I come from Latvia and our nation is quite small. It depends how you count, but there are only around 2 million Latvians in the world. Good thing about it – that there is space for everyone and if one of us gets successful – everybody feels proud and celebrates it. Since two years there is this guy, from the town next to the sea, who managed to work his way till New York. His name is Kristaps Porziņģis.
His start in NY Knicks was not easy. People did not know him and were very disappointed when he was drafted as #4 in 2015. “They booed him. They said he wasn’t good enough. They didn’t know who he was. He used their criticism as motivation. He proved them wrong. #KP6”
I never was in any sports team, so I do not know how it is from the inside. But that was time when I started to think: how it is to perform every second day in front of hundreds of people, who show their dislike and disbelieve in you in very direct way. What kind of motivation, focus and believe in yourself is necessary to prove them wrong?
Later, on my birthday, I got a present sent by post from my father. A book written by Kristaps brother Jānis about their way to New York. At the beginning, I was surprised about the language – locker room talk – simple and direct. As I got to use to it, was blown away by the story, the obstacles and the person, who in such young age made life changing decisions. Kristaps woke my curiosity about the sports psychology. Some of its elements could be smart to use in software testing.
I can not give you link of the book because it is in Latvian only, but here is video compilation, where best athletes share their formula of achievements.
Back to testing and testers. Many professionals in testing are afraid of public speaking. But hey!, in software conferences most of the auditorium are quietly listening to the speaker. Or tweeting. But definitely no one is booing. So what you are afraid of to step on the stage and tell your story?