In Community, Flash*Flex*AS, flex training, Ideas, Programming on September 16, 2009 at 8:30 am
In yesterday’s post, I talked about finding your niche. Today, I share more about my niche and my plans to get back into it.
I used to run Silvafug, the Silicon Valley Flex Users Group. During my tenure, the group accomplished a lot. (Heck even without me, the group is still doing a lot.) However, one goal eluded me, despite having a great need to be attained. I think it’s time to revisit that goal. What is it?
Helping Flex developers bridge the gap from beginner-to-mid and/or mid-to-advance level.
It’s an ambitious goal, but hey, why aim small, right? I sorta started down the path with a “hit” series of mine, “Graduating from Hack to Architected Development” (available on 360|Whisperings and Adobe’s Flex Developer Center) Adobe said that was one of their most successful pieces at the time, though I’m sure many have surpassed it now.
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In 360Conferences, 360Flex, eBay, Flash*Flex*AS, flex training, Programming, silvafug, Tech Writing, Workday on September 15, 2009 at 8:00 am
I’m amazed by people who have a singular passion. In addition, I’m in awe with those that have many passions, but the will power to focus on just one to the point of major success. I fit in neither of those two categories.
My curse is I work hard to be just “good enough” in one passion, then move on to another. By “good enough”, I mean good enough for me. I’ll take a rare indulgence here (take a picture, it’ll last longer) and say that my “good enough” is better than some people’s “best”. I take this odd (for me) stance for a good reason, and it’s not just to stroke my ego.
Mankind has a strange habit of staying with something that is comfortable, regardless of passion or happiness. I know people (myself included) who stayed at a job because it was easy and comfortable, long after the passion and happiness were gone. These people are giving their “best” but without passion or happiness. Therefore, when I enter the same space with passion and happiness, I can attain more in a shorter time merely because the passion will help push me further. Read the rest of this entry »