’t the type our wives may have on Brady; however, it is more his work ethic and drive that Ariel respects him for. Like our two other guests the vBrownbag is represented yet again on Tech Stand UP, sorry guys we are not renaming this the vBrownbag podcast.
Ariel has his own way, the Ariel Way much like our beloved Patriots. Ariels passion to share what he learns and give back not only the knowledge he learns but his time. Not only is he part of running a VMware User Group and the vBrownbags, Ariel contributes many hours on his multiple blogs. As well he focuses on being a mentor to other Latin community members.
Have a listen as Ariel and I discuss getting involved in the community, and more importantly as he said it best “Don’t be afraid”.
Twitter – Get involved and meet and interact with people
Tom Brady man crush
Community Commitment and giving back
New England Patriots
This week our guest is Jorge Torres a technology junkie with latin roots. While we share a passion for technology we also share a love for the New England Patriots. While attending the VTUG Winter Warmer the Tech Stand UP crew caught up with Jorge to discuss and answer some questions on Blogging.
Jorge just started his blog Kolkes.Com, where he plans on diving deep into virtualization and sharing with the world. As we know getting advice from people who have been blogging for years, definitely helps! That is exactly what we talk about in this weeks episode.
We walk through the journey of getting inspired by the content he consumed. This passion and desire to give back is what drove Jorge to start his blog. Being an engineer on a daily basis, he enjoyed learning from others but realized that by him creating the content he was able to remember the content.
A major trend is for new bloggers to have a senior or respected member of the community to turn too. Ariel Sanchez is that person for Jorge, with Ariel’s Latin community give back through the vBrownbag, gave him a rapport which turned into a trusted friendship and mentor.
This has me thinking, what inspires you?
Jorge’s first time appearing as a guest on a podcast
Discuss how he was inspired by the community blogs and presentations
Talk about different blog platforms available and where to start
Mentor – having someone in the community take you under their wing and provide guidance and accountability
Creating content that others have created is ok, as this allows for you to retain the information
Using blogs as a self repository on how you fixed a problem.
Much like Luke Sky Walkers inevitable path to Master Yoda, Tech Stand UP podcast was destined to happen. Listen to our very first podcast with featured guest and a great
friend brother to me Jonathan Frappier.
Prior to meeting Jonathan, I had no desire to watch Star Wars, however that changed as I knew he would drag me to see the latest release Episode VII. After watching all of them, Sean Thulin was excited as he too had wanted me to watch Star Wars. Like the movies, the lives of Jonathan, Sean and our other good friend Matthew Broberg were destined to intertwine. Six years ago our epic journey began.
It was fitting to have the “NerdHerd” on as my first guests to record on the podcast, but like Hans & Princess Leia’s relationship, that didn’t go as planned. While attending the VTUG Winter Warmer this past Jan, I had pleasure to record the first few episodes live. Only Jonathan was there for the very first podcast.
In this episode Jonathan and I start to discuss Devops, and I quickly turn it around on him. Now you have to understand our conversations change back and forth all the time. Now, you need to understand that Jonathan has been there for some pivotal moves in my life, instrumental to providing me guidance, judgement free. I have a million ideas for business or other projects and he listens to all of them. I gain insights from his past experiences. The Tech Stand UP podcast isn’t bout Technology per se and I explain that in this post.
What to expect during this first episode is everything! Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy recording them.
Give the podcast a Listen to!
One of the most dreaded things for me is dealing with budget, more so when I do not have visibility into the budget. So many times have I requested something and been told “it’s not in the budget”. Has this ever happened to you? What if your job is the budget? Are you using a bunch of tools to keep track or a custom excel sheet?
You are a small IT shop or small business, and IT budgeting is new to you, where do you start? Have I got good news for you, the folks over at turbonomic have created a FREE IT budget template. I personally love starting with templates as they give me a starting point and save me time.
This IT budget template was developed between turbonomic and some of it’s customers, meaning the real world value is there. I have seen other templates before and I have to say this one is a great starting point.
As a small business or even figuring out finances for a home lab setup here are some things to keep in mind.
Software Licenses – Software is the pinnacle of IT spend, There are some with yearly support costs, initial buy pricing, yearly renewals. Keeping track of this will help you maintain and plan your spending. More importantly you may find that you are over spending on licenses that you are paying for and could result in a savings.
Infrastructure – The cost of buying servers and storage is definitely something you want to plan for in your budget. Not only do you have to account for the cost of the infrastructure, you have to plan for the support contracts on that.
Training – The most important part of your finance to plan for and most over looked. The best way for your company to get the most out of both your software and infrastructure investments is deeper understanding on how to utilize it to it’s full potential.
Staying on track of your budget is vital, I wanted to share this free template from turbonomic with you all, as it can help you. Did I mention it was free? I love that part and yes I downloaded it myself and will say it is done very well. Simple to understand, if you are a beginner or just want a better way give it a look.