Work Hard, Have A Life Too!
Happy Holidays, everyone. I love this time of year for many reasons. The obvious, but many more on a personal level. I like to take time over my holidays to reflect and connect with those that play a part in my life: my family, friends, and people I interact with on a daily basis. I think it's important to let people know you care about them (right, Grant?).
I love my work, but I also love my life. Finding a balance between the two can be difficult at times, however it's essential to being better at both. As things slow down for the holidays, it's a great time not only to reflect on the year past, but to look to the year ahead. Did you reach your goals for 2015? What do you hope to accomplish in 2016? Now, amongst your professional aspirations have you made time for yourself?
When I interview candidates for positions I always start by asking them to tell me about themselves. This is not an attempt to understand their history of gaming accomplishments and their early entry into the game playing market, but an attempt to find out what makes this person tick.
What are their interests and passions beyond gaming? It's a foregone conclusion that anyone interested in making games is passionate about games. I want to learn about what else you bring to the party.
It's important to have a social life. It helps us all develop our people skills, but most of all, it's how we learn and grow as people. Ask anyone who has even a little bit of success how they achieved it and they will most certainly cite the people around them. No one, and I mean no one, can do it alone.
Having skills and interests outside of gaming provides useful experiences that we can then use to help make great gaming experiences. Being immersed in a gaming environment 100% of the time will not make you better at your job or more desireable to a potential hiring manager. You have to have balance.
I say all this to remind you to remember the holidays and the people you love and care about. Take some time to "sharpen your axe." We are fortunate to work in an industry that slows down in late December, so in addition to strengthening your skill set, take some time to live your life. You may be surprise how much it helps your career.
I also want to use this time to wish everyone a happy holidays. If we can agree on one thing, no matter what you celebrate, now is a good time to celebrate life and all the people in it.
Thanks to all my colleagues at Everi. I am having a blast and really believe in us and our company. I see people working hard and advancing their careers inside a company that cares and celebrates quality of life. P.S. Mathematicians with C++ experience, where are you?
Thanks to all my pals at Full Sail. I miss you guys. What you do to help people find fulfilling careers in entertainment is second to none.
To the people of the Game Industry, y'all amaze me on a daily basis. Not because of the brilliance you display, although there is that, more so because of the compassion and benevolence you share. I'll say it again, the game industry is the most benevolent society of people I have ever met. Continue to share your experiences so we all might benefit. I am proud to have so many "Gamer" friends.
#gameorlando, our community is growing, and we have something really special happening in O-Town. I look forward to the year ahead as we continue to unite and show the rest of the country just how much we have to offer.
Finally, to my network on Linkedin and other Social Media sites, thanks for all of your posts of encouragement and wisdom. For all the great opportunities and events. I am eager to see what's in store for 2016.
For those that care, I am around this holiday season. It may slow down, but amidst all the activity my phone, Twitter, Linkedin, Facebook and I am always standing by.