Almost 4 Years As A Self-Taught Developer

an incredible roller coaster journey.

6 more months before my 4th Year as a Developer, which also means that this February is a special month for me aside from my birth month, because this February marks the 4th year since I decided to pursue Web Development, my ride or die towards escaping the 9–5 rat race.

“Don’t downgrade your dreams just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.”

The Rat Race

Sick, Exhausted and Uninspired. That was me almost 4 years ago. I always thought that my life was meant to be just that, to survive. At that time I always wondered how others accumulate and achieved success and wealth while having all the freedom in the world, while people like me even when working 10–12hrs a day lives paycheck to paycheck, why?

And then I started reading personal development and finance books like Think and Grow Rich, Rich Dad Poor Dad, The Millionaire’s Mind, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari and many more. It got me thinking why on earth my parents didn’t expose me to this new gem I just discovered, trust me it was like seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

The more I read the more I realized how much I missed, from one of the greatest emperor Marcus Aurelius’ philosophies, stoicism and perception into Steve Job’s Work Ethic and Greatness up to Robin Sharma’s teaching One’s Character, that life is so much more, life is beyond, life limits only to what we see, so in order to expand your dimension, you need to go out and look for answers. It felt like I just discovered my greatest treasure.

The “Wake Up!” Slap

The more I know the more I realized how I was playing it all safe, the more books I read the more I was seeing myself, my family, my parents, my past, the more I understand why I do what I do, and the way I think. It was my wake up slap, knowing how my parents told me to finish a degree no matter what, graduate in a university get a job and get a retirement plan, that’s the lesson they have planted in me for all those years, no wonder how my life turned out 4 years ago.

I know that in order to change I need to change my thinking, my default way of thinking, there has to be a way no matter what, I need to breakthrough through this wall of brick that’s in front of me.

And I discovered Web Development, the more I look for answers, the more I practiced, I realized the potential it has, it is changing the workspace, the lifestyle, the world. More and more people are having the time of their lives, they are still working their 9–5 however they are working everywhere, they travel a lot, they dance a lot, they work on a beach, they jump from country to country, continent to continent, without leaving their jobs. It was ridiculous at first, but then I realized there’s no need for them to leave their jobs in order to enjoy the present, when they can bring it with them wherever, whenever, it was a dream come true, no matter how far it is to reach, still knowing that there’s even the slightest possibility, that there are people who are living the dream, is more than enough for me.

The Jump Now Survive Later

I did what I have to do, work-study sleep, no party, no vacation, no holidays, complete isolation in a year was the plan, at first it was overwhelming, it was exhausting, day by day, night by night, and within 6 months I finally got my first job as a Web Developer, the best part? It was a remote job, all the necessary tools are provided, given that I start from Web Development and will continue to study for Mobile Development, basically I just need to quit my job and study full time but paid (hooray!).

You see, luck will find its way to those who work hard to find it.

From What The H**l Am I Doing, Into I am Actually Doing It

It was a combination of disaster and novelty, it was like “I know how this works” and “why the heck it worked”, into “running the code for the first time then failed, but you run it again to make sure and suddenly it works”, into “I’m not sure why it doesn’t work in your computer because it’s working in mine.” You’ll have those stories, and you’ll create your own eventually. But in order to become a good developer, it’s a “never stop learning” way of thinking, to think like a beginner all the time, that this ever-changing technology will continue to grow, to evolve, and you must go along with it.

Time is everything, time is money, family, relationship, investment, treasure, and having this opportunity where you can have the freedom into how you will use it without sacrificing your future and your family’s future is more than having all the riches in the world but living inside a box.

It will be hard, but it will be worth it, just don’t give up too quickly. You need to give what it’s worth.

Software/Mobile Developer

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