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February 1, 2022 / kiranpatils

Ten learnings on my 10th Sitecore MVP Award

Sitecore Announced a list of 235 Sitecore MVPs for the year 2022: https://www.sitecore.com/company/news-events/press-releases/2022/01/sitecore-announces-2022-most-valuable-professionals

I’m grateful that I’m getting this award for the 10th year in a row. But this is as special as my first one.

I would like to thank each and everyone for appreciating and motivating me to keep going for 10 years. Especially family!

I’ve 235 posts on my blog, various speaking engagements, 11 Sitecore Modules, a podcast, and various offline contributions (mentoring, helping, teaching).

Roughly, I believe I must’ve spent ~1000+ hours in the last ten years to earn this! I believe it’s worth it. Because as Scott Hanselman says we all have a finite number of keys left and we should give something to the universe. Which makes human lives better.

I also wanted to make sure that I do “Deliberate Practice” to learn Sitecore: https://www.oreilly.com/library/view/97-things-every/9780596809515/ch22.html [Glad I came across this book and good teachers/mentors in the early part of my career]

On this day, I thought to pen down my 10 biggest learnings for you. With the hope that it inspires someone, somewhere on this earth:

  1. Hustle : I’ve done all Community contributions during my off-hours. This side hustle helps me stay on my toes and brings the best out of me. Remember “There will be plenty of time to sleep when you’re dead”
  2. First Step is Important: 10 years ago, I had no guidance and at that point of time there was not a lot of good web material to help us understand the overall process. But don’t worry about all those things. Just begin! Remember “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
  3. Resources is not a problem: Initially, I didn’t have great connectivity at home, I used to write blog posts mostly in the night time. Where in India not everyone has big homes or separate workrooms (Things are much better nowadays). So, I used to find a small corner in the house and share my learnings and also make sure that I don’t disturb family members! [That’s why I can’t thank them enough] Remember “It’s not the lack of resources, it’s your lack of resourcefulness that stops you”
  4. Lift up others: I feel proud that I was able to help others become Sitecore MVP Award. And few of them also continued that tradition to share their learnings with others and help others achieve the same. I also wrote blog post about it : https://sitecorebasics.wordpress.com/2013/02/13/basics-of-sitecore-mvp-award/ (And at Sitecore Community Events it feels great when people come to me and say that they got inspired my blog post to become MVP). Remember “You become strong by lifting others up, not pulling them down.”
  5. Don’t expect any rewards : I believe every human should do something in their day to day life to do something without expecting any rewards. Just imagine how better the world will be! Also, Universe has a way to give back. I firmly believe that “If you throw great things at Universe, Universe will throw great things back to you!” [This is true for “not so great” things as well. So, beware! :)]. For example, I started blogging without any expectations. But Horizontal US team noticed my contribution and they reached out to start India operation. Which has grown 150x in ~9 years and I also got a chance to move to the US. Read more : https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/learnings-taking-operation-from-2-100-smiles-kiran-patil-1d/
  6. Keep learning : In 10 years, Sitecore has been making updates to their products to keep up with market. So, you always need to keep yourself up-to-date. Remember “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”
  7. Plan and contribute small : I always plan my contributions, keep a note of it and keep doing it regularly. Remember “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.” (I like this quote. But I don’t like the elephant eating metaphor. Hope we find a better alternative quote one day)
  8. Preservance: I’ve seen a lot of over-enthusiastic folks, who start their contribution and work on it aggressively for weeks/months. Then they stop contributing. Don’t do that. Remember “It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer.
  9. Avoid burnout : This connects to #7 and #8. Avoid overcommitting. Remember “Slow and steady wins the race, not the person who wants to climb the whole stairs in one stride.”
  10. Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish : This quote from Steve Jobs inspires me a lot. Never look back, at what you’ve achieved. That will make you complacent. But always look ahead and see what things you want to learn. For example, In upcoming year, I would like to learn more about Sitecore’s Cloud offering, OrderCloud, CDP,Sitecore Send, Orchasteration and so on. Remember “Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish”!

Thanks for reading thus far. I wrote this post on my PTO. Because I want you to win! [Yes, you!]. Good luck with your Sitecore MVP Journey!

Always happy to help! 🙂

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