The year 2022 was the year I completed my first decade in the tech industry.  The day I realized that not only had I made a decade in industry but I

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The year 2022 was the year I completed my first decade in the tech industry.  The day I realized that not only had I made a decade in industry but I still enjoyed it immensely was a special one for me.  I am not a classically trained engineer, I don't have a computer science degree from a top university.  In fact, I have two certificates from a community college that I acquired while working full time attempting to survive the 2008 economic collapse in the United States while working as a general building contractor.  Most of my skill set has been acquired through many hours of extra time spent trying to understand how things work and why they work. The reason I bring this up is not to point out accomplishments, but rather to point out that everything is contextual. Furthermore I'd like to say that you tend to get out what you put into something. The following image sums up the progress of the first decade.

I had been trying to take time to collect the lessons that I've learned and what nuggets of wisdom I wish were given to me when I was starting out.   #1 Work with great leaders who believe in you and make investments to help you develop your potential.  I would not be where I am today if I didn't work for great people, if you ever get a chance to work for David Levinger, Gautam Jayaprakash,  Ben Rockwood, or Amrish Kapoor do it!  The value of having a good leader helping you develop your craft and teaching you to lead by example will afford you the opportunity to become greater than you would be on your own.  If you get this, other things will fall into place.

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