Once upon a time, I used to look for advice for every professional decision I took. Should I submit to this CfP? Write for that outlet? Or pursue a particular opportunity? Many people offered me their best advice, and for the most part, I took it.Over time, I find that I ask for advice less and less. It’s not that I don’t need the input of other people any more; rather that I know whose advice I would ask, and I know those people well. I can think about the conversation I would have with a particular mentor, and fill in his or her side of the story without needing them to cheerlead me along those same, well-trodden paths. Those people gave me specific advice when I asked, but they have also given me something much more valuable: the ability to be my own guide.The circle goes on, and now people come to me for advice. However I advise them, I always try to pay forward the same gift and help them to work out for themselves what their best path will be.
Talking To Myself
08 Mar 2014
Developer Advocate, engineer, author, speaker, open source fanatic