Last week on “So Say SMEs” I discussed tips for VMworld submissions with my co-host, Todd Muirhead. While submission acceptance is the end goal, it should not be the only key performance indicator i.e. measure of success. Many times, the secondary benefits of working through the submission and its process is just as worthwhile. This is not to belittle being chosen – that is a wonderful honor and distinction; but rather a focus on the positives associated with conceiving an well-thought through idea and walking it to completion.
I’ll be honest and say that any denial is a definite hit to the engineering ego. It is a sort of feeling that can lead to self-doubt and what-ifs. Instead of allowing it to fester and cause detriment, focus on getting better by doing something about it. With experience comes self-acceptance and with that comes the confidence to do the right thing even if an opportunity is initially denied.
In this example, not being chosen for VMworld is not the end-all, be-all consequence if I choose to not allow it to be. If I have confidence in the content and context of my submission, I should follow through and complete it. That journey is justifiable rewards. I will have enhanced my technical capabilities and gain further understanding and insights into a complex IT solution stack. The bonus is that VMware has many other venues that allow participation and presentation such as vForums and VMUGs. In addition, Dell has many User Group events that can highlight Dell | VMware solution stacks. Lastly, you can even put it on your own blog or start a blog if you don’t already have one.
In short, a closed door should never be taken as a sign of failure. If you keep working, learning and growing, it just means that you will now have a new key for a different door. By the way, my key opened the door that is DellTechCenter.com.