In an attempt to make myself more accountable for my goals, I am tracking them here along with details for my own benefit, and perhaps anyone else who may find any use in my code related exercises.
“Impossible is just a word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.” – Muhammad Ali
Writing Them Down
Experts believe if you don’t write a goal down, you are far less likely to achieve it. So here goes..
- Deploy a Lambda Function
- Create a Single Page App (SPA)
- AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
- Own a Tesla
- Read 10 Books
Deploy a Lambda Function
My professional life revolves around building and managing software teams. To that end, I spend every day of my life in one way or another writing or reviewing software applications. For almost a decade now there has been a growing trend of serverless architecture, which essentially abstracts all of the complexity of managing and deploying application code and dramatically reduces scalability bottlenecks. The Amazon Web Services (AWS) flavor of serverless is Lambda Functions.
So in an attempt to stay relevant and lead by example, I wanted to deploy some simple Lambda examples for my teams this year as POCs for a lot of the initiatives we were undertaking at work.
Thus far I’ve managed to complete a couple pretty neat (albeit simple) examples:
Create a Single Page App
My very basic example was a simple tic-tac-toe application tutorial to get me started:
AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
This speaks for itself. Given how often I am working in Amazon Web Services, and how much I ask of my teams, I wanted to lead by example here and get officially certified, and push my teams to do the same. As of writing this, approximately a dozen of my team members have become AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate as well; something I am extremely proud of.
I myself made it a point to be the first one to earn the certification on June 4th, leading the way.
Google Certified – Professional Cloud Architect
Multi-cloud does not have to be a myth!
There is no substitution for education, and all education starts with reading. To that end, I wanted to average at least one book per month this year, with a conscious effort not to focus exclusively on one subject matter.
- Start With Why
- Crushing It!
- Primed to Perform
- Never Split The Difference
- The Greatest: My Own Story
- The Selfish Gene
- Measure What Matters
- The China Study
Own a Tesla
Ever since the reveal of the Model S, owning a Tesla has been a lofty goal of mine that I never thought possible to achieve. Despite the fact conventional wisdom warns against goals for physical things for a variety of very good reasons, I made an exception this year for this particular goal because the physical good itself has deeper meaning. For me personally I align with the mission of Tesla and what it stands for, as well as the immeasurable contribution to society my small (by comparison) investment will be when purchasing a Tesla vehicle. Secondly, I find tremendous inspiration in Elon Musk who is the CEO and visionary behind Tesla since taking over from the original founders.