Jim Bennett
Xamarin MVP Microsoft MVP

Mobile developer at EROAD, Xamarin MVP and Certified Developer, Microsoft MVP, author of Xamarin In Action, blogger, speaker, father and lover of beer, whisky and Thai food. Opinions are my own.

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Inspired by Satya Nadella's Hit Refresh, a book well worth reading, I thought I'd write about my Hit Refresh moment.

Hit Refresh is inspired by refreshing your browser - it doesn't reload everything, instead it just reloads part of the page. This is reflected in how we can change our lives, not by a complete change, but by refreshing a part. In my case it was three and a half years ago. I was working in finance for some of the worlds largest institutions writing desktop apps, and I was bored. By doing boring work using old technology for people who only cared about how much money they could make I'd lost my passion. No longer did I code at weekends or keep up to date with the latest cool things. In the end, enough was enough. I needed a change.

I decided mobile was the way to go, as I felt a strong interest in these new paradigms - the ability to take our content creation and consumption with us wherever we went. Looking around the technology landscape I discovered Xamarin. I could write mobile apps using C#, a language I was very familiar with, in Visual Studio, a tool I was also very familiar with. In a short space of time I took the plunge - I quit a job I hated and parked in a co-working space in Thailand with my MacBook, a Surface and a Xamarin license (and a very understanding wife and toddler). I spent 4 months learning this new, exciting technology.

At that point I couldn't find a job as a Xamarin developer, instead I went back to finance to pay the bills, but got heavily involved in the community. My passion was back so I wanted to spread this love around the world. I published code again, I blogged again, and for the first time I spoke at events, starting with meetups, then moving to international conferences. I'd truly found my passion. Later I got a job as a Xamarin developer, moving to New Zealand. Here I got involved running the local meetups, spending time with the local Microsoft team helping at all day events. I even ended up writing a book on Xamarin!

Jim talking at Dev Days

I went from bored, to full of passion for a technology that made mobile so easy. I'd learned how much I loved presenting, so do it at every opportunity. I'd reinvented myself, not by a conscious effort to become someone else, but by discovering who I truly am. I am more content with my life, I love what I do. And career-wise, it has played out incredibly well, with another Hit Refresh moment coming, that I will blog about soon!

There is a moral to this story - find what you love and use it to hit refresh on your life, who knows where it will lead!


This post is part of the collection of #HitRefresh moments. Read more at www.hitrefreshbook.com




About the Author

Jim Bennett

International C# and Xamarin geek - Microsoft MVP, Xamarin MVP and Certified Developer, blogger, speaker, father and lover of beer, whisky and Thai food

 

Inspired by Satya Nadella's Hit Refresh, a book well worth reading, I thought I'd write about my Hit Refresh moment.

Hit Refresh is inspired by refreshing your browser - it doesn't reload everything, instead it just reloads part of the page. This is reflected in how we can change our lives, not by a complete change, but by refreshing a part. In my case it was three and a half years ago. I was working in finance for some of the worlds largest institutions writing desktop apps, and I was bored. By doing boring work using old technology for people who only cared about how much money they could make I'd lost my passion. No longer did I code at weekends or keep up to date with the latest cool things. In the end, enough was enough. I needed a change.

I decided mobile was the way to go, as I felt a strong interest in these new paradigms - the ability to take our content creation and consumption with us wherever we went. Looking around the technology landscape I discovered Xamarin. I could write mobile apps using C#, a language I was very familiar with, in Visual Studio, a tool I was also very familiar with. In a short space of time I took the plunge - I quit a job I hated and parked in a co-working space in Thailand with my MacBook, a Surface and a Xamarin license (and a very understanding wife and toddler). I spent 4 months learning this new, exciting technology.

At that point I couldn't find a job as a Xamarin developer, instead I went back to finance to pay the bills, but got heavily involved in the community. My passion was back so I wanted to spread this love around the world. I published code again, I blogged again, and for the first time I spoke at events, starting with meetups, then moving to international conferences. I'd truly found my passion. Later I got a job as a Xamarin developer, moving to New Zealand. Here I got involved running the local meetups, spending time with the local Microsoft team helping at all day events. I even ended up writing a book on Xamarin!

Jim talking at Dev Days

I went from bored, to full of passion for a technology that made mobile so easy. I'd learned how much I loved presenting, so do it at every opportunity. I'd reinvented myself, not by a conscious effort to become someone else, but by discovering who I truly am. I am more content with my life, I love what I do. And career-wise, it has played out incredibly well, with another Hit Refresh moment coming, that I will blog about soon!

There is a moral to this story - find what you love and use it to hit refresh on your life, who knows where it will lead!


This post is part of the collection of #HitRefresh moments. Read more at www.hitrefreshbook.com