I am still figuring out a lot and I might do some charity work in this area later. Talking at schools for teachers, maybe a TEDx talk. But I need some more research for that first. One thing that I already want to give to you all: DO NOT DISMISS AD(H)D AS A JOKE! It really is a bigger deal than you can imagine. I made that mistake myself.
A second big thing that changed was my daily activities. I really got sucked into Enterprise IT this year. This was not organic growth anymore. This was major leaps forward. I blog here for 4 years now, lived on forums and twitter (remember that 24/7 brain I have). I have learned a lot by just being there online so much, reading stuff and communicating with others. And then came the physical events. First I got invited by HP (dec 2011) to come over as a blogger to HP Discover in Vienna and in that same week the invite for DELL Storage Forum in London arrived. These two events were catalysers for everything that followed. The biggest catalyser after that was Storage TechFieldDay1. I still feel very humble being asked to join these grey-beards and brainiacs of storage.
But then came the ADD thing. I found out that I was failing in my role (as Team Lead). But after the fact that I knew now that just trying harder to be/look less lazy was not going to help … I resigned. At that point the explanation was that the job did not fit my expectations anymore, now you know the other reason. I pursued the search for a role that fits my personality more rather than something I might be good at if I just try hard enough. I found that role as Evangelist at Veeam. These guys gave a crazy opportunity and it has been a roller coaster since I joined in august. I have visited half of Europe, have met a hundreds of interesting people AND I get to do something I truly enjoy: being passionate and talk to people about that passion. THIS is what I am really good at. I will never be a good salesman because I’ll forget to call you back to close the deal. I’ll never be a good architect because I will make smaller and bigger mistakes due to lack of focus. But I will be the most honest guy in the room as I lack the possibility of lying to you (I wouldn’t even remember my lies). And I will be the most passionate guy you can put in a room and share thoughts with. Veeam gives me this chance every day now and I am truly grateful for that opportunity.
If you look back to all that happened in just one year I will not even try to do predictions for 2013. I can only tell you that I’ll give myself for 100% in being passionate.