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It gives me immense pleasure to receive “Thought Leader” badge on SCN. It is a great privilege to receive such distinction and glad that I was the first person to receive this wonderful badge πŸ™‚ . I really did not know that I was the first person to receive this badge. I thought some other members might have been achieved this badge. But, I only came to know this when, Laure Cetin has thrown a challenge Find out who is SCN Thought Leader! (a challenge) to our community to find out the person who has received that badge. It is a different matter, by the time I read her blog, somebody has already answered her challenge πŸ™‚ . This shows how the people are active day and night on SCN. It is really fantastic and fabulous that SAP has created wonderful platform like SCN. SAP should really feel proud for the vibrant community created through SCN. Probably, SCN is the only platform, where thousands of people meet on a daily basis to share their knowledge.
I am very glad, in no time, I have received the same badge “twice” and now “thrice”. It is a great pleasure and privilege for me. I can surely confirm without the help of the community members and their constant support / encouragement, I would not have reached this rare distinction. For me September, 2013, looks a great month. Incidentally, I have been selected as Member of the Month for the month of September, 2013. I should sincerely thank Laure Cetin for selecting me as Member of Month. I can understand how difficult job it is to select one member, when there are many more eligible people around in our community. I cannot take the credit of this Member of Month Ravi Sankar Venna – SCN Member of the Month September 2013, as it clearly goes to all the community members, who inspired me with their motivational and encouraging words.

Wiki Says, “Thought Leader” is an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded. Good to know the definition of “Thought Leader”, but, if somebody puts their enthusiasm, passion and patience in helping the community members, I am sure they are going to be recognized as “Thought Leaders”.

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People might be thinking that I have received this badge three times, but, all this credit goes to our ever motivating community members. In this regard, I am dedicating my three times “Thought Leader” badge to all our Community Members. When we have wonderful community and amazing members around us, we should always feel proud to be part of this vibrant community. There are many people who constantly encouraged me during this process. I should personally thank each one of them. The most important thing, which helped me to achieve this is to answer whatever question posted at me. I cannot refrain myself from answering, if somebody asked a question or if there is an open item in my “communications” folder. Furthermore, I cannot refrain myself from following somebody in return if somebody sends me “following” request. This is the minimum courtesy that should show to my fellow members on this community, whether they are new buddies or experts.  It is always great pleasure in trying to see each question / comments in its own spirit, could it be small or big. Every member on this forum is going to post a question with some expectations. If we are ready to meet their expectations, then surely, they would remember us forever.

Writing “Technical Blogs” would be much easier compared to attempting something which touches the human sentiments and feelings. While writing such emotional blogs, it is always required to wear the shoes of different audiences. Unless we feel, it is really not possible to put the words on the paper. Some of those feelings come as thoughts when we are in the half sleep. Then our mind should brain storm around those thoughts and put them on the paper. I am fortunate enough, there are number of people who encouraged me in many ways. If I cannot mention their names through this opportunity, then probably, I am not doing justice to my blog. Susan Martin has encouraged in many ways when I posted my blogs / comments in certification / careers area, Jarret Pazahanick to reach my blog to the wider communities on the globe by sharing through networking sites, Jon Reed for his most thought provoking comments on my blogs to give me much more inspiration, Thomas Dulaney to encourage me from the core of his heart, Marssel Vilaça is always encouraging and translating my blogs to other languages, Tammy Powlas through mentioning that she has similar like me on my BIF Blog It Forward – Ravi Sankar Venna, Chirag Shah for constantly encouraging my each and every post on my blog, Jitendra Kansal for his motivational words on my blogs, Midhun VP for his cheerful words on my blogs, Narasimhulu Konnipati and Murali Babu Nallamothu through their encouragement many times, Vinod Kumar and Kumud Singh for introducing me through the BIF. There are also many other wonderful people who constantly encourages and inspires me on a daily basis, which I might have forgotten their names and I am very sorry for that. Without all your efforts and encouragements, definitely achieving this would not have been possible.

I always believe it is really not required to have great amount of knowledge to share your knowledge, but you should have a wonderful heart. Everybody is having tonnes of knowledge however, the time, patience and helping others is the main problem. I have seen many knowledgeful people, but they are so hectic in their lives and really no time to write something for the community. If you believe you all have that wonderful feelings to share your knowledge and help our community to grow further then surely you would be recognised on SCN. There are many people I always admire on SCN for their wonderful commitment, people like Jürgen L and Gordon Du. I was having pleasure of competing with them for SCN top position in 2009 for few months. They are fantastic and helped the people beyond boundaries with their unwavering commitment. I would strongly believe we have so many such wonderful moons and stars in our community to make our SCN sky more shining πŸ™‚ . We should always feel proud of those people, who are with us by giving their helping hand.

During 2009, I was very much committed at least for 6 months, mostly contributing on weekends. Later, I became inactive for few years, though answering not that frequently. It was mainly due to different commitments at that point of time. But, now I regret for not being fully active for all these years. But, it is always part of life and we need to accept it. Now when we see many young guns πŸ™‚ are answering the people and giving their wonderful helping hand, it is always a great and happy feeling to look at their commitment. There could many technical forums / websites on the internet relating to SAP, but I believe SCN is the most vibrant in terms of sharing knowledge, comrade feeling and helping each other. During the initial days, I can still remember, SDN was more of solving technical problems in the forums and lot of technical articles / blogs / wikis. Now, I can clearly see there is lot of changing in the dimension and I could see lot of spirit. The spirit among is people is amazingly increased and the participation of members in BIF is one of the great examples. The whole credit should goes to xMoshe Naveh (Old Acct). With his wonderful idea, he has transformed the whole spirit of SCN. You can witness this though Blog It Forward (BIF) Chainhow many people have joined this wonderful journey. It gives wonderful opportunity to all the members to know much about cultures, personal details and many more things, but not just SAP. πŸ™‚

When I was introduced to new team members on the project, they says they never met me before. As soon as I said my name, they recognize me as a person from SCN, who contributes a lot. It gives me immense pleasure they are recognizing me through SCN. Probably, if SCN is not there, I do feel that I would not have known to many people on this globe. There are many linkedin requests, Inmails comes to me on a daily basis as request and suggestion for their career / problems in their daily work. I hardly know those people. But, I never say “NO” in helping their queries, it is one of my weakness (may be strength?? πŸ™‚ ). It is a different matter, I never know nearly half of my linkedin connections personally, still, growing πŸ˜† . I could surely say, I have so many professional connections across the globe, only because of SCN. At the end of the day, I have not earned any money or gold mines πŸ˜‰ , it is a great personal satisfaction for the work that I have done on SCN. Whenever, I go outside of home, I always feel that the world is so small and I am the best, my heart says the whole force of SCN is behind me πŸ™‚ . Its wonderful feeling and you all should feel now πŸ™‚ .
When you are really committed for SCN and intending to share your knowledge, sometimes, you may have to do lot of sacrifices, your time, your family, kids and skip meeting with some of your friends. But, when you get the applause from the community members for your help, then you are going to forget all the sacrifices you have made. Probably, this is the only thing which has inspired me. The kind of respect that you are going to get from the fellow members is one of the real motivation for many members in our community. Without their encouraging words, it would really not at all possible to give your best. Even if tomorrow, you go to some other country or continent, people would recognize you by your name on SCN. That personal satisfaction is very precious and invaluable. Fortunately, SAP has created such wonderful platform for all SAP Consultants. At one point due to other commitments, people would become inactive. But, still they would feel very happy for their contributions and they would proudly share this with their children or grand children. What other special or satisfactory feeling you can expect from SCN?
Before concluding, the following qualities would immensely helpful in making much wonderful SCN Community.
  • Helpfulness
  • Share knowledge
  • Courtesy
  • Enthusiasm
  • Passion
  • Patience
  • Motivating Others
  • Commitment
  • Proud being yourself
  • Believe in SAP
Therefore, I can proudly conclude that our community members helped me to share my knowledge. Whatever credit I have received is the credit of our members. I can reiterate that without their support and encouragement, I would not have achieved anything on SCN. Hopefully, this encouragement should continue and help each other on SCN, make it a more vibrant community. Now, there are more than 2.5 million members, which itself is a great proud moment for SAP. I am sure and confident that these members are to be increased further in the future and our community would be a benchmark in the future. I sincerely thank each and every member on SCN for making our community a great world. Keep up your high spirits. All the best for our members.





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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Hi Raman,

      It is always pleasure to receive the first comment on the blog, it is very special. Thank you very much. I cannot admire enough your constant encouragement and motivation on all my blogs.

      Thanks once again for your wishes. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  1. Anshu Lilhori

    Hi,

    Really nice blog..few points to take back from your blog–Follow the people who follows you.

    Never refrain from answering–Thats very true in your case,the moment i add a comment to your blog and as soon as i refresh the system,i’ll get a reply back from you.

    I’ll read your complete blog once again back home.

    Indeed congrats .

    Regards,

    AL

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thanks Anshu for your comments.

      Now I am sitting idle at home, hence, that could be the reason you are getting the reply so fast. πŸ˜‰ Not sure what will be the case if I get my next assignment.

      Thanks once again for your appreciation and encouragement.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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      1. Anshu Lilhori

        Thats true but still you can choose not to respond but i have never seen such behavior from your side..You reply to each and every comment without missing any of them.

        Thats your nature..Innate.Be like that always..

        Thumbs up for you. πŸ™‚

        Regards,

        AL

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  2. Chandra Shekhar Agarwal

    and Yes as you mentioned writing technical blog is much more easier, i am fully agree with that. In Tech. you just need to write some code or definition but in this you and your text should have enough power to make it realize and the person who is reading this can feel it. and in all of your blog , your words have this power πŸ™‚

    ..Chandra

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  3. Vivek Singh Bhoj

    Great blog Ravi,

    The way you defined Thought Leader meaning in three words – Enthusiasm, Passion, Patience is great.

    If someone has these three qualities, he can become an expert in any field

    Regards,

    Vivek

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  4. Sivaram V

    Hi Ravi,

    Thank for dedicating the badge to the community, I am not getting the new words in the dictionary to admire you, this is for you  “NEEKEVVARU SARILERU“.

    Best Regards,

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Oh my God, I am out of this world πŸ˜›

      Thank you Sivaram, I am so speechless and have no words to express. Thanks a lot for your encouragement and appreciation.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  5. Kumud Singh

    Ravi, I can only say Wow! Great going and you totally deserve this. You have set an example for all of us to learn and grow. Hearty Congratulations!

    Regards,

    Kumud

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  6. Ramakrishna Dadi

    Hi Ravi, Hearty Congratulations… Wooow what a pictorial representation of Thought Leader πŸ™‚

    Dedicated to the Community!!!  Thanks for that. Thats why You are the “Leader

    I can only say Sairam’s words

    Once again Many Congratulations πŸ™‚

    Cheers,

    Rama

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thank you Rama, it is my own way of representing the “Thought Leader”, not sure how correct I am πŸ˜‰

      Glad to receive your comments, much appreciated. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  7. Midhun VP

    Thanks for mentioning my name Ravi. I am a big fan of you. You are a person who give the right path in the SAP career to a lot of people by writing valuable blogs related to SAP certifications,careers etc that lead to great discussions. And finally that helped people like me to get more knowledge, motivation and right direction in our careers πŸ™‚ .

    “Thought Leader” is a small badge to you. Is there anything bigger than this SAP can give you ?. May be there will be other hidden badges above this level that is waiting for you. Hope you get those reputation too.

    – Midhun VP

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thanks Midhun, much appreciated your comments.

      Thanks for your appreciation and support on all my blogs. There are many wonderful people like you in our community, who helped me for this achievement. I might have missed many names due to constraint of space. However, without all your encouragement, I would not have achieved anything. Kudos to all of you.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thank you Moshe for your comments. πŸ™‚

      I have seen the virtual part blog, it is a great to engage the community members. πŸ™‚

      I may miss TechEd in Bangalore, as I am not in India πŸ™

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  8. ' MoazzaM '

    Once again your are rocking man. Trust me this is your strength that you never say “No”to anybody and it will give you self satisfaction and respect in your professional and personal life too. I am inspired with your blogs and the way you express your feelings. Thank you for sharing this.

    Thank$

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thank you Moazzam. Glad to know you in more detail through your blog. I liked it a lot by sharing your Certification experience. I am sure all our community members would be benefited immensely.

      I am not sure whether you have BIF, otherwise, it would be an wonderful idea to write your Blog It Forward. Looking forward to it. πŸ™‚

      All the best.

      Best Regards,

      Ravi

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      1. ' MoazzaM '

        Yes Ravi I have already this idea in my mind I was thinking to be a part this interesting activity. You will be seeing my blog in a few days. I have to gather some pictures of my town for this so it will be published may be in next week. Thank you for appreciating my blog. Although I am not a very good writer but I will try my best to make it attractive and knowledgeable.

        Thank$

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        1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

          Thanks Moazzam, who said you are not a good write, I am impressed with your first blog.

          Excited and looking forward to know more about you. I am sure all our community members would also looking forward to know you. πŸ™‚

          Best Regards,

          Ravi

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  9. Raquel Pereira da Cunha

    Hi Ravi,

    It’s such a pleasure to read your blogs. You are an expert blogger πŸ˜€ . Your blogs are so good that they started to be translated to other languages to reach a wider SCN audience and let them also enjoy your thoughts (Here one of your blogs in Portuguese translated by Marssel

    Como um iniciante pode tornar-se um Consultor SAP Sênior?)

    Congratulations. And thank you for being such a great contributor to this fantastic community.

    Cheers,

    Raquel

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Hi Raquel,

      It is always a great pleasure and privilege to receive comments from you. πŸ™‚

      I should always thank the community in helping me in reaching my blogs to the wider community. I should thank Marssel Vilaça for his excellent work to translate my blog.

      Thank you so much for reading my blogs and I sincerely appreciate your comments.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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      1. Marssel Vilaça

        Greate Ravi, I have enjoyed your blog one more time!

        Please write a bad blog next time just for a change! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        PS:

        Please don’t pay attention to my joke! I might be cursed by all SCN if you do that! πŸ˜†

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thanks Jitendra πŸ™‚

      Glad that you like the contents of my blog and hope you enjoyed the same. πŸ™‚

      I sincerely thank you for your support and encouragement all the time.

      Best Regards,

      Ravi

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  10. Narasimhulu Konnipati

    Hi Ravi garu,

    Please give me one badge as you got many from SCN. You got many sweet memories to share with your siblings and to their siblings.

    Hearty Congratulations.

    Have a nice day

    Thanks,

    NSK

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thank you NSK. πŸ™‚

      If you ask I will give all my badges to you. 😘

      My every word belongs to our Community, it is their inspiration and motivation. πŸ™‚

      All the best.

      Best Regards,

      Ravi

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  11. Shruti D

    Hi Ravi Sir,

         This is again an amazing blog. I really appreciate your thought process and the way you put forward these in your blogs.

         Look forward for many more such blogs !! Thank you for keeping all of us motivating!! πŸ™‚

    Wish you all the best !!

    Shruti

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thank you Shruti for your time and comments.

      Glad to receive such honest comments, I sincerely appreciate it. πŸ™‚

      Thanks once again and all the best to you.

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thank you Prerna, you are right SCN gives a sense of togetherness, we should be very proud of that.

      Thanks once again for your comments. Much appreciated. πŸ™‚

      Kind Regards,

      Ravi

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  12. Pavithrra Narayanan

    Nice Blog Ravi, Sorry didn’t get time to read yesterday itself πŸ™ .

    Credit goes to your humbleness,simplicity and helping tendency, I feel these qualities earned you that ” Thought Leader ” Badge πŸ˜€ thrice. Keep it up 😎 .

    Regards,

    Pavithrra

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  13. VENK@T NANI

    Hi Ravi anna

    I want to know only thing that is your only person to deserve and i am very happy to say Congratulation and your blog is very informative and it would be great help to upcoming generation Anna ..every iam very exiting to read your blog anna really very nice 

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  14. Vinod Vemuru

    Your down to earth personality shows the path to success for many SCNers here.

    Great to see you remember everyone who were part of your success story πŸ™‚

    I wish many more Ravis will come up in SCN by inspiring from you πŸ˜‰

    Thanks,

    Vinod

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    1. Ravi Sankar Venna Post author

      Thanks Vinod for your comments.

      We can forget the people who has given us all hurdles in our life. But, we cannot forget the people who have shown encouragement and motivation. The real man is who helpsthe people who has given you him the hurdles,  without seeking any return / cursing the people,

      Best Regards,

      Ravi

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      1. Vinod Vemuru

        Definitely agree with you Ravi. We should never ever forget any one who helped us. I feel we shouldn’t forget people who give us hurdles too πŸ˜›

        Because, hurdles make us even more stronger πŸ˜‰

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      2. Vinod Vemuru

        Definitely agree with you Ravi. We should never ever forget any one who helped us. I feel we shouldn’t forget people who give us hurdles too πŸ˜›

        Because, hurdles make us even more stronger πŸ˜‰

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  15. Kiran Nimmagadda

    Dear Ravi,

    Your experience and knowledge definitely helpful to us and we are expecting the same kind of PEP(Passion, Enthusiasm and Patience) in future.. πŸ™‚

    Keep continue the same momentum and inspire us…

    Regards

    Kiran N

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  16. Vikas Gowlikar

    Hi Ravi Sir,

    Your blogs are always fantastic. It gives me a immense pleasure to read your blogs.


    Once again congratulations.

    Regards,

    Vikas Gowlikar.

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  17. Sheetal A

    Hi Ravi,

    Congratulation for the hat trick performance. Your pic on thought leader hits right on the mark and your blogs are very nice and informative. Keep the good work going and all the very best.

    Regards,

    Sheetal.

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  18. Ram Badam

    Fit’s of all hearty congratulations Ravi Garu,

    The last day i asked one direct question to you that how can I improve my SCN activities.

    now I got clear picture,there is simple formula defined by you and I will follow the same.

    The formula is EPP(Enthu,Patience,Passion).

    If you want succeed in SCN Then follow EPP:)

    p.s: still surprising how you will managing 24 hours. hats of to your Time Management.

    REgards,

    Ramesh Badam

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  19. poorna chand

    “Thought Leader” badge thrice? It’s a great honor  also an honor and recognition of your talent and hard work.Thank you for being our mentor.

    regards

    poorna

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