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How do you keep yourself motivated?

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Do you ever get burned out? How do you keep yourself focused on technology that you encounter and work with on a daily basis?  How do you keep yourself interested in the new? 

Lately, I’ve found myself in a situation where I’m pushing myself to remain on top of things, and the push has become less and less significant.  Just last week it turned into a pull.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the technology, but reward sometimes doesn’t outweigh the work involved.  I have a 9-5 job that doesn’t require me to be on the up and up, but I know it benefits them when I do.  To keep myself current, I’m going to attempt to take at least 2 of the tests required for the database developer certification this year.  But the drive wanes.

I don’t have the money or the means to make it to any more conventions, so I can’t depend on that any more.  I have plenty of distractions: an active family and an active photography blog to name a couple.

I don’t know how people like Adam Machanic or Kim Tripp and Paul Randal and Itzik keep going..keep posting…keep writing.  I don’t know how they continue to keep up the drive.  Maybe it is because they get paid for their efforts and maybe that is a copout bent on self-disservice…an excuse that isn’t fair to them.  They weren’t always at the media top.  They worked to get there.

Regardless, I haven’t written in a while.  Simply, I’m waiting for the drive to return.  It will.  If you have any jump-starting ideas I’m game! 

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Written by matt

January 25, 2010 at 11:31 am

Posted in OffTopic

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  1. Tom LaRock often emphasizes that you need to do what energizes you, and I’ve found that really helpful. There’s a million ways you can give back to the community. If writing isn’t floating your boat, don’t do it. Doing things in your spare time you don’t want to do is a sure ticket to burnout.

    Brent Ozar

    February 2, 2010 at 1:10 pm


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