Getting Back What You Put In

Today was Christmas, and one of the gifts I received is a delightful book titled Making Artisan Chocolates by Andrew Garrison Shotts. I’ve spent the day with family and friends, so I haven’t had much time to read it, but the author’s dedication at the front of the book contains a quote I just could not wait to share:

“From my father, Don, I learned work ethic and discipline. He taught me that a worthwhile outcome is fully dependent on the time and effort it takes to get there.”

It’s obvious that Mr. Shotts’ father was a wise and thoughtful man. It doesn’t matter if you’re a chocolatier, a data architect or a mechanic, the effort that you are willing to put into your work determines the quality that you get back out. For me this usually means spending those late nights researching how SSIS works under the hood, or how to eek just a little better performance out of a stored procedure (although now that I have this book I may well be spending some time dusting off my chocolate tempering skills) but no matter who you are and what you do, these are words truly to live by.

And now, those raspberry-wasabi chocolates look irresistible…


About ssimagine

My name is Matthew Roche, and I am a Senior Program Manager with the SQL Server product group at Microsoft. I work on Master Data Services and Data Quality Services, and have previously worked on SQL Server Integration Services. Although I work for Microsoft and will be posting on technical topics, I want to stress that this is a personal blog, and any opinions posted here are mine and mine alone. I built my career around SQL Server and Microsoft technologies for well over a decade before I joined Microsoft as an employee, and I plan on using this blog to share my personal experience and opinions. They may well be shaped by my experience on the SQL Server team, but they’re still mine, and not that of Microsoft, disclaimer, disclaimer, etc., etc..
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3 Responses to Getting Back What You Put In

  1. Pedro says:

    Your blog is fantastic!!!I will visit you again and add your blog to my blog links!!Regards,Pedro

  2. Thanks, Pedro!I never really know who is reading my blog, and I never know if my non-technical posts are appreciated, so your feedback is very welcome.M

  3. Pedro says:

    Your non-technical post are my prefered posts because I can understand other realities! :-)I live in Portugal and I’m working as BI developer and currently I’m taking a master BI degree! Visit my blog and give some feedback!!Kind regards,Pedro

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