What do you think is the way to go to become a successful Oracle professional?
I'm asked this from time to time and was just asked in email this morning. I'd like to broaden the question a bit.
What do you think is the way to go to become a successful professional?
I think that gets to the heart of the matter more than anything. Some things I would recommend
- Be involved, participate. I cannot stress that one enough. Participate, become known. A little over 10 years ago I started (1994). I can safely say participation (helpful participation) contributed greatly to my progression.
- Understand. It is not good enough to think you know how something should work according to you. You have to understand how it actually does work. What you believe to be the way something is implemented could be far from the truth as to how it actually is implemented.
- Remember, you probably cannot get burned out if you do something you really enjoy.
- Ask WHY whenever you don't know why. We could just shorten that to "ask". If you don't ask, you'll never know. If you are answering questions and don't ask some yourself - you are doing it wrong.
- Trust but Question Authority. If you see something written as a statement of fact without any supporting evidence either ignore it entirely or if you feel it could be beneficial to you if true develop a method to test the concept and see if it holds true.
- Beware ROT, Rules of Thumb. They let you down at the most in-opportune times.
- If you want to be successful, you'll be communicating. Be precise in that communication. It really does make a difference. Clarity is necessary and preciseness is mandatory for clarity.
- When you participate and start giving your own answers, your own input - do it right. (and remember, talking down to people, that doesn't make them want to come to you for information, you want them to come)
- Read, Question, Experiment, Read some more.
- Did I say participate?
That is my short list. Some of it has nothing to do with technology and everything to do with people. Participate, be Motivated (like what you do, do what you like), Trust but Question, Ask - in the right way, Answer - properly, Preciseness counts, ROT burns you when you least expect it - so always Understand how something works so you can know when to apply ROT and (more importantly) when NOT to apply ROT.