This is a little off topic, but I am writing about this because I have found how to do what I love – which is working with computers and their related technologies. It took me quite a while to get here. I had a twenty five year career in sales and sale management before I decided to learn what I needed to know to make a move into information technology. I started my career change in 1999, at the tender age of 45. I couldn’t have picked a worse time to make this change – anybody remember the Internet collapse of 2001-2002?
There were clues as far back as the 70’s, when I was in college. I was facinated by the guys in the computer lab, the programers. In my career, I always found a way to involve myself in computer projects at the various companies I worked for. In 1990, I started my first job for a telecommunications company, the first of many. The more I learned, the more I wanted to learn.
I started playing around with computers in 1990, an Intel 286 running Windows for Workgroups 3.11. I bought my first PC, a 386, in 1994. The more I played, the more I wanted to know.
In 1997, I started working at USWest, and went through more technology training than I had ever experienced anywhere. When I had an opportunity to take Microsoft certification classes at night through USWest, I jumped at the chance. I spent a year in the classroom, two nights a week, 3 hours a night, learning about things Microsoft. It took another year an a half to study for and pass the six certification exams.
And now I get to do what I love! It took a serious commitment, and lots of persistence in the face of many obstacles, a relentless pursuit of a goal, and a total refusal to quit.
The link to the excellent article by Paul Grahm, titled How To Do What You Love, is at: http://www.paulgraham.com/love.html