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Legacy + Respect = Great Career

Saturday, March 15, 2008 in My Opinions and Rantings (Views: 3830)
Recently I have been looking back on my career a lot - and have a lot to say about events of roughly a week ago. A lot of things came to mind all at once. A career is built on legacy, respect, and consistency.

As mentioned in a previous blog, I'm a member of linkedin.com. There was one person in particular that for the life of me couldn't remember his last name, and we hadn't spoken since I left EDS over 10 years ago. To me, he defined legacy and without knowing it, taught me one of the most important lessons I've ever learned in the IT business. The simple fact is that there are 2 kinds of people - resources or jackasses. There's really no inbetween to this, but the resources are always employed.

But his legacy lives on to this day. Easy to work with, knew his job, and freely gave of what he knew (the resource). It was a good day for me to see him linked in to another old coworker and finally get to talk to him.

It's about legacy - that over 10 years later, someone you worked with remembered you and that you made a good impression on them. To go back in your history and see the lives you've touched.

About a week ago, I went on a job interview and that legacy came in handy. The support that I had received from past coworkers was beyond something else. I had so many e-mails, calls, and people offering references that I had to leave my cell phone in the car when I went to the interview.

Nuff said about legacy.

But a career is also about respect, which is earned and not given. Respect of course, is the ability to do your job in a competent and consistent way.

I can go on and on here about how paper certified people don't deserve my time here, but the honest answer is tonight I am not going to pick on those who flaunt paper certifications. Respect is earned by doing your job, not how you look on paper.

Respect is about action.

The moral of the story friends? Remember that in the years to come, you will have touched more and more lives in your past. I can think of a few people I only worked with for a few days that I've yet to forget about, others I've known a lot longer and would love to forget...

What will people say about you once you move on? Will they remember you years later?

 

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