You name it, and I have probably done it; Magazine Editor/Publisher, Restaurateur, Certified Financial Planner, Software Developer for the Macintosh; (I even had my own techno geek fan club in the early 80’s and that was without Facebook. A few good friends and I copyrighted the term Hyperlink in 1987 when we published Hyperlink Magazine.

At the age of 40, I hired a professional resume writer, and the first question she asked me was “What do you want to do when you grow up.” I got the hint; I had become a jack-of-all-trades, master of none. Therefore, I started soul searching for a direction in my life. I was once told that if you choose a career that you love doing so much, that you would do it even if you were not being paid, that the world will beat a path to your door (might have been Tony Robbins, I can’t remember). I had a real passion for designing and building things, and I was good at taking a blank page and bringing it to life. In addition, I took to computers as others take to breathing. That is when I finally found the focus I needed to stay the course. Fifteen years, a divorce, dot com crash, and a life altering medical crisis later, I am still holding that course steady. All of the events in my life have led me to where I am today; made me who I am today.

My day job is the Software Architect and SharePoint Farm Administrator for the City of Las Vegas. In my spare time, I occasionally teach .Net (Dot Net) programming at the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) in the evenings, and do a little consulting on the side. I am doing the things I love most, and have a real passion for. I’m not getting rich; I’m still waiting for someone to beat that path to my door. But hey, I’m living life the way I want and having fun. It does not get much better than that.

I spend my spare time reading about new technology; artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, biology, ah heck, all the ology’s. I also have a deep interest in politics and economics. The one thing I have come to believe is an absolute truth without refute: “No matter how much I know, there is a lot I still need to learn.”

If I could offer anyone advice about life, I would say to discover what you have a passion for. What do you spend your free time doing when you are not being paid and nobody is watching (ok maybe I should rephrase that last part). You need to have a real passion for what you do, or you will not have the energy to get up day after day at 5 am after a rough night. Your passion will help you stay the course, even after multiple failures. Passion is what differentiates an artist from a hobbyist.

In addition, if I could offer you one bit of advice that I wish I had imparted to my 22-year-old son before he took his own life in 2002, it would be: Do not let failure or hardship hold you back. The measure of a person is not their ability to succeed, but their ability to overcome adversity and to make the most of what life has to offer. If you let passion drive your life, and stay true to yourself, the rest will take care of itself. Nothing, no one else matters. I hope you all can find your path in life as I have.

I am available on a free lance basis as a writer. You may contact me at wbalthrop@yahoo.com


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