Yesterday I received an email from Microsoft informing me that I had been selected as a Most Valuable Professional for PowerShell. While I can’t prove it, I’m also pretty sure that someone in the office was peeling a truckload of onions at the very instant that I was reading that email.
Talk about blown away!
I’m not going to talk about the biography of my career to this date and how it led me to this point, because in all honesty, it really didn’t. What did motivate me, was the fortunate opportunity that I had to hang out with three gentleman who have been very vocal about PowerShell: Don Jones, Jeff Hicks, and Jason Helmick, last year at TechMentor in Redmond, Washington.
I learned so much during TechMentor that my PowerShell skills had easily improved a thousand-fold. I went from creating basic scripts to improve my daily workload, to creating functions and modules almost literally overnight! But it wasn’t the courses that I took that drove me to write more about my PowerShell journeys; it was what they said between classes, and during the end-of-day get-togethers. It was where Don, Jeff, and Jason would preach to us the importance of not only improving our own skills, but to evangelize to those who didn’t realize the impact that PowerShell is making on Microsoft’s products, how PowerShell can make their current workload so much more manageable, and to mentor those who wanted to learn more as we ourselves were being mentored.
I took it to heart, and that’s why I do what I do.
So I want to personally thank those who have mentored me as they mentor so many others, – Don, Jeff, and Jason. Thank you for motivating me to learn all I can about PowerShell and help lead others to the water. I have a long road ahead of me, but I will do my best.
Thank you to those who nominated me. I will do everything I can to earn the confidence that you have in me.
Finally, thank you to those who selected me to be a PowerShell MVP. I am humbled, and honored, by this award.