In the beginning of my MVP tenure, there were not very many of us in my chosen area of expertise. We all knew one another, all knew spouses of one another (well, let’s be honest, there were two women, we all knew the wives of the others), knew about the kids. We became a family with not only a common love of technology, but for each other. We jokingly call the guest room at our house the MVP suite because so many have come to stay while in Colorado, even more came for a homemade dinner. I have enjoyed visiting countless MVPs on my world travels. Made so many memories together.
It was this feeling of family, of unwavering support for each other, that made me determined to stay part of this group. Even in the years where it was tough. And I will be honest that some years are easier than others. I always love the community work, I always hate the tracking of it. Sometimes it’s tough to see where you can make a difference. There was certainly a year or two that I was going through the motions because it’s what I knew, but was unsure of my motivation. This past year some paid projects reignited my passion for this community.
There were two times we all auto-renewed for various reasons (program realignment and COVID). One of those years I was actually really struggling with my health and had thought for sure I would lose this family because I just couldn’t keep up.
Over the years the family has grown, and so has the technology. I hear from so many old-timers that we just can’t keep up with all the new growth of our beloved CRM and Power Platform. My immediate thought is, same here. I cannot keep up with the tech, or these new MVPs. Then I realize I don’t have to be an expert on everything. I can still make an impact on the community. I compare myself to prior versions of me, not to someone else. While it might not be daily growth, or daily learning, am I better today than before? Do I know more today than before? As long as that answer continues to be yes, then I am good with myself and feel that I still belong in this MVP family. There’s room for all of us to succeed.
I see friends deciding to step back from being an MVP after they lose their passion, redefine their own priorities. I am so happy for them that they followed their hearts. I’m not there yet. When I think it’s time, I’ll follow my heart too. I don’t see that happening soon, but we’ll see.
There are now hundreds of MVPs in my chosen specialty. I do not know all of them. I try to know as many as I can. And while I professionally respect your technology expertise and your community commitment, I’m more likely to ask about your family or your dog than I am to chat about your most recent blog post.
I grew up in a big family, with not a lot of money or opportunity. I can’t remember being told I could do bigger or better things. The people around me didn’t have that vision. I will forever be grateful for marrying into a family who had that vision, who gave that support. And then the continued support from this MVP family.
Do the things.
Do all of the things.
Then find new things to do.
CRM MVP #23