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
I telecommute full time and I try to stop working at 5PM – part of the whole partner & family thing in my Epic Life Quest – but when I’m in the zone surfing /r/gifs for DBAreactions ideas, time flies by. I wanted a gentle reminder that it’s around 4:30PM, and I need to start wrapping things up. I hate jarring alarms, so I added a couple of candles on my windowsill: Candle Corner Inside each of the glass candleholders is a battery-operated votive candle with a built-in timer. You just turn this on at 4:30PM (or whenever), and it’ll come on…Read
We hit a really cool business goal this week, so I went to update my Epic Life Quest page and realized I’d left out a whole lot of goals. Turns out I’d leveled up when I wasn’t really paying attention! Here’s what I did in level 3: Sas Christian’s Eclipse Study Publish 4 new training courses – I’ve done a lot of in-person and online presentations, but for 2013, our company’s setting up a new way of doing it. Completed 2013. Acquire Sas Christian original sketches – I’ve adored Sas’s art for years, and while I still can’t afford the original…Read
I’m not going to name names here because that’s not what this is about, but life is short in my family. One of my relatives was in his 30s when his first heart attack struck. Another had his first cardiac event sometime in his 40s, but we’re not exactly sure when because it struck silently. Years later, when he had his next one, the doctors found the damage from the first one, and basically told him his heart was a ticking time bomb. (TICKING! Get it? Oh, I kill me.) Another one retired after a long, productive career. He got a physical,…Read
Life is like a huge role-playing game: you have choices to make every single day, and any choice can lead to fun outcomes. The sum of your experiences, no matter which choice you make, can lead to you leveling up – being a better person. Last year, Steve Kamb’s Epic Quest at NerdFitness.com inspired me to create my own Epic Life Quest, and I just leveled up. Like Steve, I’ve set up my list of future achievements. Whenever I knock out five of them, I hit the next level. Me and Erika’s Dad Here’s the tasks I just polished off for Level 2:…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
You’re boring and overweight. I know this because you, dear reader, are just like me – that’s why we get along so well. So let’s work on this together. Steve Kamb’s Gun Show Steve Kamb (Blog – @SteveKamb), on the other hand, is interesting and fit. I know this because his blog is named NerdFitness.com, his arms are the size of my legs (but not in that gross Ahnold way), and he’s living one of the most interesting lives I’ve seen. Steve turned his life into an adventure game – Steve’s Epic Quest of Awesome. He’s built levels for himself,…Read
Hi. I’m Brent.
I live in Iceland 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.