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The Nomadic Developer: Surviving and Thriving in the World of Technology Consulting by Aaron Erickson

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CHAPTER ONEWHY CONSULTING?

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It took me years, as someone who is a technology professional first and business person only to the degree that I need to be to do what I love in the first place—namely, working on technology—to realize one of the most important things I have ever learned. Namely, I realized that technology skill would not really control my destiny, but rather skills in relating to people, building a network, and learning to be a politician. In fact, even today, I am amazed at how much the day-to-day world of technology is much more of a people business than a technology business. I’ve been consulting for more than 15 years, and even now, I screw this up all the time!

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