Pay it forward

This is my small attempt to give back to the IT community. If you are like me and you love what you do, then you like to share and that is why I started this site. I recommend the following articles for you, if you wish to pursue a DBA role with Microsoft SQL Server:

How to Become an Exceptional DBA, 2nd Edition: http://www.simple-talk.com/books/sql-books/how-to-become-an-exceptional-dba,-2nd-edition/

I recommend this book even to people who do not wish to be a Database Administrator. What I really like about this book is the fact that he gets your mindset correct on how to act and approach challenges. Before you even get into solving any database issue, he has your focused on your outlook. It is a very positive book and he encourages you to be the person who stands up to help the company and on how to grow your career.

Here are a couple of his thoughts that really got a hold of me (and it is also my way to say thank you back to Brad for taking the time to share this knowledge with us) and I hope it will help you remain positive:

– Be a Leader, Take the Initiative. Many organizations are leadership wastelands. Nobody wants to take the lead or make critical decisions. Nobody wants to stand out, be a little different and move out of their comfort zone. People often avoid taking the initiative, either because they are scared of failure or that it might involve too much work, or because they worry that their peers may think of them as some sort of company suck-up. For these reasons, and others, many people actively avoid doing anything other than what they are told to do.

– Developing your Brand. If you want to success as an Exceptional DBA, then you need the help of others. One of the best ways to get this help is to create a positive, personal image (brand, if you will) within the company. People tend to be drawn to “positive” people and to want to help them. This is, in my opinion, one of the most important things you can learn if you want to be an Exceptional DBA.

He offers a lot more good sound advice and I highly recommend reading it for all people who wish to be successful in the IT field.

Here are some great places to get information and the SQL community is awesome. I love the fact that it is a community full of passionate and helpful people. I have found that there are way more positive people than pessimistic people. I would really encourage you to look at the following sites:

http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/newsgrouyps/server/sql.mspx

http://www.sqlpass.org (They even hold regular meetings, so please register with them)

http://www.sqlservercentral.com and http://blogs.sqlservercentral.com

http://sql-server-performance.com/community/forums/default.aspx

http://www.sqlteam.com/forums

http://www.brentozar.com/ (Highly recommend and I would figure so would most other DBA’s)

http://blog.sqlauthority.com/ (Another brilliant mind in the SQL community)

http://www.simple-talk.com (Brad McGehee’s site, who wrote the book I mentioned earlier)

http://sqlblog.com/blogs/argenis_fernandez/default.aspx

http://jeremycarterblog.com

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