On Sunday, I joined the ranks of a very talented and passionate
field of experts as a SharePoint Server MVP, and am very grateful
to Microsoft, my team at Axceler, and the many members of the
community for making this all possible.
It's the influence of amazing people like Joel Oleson, Mike
Watson, Bill Baer, Todd Baginski, Ben Curry, Ivan Sanders, Susan
Lennon, Michael Lotter, Eric Harlan, Becky Isserman, Jason
Himmelstein, Geoff Varosky, Mark Miller, Chris McNulty, Inna
Gordin, Virgil Carroll, Christina Wheeler, Chris Beckett, Owen
Allen, Fabian Williams, Jeff Shuey, and so many others that make
this community so vibrant and exciting, and inspire me regularly to
keep going, to keep doing what I do.
As some of you know, I had my first real experience with
SharePoint back in 2005 when, as an independent consultant, I
deployed WSS and attempted to get Project Server up and running at
a customer site. While Project Server was problematic back in the
day, SharePoint stuck (and is now widely deployed at the company)
and got me interested enough to investigate opportunities working
for Microsoft. Thanks to help from Joel Oleson,I found my first job
at Microsoft, where we shared an office for a couple months before
he wandered off to work on the product team.
It's been an interesting ride at times, but very exciting to be
a part of this space.
I have been thinking about what to write since Sunday. I thought
about writing something outlining what an MVP means, what people
can do to achieve it, yada yada. But that's been done. However,
there have been a few blog posts this week with people questioning
the value of the MVP designation.
My position is simple, and aligns very closely with what
internal Microsoft employees are told all the time: you own your
career. You are responsible for getting value out of the MVP
designation. It is not handed to you with a user's manual.
Microsoft has set up the framework, provides tools and access and
recognition - but you have to do something with it.
I love the joke about the man who wanted to win the lottery, so
he prayed every day that he would pick the winning numbers. Every
day he prayed, and yet every day - nothing. Finally, he died and
met St. Peter at the gates, and remarked "All I wanted was to win
the lottery, just the once" to which St. peter replied "You never
bought a lottery ticket."
I hope to make the most of this. Thanks again, Microsoft.
Christian was a
speaker at the European SharePoint Conference 2011 and is a
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