Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Lonely Road of a Single Worker

For about five years now, I have slowly grown my skills with Microsoft SharePoint, my chosen career.  In my various jobs, I have been in an autonomous position directing my own time without peers and very little supervision.  This is already a condition I do not thrive in as I have challenges with time management and focus.  Being alone has other problems such as no one with which to collaborate.  When it comes to tasks, I have to generate, research, develop, debug and maintain them pretty much single handedly.  I have next to no support save my patient wife and my keen ability to Google solutions.  So for five years now I have been virtually alone doing a job that while I enjoy, is freaking hard.

I have been using SharePoint almost completely out of the box, meaning I have not developed any custom code or solutions; pretty much grab components and duct tape them together.  It is impressive what can be done with out of the box SharePoint but lately I have started to become dissatisfied with my results.  My ideas were out growing what SharePoint could do without customization so I started learning (again, pretty much no support) so I could generate more sophisticated solutions.  Today I can say I have achieved a milestone.  I developed a completely custom solution.  It is small and horribly written but it works and the results are pretty damn fancy.  I know I will be rebuilding it over the next few months but at least I have something that I can say I built from scratch and that feels pretty damn good.

What I need to do now is remember this victory.  There is so much to learn and I have no one but myself to support me but if I keep in mind that I CAN do it, I think the future could be easier.

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