“You work in tech! Wow, you must be so smart. I wish I was that smart. I’m just not smart enough to work in tech.”
That’s what I used to say to people when I would get asked why I wasn’t in the same field and making the same money they were. After all I only had a GED, and I didn’t care at all about computers or tech. All I had was an off-the-shelf eMachine I borrowed money to buy from Walmart. It wouldn’t even play the vanilla version of World Of Warcraft, until I added 256 MB of RAM. Even then my frame rate was low and my latency was high. Then I figured out how to overclock my processor and how to extend my wireless range to piggy back off the public library for free high speed internet. Of course, this came with a complementary crash course of how to install the proper endpoint protection, anti-virus, and a firewall on the DMZ, acting as a gateway doing stateful packet inspection between the network and the router, but I wasn’t smart enough to be in tech.
At the time I was working as a waiter, because I was an amateur boxer in my early 20’s. In between that and nailing your girlfriend, I spent my time modding Blizzard games and evading permanent suspensions for getting caught modding Blizzard games. I just didn’t have time to go to school and finish ALL my classes. I had train! And if I wanted to retire rich I was going to have work hard now as a fighter. I just didn’t have time to learn tech. Besides I wasn’t that good at it. Needless to say, I wasn’t the type of techie nerd who spent all day long staring at matrixes all day and eating cheese whiz from the can. PASS! Tech was not for me.
One day I blew out my knee, and it hurt really really bad. I still had to work as a waiter and walking everywhere sucked. It probably affected my tips as well, so I kind wish I had a job in tech now. Don’t those jobs have benefits, like insurance? I bet insurance would be better for my knee than putting on two socks and tying my boot extra tight.
It was around this time I decided to do a little bit of research about tech as a career choice. The first thing I discovered was that while its wasn’t exactly like virtualization, emulation (also known as playing video games for free) was a highly in demand skill and companies were willing to pay top dollar to anyone who can virtualize, even if you only have a GED. Aside from that I found out that if you go through the proper channels and report the bug instead of use it to get free loot, you can get paid! It’s called a bug bounty. That’s like getting paid to play video games and be the first to find something, because that’s exactly what it is. Aside from that I found out that it was considered common in the IT field to make at or around six figures. Even at a mediocre rate with an average career length, working any job in IT will make you a millionaire two to four times over.
So with all things being equal and with the ever growing technological landscape, it really doesn’t come down to being smart enough to get into tech. It’s more of who you are and what you want out of life. So it ends up being more, “What are you afraid of that’s stopping you from getting into tech?”
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