Like many other VMware friends, I also received an email informing me I was awarded VMware vExpert for 2011. This is the second year for this award and I am extremely
grateful for the honor. Like every vExpert should; I want to thank everyone at VMware behind the great social media and community and especially thank John Troyer for his leadership. I don’t think people realize how much awesomeness has come out of the work John has done, because it is so difficult to quantify. I also want to thank Duncan Epping who was when I started, and still is an inspiration as a blogger and Twitter junkie.
Fair warning: it is at this point of the blog post I will get a little retrospective and sappy.
Sometimes it is tough to measure success outside of just projects, sales goals, or training milestones. I am often so obsessed with *the next thing* that I never take time to fully enjoy a sense of accomplishment for what I have done. For me, the vExpert email is a point where I can stop and think over what I did over the last year.
And so I encourage you to do the same. And not just in light of your career. Sit still for a couple minutes and think of all the things you have accomplished in the last year as a parent, professional, friend, and as a partner.
There are many ways to measure success in life and not all of them can be easily recognized. I can think of so many great people that helped me get to where I am now that deserve way more praise than I do. So since today is a day I am taking to feel good about what I have done; I encourage you to do the same.