A little over a month ago, I graduated from a software engineering bootcamp called The Firehose Project. It was a very valuable experience, through which I obtained many full stack web development skills and built some some pretty cool applications.
Recently, I built a new CV to include my web developer skills.
We live in an age of information and a world built on software. Computer programs have redefined how we conduct our everyday lives, and the Internet has given us access to unlimited information and worldwide communication. Our traditional industry-based economy has shifted to a high-tech digital-based economy and production has become extremely efficient through automation.
Today, we are innovating at a faster rate than ever before in human history. Technology is rapidly advancing and showing no signs of slowing down. Eventually, any useful process that can be automated, will be, and all low-skill jobs will evaporate and be replaced by robotics and artificial intelligence. Only the people that are willing to embrace and adapt change will find success in their lives and in their careers.
For a long time now, I’ve wanted to be able to develop web and mobile applications. I’ve always built my own computers, but never any software. The few CS (computer science) courses that I took back in college taught me how to write algorithms and solve iterative math problems, but didn’t demonstrate much real-world value. Still, the classes were both challenging and rewarding. They pushed the limits of my ability to problem-solve, so I found them enjoyable. I can even remember grappling with the thought of changing my major from mechanical engineering to CS.
I’ll admit, I occasionally think about what would have been if I had chosen the CS path. How many apps would I have built by now? Where would I be working? Would I be passionate about whatever I was doing? If parallel universes exist, there would be another version of myself who could answer these questions. But oh well, that doesn’t matter. You can’t change your past, but you can learn from it and shape your future.
Unlike graphic design which started out as a hobby, I got into the business of creating and selling a product on Amazon because I saw it as a good opportunity for additional income. I’m not sure exactly when it all started, but this video and this brand served as a strong influence early on. After nearly a month of watching webinars, listening to podcasts, and reading related articles and case studies, I decided to invest $147 into the Jungle Scout Chrome Extension to take my product research to the next level.
It took about 6 months from when I first conceived the idea of leaving my job to actually pulling the trigger. I was never a big spender, but during that time I made an effort to be extra frugal. I made a “Pros vs Cons of leaving my job” list that I looked over and edited every day. I made a spreadsheet with detailed estimates of my liquid net worth and monthly budget. I even read just about every “what should I do before quitting my job” type of article on the Internet. The final thing to do was to set up a foundation for supplemental income.
It’s been a month and a half since I said farewell to my job as a manufacturing engineer and boarded a plane headed to Athens, Greece. I’m now back in Los Angeles. I could write for hours about the details of my trip, but I'll save that for another day. For now, I’ll just say it was a truly revitalizing experience.
I’ve only been in L.A. for 3 days, but I’m already back to a pretty simple routine of lifting weights and being an internet junkie. Abnormally, I played tennis this morning. It’s been a while, but I still have the muscle memory from when I used to play competitively. I’d like to play more regularly since tennis is more fun the gym. Anyways, the elephant in the room still needs to be addressed and that is the fact that I’m jobless.
Welcome to my blog! I plan to use this platform as a personal tool for journaling and self-reflection. My hope is that by putting my thoughts to paper, I’ll be able to gain a deeper understanding of who I am, who I’m becoming, and how I should live my life.
So why am I openly blogging rather than keeping a personal journal?
For one, the act of sharing my thoughts in a public space will force me to write assiduously and with more discipline. Second, if a reader can relate to my story, or even gather inspiration from one of my articles, well that’s just awesome. Third, I love hearing what people have to say and would encourage readers that enjoy my blog to reach out to me. For various reasons, I decided not to implement a comment section. Lastly, there really is no downside. If a reader finds my writing uninteresting, they can close the browser and be done with it. This all saying there’s any readers to begin with of course.
So that’s the initial plan for the blog. I'm leaving it simple, but open-ended. If articles start piling up or start to look like blog spaghetti, I’ll categorize it. I’m in a transition stage in my life right now so I have a lot on my mind. I'll expand on this in my next post.