Hi, To be honest, I did not know how to scale myself, especially at work or on any work I did. How to have time for everything? How to make priorities of my daily activities to stay current and stay productive? So, I did not know how to doing so. But I had a goal. I made the decision I will be Software Architect. You can believe me or not, but I did a lot of architectural work, and never did I get this job position. Ok, I get it once, but in the way, I never want to get it again. Anyway, I was a fresh post graduated, it was July 2005, and I just want to get my first job. After a while, I saw that I did many things at work that really does not matter. Do you remember things that are not helping me get me and my job position goal I had, Software Architect? But this blog post is not about the goal I had, and I still have. It is a blog post about how to scaling myself. It is really related to the SA goal somehow. Let me explains it better.
After a while in May 2009, I realized that I was in second workplace and I cannot develop my skills. There is no option to became SA. But, I found on the Internet someone who was and who is SA. That was Marcin Celej, a really great and wise man. I meet him at GL.PL and I first send a message to him because of my goal reason. I did not know how to be SA, so I thought that maybe he helping me somehow, advice something, or I have a chance to somehow feel how to get it? This reminds me of one presentation about Agile. The presenter finishes this presentation with funny YT movies with Yoda makes dubbing in the studio. And also there was a question. Why Yoda had students? Why he trains, mentors, and coaches, the simple question of the most important reason I still remember this presentation and presenter. I was looking to answer a long time after half of the year it came to me. I found Steve Jobs’s explanation about his vision in computers as tools for getting knowledge for students. Steve said that he makes computers to help get knowledge. And also, he explains that teachers will always be important. Why? Because only a teacher can inspire students to get knowledge. Sometimes different knowledge that teachers had. Sometimes in a completely different area. But because of some reason, a good teacher helps students to find their way :). Steve said and make it simple. Teachers are always needed because they are proactive. It is a thing that cannot be done by any computer. Even if you are using a computer always is someone behind. So you want to learn how to scaling yourself you can ask someone or watch his presentation, lecture or email course :).
That was something I get from Marcin. I participate to his course about manage time at cioswnos.pl, great site anyway :). Marcin had also MVP title that time, not a big deal, but this time it means something to me. He is successful. I am not. So, maybe he will teach me? So I participate in his course and email. After some portion of emails, I realized that I am wasting my time really. I need to change something, go step forward because I am on the way to nowhere. I mansion it was the middle of 2009? First crisis time, remember? After a few months, I quit my job, and I started to shape my life in the way I wanted. I was terrified of the time, but I went out of my comfort zone for the first time, and I had nothing, most important, nothing to lose. To be honest, I pay a lot because I decide to make this up. I was looking for work anywhere. And I realized that I cannot be SA. I have only a bit of knowledge about producing software. I have not blog. I did not know English, and I still learn it by myself, mostly on this blog :P. I was a weak student at my technical university. So I go to the first work I have a chance to go to. And I start to study. Not the way like before when I have so many reasons to not learn. Most important was always, I do not need this, I know that :P. That was my blocker this time and very often is a blocker for many people. Feeling that you know that prevents learning mostly, you know. So it was winter 09/10, and I just want to learn. I am not really know how good I am now? How much do I scale myself? I see the fruits of my work that made me happy. I am not afraid to say to the manager of the project I work in. I do not want to work with you anymore. I am good enough, to be honest and find a different workplace. Personal freedom for me, you know, especially in current crazy times. So if you want to know how to do that, just watch someone who is proactive and who presents those subjects really cool, and Scott does not suck too much :). Anyway, I learn all that from Marcin. Scott just reminds it of me. As you know, I was on DevDay 2012, the best conference for a while to me. Hope you enjoy it.