I haven’t read Satya Nadella’s new book yet Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft’s Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone but I did participate in a Microsoft MVP program where we wrote about our personal “Hit Refresh” moment. My article didn’t get chosen so I’ve decided to share it here. Enjoy!

My hit refresh moment truly changed my life, but I didn’t realize what I was missing out on all those years. In 1998, I started my IT career. I was a student worker at a local university pulling cable in hot attics, sneaker netting software to install around campus and answering trouble tickets of all shapes and sizes. It was sometimes dull, yet fulfilling work because ever since I was a young boy, I knew I’d be in “computers” somehow.

As time went on, I got more experience. Support work turned into project work which turned into architecture work. I followed a typical IT professional’s path. I was happy. I’ve always enjoyed what I do and was still glad to help out on any new endeavors I came across, but I didn’t do anything earth-shattering. I was happy getting up, going to work, socializing with friends, coming home and kicking back.

Fast forward a few years to 2015. 2015 was the year my career changed dramatically. 2015 was the year I Hit Refresh. This year was the year I decided to come out of my introverted shell and begin getting involved with a tech community. A few years before I had fallen head over heels for the PowerShell scripting language. This language just seemed to mesh so well with how my brain worked. I loved this language so much I decided to begin sharing my knowledge with the world via my this blog. “Everyone has to know about this scripting language and how it can make your job so much easier,” I thought.

This passion for a technology and the willingness to begin teaching it led to my Microsoft MVP award. I was elated and my coworkers at the time thought I was a rockstar. I’ll never forget it. Being awarded the Microsoft MVP award accelerated my already growing community presence. I’ve since gone on to author several training courses, present for various user groups, write an eBook and am in the works on my first published book! This introverted engineer has also realized he doesn’t make a bad technical marketer either. Who knew?

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Not only knowing but knowing how to teach others in a clear, concise way and making it happen has skyrocketed my career. To give some perspective to the BHR (Before Hit Refresh) and AHR (After Hit Refresh) moments in my career, below is a chart of my yearly income starting in 1998. Can you tell when I “Hit Refresh”?

My “Hit Refresh” moment not only skyrocketed my income but helped me realize more about myself that I never understood. I realized that I do enjoy teaching and I do enjoy talking with others even though my introverted brain tried to tell me otherwise. Hitting the refresh button on my life changed every aspect of it, and I love every minute of it.

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