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I Consultant. As part of my personal growth quest I constantly challenge myself wether consulting is my career path. These are the questions I ask myself:
As long as the answer to the question is Yes I feel comfortable being a consultant even though I am approaching midlife crisis age (I am turning 37 this year).
There are both upsides and downsides of being a Consultant though. I call it challenges and try turning it into upsides.
Common wisdom tells me that career growth is about climbing the management ladder. I definitely face a serious personal challenge here as I am individual contributor, not a manager. Many of my classmates and friends are VP's and other seniors at their workplace. Am I a loser? I tend to think of myself as of a doctor:
Said that, I am focusing on specific critical technical areas - security and performance engineering throughout the development lifecycle. I am building the expertise of guiding dev teams to plan, design, code, test, and deploy secure and fast applications.
The more people come to me - in person or through emails or the blog - for advice on security and performance the more I am growing.
Working at Microsoft is a great experience. Seth, I am excited to work for Microsoft and I passionate about Vista (I admit, it took me some time to realize it, but now I am really crazy about it). Why it is so exciting about working at Microsoft? Among all other great things there are way too many smart people here.
Said that, here is the challenge: how can you excel when you surrounded by top guns? My answer is focus.
How do I know I overcome the challenge? Simple. If I hit my goals [and beyond] without burning myself while having fun at the same time I feel I am on track.
It is a great pleasure of being in the field, working with the customers, being mobile. On other hand the lines between the work and life get blur, especially when you are part of the global team. It all depends on you how you separate work and life (WLB - work/life balance as we call it). There are two simple rules I follow to achieve healthy WLB:
How do I know I overcome the challenge? If I am able to spend time with kids not only when they go to bed, if I have meaningful conversations with my precious wife [vs transactional communications], if I am able to free time to meet my friends, if am able to publish on 5 blogs, if I am able to train myself in new areas, if I have time to develop my mind, soul, and body I feel I am on track.
What is success? Is it title, is it big bucks? May be. Respect and financial solid ground are super important, but there is more to success. Here are the definitions for success I liked the most:
"Success is When the Response Meets the Challenge" - JD Meier's blog. "Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable" - John Wooden.
"Success is When the Response Meets the Challenge" - JD Meier's blog.
"Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable" - John Wooden.
I overcome my challenges with proper response, but most important my mind is peaceful and I breath with full chest. Am I successful?
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I decided to ran Process Monitor to understand what's happening under the hood, while filtering the activity of my setup.exe:
After reviewing the output I've noticed that the install program gets mixed with the path where the installation resides (notice the space between "Partition" and "E"):
I decided to move the installation folder into something conventional like C:\Setup. After that the installation started and finished successfully.
Do not panic - use free Sysinternals tools to solve your problems :). Shana Tova!
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I must thank Rahul from ACE Team for sharing some of the above nuggets with me.