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A Revelation

on 29 August, 2014

When I moved to Kansas City from Silicon Valley, it was because I had hit a milestone and I felt that perhaps I needed a break: a change of scenery, new challenges, new people. 20 years in the technology sector, working as both a quality assurance tester and also had dabbled in tech support and database management with some smaller adventures in technical writing and software development. It had become, it seemed, a bit of a routine and it seemed like I wasn’t being challenged anymore. I had needed a break.

Well, this holiday weekend – Labor Day – now marks ten years in Kansas City. With some time off to build a house and sweep the cobwebs out of my head, it has been another decade of doing exactly what I am good at… which luckily coincides with what I love. I managed, somehow, to be born at the right time to experience the digital revolution from the very beginning. And to be a part of what has shaped the future.

And once again, I find myself at the peak of my abilities – not only the technical skills but the fact that they are matched with an appropriate salary. I often worried that the number of years that I have been on this planet would begin to hinder my career, but it has, in fact, done just the opposite. My technical background speaks for itself and I think I am the kind of person that can be both serious and lighthearted at the same time. In other words, I play well with others.

Mentoring has become an intricate part of who I am technically. Although technology changes at the speed of light, my previous experiences still play a part in how I do things today. And in those thirty years, I have had the opportunities to try – and sometimes fail – many approaches, thoughts and attempts. It has made me a more flexible and smarter person. Failures are only failures if you don’t learn from your mistakes. And pass that learning onto others.

Hey… thanks for listening.

MacCupcake

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