In honor of TCC15, I wanted to start a series of Community Appreciation talks for the month of October.
Each day, I will be writing about individuals in our community who go above and beyond to help solve questions and share knowledge.
I believe there are several individuals who dedicate many hours (And sometimes brain cells) to help make our community be so great! And I just want to recognize them for there contributions.
Though I have several people in mind, I don't want this to be solely "MY" appreciation, but the community's. So please feel free to email people who you want to give a BIG Thank You to, OR (If you want to) volunteer to write up on somebody one day this month.
You can reach me anytime at RodyZakovich@gmail.com
Ok, now on to some recognition!
Today I want to recognize an individual who has more impact on the Tableau Community than words can even describe.....Mr. Joe Mako
For those of you who don't know, Joe is true genius and an incredible person. Most of the deep understanding we have of Tableau comes directly from Joe's teachings. His ability to investigate what makes Tableau tick, what makes Tableau do the things Tableau does is truly remarkable. But what is even more incredible is his ability (his gift) of sharing that knowledge with others.
Though I have not directly interacting with Joe, I can tell you that much of what I understand about Tableau has come from him (In one form or another). Whether it be his blog, TDT, or responses to people's inquiries on the forums, Joe's persistent commitment to sharing knowledge has greatly impacted every single individual in our community.
Kenneth Black recently wrote a blog post/video about the Secret of Joe Mako. If you have a spare 11 minutes, I sincerely hope you watch it.
At the end of the video, Ken shares with us a quote from Joe that summarizes in one simple sentence, what truly makes Joe so great.
"The more we share, the more we gain"
Everyday when I jump on the community, I think about the impact people like Joe have had on me and my career. I think about how much I have grown, because of all the hard work they have put in to helping people better understand Tableau. And everyday I think about the fact that they do this not for recognition, but because they truly want to help others.
I encourage everyone, if you haven't already, to go over to Joe's blog and his Tableau Public profile. You will be amazed, and delighted, with the wealth of knowledge he has shared.
So, with everything I have, I say THANK YOU Joe Mako for helping to make the Tableau Community, the best community in the world. And THANK YOU for constantly sharing your knowledge with us, it is very much appreciated.