I have the honor and pleasure to review the latest book released by my fellow Microsoft MVP, David Lundell. Mr. David’s latest book is How to Be an MVP in Life: Lessons from Sports and Tech MVP’s. David, himself is a twelve-time Microsoft MVP. In his previous book FIM Best Practices he showed how to establish a solid foundation for Identity Management in the Microsoft world.
David has worked for over 20 years in Technology (mostly focused on Identity Management), consulted for many of the Fortune 500 , authored two technical books, including the first book on Microsoft Identity Management, FIM Best Practices Vol 1, spoken at various conferences and for 12 years Microsoft has honored him as one of a select few worldwide Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) in Identity Management.
Inside you will find inspiring stories of five MVPs from Baseball, Basketball, Hockey, and American Football. Along with these, you will also discover amazing stories from 19 people who are either Microsoft MVPs themselves (and hence are Tech MVPs) or are associated with the Microsoft MVP program. Finally, you will learn what a Microsoft MVP is, how you can be one, and (of course!) How to Be an MVP in Life!
In this article, I will share with you my key takeaways from his book on how to strive to be an MVP in life. You can expect many lessons learned from almost every domain, and here they are:
If you enjoyed how “The Captain Class: A New Theory of Leadership” brought together Sports and Business, you’ll love “How to Be an MVP in Life: Lessons in Living and Leadership from Sports & Tech MVPs” by David P Lundell, 12 time Microsoft MVP, featuring an interview with the 2016 World Series MVP, Ben Zobrist, stories about 2 time MVPs: Steve Nash, Dale Murphy, Steve Young and Sid the Kid Crosby, as well as interviews with 18 Microsoft MVPs.
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What is the Microsoft MVP? This is the highest award that Microsoft gives out to non-employees. It is an award, not a certification. The award is given to recognize an individual’s contributions to the technical community (writing blogs, answering questions on forums, writing wikis, speaking at conferences and user groups, writing books and magazine articles). Individuals from organizations large and small have received it. Even non-IT people who are passionate about a specific tech have received it. There is no clearly delineated path to “earn” the award.
Want to be a Microsoft MVP? You should definitely get this new book from 12-time Microsoft MVP, David P Lundell, “How to Be an MVP in Life: Lessons in Living and Leadership from Sports & Tech MVPs” featuring interviews with 18 Microsoft MVPs, as well as the 2016 World Series MVP, Ben Zobrist, and stories from 2 time Pro-Sports MVPs: Steve Nash, Dale Murphy, Steve Young and Sid the Kid Crosby.
Despite all the amazing things that MVPs do, they are still just people and definitely aren’t perfect. There is hope for everyone. Many MVPs have achieved much while they are still trying to figure life out. Don’t wait and don’t postpone. Do something good right now. Send someone a short message of encouragement or say something nice to someone. Even better, do something nice for someone or make a committed plan to do it. When we help others, we benefit too. Our perspective shifts, our problems don’t seem as insurmountable, and we reawaken within us a capacity to do.
Get “How to Be an MVP in Life: Lessons in Living and Leadership, and start on your journey towards an excellent life.
I wish you all the best on your personal journey to becoming a sports MVP, a Microsoft MVP, or an MVP in Life. I would love to hear the stories of your journeys, your feedback, and your ideas in the comment section below.
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