I’m going to be speaking at India Dreamin, and I hope to see you there!
WOW!!! I am so excited about this!!
The Indian Salesforce community has always been one of my favorites! You are full of bright, hardworking individuals and most importantly… DREAMERS!
I hope to meet many of you there, learn from you, and inspire you too!
Oh yes, I’m going to bring a TON of free t-shirts to pass out! This will be your best chance to get an SFDC99 t-shirt if you’re in India… don’t miss it!
Oh yea, I’ll be doing sessions and leading hands on training too! Woohoo! More info coming soon!
Pinch yourself, this is not a dream!
Salesforce and the JVS have teamed up once again to give you FREE, in-person Salesforce training!
The Salesforce Administrator Training program is a 4 month course starting June 12th, 2017. Classes meet four days a week from 9:30AM to 4:00PM, in person only in San Francisco, CA!
Note that 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.
SPECIAL BONUS: I will be speaking at one of the sessions and I also help mentor graduates!
There are only 25 open spots, so apply now!
If you’re in the area and able to take this course, you have to be crazy not to apply. This industry is too hot and you owe it to yourself to take steps towards a Salesforce career. Thank you to whoever is funding this program!!
David’s note: This one hit me right in the feels! Ekalavya, look how far you’ve come in such a short amount of time. What an amazing accomplishment, you should be so proud of yourself. That is something you will always look back on and smile in your life.
Ekalavya, you are also a very sweet person! Is it wrong for a teacher to have a favorite student?
I’m posting this story in its absolute raw form: an exchange of emails that began in 2015 and later became a story that everyone can learn and be inspired from.
I have been working as an SFDC developer for the past year.
Still, I would say I am not that good in coding. This is what I feel about myself. I am not satisfied with my coding capabilities.
The projects I have been working on are related to config, and I don’t get the chance to dig much into coding. One thing I can say is, I feel I am very good at the config part.
But as a developer, one should be very good with coding right?! Now, my boss has a paradigm on me that, I am not sound in coding and hence they are making me work only on small projects with mostly config work. I feel very bad about myself for this.
My senior on my team always behaves towards me as if I am very poor in understanding and analyzing things. I can’t find what is wrong with me actually.
Please gimme some motivation, henceforth I prove myself that, I am awesome! They should feel bad for their criticizing behavior towards me.
Thank you for your email and story!
I’m glad to hear you’re dedicated to improving! I know how it feels to need to prove yourself – it can be very frustrating.
Here’s what I have done in your scenario. Note – it won’t be easy, but many years from now you won’t regret going for it:
Do this for at least 3 months and I’m sure things will be radically different for you soon =)
Thanks David. I will go for it from this moment. I’m glad to hear back from you, which I really didn’t expect. Thanks for giving your time for my mail, I really mean it.
You are awesome man!
This is the second time I am writing to you.
You have been inspiring me since the moment I found SFDC99. I am not sure if you remember me, but I have changed and improved a lot after implementing what I have got as reply from you for my first email to you. Saying “THANK YOU” would be simple one, but that is how I can express my gratitude for you. Thanks David!
David, I need your suggestion regarding one of the important moves to take in my career. I am planning to switch from my current company.
I have 3 offers in my hand as of now, among 2 were considerable. One is an offer from a multi-national company with a 40% pay hike. The other offer is from a growing, product based company with a 60% pay hike.
The former one offers a role similar to my current one ie. Salesforce developer, and the latter is not a development related role, but has a better pay increase.
I am finding it difficult to decide to which I should go for. If I go for the latter one, I wouldn’t be working on the things which I have learnt so far and no more Apex and Visualforce coding at all.
On the other side of the coin, I will get a chance to learn new things and get expertise in other Salesforce skills, such as release management.
The one question in my mind now is, “would I be able to go for developer role again in future?” If I want to come back to development, will my experience be considered further?
Please suggest me here. I will be awaiting your reply David.
Thanks in advance.
Hey Ekalavya, thank you for the note!
At various points in my life I have chosen the lesser paying role in order to invest in myself and learn.
Knowledge is far more valuable in the long term than short term pay. After a few years you’ll be making a lot more, and, you’ll probably be happier too!
That said, you might be able to have the best of both worlds. Tell your potential employer that you have a stronger offer and see if they can beat it! In my experience, companies will respect you more if you do this. They will usually not retract their offer however different companies have different philosophies!
Anyway, long story short: money comes and goes. Knowledge is forever!
Yes, that make sense! Thank you for taking time to answer my email. I think one day I will send you my success story when all the items in my checklist are achieved and if its worth to share, I am striving to be better everyday!
I am so happy to write this to you!
Even though its not a big achievement, I still wanted to share it.
The people in my original job who did not consider me and my work before and had a blind paradigm that she couldn’t do it…. came to me today and asked me to come back with an offer of double pay.
Of course, I didn’t consider their offer now, coz I have committed to go for a lesser paying job. I still wanted to invest my time on learning more.
I always consider you as Dronacharya and me as Ekalavya. Ekalavya was an archery student who wished Dronacharya would be his guru. He made a mud statue of Dronacharya and practiced in front of it, day in and day out, meditating on his craft, taking inspiration from his guru, and eventually becoming a mighty archer.
You have inspired a girl from a very average academic background to someone who people are afraid of losing now.
Thanks David, thank you very much for everything =)
Yours Girly Ekalavya =)
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It has been a while since I posted about Salesforce salaries, and the numbers are as high as ever!
The above numbers represent base salaries in the United States, but don’t worry, the full report has data on other countries as well!
How lucky are we to be in this industry? I totally lucked out myself, and boy am I grateful!
If you’re in the US and your salary isn’t quite up to par with these numbers, well, I recommend getting a copy of this report and showing it to your boss!
Check out the full salary report from Mason Frank, a Salesforce recruiting company. Special thanks to them for letting me show these numbers! (Note: I am not paid for posting this stuff, ha!)
Definitely love to hear your thoughts on this report in the comments!
Originally posted on the official Salesforce.com blog
Let me start by saying Destination Success is the best training I’ve ever taken in my life!
Wow, did I really just say that?
You bet, and I absolutely mean it! It was unbelievably good.
…And who would’ve expected that? Certainly, not I — I’m still in a bit of shock actually. This was my first time at Destination Success and I had gone in with no idea of what to expect.
But Destination Success is: Really. That. Good.
If you weren’t there, start planning your justification letter to your boss so you can go next year.
Here are my five reasons why:
1. You will achieve great things
I’m proud to say that I earned six certifications in one week, and I owe that to Destination Success.
Literally everyone I talked to went home with at least one more certification under their belts. It was an absolute euphoric feeling giving strangers high-fives down the hallways and hearing the cheers of happiness as people passed their certifications in droves.
Everyone at Destination Success gets at least three chances to take any certification test they want — all for free. And even though we were in Vegas, we knew why we were there and weren’t planning on throwing away these golden opportunities. Getting certified was priority number one (the strawberry daiquiris had to wait until after the last test!).
2. Best training I’ve taken in my life!
I know I’ve already said it, but it truly was. Destination Success is all about learning and investing in yourself. You’re in a classroom eight hours a day learning from Salesforce University’s top instructors — and I believe they went out of their way to bring us the very best of the best.
This was certainly true for the Technical Architect track, the class I chose to take. This track was taught by Greg Cook, a Certified Technical Architect that I’ve been following for the past few years. He is a Salesforce God and I hope to be like him one day when I grow up.
If you aspire to be a Certified Technical Architect, you must take this training at Destination Success:
I sincerely feel like Salesforce University went out of their way to make sure we got the absolute best training possible. They were near fanatical in getting feedback on the program to improve it for next year. It was already so good, I can’t imagine what else they could do for us. But I can’t wait to find out next year!
3. Meet incredible people and get inspired!
Destination Success is unlike other events, where you’ll briefly meet other community members, chat for a moment, and then move on to the next session/activity.
You’re in a small classroom with the same folks for eight hours a day for the whole week. You learn together, struggle together, and succeed together. After class, you’re in study hall together, you share notes together, and you eat and drink together. Your classroom members become like your brothers and sisters in arms.
I was particularly inspired by Michael Drzewiecki, a fellow student in my class. He has been in the Salesforce world for less than a year, yet he already has 14 certifications — incredible! I spent a good portion of the week learning from him and his learning techniques. Michael’s story inspired me and gave me that extra kick to go for even more certifications during the week. I hope you get to meet your “Michael” at Destination Success next year, too.
4. The swag!
Look at this haul!
That SU Trailblazer hoodie alone makes a fine centerpiece to any Salesforce swag collection.
We were treated like royalty in the swag department at this event. The first thing you see every day as you enter the event is a giant swag table filled with all sorts of branded goodies. But you can’t just grab the items, you have to earn them by passing your certs. Love it!
Even the notebook we got — a throwaway item at any other event — was superb! It was made in Italy and has paper that’s literally made out of apples. It smells delicious and will have a permanent place on my desk.
(Please note, your swag haul may vary. And not pictured: a purple inflatable couch I also took home!)
5. Shockingly good food
I splurged $150 at a Vegas buffet for my wife and I the night before the event started… but the food at Destination Success was actually better. Especially the desserts — I ate far too much.
It was so good that I spent quite a bit of time talking about it and trying to find out if it was just me who loved it so much. And I can confirm it was unanimous, everyone thought the Destination Success food was amazing!
My one piece of advice is: Go to Destination Success next year!
Do whatever you can to convince your boss to let you go. If you’re starting a new job, write it into your contract that your employer must send you here. Or if you must, I’d even recommend considering paying out of your own pocket. It’s that good, and I don’t say this lightly.
I’m already in withdrawal. Can’t wait to see you all at #DST18!
Hope to see you there!
Extra excited because my wife and baby will be joining me too!
If you’re joining my session, it’s going to be a fun one! As is my normal tradition, all the content is 100% new and updated. I put a lot of love into each presentation, your time is valuable.
Will I pass out t-shirts? I haven’t packed any yet. But if I get at least 5 comments on this post before I’m done packing, I’ll bring a few to pass out =)
UPDATE: looks like I’m bringing free t-shirts!
Oh boy, this is an achievement that is not to be taken lightly!
Congratulations to all the new and renewed Salesforce MVPs!
Entering into my fourth Salesforce MVP title (*beams*), I have learned one important trait that all us MVPs share. We’re all a little bit insane!
It takes a certain level of insanity to dedicate hundreds of hours of your life to help out strangers on the internet. Without a doubt it’s amazing to win a Salesforce MVP title along the way, though I’d say for most of us, nothing would be any different if the award never existed.
I understand the sacrifice and the insanity that comes with the territory of the MVP title, and so on this day, I salute you MVPs. Thank you for all that you do!
If there’s someone on the MVP list that has been particularly helpful to you, send them a note of thanks! I promise you it means a lot to them and will make their day!
And if you’re insane enough to dream to be an MVP one day too, might I suggest reading this post!
CRM Science, a group of code nerds who build Salesforce apps, is looking for Salesforce developers!
Why do I recommend CRM Science?
They’re a small group of developers led by Alex Sutherland, a buddy of mine who’s also a Salesforce MVP. I respect the heck out of this guy and I personally would learn a ton if I worked for him! If you’re in the fortunate position to learn from him too, do it!
CRM Science is looking to grow it’s team of geeks and in particular, looking for new developers to don our Lab Coats. We’re looking for developers that are already familiar with Salesforce coding languages, at least traditional Apex and Visualforce, and are looking to continually grow their Salesforce development skillsets by working with our more senior developers, project leads, and solution architects. Developers work closely with these individuals within various project teams to create, test and deliver portions of the overall project.
Good luck and say HI to Alex for me!
Some of the changes added so far for 2017:
Hope this helps you continue to achieve certifications and find your dream job!
More updates coming soon!
Originally posted on Salesforce.com
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the Salesforce University training and certification conference, now in its second year, is taking place in March — and I’m going to be there! Destination Success is an award-winning event with the sole purpose of getting you trained and certified in your chosen learning track. Let me break it down for you…
When you think about it, that’s a really good value. It’s less than a typical 3-day ILT course, but you’re getting more training, multiple certification attempts, and you’re in Vegas with other Salesforce enthusiasts like me. Plus, if you’re savvy, you should be able to convince your company to send you.
Here are the 5 main reasons why I’m going to #DST17:
1. The new Technical Architect learning path
Yes, it’s time to get serious. Some of you know that the Technical Architect certification is a life’s goal of mine. I’ve always wanted this certification, because it represents the pinnacle of Salesforce knowledge. Given that I’m already a technical architect at Google, there’s probably very little the certification will realistically do for my career. But this certification isn’t for my resume — this one’s for me. I want to look back one day and know that I truly earned it.
2. I’ll be hosting a breakout session
The Transition from Salesforce Administrator to Developer: Is it the Right Path for You?
David Liu, of sfdc99.com fame and now Technical Architect at Google, shares his experience of making the leap from the admin to the developer world. Join him for a 360⁰ exploration of the Salesforce career path that’s right for you. He’ll break down the pros and cons of each path, the different job prospects, and of course, their earning potentials – plus, the resources that can help you along the way.
There are many things I could have covered in my session, but I specifically chose this topic because it’s so important in today’s Salesforce world. The industry is evolving so quickly — the Salesforce ecosystem today is completely different than it was just a few years ago. What does this mean for our careers? How do we make informed choices to choose the right long-term career paths? We’ll examine all these questions and more to give you the confidence to take that next step in your journey. And even though learning to code was the best decision I’ve made in my life, it might not be the best path for you. We’ll definitely deep dive into the other side of things, too.
3. I’ve never regretted going to a Salesforce conference
Every time I go to Dreamforce, I leave with this indescribable feeling of inspiration that I’ve never gotten anywhere else. Getting this high just once a year isn’t enough for me, so I’m hoping that Destination Success can bring me back that feeling again. To me, it feels like Destination Success is more results oriented – we’re actually going to be studying, taking classes, and hopefully passing more certifications. We’re also going to be in Vegas. Put these two together, and we’ve got all the right pieces for a crazy, epic, college-esque week.
4. I’ll be surrounded by Salesforce experts… like you!
Not only will we have access to master instructors and subject matter experts, but I’m really looking forward to seeing many of you there, my fellow Salesforce super-fans. I’m going to be studying and taking all the same classes as you all, so I hope to meet you there. Don’t be too shy to stop me and say hello. I’m sure there’s a whole lot we can learn from each other.
5. It’s VEGAS… Really, need I say more?
So, there you have it. Over 100 hours of learning and three opportunities to add to your certification portfolio, surrounded by people who really want you to succeed. But don’t hang about. Last year’s event was sold out. See you in study hall!
Don’t miss your chance to attend the award-winning, life-changing, dedicated Salesforce training and certification event of the year! Join us (and David) at Destination Success. March 6-10, 2017. Mandalay Bay Resort. Las Vegas. Learn More and Register.