Significant Achievements

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As a few of you know, I took the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM): SQL Server 2008 lab at this year’s PASS Summit.  Now, I’ve been working on this certification for a while.  With the knowledge exam, I failed before retaking and passing.  A couple months later, I took the lab and failed that, learning that being able to do the work is as important as knowing the answer.

So, I retook the MCM lab at the PASS Summit.  And it is tough and by the end of it, all I really wanted to do was drink and do some SQL Karaoke – because I wasn’t too hip on my performance (and I’m a much better singer, anyways).  The one downside for the MCM is the approximately 30 days that I have to wait to find out if I passed.

Fortunately, the wait is over and I found out that I passed.  Holy crap… I passed the MCM lab.  This means, of course, that I’m now a Microsoft Certified Master: SQL Server 2008.

  • Felipe Ferreira

    congrats!! really big achievement

    • StrateSQL

      Thank you, Felipe.

  • http://twitter.com/jongurgul Jon Gurgul

    Nice one sir, I have been periodically checking your blog waiting for this update :-) Again big congratulations

    • StrateSQL

      Thanks, Jon. I’ve been hoping to make this one for a while now.

  • Jes

    Congratulations Jason! Next up: Jedi Master? ;)

    • StrateSQL

      Thanks, Jes. I was thinking Relaxing Master.

  • http://twitter.com/DBA_ANDY Andy Galbraith

    Congrats!

    • StrateSQL

      Thanks, Andy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/pamozer Pam Kagel Ozer

    Congratulations!!

    • StrateSQL

      Thank you, Pam

  • datachick

    Congrats, Jason. I know it’s a lot of work to prep and to take the exam and lab. Great job.

    • StrateSQL

      Thank you, Karen. Maybe now I can order you a proper drink at the bar.

  • http://marlonribunal.com/ Marlon Ribunal

    The best part of this story is not really you passing the MCM, although that is truly an amazing achievement. The best part, I think, is the message that embraces your whole journey to the MCM: “Don’t be afraid to fail!”

    • StrateSQL

      Thank you. I’ve always been a proponent of trying.

  • http://twitter.com/Neil_Hambly Neil Hambly

    You are showing us that obstacles are just part of life… I’m going to need a second crack @ the LAB I’m thinking .. let’s Hope I can do it on the 2nd attempt like you did
    it was a tough one .. lot’s of lessions learned just attempting it

    • StrateSQL

      I almost think people need that first attempt just to get a good feel for the exam.

  • Felix Pena

    Congratulations!!!!! 8^D

    • StrateSQL

      Thank you!

  • TheSmilingDBA

    Good job, dude!!! and congrats on new position.

    • StrateSQL

      Thanks and thanks

  • Grant Fritchey

    Huge congratulations. Well done.

    • StrateSQL

      Thanks, Grant.

  • Jeff Moden

    Oooooo…. very well done. Belated congratulations, Jason!

    • StrateSQL

      Thanks, Jeff.

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