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EP. 14 - A Simpler Way to Succeed in IT

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Today's podcast features DJ Eshelman, President of Thrive IT.  DJ is the author of "Just Do THIS: A Simpler Way to Succeed in IT" and "Be A Citrix Hero." DJ joins Experts Exchange CEO Randy Redberg and Director of Bus. Dev. Thomas Bernal to discuss his 20-year journey in IT, and how it led him to create his simple methodology to help IT teams succeed.

The group starts by discussing how DJ graduated with a degree in psychology, and didn’t find his way back to tech until he joined a company in Iowa to help with their Y2K switch. DJ talks about his journey as a recording artist in college, and how he channels his creativity.

They go on to talk about DJ’s pledge to take risks in 2020, which resulted in him self-publishing two books and his own methodology. DJ breaks down how to implement a complex methodology - and even what IT professionals can learn from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

They dive into how someone can go about choosing a mentor or being a mentor -- and the difference between having a friend and a mentor. He finishes with his Big Idea by telling us that it’s essential to work with a purpose and that if your job is “just a job,” you should explore why you feel that way.

About the Expert

DJ Eshelman
D.J. Eshelman is a 20+ year IT veteran most widely known for his contributions as a Citrix Consultant and Architect and as a former CTA. He is the author of "Be A Citrix Hero" and most recently "Just Do THIS: A Simpler Way to Succeed in I.T." which reveals lessons learned and a simple methodology that anyone can follow.

He is the founder of the Citrix Hero Community and THRIVE-IT.com which focus on career and personal development for those serving in Information Technology. You may have seen him on YouTube as "Citrix Coach In A Car Getting Coffee" or more currently on "THRIVEcast" which he co-hosts with Jeff Pitsch, interviewing some of your favorite IT Influencers.

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