Intro We often treat our careers like it’s a race. With only a winner. We setup goals where we want to get a degree by a certain age. Get that certification at another age. Get that job at a certain
IT Training and Running – Not So Different?
For those that follow me on Twitter, you probably know that I’m an avid runner and post some of my experiences there. My current goal is to become a sub 20 minute 5km runner, which is turning out to be
Getting Over My Fear of Network Automation
People that know me know that I like to be open on sharing thoughts, insights, things I’ve learned, and my struggles. Many people have put their trust in me and I consider it important to show that perceived leaders of
When do You Quit Certifications?
I received a question on Twitter from my friend Fernando on feedback on when to give up on certifications: First of all, not everyone will agree that you even need certifications. That’s another discussion and I think there are not
How Valuable Is Your Time?
The last couple of days, there have been a lot of tweets with messages like “You need to work tons of overtime in your 20’s to be successful in your career”. There have been also been plenty of counters to
Interview with Joe Onisick
With this blog, I try to inspire and mentor. One person I have a lot of respect for is Joe Onisick. I had the pleasure of interviewing Joe. Joe has really transformed himself and everything about him lately and I
The Road to Success – Not Always Straight
A lot of people look to me for mentoring and advice. When you see someone in the industry having success, it’s easy to think that they know it all and never have any setbacks, that their career was a straight
Most Important Skills in Networking
It’s easy to get blinded these days by all the talk about cloud, SDN and automation leading both new and existing people in networking to make decisions in their career which may not be the best ones long term. I’ve
The Network Architect Part 2
I got some great comments from my readers on the first part of this post. I love engaging with readers! So I thought I would write a part two to explain some of my thinking which I described in some
The Network Architect
What’s the difference between a network architect and a network designer? What is network architecture and what is network design? These are questions I asked myself a couple of years ago and that I get asked frequently from others. The