I dream of the perfect database. Normalized to the logical form for storing data in a rational manner while not negatively affecting application performance. Defined, designed and documented with great care. Meticulously monitored and maintained for integrity. Most important of all, useful.
I have a passion for data, and a compulsion to organize things. This is leading me down a path toward database architecture and management. A year ago the flame was lit and flared hot; I was excited at the prospect, fascinated by the possibilities, and identified the coursework necessary to enable me to gain the required knowledge.
This is a modest dream. I am not hoping to become a multimillionaire. I am not hoping to become the CEO of a corporation. I want to be immersed in the process, manage its birth, and help it to grow strong. To me, it is as poetic and wonderful as bringing a garden to life where once there was only dirt. I am reasonably certain that this is my calling in life.
However, my work stands in the way. The demands of my job are not only a distraction but a real barrier to accomplishing something which I find significant and fascinating. A year ago when the flame burned high, I had a vague idea that this would be a difficult path but managed to underestimate the power of these obstacles. It is taking another skill to clear that path: managing people.
My goal for managing people is both a means and an end. By training staff to assume the responsibilities of my job, I will be able to leave the applications in good hands. And I intend to take a chosen few from my team with me on the new journey.