Taking a break from my KMD2004 cramming to post this cautionary note from an IBM evangelist (see, they do exist):
Being an evangelist has it benefits, but you soon get
tired of the frequent flyer miles; the anonymous hotels; the
loneliness; the adulation of knowing the right thing at the right
time. I canÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™t tell you if now is a good time to jump, or not, what I
can tell you about mistakes, theyÃƒÂ¢Ã‚Â€Ã‚Â™re the only thing that you can truly
call your own.
This is something to keep in mind. I’m excited about living on my own,
but someday I might tire of it. I’m looking forward to going on all
sorts of speaking tours, but someday I might get tired of going up on
stage or being “on” all the time. Someday I might get tired of always
being in a different timezone from the people I love. Someday I might
hate missing birthdays or casual get-togethers.
But while I’m young and unattached and eager to learn, I might as well
sacrifice that comfort for learning. I want to learn how to listen,
how to connect, how to sell. I know how to converse with a hundred
people. I want to learn how to converse with thousands. I want to
learn how to speak geek and speak suit. =)
(Thinking of it, though: If I’m going to be travelling a lot, it
won’t be fair to uproot my cat from sunny Philippines where she gets
fed regularly and where she can hang out with our other cat… I miss her!)
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… Oh my goodness, a Distinguished Engineer blogged about me… Gwee!