The Marathon Begins…
I don’t think I chose application packaging and to be an SCCM Desktop Engineer…it found me when I was making a transition
I grew up somewhere between Thug Street and Nerd Ave. I’m not (and have never been) a thug, but I’m not a standard nerd either.
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Introversion and extroversion occur on a spectrum. This means that there are different degrees of introversion. No one person is completely an introvert or completely an extrovert. Though every introvert is different, most introverts share certain traits and challenges.
Common introvert traits
Some introverted traits seem to be ingrained. Others are a result of the culture we live in. For example, many introverts have learned to cope with constant overstimulation by putting up a wall. This leads people to believe that introverts are cold, or standoffish, but this is not our true nature. The innate qualities that most introverts share are a love of introspection, a need for solitude, and a slower, more focused communication style.
Continue reading What Is an Introvert? An In-Depth Explanation – Introvert Spring
Contrary to popular belief, introverts don’t love constantly being alone. Alot of people falsely believe that introverts are true lone wolves, and we perfectly find going our entire lives without a significant other.
Granted, warming up to someone takes us longer than most, and we have to really like someone before we give up some precious alone time to be with them. But introverts are people just like everyone else, and even the most reserved ones still crave the love and companionship of a healthy relationship.
Finding love is a challenge for anyone nowadays; online dating transformed the way we meet potential partners, and many people decided to forgo monogamy altogether in favor of friends with benefits and hookups.
For introverts, love is something sacred. We crave the connection with someone whose company is as comfortable as our solitude. It isn’t easy to find them, and it’s even harder when your friends are out every Friday night and you’re pumped to Netflix and chill for the entire weekend.
Here are a few reasons why finding love is so hard for introverts along with some introvert dating tips to help you break out of your comfort zone and find the love you’ve been dreaming about!
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Being an introvert is easy 🤨
As long as I have time and space to recharge – No problem!
At home, in my personal space – No problem!
Out and about, minding my business – No problem!
Even at a social gathering, where I can work the room a lil and get ghost when I need to recharge – No problem!
When you work in a consulting role and you’re the lead Engineer on a project – Big Problem!
When you have to be in meetings, and…you’re expected to lead the meeting – Bigger Problem!
This is why it’s bad to be an introvert. When you’re good at something, you’re expected to project that wherever you go…you know…Be EXTROVERTED!
Continue reading Why It’s Bad To Be An Introvert: How To Maintain In An Extroverted World
As I was going in circles trying to figure out why I wasn’t even close to reaching my weight loss goal or actually losing any weight at all, I started developing a persistent thought. How come I never feel hungry? Why am I always full and sometimes miserable? At the time, I started a journal and kept track of when I exercised – 120 push ups on this day, 4 miles on that day, 160 mountain climbers the next, etc. The whole first year of keeping this journal didn’t reveal much in the way of why I was still maintaining my current weight but I still remained persistent.
Continue reading How I Lost 15 Pounds in 15 Months: Part 2
The journey wasn’t really planned out or purposeful. I was traveling a lot at the time and had access to three hearty meals a day so I was maintaining a lot of weight. Going along with the common misconception, I thought I could just work it off and not worry about what I was consuming.
Continue reading How I Lost 15 Pounds in 15 Months: Part 1
- Have you tried turning it off and on again?
Yeah, I know it sounds cliche, but a lot of problems are resolved by following this one simple request. I believe Microsoft created this complex problem solving ritual to give us techs a quick out when it’s getting close to break or quitting time. After the computer comes back on, go ahead and log in, start up the offending application and the order of life has been magically restored. The invoice is in the mail.
- Yelling at tech support will not get your issue resolved any quicker.
Okay, so you put on your Big Boss panties and chewed on a cup of gravel to make your voice sound real scary and threatening, but you yelling at me won’t compel me to resolve your issue any quicker. Matter of fact, I might just stall you out so I can get you turned up a lil more and make you completely blow a gasket. Hold on a sec…one of my co-workers is trying to show me a video of some irate end-loser — errr, I mean — end-user throwing their computer monitor out the window. That wouldn’t be you, would it???
- I do not feel bad about something you messed up.
Sooo, let me try to wrap my feeble mind around this concept. You call the Helpdesk, asking for help to clean up a pile of poo that you created, right??? Then, you want to put some extra sauce on it by trying to guilt me into feeling bad about the pile of poo you just laid down, right??? I don’t care if your boss is going to ream you out, yet again, for deleting that spreadsheet your department uses to track inventory!!! Obviously, you didn’t learn your lesson from the last time you did the same exact thing. But, I’ll go ahead and throw you another assist because it’s Friday, and we’re ordering Thai food for lunch. Oh yeah…I’ma need you to make sure you’re all paid up on your previous invoices. G’day!!!
- Contrary to popular belief, I cannot work magic; I’ve had to learn most of what I know the hard way.
I know it might seem like some hoodoo voodoo (even the whole “Have you tried turning it off and on again???” routine), but I assure you, there is no magic in any of my troubleshooting efforts. I’ve taken a beating over many years to acquire the ability to effortlessly resolve your issue, while simultaneously not making you feel like an idiot. You might want to give the Dumb Computer Guy some credit for actually having some common sense, but I’ll settle for a Happy Hour draft as soon as I get finished cleaning up your pile of poo. De nada!!!
- Expect to receive the worst support at the end of a shift; If a tech sounds like they’re in a rush, it’s usually either break or quitting time.
I’d like to help you, but there are only ten minutes left on my shift. It’s my policy to not take any calls at that point. You see, the last time I took a call this late in my shift (stupid me, thinking it would be one of those turn it off and on deals), I ended up staying over an extra half hour. In case you didn’t already know, I don’t really like this job, and the thought of staying just 60 seconds longer makes me want to reach through the phone and staple your lips shut!!!
If you don’t know how to do your job, don’t get mad at me because I don’t either!
I know how to get your computer up and running, and send you on your way with the least amount of hassle. Helping you figure out how to do your job is not part of the deal. I’m already slurring my words from cashing in on all the Happy Hours drafts you owed me, so this pile of poo you’ll have to clean up on your own.
Who’s going to Happy Hour with me?
This is my most spacious comfort zone where I do most of my intellectual heavy lifting. I have all the tools I need to create anything I can imagine in this space. If I want to produce, write, record, mix and master a song, I do it here. If I want to create an animation, edit a video, practice photography, I do it here. If I want to do nothing but zone out, I do it here.
Obviously, this is the place where I recharge my battery after being beat down by a gang of questions, and being challenged with a heavy dose of problems to solve outside the comfy confines of my insular comfort zone.
Continue reading What Does It Feel Like To Be An Introvert?