is obvious as soon as someone meets you that
you are as passionate about people as you are
about your work. How does this passion for people
affect your daily life?
life you never stop learning and by surrounding
myself with people whom I can learn from and
who challenge me in all aspects of my life,
I am learning new things every day. From my
technology career to sports to social activities,
I strive to be around people who inspire me.
In the technology industry
especially, seeing work that others are doing
and interacting with the people who are doing
amazing work, or using technology in a unique
way is something that stimulates my passion
and keeps me excited about my career in a very
On the other end of the
spectrum, I enjoy being the one who inspires
people, such as the people who attend talks
I give or who read my books. I am thrilled when
I hear how my book has helped a career, or changed
a career. Just recently, a gentleman bought
a book for a friend of his that was going into
the hospital and when he saw me at the MAX conference,
he asked me sign the book for his friend. Although
I feel shy about it, I am always honored when
people ask me to sign my books.
Inspiration is a two
sided card – I like to give back and inspire
other people and I look forward to being inspired
by those around me every day. In my career I
do both every day, not only with the books I
have written, but by the work we are doing.
Over and over, people say,“What a killer
app you have written (Intro).” I remember
at DEVCON last year being in awe at some of
the applications I saw. And now a year later,
being on the other side where people come up
to me and say the same things about the application
we have developed is hard for me to believe.
It can be overwhelming.