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This month the #TSQL2SDAY invitation comes from Gethyn Ellis (twitter). The T-SQL Tuesday is a monthly blogging event that was created by Adam Machanic (blog|twitter) and is maintained by Steve Jones (blog|twitter). Gethyn Ellis asks us to write about the best piece of Career Advice we ever received. The invitation is in this post.

Escaping the Clutches of a Shi++y Job

Let’s face it - spending a significant chunk of our lives in a “shi++y” job is a recipe for misery. Who wants that? In this provocative blog, we explore the notion that life is simply too short to waste on a soul-sucking job.

Escaping the Abyss of Monotony

Imagine being stuck in a job that drains your energy faster than a vampire at an all-you-can-eat blood buffet. I once met a person who ditched their miserable job for a lower paycheck, and you know what? They seemed happier than a pig in the mud. Sure, there were places where I ended up working longer than a geologic era, thanks to terrible planning or staff shortages. I even spent holidays secretly fixing tech glitches in a hidden corner. It was like living in a twisted version of “Home Alone.” Trust me, if you’re feeling frustrated and turning into an insufferable grouch, it’s time to seek greener pastures - as long as you can still pay the bills, of course.

The Magic of Hanging with Geniuses

Surrounding yourself with brilliant minds can be a game-changer. I mean, who doesn’t love working with people who make you feel like an intellectual muggle in comparison? In every workplace I’ve been in, I made sure to find at least two brainiacs who could teach me a thing or two. It’s like having Dumbledore and Gandalf as colleagues (minus the magical powers, sadly). But hey, if you’re struggling to find those awe-inspiring individuals, consider joining a local user group. Who knows, you might find your intellectual soulmates and finally have someone to geek out with during lunch breaks.

The Secret Karma of Sharing Knowledge

Do you want recognition? Do you want to be revered like the god(dess) of data? Well, here’s a secret: share your knowledge with the world! Whether it’s through a witty blog post, an entertaining video, or a conference talk that leaves people rolling in the aisles, spreading your wisdom will come back to you like a boomerang of appreciation. Teach others, and you’ll find yourself learning more than you ever imagined. It’s like being a superhero, but instead of saving lives, you save people from boring, uninformed existence. Plus, who knows, you might even become the Beyoncé of the data community. #DataQueen (Note: crown not included.)


Life’s too short to spend it trapped in a soul-crushing job that makes you question your sanity. Seek happiness in your career, surround yourself with brilliant minds, and share your knowledge with the world. Good luck!