I started programming on a old TRS-80 back in the early 80’s. I’ve always been amazed by how I could make this curious little machine do what I told it to do. 30+ years later, I’m still amazed by these little machines.
Programming wasn’t my only passion. In the 90’s and 00’s, I attempted to get involved with the music industry. I played in lots of bands, did some work for radio, and worked in several clubs. All that time gave me a huge set of people skills.
As I began to abandon my entertainment aspirations and take my development career seriously, I started to miss those connections to the people. It was around that time that I discovered technical conferences. Shortly after, I took the plunge and presented at my first conference.
Standing in front of your peers and sharing your story is not easy. However, if you have a passion for something, people will respond. When they do, it can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
You’ll get there. The other mentors and I are here to help.