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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here.

Funny thing is... I'm pretty much on top of my game right now. I know that sounds arrogant, but it's true. I have a kick-ass job, good friends, awesome professional contacts and a book deal in the works. I'm in the best health I've been in over 10 years and I'm happy. I've got my MCAD, MCSD.NET & MCT certs, and I'm being considered for MVP (no guarantees). The user group is going well, we have a code camp coming up and I'm speaking all over the southeast US at code camps and user groups.

Not bad for a guy without a degree, that never finished high school.

powerful but untrained... indeed.
and troublemaker no doubt.

 
edit: and let's not forget, I'M GOING TO MELTDOWN!!! w00t! Posted on Saturday, June 25, 2005 2:26 PM Game Development , General Interest | Back to top



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I think I am having a mid-life crisis. I feel like I'm not at the top of my game anymore and I've got a similar situation to yours. I'm speaking at code camps, I've got my MCSD.NET (an "Early Achiever" at that). I've got a great job, great contacts and I've been nominated for that INETA community champion dealy-who. I just published my fourth book. I'm even doing some "top-secret" work for Microsoft which I'm only tacitly allowed to talk about. I don't have a degree either. In all, I guess I should feel happy. I am starting to feel like I'm behind on everything. I was talking to Todd Fine the other day (he's working with me on the Microsoft contracts) and I told him, "its funny, Avalon and Indigo aren't even released yet and I feel like I'm behind the curve because I am not an expert in it yet." He just laughed, but at a certain point in your career, you start to feel like you should know everything. Every day I find something new I don't know and it frustrates the living hell out of me.
Left by Tobin Titus on Jun 25, 2005 4:18 PM

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Ooh... I always forget to add "Early Achiever" to mine.

<eyebrow lifted>What's this INETA Community Champion thing you speak of?</eyebrow lifted>

Maybe you just need to recharge. You're pretty young for a mid-life crisis. Maybe it's a mid-career crisis. ;)

Of course, you know you're getting old when <i>finding something new you don't know</i> frustrates you instead of excites you.
Left by Chris Williams on Jun 25, 2005 4:44 PM

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Its not that it doesn't excite me to learn, it just frustrates me to know there is SO MUCH that I don't know.

You don't know about the INETA community champion dealy-who? You are in charge of the .NET UG down there right? I'll email you the info.
Left by Tobin Titus on Jun 25, 2005 9:08 PM

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I apologize for jacking this thread, but I had a comment....

Not knowing things keeps me up at night...literally! I have been working in VB6 for the past 6 years, and I am most comfortable in it. I am working on VB.Net, and I love it. I don't know it any where as well as VB6, and this drives me batty. Troubles the hell outta me, to be honest. I never like to feel like I am inept at what I do. VB.Net has been a wonderfully entertaining challenge, and I've risen well to it. However, I would be no means say I've mastered it. There's so much I want to learn...I wonder if I'll have enough time or life to do everything.

Of course, my GF says I am way too hard on myself, and for the limited amount of formal training I've had (High school/Navy), I do some very exciting things. I guess sometimes we have to try to be happy with what we do, and somehow dissatisfied enough to keep growing. I dunno....I am waxing philosophical, I guess.....
Left by Theo Moore on Jun 25, 2005 10:16 PM

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Yeah I'm not familiar with it. Call me mushroom man. I'll be checking my email though.
Left by Chris on Jun 25, 2005 10:51 PM

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Culminis has a community champion dealy-who, but as far as I know, unless it was implemented in the past 3 weeks, there is no such thing for INETA
Left by Julie Lerman on Jun 27, 2005 10:35 AM

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Turns out, Tobin was talking about the Community Launch Team. I had heard about that. All straight now.
Left by Chris Williams on Jun 27, 2005 10:53 AM

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Hi,

I had almost the same life as you, although I had been a SQL MVP for quite a few years. New job, more money, even going to the gym (A first in my lifetime). I then developed a brain condition which has stopped me from working for the past 3 years, and has pretty much destroyed everything I have worked for (apart from my friends) Next month I finally have the operation to have an implant into the brain which so far has fixed the problem in all off the 15 people that have had it.

Enjoyed the message though and dont me to sound too depressing :)
Left by SQLArtist on Jun 28, 2005 1:11 PM

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wow... I don't really know what to say. Good luck with the operation!
Left by Chris on Jun 28, 2005 2:30 PM

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