We’d like to know more about the fun side of the MVPs! And from what we heard, so do a lot of people in the community. Welcome to the Proust for Salesforce experts.
An MVP gives to others for others.
Q: How did your love for Salesforce start? Was it a conscious choice or did the whole universe just conspire and make it happen?
It was a very conscious effort and strategy I personally committed to back in early 2013. The whole world conspired to provide the steps for me to climb, I just needed to make sure I could see them first. Borrowing from one of my favorite authors, Paulo Coelho, “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.”
Q: What is your current role?
I am a Senior Salesforce Consultant. I get to build all sorts of cool things, work with cool people, learn new techniques, discover and design way outside of the box solutions, see different orgs and work with a tool I never get tired of configuring.
Q: What does being a Salesforce MVP mean to you?
An MVP gives to others for others.
It’s not about me and that was my first lesson in my journey to becoming a better me via this Salesforce career path upon which I walk.
People see the swag, the invites and events. What they don’t see is when you are up late at night working on a blog post to explain something that you figured out? Spending several extra hours after work is complete for the day and you may or may not have tended to your family, to coordinate an event and agenda for people to get together to talk Salesforce because maybe one person will walk away feeling a little bit better about the Salesforce instance they have to figure out.
MVPs come in all shapes and sizes without the moniker. To me it means you look at someone else, put yourself in their shoes, think about what you can do to make their day a little bit better than what it was prior to you interacting and act upon that thought.
Q: If not a Salesforce expert, what would you have become?
A publishing professor of English writing/literature at a low tier university or local community college as well as a fictional author. I’ve adjusted my plans slightly by moving my future professor role to my golden years, but the author in me will most likely break free soon.
Q: Which blogs / channels do you follow to get your Salesforce elixir?
Q: What’s next in line for you after the coveted MVP title?
In my journey to become a better me, my next steps are to take one full day’s step at a time with each coming day. Filling each day with a personal or influential impact to look back on and smile with the comfort of knowing I “lived” a full day.
Q: What has been your most memorable Dreamforce experience till date? What are you looking forward to the most this #DF17?
My first Dreamforce will always be special to me. One year prior to my first Dreamforce, I promised myself I would attend the next one somehow someway. I did and I got to stay on the Dreamboat all on the budget of my company. Pretty cool stuff for a Dreamforce newbie.
Q: Other than Salesforce, what does your world look like?
Kids building blocks hiding under the couch, massive 12-year old half-Maine coon cat, motorcycles in my garage, every kitchen appliance/pot/pan/tool you can think of and books of all topics all over the house. Toss in a family of three kids (oldest child off the payroll – 2 to go) plus husband, siblings and mom minutes away and me always finding something new to learn. I’m living a full life and loving it all.
Q: What’s something about you that you think would surprise others?
I look way younger than my actual age. Here’s a riddle for you, I am a grandma and I did not have my oldest kid in high school.
Q: Anything we missed?
I failed my first attempts at Admin and Advanced Admin certifications, but used them as learning moments to do better on my next attempts and I passed. Don’t ever let failure get you down. Failure is such a negative word when it really is a learning moment that can make major impacts on your future as well as how you perceive that future.