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As you leave Lotusphere 2010...
01/21/2010 04:45 PM by Chris Toohey
For those of you who have yet to attend a Lotusphere... I can tell you that you come back to the office better. You come back to the day-to-day with new ideas, with new understanding, and with new interests despite the backlog from being out of the office for the past week. You have more energy to take on the problems that plague your customers, despite having slept a total of 12 hours in the past week, throat raw from Kimonos, and closing JellyRolls every. single. night. You are ready to take on the world and show just how awesome Lotus products are and how they can address any business need - either directly or through integration with other technology investments.
Lotusphere can make you Super.Human. afterall!
There is a time, however, when the Lotusphere-buzz wears off. There starts a time when you realize that you're no longer a hallway away from some of the best and brightest in your field. You begin to lose that spark, that drive to evolve your everyday into tomorrow.
I'm here with a simple plea: don't let go!
With the new and exciting developments in IBM Lotus Notes and Domino, Traveler, Sametime, Quickr, LotusLive, and more, we (the individual community members) should use that post-Lotusphere energy to take the Lotus Online Community to the next level...
To loosely quote Frank Cross:
It's [Post-Lotusphere]. It's the one [time] of the year where we all act a little nicer, we smile a little easier, we cheer a little more...for a couple of [days] out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be. It's really sort of a miracle, because it happens every [Lotusphere]… and if you waste that miracle, you're gonna burn for it. Trust me -- I know what I'm talking about.
You have to do something, you have to take a chance, you do have to get involved. There are people that are having trouble making their miracle happen. There are people who don't have enough to eat, there are people that are cold...you can go out and say 'hello' to these people. You can take an old blanket out of the closet and say, 'Here!' You can make them a sandwich and say, 'Oh, by the way, here!'
I get it now! If you give, then it can happen...then the miracle can happen to you. It's not just the poor and hungry, it's everybody who's gotta have this miracle! And it can happen tonight for all of you! If you believe in this spirit thing, the miracle will happen...and then you'll want it to happen again tomorrow. You won't be one of those assholes who say [Lotusphere] is once a year and it's a fraud; it's not! It can happen every day; you've just got to want that feeling. And if you like it, and you want it, you'll get greedy for it...you'll want it every day of your life. And it can happen to you.
I believe in it now! I believe it's gonna happen to me now, and I'm ready for it. It's great! It's a good feeling...it's better than I've felt in a long time! I'm ready....
Let's make it happen. Let's take that Post-Lotusphere energy and do something with it. Let's give back to the community. Let's get involved where and when we otherwise wouldn't be. Let's retake the developerWorks Support Forums. Let's reach beyond the bubble!
Trust me, we'll all benefit as a result.
And God Bless Us, Every One!