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OT: Thank You, Microsoft

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Published Saturday, March 31, 2012 10:36 AM by andyleonard

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Rob Farley said:

I'm excited too. It's much better to be where God wants you - that's when he can make you properly effective.

See you soon, I'm sure.

March 31, 2012 5:14 PM

Peter Schott said:

Great post, Andy. I can identify with trying to read "Radical". I've gotten through one chapter and it is definitely a challenging read so I find it hard to keep reading. :-/  I remember trying to explain a career move for less money to a different company to people who couldn't understand that. It was a calling to do something different and it definitely was where I needed to be. Of course, I'll likely never be in the "consider me for an MVP" position - I know at this time even if I were somehow considered, I couldn't give it the time it deserves. :)

Definitely lifting you and your team up in prayer. You've got an interesting business going. I mentioned it to some coworkers and they were really interested in the idea of going in, doing the job, equipping the customer, and moving on.

Thanks for the encouraging post. I hope that you keep getting that sense of direction on where you're supposed to be and that you hear it clearly the first time.

March 31, 2012 5:36 PM

andyleonard said:

Rob, that is so true.

Peter, Radical is worth reading. I struggled through more than half the book. This song off the latest Casting Crowns (Jesus, Friend of Sinners - resonated with the message of the Holy Spirit. I wrote the post a couple months back. Since then, I know the first steps. One of them is a mission to Honduras in early June. Thank you for the prayers! I will pray for you as you continue to read Radical.


March 31, 2012 9:17 PM

Reza Rad said:

I impressed with what I read in your post, I feel that I need to re-prioritize too.

By the way, I don't miss you because I will see you in your speakings hopefully :)



April 2, 2012 4:32 AM

Brandon Leach said:

Sounds like you've thought this out pretty well, it could not have been an easy decision to make.  Every year or so I try to think about goals and priorities.  Often I realize that I have to make sacrifices to get where I truly want to be.    

MVPs have always been the visible leaders of the SQL Community.  However, one does not require  the award be a leader in the SQL community.  Anyone who gets involved in something positive, for the community, is a leader in my opinion.

I'm sure you'll come out happier and more fulfilled by this decision.

April 2, 2012 9:55 AM

Thom said:

Andy - I think many people lose out by seperating their faith from their work. We develop competing priorities that produce stress instead of synergies that create enthusiasm. Thank you for your honesty here and I hope your path is filled with great things!

April 2, 2012 10:44 AM

Vishal pawar said:

Keep writing this type post !! Truly said great post !!!

April 2, 2012 1:40 PM

a.m. said:

Vishal: Just a friendly reminder that this is a technical blog site. Please feel free to check out for more of Andy's work on this and similar topics. Stick around here for more of Andy's work that relates to BI and the software industry in general :-)



April 2, 2012 5:51 PM

Angel Abundez said:

What a great post Andy. I'll be praying for you and look forward to hearing how God works in your life.

April 2, 2012 6:40 PM

Marty Scherr said:

That's awesome Andy.  Glad to see that God is helping you determine what is really important.

April 3, 2012 10:05 AM

Hilary Cotter said:

April 6, 2012 9:45 AM

andyleonard said:

Outstanding, Hilary. Thank you, brother.

Thanks to everyone for your encouragement. It means a lot to me.


April 6, 2012 1:06 PM

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