vExpert: What it means to me

VMware vExpertThis morning I was humbled, honoured, and excited to find out that I made the grade to become a vExpert for 2016. I know there are a ton of posts out there with more or less the same first sentence, but I don’t think a lot of posts go much deeper than that.

What does it mean to me?

Sure, I look forward to some of the potential benefits (I currently personally pay for VMUG Advantage as well as Pluralsight – both because I believe they are quality products), but more than that there are two things that becoming a vExpert means to me:

1) Opening a door and giving me access to great technology and even better people;
2) It is a good indicator that I am on the right track for my goals.

For years I have attended various ‘community’ type events, whether they be VMware, Microsoft, or Open Source focused. By the time I left each event I always felt like I wanted more, but rarely was more available to me (whether due to lack events, knowing about events, or funding). VMWorld 2015 changed a lot of that for me – I had that sense of community amplified 10 fold, but more than that I was amazed at how approachable everyone was. Going even further, it was upon reflection that I realized most of the folks that I had the strongest connections with were are leaders of some sort (VMUG or similar user group type leader, authors, and / or presenters). They were all folks who I would never thought I would approach or talk to because I was beneath them.

All of that sat with me made me realize that these are all people with a passion, a passion that I have as well. So what was I going to do about? I was going to focus that passion into something tangible such as a blog, a talk, or a user group.

To me becoming a vExpert is a reminder about the path I am on, and it is a humbling validation that I seem to be going about things right.

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  1. Hi Matt I can only echo your statements, last year I went to VMworld for the first time, I now blog, tweet, Cloudcred, and attended a VMUG, and I to was honoured with receiving vexpert 2016 for the first time yesterday. your right the sense of community is much different, it feels quite small and personal. Congratulations on your achievement and who knows we might even meet up one day.