David’s note: hey… that’s ME!
Wonder how I stumbled into the Salesforce industry and became a Technical Architect at Google?
…believe me, I do too!
Salesforce recently published my story on their official blog, check it out!
There have been a few critical moments in my career that I’ve never really talked about. You may find this hard to believe but I actually live a very private life!
This time though, I tell it all. I wrote my first draft in my usual, short and sweet style and Salesforce said to me: “GIVE US THE DETAILS, DAVID!”
I hope you enjoy my detailed success story!
I come from a humble background, though not as humble as other extraordinary members of the community. Check out their stories for more ideas on how to pave your own path in this industry!
Want to tell the world your story too?
Email it to email@example.com and your story could be heard around the world!
Wow that was so fast! Here are the winners, listed in order!
Platform Developer certification winners:
Salesforce developer job winners:
You know, when I made this challenge I really thought it’d take months to get five winners. At the last minute I even considered making it easier and allowing more certifications. It wasn’t that I didn’t think you all were capable, I just had no idea how many people would participate and follow through.
Well you all proved me wrong and I couldn’t be happier about it!
Truly impressive for this group of people to have succeeded! I know there are many more submissions too, and even if you didn’t make the t-shirt cutoff, your career still wins!
And don’t worry, I plan to have more challenges soon. Share your ideas in the comments!
David’s note: is it a coincidence that ultra-successful Salesforce professionals somehow find time to give back? Or that they are always humble and thankful to their mentors?! I love your attitude and story Nirav and I’m proud to have been part of your journey!
I am not sure if this piece qualifies as a Success Story but you and your amazing work, spread by SFDC99.com; are the reasons that have encouraged me to take up this opportunity to express myself through words here.
Here is my Story :
My name is Nirav Shah and I am from India.
I completed my post graduation in 2013. Unfortunately, my career started at a low ebb! I was unsuccessful at the campus interviews conducted in my college. After 3 Months of struggle, I got a job as a Cashier in a Private Educational Institution. But I kept looking for a job in IT, especially in Cloud Technology.
During this time, I received an email from my current employer, Confident Governance, informing about an opening in Cloud Technology, SFDC. I immediately contacted them and I got my first job as Cloud Developer.
It is from this point that my journey as a Salesforce Professional begins. At the time of joining, I didn’t know about the Salesforce Platform. I had not even heard about Salesforce Platform. After joining the Company I started learning regarding Salesforce, using different resources like Google, Salesforce Success Community and other Salesforce Materials.
For the first few months after my joining, I didn’t get a chance to work on the actual platform. But, I kept learning about Salesforce from different resources.
The best thing in this company was that I found a mentor in my colleague Mr. Sandip Patel. He turned out to be my role model – a prime reason for my 3 long years of career on Salesforce Platform. He guided me all the time during my career. He suggested to start learning with your blog (SFDC99.com), but due to some other work and duties assigned to me, I was not able to spare much time to learn salesforce.
Meanwhile at the time of my first performance review I faced disappointment, with my manager saying “Nirav, I feel that I have made a wrong decision by giving you a chance” but he also said that “I know you can prove me wrong and I will be so much happy by being proved wrong”. I was totally depressed due to this incidence. I talked to Sandeep and Nirdesh (My colleagues) regarding this but they suggested not to give up and start reading success stories from SFDC99.com.
So, I have started to read your blogs after the company’s working hours. I used to go to a cyber cafe and spent 2-3 hours a day to learn regarding Salesforce as I didn’t have Laptop or Desktop facility at home. I first read the success stories from your blogs which inspired me a lot and from that time, I made a goal that I also wanted to inspire others with my Story.
Being in a small startup organization, I was called upon to carry out many different tasks other than Salesforce or even Coding but I always kept in my mind that I have to keep focusing on Salesforce all the time, notwithstanding the other tasks assigned to me.
After some time we got a SAP Project and my manager asked me if I would like to work on this project or not? I thought this was the time I can prove myself and agreed to work in SAP Project. I worked on the Project for almost 1 long year, but I didn’t give up on the career I have chosen. I kept learning Salesforce through your blog. I also used to follow Jeff Douglas’s blog.
After completing the SAP Project, I got a chance to get my hands dirty in the Salesforce Platform. I have worked on various aspects of Salesforce like Process Builder, Workflow, Security Settings and much more. Now this was the time to prove myself. From your blog I used to know regarding the Certification in Salesforce and I started the preparation for ADM 201. I got my first Certification (ADM 201) on Jan 22, 2016.
During this time I also get promoted as a Team Lead. That was such a proud moment for me to become a Team lead from a Non-Salesforce background. After that I added another certification – App Builder to my credentials.
During my journey till date, I have been interacting with my customers as a main point of contact, demonstrating the product to prospects, guiding students who join us for dissertation, spreading awareness about Salesforce and Cloud Technology, delivering Lectures at Educational Institutions. Currently, I have two Certifications from Salesforce and I am a Technical Team Lead leading a 15 Plus Team and spreading my knowledge of Salesforce among them and I had made a goal to become a 5x Salesforce Certified in 2017.
At the end of my story, I would like to thank some special individuals who are directly or indirectly attached with my journey.
My God – I believe, He lives inside me, listens to me every time and He loves me a lot.
My father – He trusted me on every phase of my life whether it is about choosing the career option or allowing me to skip joining our family business.
David Liu – As a living inspiration, you have truly encouraged a lot of people like me to learn SFDC and coding. David, you are the ROCKSTAR of Salesforce!!
Sandip Patel – My colleague/role model who is known for his personality. I would not have made a career in Salesforce without him.
Rajesh Pillai – My First interview Taker, Who trusted me and offered an opportunity to join a company as a fresher.
Bhavesh Bhagat – CEO of my current company, who trusted me and believed that I can do the things and I can achieve all the things I want.
Finally, Thanks for posting inspirational stories and motivating your readers to take up challenges and solve them.
Inspired by this story?
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Let’s celebrate the New Year and honor all the big dreamers out there with a free t-shirt contest!
I know many of you are out there thinking up your New Year’s resolutions. And I know many of you need that extra push to go for your dreams. I hope this contest will do that for you!
Two ways to win:
How to participate:
Up to date winner’s list (CONGRATS!!):
Godspeed and may the force be with you!
Happy New Year!
P.S. already achieved these? Write me your success story, and if it’s posted, I’ll send you a shirt too!
You may have heard the term managing expectations at some point in your professional career.
The premise is simple: say you made your client $50,000. If they were expecting $10,000, you’re a genius. If they were expecting $80,000, well, you’re a big failure. Managing expectations.
While I think that managing expectations is smart for business, don’t let that kind of thinking creep into your personal goal setting!
Sure, it can be nice not to taste failure over and over again. But let’s not forget that failure is the main ingredient for cooking up something BIG! You just can’t have one without the other.
Plus, if you keep setting weak goals for yourself, you’re eventually going to believe that’s all you’re capable of doing. Really dangerous stuff here.
So dream big! Embrace failure!
…AND MAYBE YOU’LL WIN A FREE SFDC99 T-SHIRT ALONG THE WAY!
More details coming before New Years!
It’s that time of year!
The super rare, once-a-year type of event where Google hires a permanent Salesforce admin!
And this time, I give you the inside scoop. The job description won’t mention “Salesforce” anywhere, but mark my words this is a Salesforce job through and through. I know because it’s on my team!
And remember, I was rejected by Google ten times before I finally got a job offer.
Merry Christmas and thank you to everyone who shared their Christmas wish!
Reading your wishes warmed my heart and brought my wife and I a ton of smiles! Thank you! If you ever need a pick me up, I encourage you to read the Christmas wishes too!
Here are the winners of the Christmas giveaway:
To everyone on this list – you’ve received an email from me =)
To everyone not on this list – there’ll be another chance to earn a t-shirt very soon, stay tuned!
To celebrate my favorite holiday of the year, I’m giving out rare limited edition SFDC t-shirts!!
HOW TO ENTER: write your Christmas wish in the comment section below! That’s it!
Winners will be contacted by email to arrange a shipment!
My Christmas wish is simple: to be together with my whole family, new baby and all!
I am a 50-year-old man, highly qualified (like an MBA and engineer from premier institutes in India) but now without a job. I have been struggling for last three years on what to do next.
Someone advised me recently to change gears and do a Salesforce certification course. I have found your website very useful and I think I can spend time learning whatever you have expressed. I am a marketer, no technical skills but would like to do all the 5 certifications as suggested by your site.
Can I do it and will I get a job in the USA. I am a hard worker and don’t mind learning at this stage. Your kind words and advice will help me and my family come out this state of affairs.
Thank you for your kind attention.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Dear Hard Worker,
First off, thank you for writing to me!
I’m a firm believer that hard work will take you all the way to the top, especially in the Salesforce industry! An open-minded person like you will have no trouble adapting to and picking up the platform.
Unlike other industries, there are a TON of resources on every topic imaginable in Salesforce. With hard work you really can learn anything. Experience will be a different story however.
You’re on the right path though because the best way for you to get that first job (and the experience from it!) is to get certified. The more the better – five would be awesome!
Combine that with all the industry knowledge you already have and you’ll be a shoe-in. Many marketing teams rely on Salesforce so your past experience will help you get a job.
I don’t think your age will be a factor too. Plenty of older people attending Dreamforce… plenty!
One thing you may have trouble with though is getting a job specifically in the USA if you’re not already here. In my experience this is much more difficult to pull off if you don’t have at least some development knowledge. Not impossible, but rare.
Fortunately, you can learn to code too. And you know where to do it!
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I am a big follower of yours. I started following your blog from mid of 2014 and had grown my interest on SFDC.
At that time I worked on Oracle Siebel CRM. But I am fortunate enough to cross skill to a technology like SFDC and completed four certifications as well.
Finally I’ve gotten a job as a SFDC developer. Tomorrow I am joining into my new job.
So please wish me luck for all my future assignments.
Throughout this journey till now, You have been a great inspiration for me. I look forward to learning new things and get inspired from your blog.
Once again thanks a lot for all your help !!!! =)
— Hardworking Student
From this proud teacher to his wonderful hardworking student: good luck in your new job!!!