I didn't sleep last night. I was too excited, too restless, too nervous. Frankly, it was just the same way I always felt before all the marathons I've run in my life. After putting in months and months of training, getting up early to run in the dark, slogging through the long weekend runs, tackling the big hills of Umstead Park (and having to stop and walk and regroup many times and wonder why?), and frankly sometimes just holding on through the long hot, sweaty summers of North Carolina....after all of that... you wake up one morning and you head out the door for your moment of truth.
So that's what I think it's like for our developerWorks team today as we launch the transformation of developerWorks. ...lots of butterflies, lots of excitement, a little restless...but I'm also feeling very confident that we are ready.....ready to help you and your colleagues connect and collaborate to tackle your marathons ahead as work together to build a smarter planet.
I think the most important lesson I've learned from training for marathons, and frankly I didn't figure this out until just a few years ago, is that the best way to succeed is to surround yourself with enthusiastic peers and experts and colleagues who share your passion, challenge your limits, and supports your dreams. I can tell you that for me it was my running club and my family that got me to the marathon finish line time after time. They are the ones who helped me achieve results far beyond what I thought were possible. Here at IBM, my "running club" is the amazing developerWorks team. I know I am very fortunate to work with a team of real mavericks, who come through the door everyday excited to not only support the millions of people who already visit our site each month, but who were also very willing to "put it all on the line" and take big risks and tackle huge challenges to completely transform our site.
Today, in honor of my dad who was always there cheering me on, not only in my running marathons, but more importantly throughout all the exciting wonderful marathons of my real life, I am wearing my very cool, very green, very Irish tie. I am sure that my Dad with his FIGHTIN' IRISH take charge sprit is working his connections up in heaven to make sure My developerWorks is widely successful and does indeed help all of us from around the world come together to build a smarter, greener planet.
I invite you to join us on this incredible journey that has just begun at My developerWorks