Posted by: Colin Smith
I was very lucky and my company was nice enough to send me to the PASS Summit and I can not thank them enough for that. When I was getting ready to go to the Summit I was like a kid on Christmas Eve. The anticipation was killing me and I could just not wait to get to the event and have fun and learn as much as I could. And that is what I did and the Summit exceeded all of my expectations. Seeing all the smart people together in one place and so willing to share knowledge and experiences with one an other. And not only the presenters but all the attendees and Microsoft employees and I just mean everyone. It was a refreshing experience to say the least.
But the presenters especially inspired me to get out and try to do more in the community. They showed me that you do not have to be an expert and you do not have to know all the answers. That was also very refreshing to me. It really showed me that everyone has something to give that someone else will learn from. We all work hard and we all see a lot of the same issues as each other. If you have a way to deal with an issue that is better, or more efficient then my way then I have learned something. I think that I have some knowledge that others could benefit from. The speakers really showed me that they are all very smart for sure but that they are all just like you and me. They might have more experience and or knowledge in some or even most areas, but I might be able to teach even them a thing or two.
They taught me not to be shy. To be proud of what I know and to share it with others. To take the tough questions and it is OK to say I do not know but shoot me an email and I will find out. It is OK not to be an expert at everything and I can still share my knowledge.
That is one of the most beneficial things that I got out of going to PASS and I hope that more and more of us out there learn that and share the wealth of knowledge that you have, but do not be afraid to learn something new in the process.