Nerdforce #36 – A Nerded Soliloquy

Misty Jones @MistyRaeJones, Rachel Watson @theRachelWatson

I finally had a moment to bring this episode to you.  As you may suspect, Nana and I had a great time recording with these two amazing women.  I’ll get back to our conversation in a moment, but first…

I wanted to get some things off my chest.  Life has a way of happening to all of us.  I have found myself buried in obligations backing up further and further.  There have been many times when we’ve discussed “Imposter Syndrome” and its proven to be a common theme in many burgeoning Admin out there.  I wonder if there may also be a growing consensus of self-prescribed guilt over all our plans that never achieve closure.  Just a number of weeks ago, I was honored to be accepted as a Salesforce MVP alongside so many great Ohana Leaders; which I am humbled by, immensely.  Still, there is a voice in the back of my mind smirking, “Yeah John, but what have you done lately?”  Just saying this out load, I can already hear Friends like Nana and Ben telling me that I’m being absurd.  I have nothing to feel guilty about…  I know, you two are right.  But really, who out there hasn’t found themselves wanting to be more omni-present?  I mean, there’s an entire film genre of Men and Women who are super busy and productive in Act I.  “Look at me, I’m an amazing Business Dude!”  By the end of Act IV, the Tim Allens, Jim Carreys and Diane Keatons have realized they’re missing the chance to spend more time with their families.

These are fun stories, but they don’t speak to reality all that well.  They were struggling with balancing Work and Family, but how many of us only have two major facets in their lives?  I have a great number of things I want to do.  Family and Work are the least of my worries.  I spend much of my time building toys for World Water Works and goofing around with my kids.  It’s all the other driving forces that aren’t getting the time they deserve.

My house is going on the market today.  I’ve spent the last 2.5 weeks preparing our house for that.  I’ve sat on this amazing podcast for nearly as long because I’m too exhausted to finish the edit after a long day.  I recently joined an RPG campaign because, well… When someone asks if you want to roleplay as a Warcasting Wizard with a Steampunk Robot at your side, you don’t say no.  What about the time needed to build an amazing presentation for a crowd of X-Author enthusiasts next month?  Let’s not forget the time and/or money needed to fix a website infected with some sort of Malware.  I love recording the Nerdforce Podcast and interacting with all the great Ohana folk out there.  I want to do something amazing at Midwest Dreamin’.  I’m not even sure what that may be, but it will demand some prep time from me for sure.  Let’s not even mention preparation for any conferences that may take place in November.  My #AwesomeAdmin game has become an amazing theory, but has yet to become a viable product.  Oh, also, since I’m a glutton for punishment, I’m considering doing a little freelance work in the Voice Over Biz.  At what point does my insatiable thirst to do MOAR become a Bane over a Boon?

Well, I certainly have gone down a rambling rabbit hole, haven’t I?  Look, This Nerded Soliloquy is NOT meant to be a posted complaint.  I know that my position in this world is privileged and blessed.  I’m not really sure what its purpose is other than a venting of my anxieties.  To mold this into a step toward progress, let’s say this is a public declaration that I will continue to achieve my ambitions.  My successes will be celebrated and my failures will be lessons.  I will give all of myself to every project in front of me and weather the storm.  Just as a man piloting his sloop through a tempest, I have no other choice but strive to carry on.

With that said, let’s talk about this episode of Nerdforce.  We sat down with Misty Jones and Rachel Watson, two fantastic Ohana leaders from the Southwest.  Talk about ambitious, these two have Trailhead Badges and Certifications pouring out their ears.  I’ll let them speak for their selves.

On a final note, I’ll say what we’ve all thought before and many of us a thinking right now.

I am Groot.

Nerdforce #34 Blazin’ the NerdTrail: LEX Superbadge Edition!

Hey Nerds!  Nana and I catch up after a seemingly endless span of Kids’ Projects and Events.  More importantly, we take a crakc at the NerdTrail by discussing our experiences with the Trailhead Superbadge, Lightning Experience Specialist.  If you haven’t tackled this badge yet, listen to the episode and take a crack at it.  It’s not as looming as you would think.

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Nerdforce #32 – The Ohana of Things

This episode, Nana and I were lucky enough to sit down with returning Guest Accomplice Jeremiah Dohn and the incredible Charlie Isaacs.  I’ll let that sink in for a moment… Charlie Isaacs!!!!  We talked about #BlackGirlsCode, #HiddenFigures, IOT, Nerding out over Salesforce, Benioff & the Bull and the devices we can connect to the cloud.  We are super excited to bring you “The Ohana of Things”.

Nerdforce #25 – The Nerdiversary Part 1

Nerdiversary Session 1

Nick Lindberg, Eric Dreshfield, Rachel Rogers

Nerdiversary Session 2

Jennifer Wobser, Dale Ziegler, Samantha Safin

We celebrate our 1 year anniversary as a podcast by talking to a number of Guest Accomplices.  So many in fact that we had to break this up into two parts with two sessions each.  This week you get to hear session 1 & 2.  Concurrently released with this episode is a blog post hosted by Apttus.  Go check out Nana and John bantering in a written format.  Lots of Fun!

READ ME!!!!

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Nerdforce #22 – Polymath-tastic!

This week we talk to the fantastic Samantha Safin.  We talk up gaming, User groups, Marketing Automation and Midwest Dreamin’.  Nana sells us on Pokemon Go and Samantha has a great idea for the Dreamcrate.

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Nerdforce #18 – Mister Jeans and his Amazing #SFIndiaTour

This week we talk to returning Guest Accomplice Zachary Jeans @ZacharyJeans about his endeavor to circumnavigate the world making friends and loving life.  He recants how he put together a 14 city tour in India that sandwiched between a few stops in Europe.  We get a bit name-droppy as a slew of colleagues are brought up in conversation including Michael Farrington, Chris Duarte, Abhilasha Singh, Vinay Chaturvedi, Jocelyn Fennewald, Bhavana Singh, Alex Sutherland, Melinda Smith, Amy Oplinger, Eric Dreshfield, Weird Al and Billy Joel.  Special “May the Fourth Be with You” bonus, you get to hear our critical review of the Force Awakens.

Quick apology to Bhavana for confusing you with Abhilasha.  Looking forward to meeting you at DF16.

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