"Leading to Learning," Part 1: Here's Where We Are

I’ve been in a lot of recent discussions with people who work in tech within medium- and large-sized business. There’s been a common – by no means ubiquitous, but certainly common – thread that I want to spend some time pulling.

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Whither Piña Colada?

So, it’s Christmas Eve Day. It’s cold outside. It’s raining. Blegh. And so obviously, I get to thinking about tropical cocktails, and piña colada drifts through my brain.

I know that piña means pineapple in Spanish. But colada? I mean, as far as I know, it means wash, with a kind of connotation for laundry. Washed pineapple?

And so down the rabbit hole I go.

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My 2020 Resolution: Stop Being Selfish. (You Can Help.)

So, in looking back at 2019, and even 2018, I realized that I was being a bit selfish in a super-specific way. It’s something I want to change for 2020, and it’s something you can help me with.

Here’s the deal: I know a lot of folks in the IT industry, a lot of whom are renowned experts in their space. That’s partly because I’ve been around a while, and some of the people I “grew up with” are now doing amazing things. It’s partly because so much of my career was spent at conferences, where I got to meet these incredible professionals. And it’s partly because I’ve been able to work with some of the best tech companies out there, meaning I’ve worked with the wonderful people who make those companies so great.

I’ve leaned on these people, believe me. They’ve gotten be out of technical jams, given me career advice, helped me understand how different types of businesses run, and offered me some fresh new perspectives on things I thought I’d already figured out. They asked nothing for all that help, because they’re simply great people. They’re a big part of what I wrote Be the Master, which is more than anything else my distilled effort to “pay it forward” like they all did.

But I’ve realized that not everyone has ready access to such a diverse pool of wonderful people. And so for 2020, I’m going to try and open up my pool of people to you.

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A Wrap-Up for the Week

I don’t think I’ve done this before, but this has been a bit of a new cycle for me this week, so I wanted to wrap it up for anyone who may have missed a bit.

The DSC Book is now open-source and owned by a community organization. That means it has a minimum price of $0 on Leanpub, and anything you choose to pay goes to DevOps Collective scholarships.

I’ve released The Never, a book I’ve been wanting to write for 18 years. It’s almost 80,000 words, and I’m immensely happy about it. There’s a free ebook offer for those who want to help get the book noticed.

I’ve released Be the Master, 4th Edition and have several offers related to it, including a limited-edition hardcover, an upcoming virtual workshop, and a free ebook offer.

I published Part IV of my online “Writing Workshop,” and if you ever need to write things, it’s a good, short series of articles to read through.

I’ve got articles poised on both DonJones.com and BeTheMaster.com to get you through the holidays and beyond; I hope you’ll stay tuned!

The American Restaurant

I’m a foodie – meaning, I love food. I’m not so much a celebrity chef follower, but more a real lover of anything new I can taste. And along the way, I’ve become fascinated with the restaurant business in general, and some of its history. So I was really intrigued when I started reading about Fred Harvey.

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Career ≠ Meaning

No job, and no career, no matter how fantastic, gives your life meaning. You might give meaning to your life while performing your job or career, but life, and its meaning, it about what you learn. It’s about who you are, or who you can become. Life is about who you love, and who loves you. It’s about how you leave the world, as much as what you do while you’re in it.

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What’re You Good For?

One of the neat things about life is that you never know what it’s going to throw at you, or to put that in a more positive light, what it’s going to offer you. Let’s imagine that as a financial analogy, because there’s a cool point to be made, here.

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Being on Stage and not Losing Your Voice (it’s a metaphor)

Imagine a person who’s in one of those touring Broadway shows. Five days a week, they have to go dance the same dance, sing the same song, and wear the same costumes. They have to do it flawlessly, exactly the same, every time. And they almost always do it. There’s a big lesson to be learned from them, for anyone who has any kind of job.

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