Orin Thomas recently told me that the average IT Pro, in the Microsoft world, is 43 years old. Makes some sense; younger kids tend to be attracted to younger companies, and younger companies are largely deploying Linux for their big dot-com-startup projects (which is why Microsoft ❤️ Linux all of a sudden). So there are fewer young people getting into Microsoft-centric IT Ops.
And so we’re having a midlife career crisis.
Man, these guys are a lot smarter than me. I’ll just sit here and try to look pretty.
Here’s a little secret: Every one of us feels that way, almost all the time.
I feel fortunate to have been pretty successful – by my family’s measure, if nobody else’s – in my career. I’m often asked if there was a secret to it all – and the answer is “yes.” My former business partner, Greg Shields, and I had three simple rules. These apply whether you’re independent, working for a company, or thinking about your customers.
As our government ratchets through the process of doing “something” about healthcare, one term you’re going to see tossed around a lot is “Health Savings Account.” These HSAs are not new, but seem potentially poised to make a major comeback. It’s worth understanding – from a non-political perspective – what these are, so that you can have an informed opinion to take to your Congresspeople. You may be in favor of these, or you may not – but you should have some facts.
With the Affordable Healthcare Act (“Obamacare”) again featured in the news (this being a day ending in “y,” I think we’re required to have Obamacare in the news), a bunch of my foreign friends have been trying to figure out what the heck it all means. Here’s a primer, along with some comparative information for US folks. I’ll keep this as apolitical, and as base-factual, as possible.
I talk, and write, a lot about how important it is to think about your career. To feed your career. To keep your career foremost in your vision.
There comes a time when your career is doing pretty well, and you’re comfortable resting for a moment and enjoying what it’s brought you. There may also come a time when you’ve gotten pretty far along in your career, and you start to think, “what’s next?”
Let me propose something.