A Journey To MVP

"Some things in life come at the right time. Keep working and face your failure."

I will start by saying that we IT professionals are struggling and working diligently, burning midnight oil, everyday! We are living in a space where the number of newcomers is increasing prodigiously. To shine out has become a tough job and a challenge, to be gracefully accepted. Our lives cannot be limited to a 6 by 6 cube! We have to come out of it and see the world expanding. We have to match it up and marathon along. Everyday, while returning, give a thought to what am I doing? Who else other than my office space knows me? Where do I stand in this mammoth head count?

I started thinking all this when I saw a few people around me adding logos to their laptops, to their desk. They were kind of addicted and so proud. The first guy I met, was Mr. Tadit Dash, one of the three Microsoft MVPs from Odisha. He was my inspiration and his achievements became my desires. I used to read articles and preferred different forums. But, I was unaware of the fact that someday, I would see my articles being read by others and my answers being referred to.

I started writing articles on C-sharp Corner, the most friendly and one of the best forums today. The amount of motivation and support the team provides, automatically boosts you and pushes you to contribute your learning experiences and share with the world.

The first time I was awarded by C-sharp Corner as MVP was in 2014. I was like, WOW! I can't explain the feeling; Only one who has experienced it knows! The journey continued and again in 2015, I was awarded by C-sharp Corner as MVP for the second time. I realized that people have started knowing me and acknowledging my work. This meant a lot to me. I then realized the certificates and logo were not only to showcase. It was extremely satisfactory when people started liking your efforts and appreciating you.

As rightly said:

When you desire something and you know not where you are heading, any road will get you there!

My next dream was to become Microsoft Most Valuable Professional.

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It was July first. I had submitted my name in May and was curious to get the results. I was eager to know if my efforts were good enough to let me get this recognition. When the mail got delivered into my mail box, I was on the top of this world. Yes, I can now proudly say that I have achieved something in this 2.6 years span of my IT career. Now, I can be distinguished and at least recognized among the masses.

To the people who wonder if they can, I would say, "Yes! You can. Just Go for it."

Ideology & Effort

Now, comes the best part - the path of getting selected. Just one word would be enough - SHARING. Share what you learn with the world. There are people who are struggling to resolve something as you have undergone. Thus, be selfless!

But, sharing is not enough. Sharing with dedication and sincerity is of the utmost importance. We cannot go ahead and share anything. Sharing valid content that is worthy to read, in a readable format, is very essential. The expertise comes with the time and with writing. Thus, be patient!

Another important factor that plays a vital role is Learning. Start the learning phase and push yourself to the deadliest possible level while learning and expanding your knowledge. Our IT field requires knowledge to be frequently updated, and extensive as well! Thus, be a ruthless learner!

Gurus play a very important role in guiding you through life. In my phase, I had Gurus. You follow them, they guide you. Their success becomes your happiness and your aim. They are the happiest people when they see you supersede them. Chose your Guru in order to excel in your skills. Thus, be a smart chooser!

Not everyone is confident and comfortable enough to speak and share in conferences. Be open, be an extrovert, now. The world has grown; burn your fear and stand out to face the crowd. I thank my community MSDC Odisha through which I could get the platform to face my fear and speak out to the world. Thus, be a fearless speaker!

A final verdict, without boring you too much. Whatever you do, do it without much self motive and interests. We are humans. We cannot avoid having selfish interesst. But, that should not be at the cost of choosing a shortcut or hurting someone. Whatever you do, do for the world. The world will then remember you. The world will then praise you. The world will then stand by you.

Someday, all our labor will turn to dust.

Yes! Someday, this will happen. People will remember you on your deeds, not your codes preserved with a file header in SCM tools.