Documentation tends to be, as I put it, “the Rodney Dangerfield of technical professions.” It’s important, and everyone knows it’s important, but nobody wants to do it. In my presentation, I talk about possible reasons why that is, and what can be done to encourage people to write more.
“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”
Take a moment and think about your career — where you are now, how far you’ve progressed, and so on. Do you like where you are?
Okay. Now, if you do like where you are, take a moment and think about how you got there. How did you get your start? When was the first time you did (insert the first time you did something to advance your career here)?
First steps don’t just apply to your career. They apply to everything you want to accomplish in life. For example, I’ve been doing CrossFit for over four years now. I’ve come a long way in that time, but there are still a lot of things to accomplish. I wouldn’t be where I am had I not taken that first step into that gym one day.
I’m sure you’ve heard the age-old quote: “there’s a first time for everything.” I’ve taken countless first steps to get to where I am now, and I’m still going. I probably won’t stop taking them until I’m six feet under.
So where do you want to be in your career, or, for that matter, your life? Do you like where you are? What first steps are you going to take to get there? Wherever it is that you want to be, the only way to get there is if you take that first step.