How To Do What You Love

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

 

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Cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. Serving small business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area since 2001. Cybersecurity and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. I hold several cybersecurity certifications including Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Advanced Security Pratitioner (CASP), and Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). Other computer industry certifications include A+, Network+ and Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE). As Cybersecurity Analyst at The WyzCo Group, I help our clients experience high levels of security on their computers, networks, and websites. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. I am a frequent speakers at cybersecurity conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference, the (ISC)2 World Congress, and the ISSA International Conference, and many local community organizations, Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2008.

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