People often say the key to success is to “follow your passion”.
I’ve always felt conflicted about this. The saying almost makes it seem like you don’t have control over your paths to success. What if your passions don’t have realistic ways of supporting yourself?
And how do you even find your passion? Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the time or opportunities to experiment with a buffet of jobs.
Are you just destined to be mediocre?
I believe passion must be developed. You can will yourself to become passionate about something. The first time I drank beer, I hated it. Yet now, I love it!
Did I fall in love the very first time I used Salesforce? Certainly not. Did I loathe it? Definitely not. But I stuck with the platform, found areas of it I especially enjoyed (like coding), and built on that. Over time, my love for Salesforce grew.
But there will be times where your love plateaus or even wanes. Love can be so fickle. These are the times that truly test you. Stick with it. Make a concentrated effort to find ways to fall in love again. Rekindle that relationship with a spicy new date. You could say it’s not that different from supporting a long-term relationship with a friend or loved one. It takes work.
In short, sometimes I believe it’s better to approach work with the philosophy of the “arranged marriage” instead of the western “romantic” marriage =)
Give it a shot!
Once again the JVS is offering a Salesforce admin course for FREE! WOW!
This is an in-person course that meets 6 hours a day, 5 times a week in San Francisco, California.
More info on the course and how to apply. Deadline is Wednesday, September 14th!
I’d loveeeee to meet you and hear your Salesforce stories, successes or not!
…book your seat before the slots run out!
This is something I’ve always wanted to do!! YES!!!
Help me make a great admin certification course for the world!
Post your favorite ADM201 certification resources in the comments!
Secretly, I’ve always wanted to teach admin principles – this is something I strongly believe too many developers overlook! This prevents good developers from becoming great!
This course will do two things:
And yes, if you are brand new to Salesforce this is exactly the course you need!
Don’t worry, we’ll continue to offer scholarships to those in need (email firstname.lastname@example.org). Plus, stay tuned for a massive free t-shirt announcement!
My tip for you: register for sessions early, they fill quickly!
Just a week’s delay is enough for you to miss your spot!
Rumor is that the agenda builder goes live next Wednesday, September 7th! So bookmark your favorite sessions and start registering your agenda then!
Here are all my sessions, would love to meet you and shake your hand!
See ya there!
P.S. yes there will be a SFDC99 trivia t-shirt giveaway! And right now the most voted color is blue!
Dreamforce is finally here and we all know there’s only one thing on everyone’s minds: T-SHIRTS!
“Hey David, will you be giving out free SFDC99 t-shirts this year?”
“How can I get an SFDC99 t-shirt?”
Step 1: Find me! Come to one of my sessions:
Step 2: You will need to know the secret password to secure a shirt! More info soon!
“What color will the SFDC99 t-shirts be this year”
Give me your vote in the comments and the top color will win!
“What are your top tips for getting free stuff at Dreamforce?”
Coming soon… Guide to getting free stuff at Dreamforce!
I’d love to meet you and shake your hand this year, don’t be afraid to stop me and say hi!
See you at #DF16!
P.S. There will definitely be more t-shirts this year!
I say with zero hesitation that this is the best course of the Apex Academy so far!!
The key to awakening the power of Apex lies in SOQL – yes this is the course where you become all-powerful in Salesforce! It is a MUST watch! Learn how to write SOQL queries, how to integrate SOQL in your Apex triggers, and how to defend your org from bugs by using SOQL in your test classes.
|Coding Tutorials: Three hours of video tutorials covering every aspect of SOQL!|
|Live Demos: Countless demos of how SOQL is used in real-world business scenarios!|
|Homework: Over 30 different homework assignments and their answers!|
|Love: Yes this is the best Apex Academy course so far!|
Check out this preview then watch the full Apex Academy class!
Don’t forget – scholarships are available to veterans, loved ones of veterans, those unemployed, or people just experiencing difficult times. Email me at email@example.com to apply!
UPDATE: The position has been filled! Thank you for everyone who applied!
David’s note: this is the same internship that spawned a developer success story last year! A rare chance to build up your knowledge and resume under one of the best Salesforce professionals in the industry. I’ve personally met Terry and can attest to him. HIGHLY recommended!
We are opening our popular Salesforce Nonprofit internship again this fall. I (Terry Cole) seek one Salesforce intern to mentor and guide. You could be pretty much anywhere as I’m willing to teleconference and make this a virtual job. You’ll do projects for me. I think this requires at least 15 hours per week to be successful. I’ll invest at least 2 hours per week in you. I’ll also set training tasks in front of you to make sure you’re well rounded. I want a 13 week commitment from some starting point.
You’ll know and demonstrate knowledge of Flow, using process builder with flow, NPSP 3.0 objects, writing SF project specifications, packaging solutions for sharing, architecture of a powerful but declarative solutions and more.
Terry is recognized by peers and respected in the non-profit Salesforce community:
Apply by filling this form. We will email you with how to followup. Serious applications will include resume, why you want the internship, how you can balance 15 hours of weekly work with your schedule, and when you’d like to start.
Good luck everyone!
It’s done right now and it’s AWESOME!
Best one of the series so far if you ask me. Lots of magic =)
Still going through final review, will have a formal announcement once it’s available to watch!
While you wait it might be a good idea to brush up on the first two courses!
David’s note: Sandip, this is the sweetest story that touches every emotion. Pain, struggle, hard work, hope, success, love, gratitude. You embody the best of SFDC99 and you’re an inspiration for me too to work harder on my dreams even if things don’t go as planned. I am not surprised by your success and I predict much more will come your way too!
I am really happy to tell the world my story on the most popular Salesforce blog. David, the only reason I have had this opportunity to put my words here is you and your amazing work spread by SFDC99.com.
Well 4 years back, I failed in my first technical interview for an internship project while I was in my final semester of my masters. The final words of the person taking the interview were ‘You can’t write a single line of code. Think about some other career options and stop imagining your career in IT companies.’
I was very nervous and abandoned all hope. Though I had basic understanding of coding concepts, I didn’t code for any project or application. Maybe that’s the reason why I got rejected in the interview, I confess.
Motivational speeches helped me a lot to keep thinking in a positive way during this time. I thrived and successfully completed my thesis build on ‘Neural Network’, the most difficult topic I have ever worked for. Also, I joined a company as a trainee ASP.Net developer to learn programming on live projects. I was working all 7 days a week to manage both my thesis and company’s work.
After four months, I got an offer for Salesforce developer position. Since I was dreaming of a career in could computing, I decided to take the job. I prepared for the interview and got the job. The first few months passed and I began to understand just the basics of Salesforce. It was a daily practice for me to bookmark each useful link and learn Salesforce concepts from it after office work.
While searching for some help on Google, I came across SFDC99 and read through all of the pages within a day. ‘David Liu’ became my role model and I decided to be included in ‘5 Certificates in 6-weeks’ club after reading success story of Mayank and Adam.
When I began preparation and started gathering study materials in September ’15, my beloved sister passed away leaving me crying. It was really hard time to come back from the situation and look after my family. I was forced by conditions to quit my job.
At some point, I had another chance to live my dreams. Days passed and everything came back to normal. I appeared in an interview again and was selected. My eagerness towards earning Salesforce certifications was still alive and my wife was well aware of this.
One day while discussing the exam and preparation plan, the discussion came to the end with a planned goal for ‘5 Certificates in 5 Weeks’ before July ’16. My wife sketched my schedule for preparation and compromised with an Anniversary Gift to arrange my exam fees at once for 5 certificates.
The actual preparation started and my days passed 14 hours working in front of computer screen: 8 while in office and 6 for SFDC exam preparation. I touched almost all of the ‘Help for this page’ links and the bunch of bookmarks created from my 3 years’ experience. The workbooks and ‘Limits & Consideration’ sections for each topic, Quizlet, and practice exams were also very helpful to pass the exams.
Finally, the day came on 22 July, I passed the Service cloud consultant certificate and entered into ‘5 certs in 5 weeks’ club.
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, listen 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 resign from government job before my masters.
David Liu – As a living inspiration, you have truly encouraged lots of people like me to learn SFDC and coding. David, you are the ROCKSTAR of Salesforce!!
Nishant Pradhan Sir – The leader who is known for his personality. Nothing I can say will ever convey the amount of gratitude, I owe to him for showing me how to have the right attitude.
My first interview taker – Thank you so much for opening my eyes to another beautiful life!
My wife – If I could, I would marry her thousand times.
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