Reflection & Vision

When you’ve reached a peaked plateau in any aspect of your life, it’s easy to feel lost, and fogged. Especially when you’re at a peak – but your internal furnace that drives for growth and learning beyond your current levels continues to beg the question; what’s next? It’s common for people my age to want more – and more constantly. It’s often referred as greed. And the definition may be accurate with that statement. I’ll debate it later.

It’s not a bad place to be and I realize this. I’ve had mentors, father figures and friends refer to this point in life as many different things. All of which have resulted in complacency, losing businesses, or failing on their part of the deal in partnerships. That’s where I was earlier this year. I was at my turning point. A point in time where I could choose to make a change. It would either result in returning to Port, maintaining my anchor or setting sail for the high seas.

My decision? Well, none of the above. I overthink everything. I decided to come back to basics. Develop a strategy that will ensure my success – long term, expand on my foundation, and then embark on my journey.

So, I’m in the middle of developing key skills that will last me another decade in this vastly dynamic world of technology. Being a network and systems specialist is only a fraction of who I really am and even of that percent that I am, I can still be greater.

Skill #1 Systems & Networking – I’ll spend time learning Cloud infrastructure from a technical stance. Mastering understanding from a top level managerial view down to the cleanest whitepapers written by the creators of these technologies. Wikipedia is not a proper source.

Skill #2 Management – I’ll spend time learning how to encourage natural incentive and effort for a common strategic goal.

Skill #3 Leadership – being prepared and present more frequently in meetings. I’m already good at this, but I’ll be even better. Providing more follow up and follow through on projects and goals. Creating an environment of care and compassion among my peers and colleagues.

Skill #4 Entrepreneurship – I’ll work on my partnerships. Creating strategic partnerships that truly benefit both sides with sustainability in mind.

Skill #5 Personal – removing limiting thoughts and hesitation from my mental reflex. Preparing to be a father and a better husband with every opportunity.

I think it’s important to understand why I chose skills rather than certifications for my goals. Having an understanding of your desired skill will remove the limiting factors of choosing a single cert and believing that it’s all you need. In reality, I must master my skills, which may equate to five certs, 400 hours of video lessons and another 10 years of experience. The later is much more appealing and hard to beat, especially when competing against a team of nerds, a processor and code for future jobs. It also empowers me to go out, gather the best data on the subjects and study them to a mastery level – then apply what I’ve learned to be truly great.

Carpal Tunnel & RSI – 5.17.2019

Well, today is one year too late. I really feel like I’ve been abusing myself by not taking care of my RSI (Repetitive Strain Injury), which has now formed into carpal tunnel.

Between my daily commute where I put pressure on the wrist, the 8+ hour work days where I hold my mouse improperly, and the additional time on the computer at home has taken a toll on my right arm and wrist.

Now of course, this is a self diagnosis. I have not spoken to a trained professional, except for my family friend who is a licensed chiropractor. She has guided me for several months, reducing the strain on my wrist nearly 80%! This is huge. However, it’s still unbearable. I’m currently scheduling doctor visits with our local “Hand Center of Louisiana” to get my wrist checked out.

I’m feeling nervous, but less than I was eight months ago. I decided to postpone this procedure because I thought that it would take several months of recovery. After speaking with a colleague , it’s now apparent that I will be able to recover within two hours, functional recovery in four days and complete recovery within three months. That’s not bad.

If you’re experiencing pains in your wrist please consider getting ergonomic equipment such as a standing desk, vertical mouse, and standing desk! If you do not want to stand then invest in a proper chair that can support your body type with the option of adjusting between 90 and 130 degrees to allow for proper blood flow.

Seriously, take care of yourself. Invest in proper equipment, good food, and study materials!

Edit: I visited a doctor to undergo extended rehab. We identified about eight (8) areas of concern that have all lead to the issues in my arm and wrist. Seriously, starting in my ankles, progressing through the hips and through the spine… Please, spend the time to take care of yourself with daily stretching and ergonomic checkups. Doing this can help you avoid serious irreversible damage to your body.