In my Epic Life Quest, sometimes I post [Redacted] achievements. It’s stuff that I’m really proud of, but I’m not quite ready to talk about publicly yet. Back in level 4 in 2013, I wrote: [Redacted] – I set a 2013 revenue goal for Brent Ozar Unlimited this year, and we made it! I’m not sharing the goal publicly yet, but I’ll circle back in a couple/few years and blog about it in my Life Quest category. Completed 2013. It’s been a few years now, so let’s un-redact that: the company hit one million dollars per year of revenue. To be specific, this wasn’t…Read
Ernie recharging in Tulum Yesterday’s post marked 52 straight weeks of blogging every Tuesday. I’ve also got a blog over at my day job, but that’s separate and doesn’t count – here is all about my personal experiences, branding, consulting, tech, yadda yadda yadda. It was surprisingly hard. Usually I counsel bloggers to have at least 3 posts in the queue before they publish anything, and to try to keep at least a couple posts in the queue at all times. If you let the queue get down to zero, you start writing crappier stuff just to ship. There was…Read
Sas Christian Peephole #1 Life’s a lot more challenging when you turn it into a game and start keeping track of your progress. For a few years now, I’ve been on an Epic Life Quest: I made a list of future achievements I want to unlock, and when I unlock five in a row, I level up. Here’s the five I pulled off over the last several months: Acquire small Sas Christian paintings – I started with some of her pencil sketches in 2013, and this year I was able to pick up two of her smaller paintings, Peephole #1 and #3. (And a couple…Read
Friday, Kendra and I launched our newest online training course, The DBA’s Guide to SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery. Here’s a quick glimpse behind the scenes at the work required in launching something like this. Designing and Building the Course Materials November – Course design started – Kendra wrote a profile for the ideal attendee, describing her experience, job duties, and current pain points. This determined the material we’d cover – and the stuff we’d ignore. For example, Kendra wrote, “What’s NOT included? How to install these things. I can figure out how to run a wizard.” November – EU…Read
It’s time for my annual update on the wild ride. A brief recap of what’s happened so far: April 2011 – started the company. April 2012 – year one finished, but I didn’t blog about it right away. I wanted to get it into the rear view mirror for perspective before blogging. April 2013 – year two finished, so I blogged about year one. April 2014 – year three finished, so I blogged about year two. April 2015 – year four just finished, so I’m blogging about year three – April 2013 to April 2014. When last we met The company logo…Read
Inspired by Steve Kamb’s Epic Quest, I’ve been working through my own Epic Life Quest since 2012. I’ve set up a list of future achievements, and whenever I cross off five of them, I advance one level. Here’s what I’ve unlocked in about the last year: Level 5: Completed February 2015 Me in Tulum, 2014 Marry Erika – After over a decade together, she finally caved in and let me put a ring on her finger. Completed in October 2014 in a drive-through chapel in Las Vegas. Take Erika back to Tulum, Mexico – we had the time of our lives here,…Read
After over a decade together, Erika finally said yes. We’d like the #1 with fries We tied the knot in the drive-through Tunnel of Love at A Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas, and Ernie was our best dog. The place is every bit as kitschy as it looks. We didn’t plan out the Vegas trip to get married – we were there for a couple of concerts. Years ago, Erika had said we were allowed to get married if we happened to be in Vegas, but we couldn’t go to Vegas specifically to get married. On this trip, we…Read
I tripped while carrying a monitor, and before you could say “banana peel” the top of my humerus bone was smashed: As they say on Mythbusters, “There’s your problem.” The surgeons think it broke completely across, but they don’t want to pop me open to do screws or anything – just stuck in a sling for the next month while the bone grows back together. There doesn’t appear to be any muscle or tendon damage. The tingling feeling means it’s working. It’s my left arm, and I’m right handed, so it could be worse. However, this means a sling until early June,…Read
About a year ago, I shared the first post in what will hopefully be a long series about starting and growing a company. The timeline went something like this: April 2011 – started the company. April 2012 – year one finished, but I didn’t blog about it right away. I wanted to get it into the rear view mirror for perspective before blogging. April 2013 – year two finished, so I blogged about year one. April 2014 – year three finished, so I’m blogging about year two now. When Last We Met As we finished up year 1, we had just brought…Read
In the startup world, these two terms mean very different things. A startup is a company designed for growth. It has to scale far beyond the founders’ skills and time – and that means rapidly taking on additional staff and risk. Startup founders live a compromise: they work their tails off night and day, trying to deliver value as quickly as possible, with the end goal of selling their company. To deliver on everything, they have to hire staff quickly too, and the founders ask their staff to hustle just as hard. A lifestyle business helps the founders live a…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.