Datanauts 150: Living Outside Your Technology Comfort Zone

Lead? Or follow? Get involved? Or watch from the sidelines?

The answer depends a lot on your personal career goals. Want more opportunities? That special job?

Then most likely you have to put yourself out there by learning something new and trying something different, even if it makes you uncomfortable.

Today on the Datanauts we talk about the risks and rewards of getting outside your tech comfort zone. Our guest is Ken Nalbone, Tech Field Day Event Lead at Gestalt IT. He blogs at FullStackKengineer.

Ken and the Datanauts talk about how, after 10 years in the same job, Ken decided it was time for a change. That meant some investment of time and effort into acquiring new skills. It also meant getting out into the world, including attending a local VMUG.

They discuss internal barriers to change, including both imposter syndrome and smart kid syndrome, as well as having to overcome introversion.

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Show Links:

Live Outside Your Comfort Zone. It Will Be Worth It – FullStackKengineer (Ken Nalbone’s blog)

Episode of the Nerd Journey podcast where Ken first heard the term “Smart Kid Syndrome”

Ken Nalbone on Twitter

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