We bid adieu to Sun Microsystems and recognize the Draft Specification is now one year of age. I can say with out much reservation that it has, and will be, the most difficult thing that I have done in my life. Taking better then a year to write and the result of seven years of university and thirty years of experience in oil and gas, at 50 you know there is not that much gas left in the tank. My father always said that your 40's are the time in which you can do anything. Your are mentally, physically, spiritually and intellectually at your life's peak, and I feel that is the case with me. After a little more then a year since publication, this past year has been more about recovery and recharge then anything else.
For many of those days it seemed to me like I was locked in a darken room where I needed to find the exit. Being constantly reminded of the obstacles, dangers and pressures which frustrated the journey. I needed to find the way for those that would follow. Rising above the day to day grind never made any sense. The counter intuitive and seemingly destructive decisions to pursue this project alienated and confused most. But I always knew whatever the result I was reaching for, I could achieve that vision of so many years before.
For people who have similar feelings and opportunities. Those with the desire to do something that they know is above and beyond them. Preparation is the difference between success and failure. It is academic whether you will do it or not. You really have no choice. I think preparation needs two very important ingredients. A Master's level education will help in defining and building the many contradiction and conflicts that arise. Secondly a physical depth brought about by high levels of competition in sports. Your system will be taxed and the stress will kill you. I've suffered 4 bouts of Pneumonia in the past 6 years and I know that if I was not as fit as I once was when I went into this process, let's just say the stress is super human. But more importantly the physical competition shows you that there is nothing but your mind that limits your potential.
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