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  • I was invited to give a talk at a leading conference and my search for the topic stretched from a few hours to a complete day! My passion was tempting me to decide upon what I have been working on and common sense told me that the topic should at least have some significance for majority attending the conference. Somewhere I had to merge these 2 domains.
    But, a day passed and my tired brain was already giving up. It was midnight.

    I checked my IM and found a very senior member from my extended team was online. I had never talked to him before. In a separate editor I wrote 3 lines describing the issue as well as the advice that I was seeking. I was still hesitant but I pinged him on the IM and said "hi". I was half expecting that he would reply but he did! I quickly pasted the 3 lines I had typed separately, moved back in my chair and waited for reply.

    And it came right then. He pointed out to a couple of resources on the internet, told me how I could merge the 2 technologies in a talk, and said that he was happy to help. Whew! I spent the next 1 hour reading and realized that no other topic would have been more apt!
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