I did a video for “Speak With A Geek” where I sat down with David Sparks where I talk about approaching your career in a similar fashion to approaching your technology. Your value to the business is determined by how good you are as a piece of human infrastructure.
When you show you can do it for yourself, the people in charge will see that and want to invest in you to bump you up to the next level of productivity. Human infrastructure is no different than physical technical infrastructure, argued Ferro. You purchase a small infrastructure and then you scale it up, spending more money on it, make it bigger, more valuable, and able to do more. That’s no different in how you invest in yourself.
No matter how good your situation is, Ferro advised to “always have one eye on the door.” There is always a better opportunity even when you think yours is the best. For that reason, keep your skills and resume polished at all times and be available for what’s next.