DevOpsDays and Monitorama, in publications like The Phoenix Project and the DevOps Weekly, and in the meetups and other gatherings of like-minded people looking to connect.
And while the people putting on conferences need to pay the bills, and the authors of books would love if you bought a copy, for the most part, they’re not in it for the money. They’re in it as a way of saying “thank you” to the community that helped them get where they are, and to likewise help you get where you’re going as well. Is it paying back, or paying forward? Both, if you ask me. Gratitude goes both ways - as an acknowledgement of what’s come before, and an encouragement of what’s to come.
If you’re doing great things with DevOps, take some time to express your gratitude to those who’ve helped you get there. And as you do great things, share them with the world and feel the gratitude of others. If you ask me, there’s no better feeling in the world than knowing that something you did made someone’s life better, and that’s what gratitude is all about. And, in the end, isn’t that what DevOps is all about, too?
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