I am a naturalized geek. It’s just like my US citizenship — I was not born that way, but I am so thankful for them. To continue with the analogy, as I could never be president of the United States, I could never be president of the geek squad. Nevertheless, these three skills are morning gratitude-worthy.
Geek Worthy Skill #1 — My Programming Skills
I am no Bill Gates nor do I need to be. My Microsoft Certified Solutions Development badge allows me to understand how software development works. Developers have the tendency, to not respect project managers, business analysts, and small business. We can disrupt their work. However, when I work in any of those roles, my geek badge allows me to be an asset instead of a hindrance. I know how to stay in my lane.
Geek Worthy Skill #2 — My Web Design & Development Skills
My web development skills alone is “meh” at best. Combine those skills with my business savvy and BOOM! I am a genius. My business and marketing skills allow me to let the business needs drive the technology I choose. So while I may not develop solutions from scratch, I use tools like WordPress that allow me to focus on the result instead of the ego most geeks have to want everything stamped in their name. I am grateful for my geek citizenship because you need it to navigate effectively even in tools like WordPress.
Geek Worthy Skill #3 — Graphic Design Skills
You don’t think graphic design is geek worth? BS flag down! Try calculating pixels, dpi, points, ems and get back to me. In this rapid eat-or-be-eaten world of online marketing, you’ve either have to know what you are doing or pay for someone who does. My design certification does not mean I am a world-renowned graphic artist — however, I am an entrepreneurial genius because of it.
I have a full week ahead of me and this list is about 50% of priority work.
- One client needs two blogs posts by Tuesday.
- I still need to prep for my vision workshop.
- Daley Consulting has a client redesign site scheduled for launch next week.
- I need to finish a maintenance plan and online marketing strategy for post-launch upkeep.
I am certainly not bragging. Currently, I can’t afford to bring in extra help so instead of pulling my hair out, I thank God for my skills. It keeps my family afloat as we dare to move the safety net from under us. My geek worthy skills may have its limits —but just like I could become Secretary of State, I can hold a pretty important position — but that is out of my pay grade.