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Andy Leonard is an author and engineer who enjoys building and automating data integration solutions. Andy is co-host of the Data Driven podcast. Andy is no longer updating this blog. His current blog is

2010 Themeword and Goals


Tim Ford (Blog / Twitter) tagged me in a post about 2010 Resolutions and Themeword.


I've not had good luck with resolutions in the past and I think I figured out why: My life doesn't revolve around a calendar year. This sounds like a cheesy excuse (it is an excuse and it may very well be cheesy), but I tend to get things done in 17-week, 15-month, or 4.5 year increments. This probably corresponds with the calendar of my home planet (wherever that is) but I digress...

That said, I do have some goals I'm currently working on.

1. I need to take better care of Andy. I'm getting older and find I'm well beyond the age where if, God forbid, something medical and unpleasant occurred people would say "But he was so young." My younger children deserve to enjoy a healthy and somewhat active father, and my brand new grandbabies may benefit from some grandpa time now and in the future. And there's this cute redhead that wants to keep me around too... I need to take this seriously and prioritize accordingly. The day after I die, there will be email in my inbox that will go eternally unanswered. If the world will go on at that time - and it will - it can certainly tolerate waiting until the next morning while I spend the evening with those most important in my life.

2. I want to continue to serve the SQL Server community in several ways; including writing and serving as an advisor for user groups and community organizations. I also mentor a handful of individuals who have honored me by requesting my advice. I love helping folks - especially folks who's hearts desire to serve and help others. And I love our community.  

3. There will be CTPs for SQL Server vNext in 2010 - I want to learn everything I can about the new and improved features. Why? I like learning. It's gives me a rush to figure out something new. I've been like this since I was a kid, and it shows no signs of slowing down. I don't know why my brain is wired this way, I just know it is. It's part of the reason I enjoy writing/presenting/teaching/training so much - I am sharing the rush with others.

Finding the balance between other goals and the first is not easy, but I made progress on this in 2009 and hope to continue improving in 2010.

Themeword For 2010

My 2010 themeword is Mentor.

I occassionally tweet this: "I am here to help." That's my motto for 2010: I am here to help. Trying to start a user group and don't know where to begin? I am here to help. Want to hold a community event like a Code Camp or SQL Saturday? I am here to help. Trying to figure out a tricky SSIS problem? I am here to help.

I believe the word "mentor" sums up the phrase "I am here to help" nicely. I don't consider "mentor" a title - I consider it a calling. It's not a term that describes achievement; it is the job description of a community servant. 

I believe God wants me to be a mentor.


My themeword doesn't just apply to my career and community efforts - it applies at home. In fact, it applies at home first and more than it applies anywhere else. I have three young minds living with me, needing mentoring every day. I've started making time to talk with Stevie Ray about life and community and things that I believe are important. He's soaking it up like a sponge - he's a lot like I was when I was age 6 (which was right around the time dirt was invented...).

Thanks for tagging me Tim.

 :{> Andy

Published Friday, January 1, 2010 5:00 PM by andyleonard
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