As I tend to do every year around this time, given that I am writing this on the night before Thanksgiving here in the US, I figure it’s as good a time as any to reflect on just what I am thankful for this year.
In years past, this might have gone up on my own personal space, on Twitter or something like that. So right off the bat, I am thankful for this, my newest avenue to reach out to a whole bunch of awesome people. Because it’s those people, the readers, in particular the WiFi community, for whom I am tremendously thankful for this year.
There are plenty of others, and while I can list them out now (my family, my friends and my co-workers among others) most of them probably won’t read this.
But, I expect a good many in the WiFi community may just read it, and while it’s always good to aim for your target audience…this isn’t me pandering either. I am truly thankful for this community, and for many reasons. So, allow me to be thankful here for just a bit…it won’t take long, I promise!
First, a huge thank you to Chris Avants and the entire team at Active Expert and WiFi Training-I know it’s not just Chris and Vicki and George and Rasika…but I also know that I am going to miss too many names that I haven’t encountered yet. I just know this is an awesome group of people and I am thankful for the opportunities I’ve had to work with them and learn from them.
I am thankful again to Chris, as well as so many others who know who they are, for the time, guidance, leadership and friendship. It wasn’t that long ago that I figured I’d maybe make CWNE in 2020 or 2021, if at all. Conversations with Chris, along with one with Keith Parsons this past February in Phoenix, kind of inspired me to get where I am today. I finished my certifications in September, submitted my CWNE paperwork and was awarded my CWNE (#341!) in October.
Then there is the community at large. You encounter them at conferences and events. You get to know so many through social media and blogging. Some are amazing enough to give regular chunks of time to create podcasts for us even. Our community is truly amazing, and I have to thank everyone in it. Sometimes you know you are seeking something in life, but you aren’t quite sure what it is-until you find it, and then it’s like “where has this been my whole life?”
And while perhaps this wasn’t as profound an event as that…it was big for me. I have spent big parts of my career as a voice engineer and a project manager, and many other gigs in between. I have worked with some great companies and on some really neat projects, but none of those experiences introduced me to a community that inspires and motivates me in quite the same way as this one does.
I suppose last, but not least, I am thankful for this community because without it, I’d never be a finalist for the WiFi Awards Rookie of the Year award, nor would I be in the running for the Cisco IT Blog Awards (Most Educational). Perhaps I have a wee bit of Impostor Syndrome, as I think it’s crazy I made either list, but even being considered is motivating me to get even better…and it’s all thanks to the community. And, if you haven’t already, please vote-it’s not just me up for an award-many great people are, along with Active Expert and other great companies!
So, while I get that a lot of the community isn’t in the US and may not be celebrating anything in particular when they read this…being thankful is a universal skill we can all enjoy.
Here’s hoping all of you out there have a happy holiday (if you are celebrating), and whether you are, or are not, I am thankful that you took the time to read this 🙂