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!
Join the discussion in the comments section below! Got a question? Send it to the mailbag: email@example.com
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!!!
From their website:
Applications are now open for JVS’s free, standard 4-month Salesforce Administrator and business analysis training program starting in January 2017.
Applicants who apply by this Friday November 18 will be considered for pre-enrollment workshops beginning December 19.
This program is designed for people who have been out of work or underemployed for at least 6 months (though all job seekers are encouraged to apply).
Good luck everybody!
This is it!
Some of you know this story.
Years ago I went to Dreamforce and someone special inspired me to code.
I took everything he said to heart. With unwavering faith, I devoted everything I had into learning Apex. I got my first job as a Salesforce developer. Then, Google.
And now, with this session, I hope to capture a little bit of the magic that once inspired me and pass it on to you. This session ends my circle and hopefully begins many more.
The full interview is 30 minutes long and I hope you enjoy it!
I have a small little prank I like to do at Dreamforce =)
As people line up outside the doors for the session I’m presenting in, I like to walk up to the attendees with a confused look on my face and say:
“Is this session worth going to?”
“Is the presenter any good?”
“I really doubt this session is worth waiting in line for!”
Sometimes people know and we share a hearty laugh. Sometimes people have no idea until they see me up on stage later. And then sometimes people start saying things about David Liu not realizing he’s standing in front of them pranking them:
“Funny story I actually was talking to you while we were waiting for your session to start. There was a big crowd outside waiting to go in and I was talking to you and a few other people. I didn’t recognize you so I was talking to you and was telling everyone that I learned how to code from SFDC99.com and from David Liu’s youtube videos. Then I saw you up there, it was pretty funny.”
OK maybe it might not be that funny but sadly these are the kind of things that make my day!!
(And for the record, the victim gave me permission to post this!)
See you at #DF17!