This isn't strictly directly related to your question... but maybe interesting for you
You may/ may not have seen, the introduction of Tableau Ambassadors
Its a new program so we are all finding our feet and working our boundaries/ tasks/ roles etc.
We aren't all Zen Masters (although the group has a few) and are more community focused.
If your looking to get more involved, I would suggest spending time on the forum, read and learn for others and try and help where possible. You could always start your own blog and/ or Tableau Public space, then see what happens...
ps. Thank you Bill, interesting read!
Zen is granted by Tableau and isn't necessarily achievable like taking a certification test.
I'll have a more detailed response for you next week, this is a question I've been working on answering for awhile now.
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This is excellent, and as usual, I agree with Jonathan's insights! Great tune -- great presentation!
I was really surprised to be chosen, and it is a great honor -- but I honestly did not expect it, and was not aiming for it. Read into that what you like, but for me, its about being teachable, helping others learn, and involving oneself in a community of other teachers/learners.
To answer part of your question, I was made a Zen Master after being active in the community for a little over a year--which is one reason it surprised me. However, in that time, I made great strides to learn a lot, share with others, and immerse myself in the Tableau Community I have been primarily focused on Tableau since May of 2013, so focusing on other software packages has not been something I've attempted. I have not set out to become an expert, or earn certifications, in any other technology since I began using Tableau -- it keeps me plenty busy!
Interacting in a positive manner is something I try to do as well.
I have a request to make finding blog info easier: Can Zen Masters please post their home blog URL if they don't already have their web site filled in within their profile in the Bio tab?
My comment on Jonathan's blog:
Personally, I feel that the kind of person who’s asking “how can I become a Zen master” is on a path other than the one that the Zen masters I know trod.
Becoming a Zen master shouldn't be the outcome of a particular set of achievements, but the recognition of a way of being that’s not self-oriented, but directed towards being of service to one’s fellow Tableau community members.
Jonathan mentioned several of the aspects of Tableau mastery above (I haven’t watched the video yet, this is my initial reaction). He misses an essential element: the quality of the person really matters. Jonathan is himself an exemplar of the essence of gracious, unfailingly helpful, uncritical qualities that are the hallmark of the very best. He, Joe Mako, and Ramon Martinez, are the Zen masters I know best. Each of them is cut from the same cloth, always willing to go far beyond the pale to help others learn, understand, and advance their abilities.
In my view, it’s easy to spot the Zen master. S/he’s the person who’s never too busy to help, to explain more than just the “here’s the knobs to twist”, who never runs out of patience. These are the people who, more than any other element, have made Tableau successful through their tireless efforts.
So, for those asking the question, rather than trying to become a Zen master, perhaps one’s good path is to become a better student of Tableau and servant to the Tableau community.
Thank you for your kind words, and I think you'll find the presentation speaks to what you found missing from the text of the post.
Just on the topic of Zen Masters, fyi today is the closing date for nominations for 2019 Tableau Zen Masters.
Fri Jan 11th, 10.00pm PST
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