3 years ago in October 2011, I was attending my first PASS Summit in Seattle, Washington. It was a fantastic experience and I knew that I was hooked on the #sqlfamily.
Shortly after the Summit, I put out a blog post about a goal that I wanted to shoot for. Call it an early New Years Resolution if you will. The goal was simple. When checking in at the event, I would check in either as a Speaker, Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), or a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP). I was fairly certain that I wouldn’t be in the MCM/MVP camp, but being a speaker was definitely something that I could control. I wasn’t sure when that would happen, but I knew that one day, I’d be in that line.
PASS Summit 2014
Fast forward 3 years to November 2014. I’m very happy to say that I’ve achieved that goal. Yesterday morning, I was able to check in for my 4th SQL PASS Summit as a Speaker.
My great friend Chris Shaw (b|t) and I were able to deliver a full day pre-con session, Real World End to End Performance Solutions to about 43 attendees. We had great interaction from the audience and I think that the session went really well.
It has be an absolute epic journey getting here and I wouldn’t change a thing. I’ll be setting some other goals and will be blogging about it in the near future.
If you are attending the PASS Summit and get hooked like I did, do not be afraid to set goals and strive towards them. You never know, maybe we’ll see you in the Speaker line next year!
Enjoy the Summit!