Resourcefulness, Initiative and Grit

29. December 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
When faced with some problem, most of us (let’s be honest) are habituated toward shopping for and purchasing some product that “solves” our problem. But the marketplace is not lacking in products. What is lacking, I believe, is spirit. When I was just a young boy, I thought that owning a new pair of sneakers would ...

How to Fall in Love with your Job: Always do your best

22. December 2016 Business, Opinion 1
Peter, most people don’t like their jobs. But you go out there and find something that makes you happy. –Office Space Even half a century ago, most people could not have connected with this movie as well as they do today. Memes from this modern classic can be found everywhere on the Internet, and people can instantly ...

IT Doomsday?

29. September 2016 Opinion 0
Doomers have existed since the beginning of time. And almost every generation of people has believed, at one time or another, that their generation might be the last–those who witness (or usher in) the end of the world. Post-apocalyptic dystopia even enjoys their own sub-genre within the fictional realm–find these themes in every form of popular media (books, movies, TV, ...

Mobility as a Lifestyle

26. September 2016 Opinion, Productivity 0
Last year I took a few months off from my job. As an engineer, I believe that planning is everything. So I figured I’d schedule my mid-life crises in advance and try to have it out of the way early, before I even hit middle-age. During this time I did quite a bit of traveling with ...

The Measure of Success

19. September 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
How do you measure success? In the world of consulting, we live and die by the billable hour. Utilization. But I haven’t watched that metric for myself–ever. I’ve been told to, of course. But as with many conventions, I generally ignore it. These days, I’m lucky enough to work for a company that doesn’t ask me ...

Knowledge is Power: What does it mean?

25. April 2016 Opinion, Philosophy 0
Knowledge is Power. Everyone knows that. But not all forms of knowledge were created equally. The same is true of the corresponding power. There are many different shades of knowledge in life, and we do not always distinguish among them in common everyday discourse. However, in most real-life working environments, these various shades do eventually come into play, ...

Certification vs. Qualification

18. January 2016 Opinion 0
I hold several certifications in my field of expertise: a number of Microsoft certifications, as well as Cisco, WatchGuard, IBM and other technologies.  Before all of that happened, I also earned my bachelor’s in mathematics and philosophy from University, as well as a shiny Master’s degree from a private college. My education on its own ...

How to be great at your job

04. January 2016 Philosophy 0
What makes me good at my job? People sometimes ask how I can “keep it all together” in my head—they want to know how I can juggle so much simultaneously.  They ask how am I “so smart,” or how do I make my job look so easy? Well, the job isn’t easy. “Keeping it all ...