I’ve been awarded a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award for the first time in my career.
I feel like it’s a real personal achievement for me. But why?
The first is purely one of recognition, and while I suppose this could be considered somewhat egoistic, I guess we all like to be rewarded or recognised.
give each other more compliments; not in the vacuous, high-fiving, “team-building exercise” kind of way
I suppose that if you feel good whilst feeling like you’re helping others, then it’s nice win-win.
The imposter syndrome seems to be an oft-quoted thing in our industry and I’m not ashamed to say that I sometimes suffer from this “phenomenon in which people are unable to internalize their accomplishments” [Wikipedia]. Recognition, such as direct compliments from individuals and awards such as the MVP scheme help to alleviate this. I think my article “5 Ways To Give Yourself A Break” was a reflection on this. Perhaps one thing we can do to make our industry more amazing is to give each other more compliments; not in the vacuous, high-fiving, “team-building exercise” kind of way; but in a genuine and sincere appreciation of others’ efforts.
Making Things Better
Things like access to other MVPs and having a more direct line to Microsoft to provide feedback will hopefully make the products and tools we all use better. It’s cool to think I may be able to participate in betas or other programs and provide feedback to make things better.
All in all, I feel like this is a significant milestone in my career and I hope to make the best of it in the coming year…
* Technically it’s from Oct 1st PST – but it’s the 1st here in Australia :)