Back in 2001, Steve Jones, aka @way0utwest on Twitter, cofounded SQLServerCentral.com. He shepherded it into an incredibly large resource, well-known in the industry for its active forum, strong email list, Question of the Day, and the really well-done Stairways series of tutorials. He’s been a pioneer in our industry, and he freely gives away knowledge. Along with his cofounders, he sold SQLServerCentral to Red Gate years ago, and he’s still managed to keep the site as a fun place to be that has its own personality. It’s not vendor spam – it’s a fountain of helpful information and community participation.…Read
Disclaimer: I’m a guy. Set that aside for a minute. Step 1: Decide to be mentally close to inspiring people. The people physically close to you aren’t necessarily your best inspiration, and you can’t always control them. Often, they’re asshats. The people mentally close to you, however, are totally up to you. Make the decision to build an awesome list of inspiring people doing amazing things. These people, whether they know you today or not, are going to be your mental neighbors. Step 2: Sign up for Twitter and install a Twitter client. I’m not saying you have to post anything, mind…Read
If you only look for inspiration in your own field, you’ll never break new ground. Instead, whenever you find something interesting or exciting in any field whatsoever – television, books, art, food, architecture, fashion, business, weather, anything at all – stop to examine it. What is it that makes you interested? Why can’t you take your eyes away? What’s the root quality about that experience that brings joy to your heart? Then ask yourself, “How can I build that into my own work?” I’d like to tell the stories of some of my favorite past inspirations, times when I’ve taken…Read
I keep a list of blog post ideas in RememberTheMilk.comin case I run out of ideas. After piling up dozens of them, I’m giving up and setting some of my favorites free. If I couldn’t write these in 2011, I’ll probably never get around to it. If you’re looking for inspiration, here you go: Why Bad People Hate Good DBAs – Developers hate us because we find flaws. Sysadmins hate us because we identify hardware problems. Network admins hate us because they can’t blame the database. Just because people hate you doesn’t mean you’re doing a good job, though. 5…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in California with my wife Erika. I'm on an epic life quest to have fun and make a difference.
I co-founded Brent Ozar Unlimited to help make your SQL Server go faster. I also maintain sp_Blitz® and the open source First Responder Kit repo.