10 mental blocks keeping you from being a kick-ass sysadmin

Ok, it’s actually an article about 10 Mental Blocks to Creative Thinking but isn’t creative thinking a huge part of being a kick-ass sysadmin? Here’s what I thought of when I read each point, but I highly recommend that you read the whole article and look for ways it applies to you.

In terms of what mindset you should be in:

  1. There is almost always more than one right answer.
  2. Don’t be so rigid with your logic that you become blind to other possibilities.
  3. Always question everything – “why” or “why not”.
  4. Always ask “what if” and explore ideas even if they don’t seem feasible on the surface.
  5. Make time to play. You’ll be amazed at what problems you solve when you’re not at your desk.
  6. Never say “That’s not part of my job” and explore and learn about as much as you can.
  7. Try to think about things differently than everyone else at the table is.
  8. There is no black and white, only gray, and that’s ok.
  9. It’s ok to be wrong and you will be. It’s ok to make mistakes and you will. Learn from it.
  10. If you think you can’t do it, then you can’t. You won’t really know unless you try.

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