Excuse my cheesiness for a(nother) moment, but for as long as I can remember, one my favorite quotes has been, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
Yes, I’ve hoped to be recognized as a Tableau Zen Master for a long time, but just aspiring to reach the goal has led to so many positive opportunities. Iron Viz, Tableau Public Viz of the Year, a keynote presentation, friendships, guest lectures at my alma mater (Go, UCF Knights!), a book deal, and the list goes on.
It’s not the end goal that defines you. It’s what you accomplish as a result of that goal and how you treat others on your journey to reach that goal that defines you.
If you keep pushing, good things will happen. It’s that simple.
If you’re aspiring to be a Tableau Zen Master, push long enough and hard enough and it will happen. I’m proof that anybody can start from absolute scratch and get there. Even if you don’t end up realizing the goal for some reason, if you genuinely put your heart into it, you will have contributed to the community and are promised something worthwhile out of the experience.
As always, let me know if there’s anything I can do to help: email@example.com.
Thanks for reading.
For more tips, tricks, and ideas by Ryan, check out his blog and his Tableau Public profile page. You can also connect with him on Twitter @OSMguy.