Hi, my name is Adam. I am a 25 year old in-training Full Stack Web Developer. I will graduate early-mid 2018 in hopes of pursuing a software engineering career in Atlanta, GA.
I’m the biggest loser.
At least, I was.
In high school, you could’ve identified me as the creepy, thick-brimmed glasses teenager who never spoke much. At home, you wouldn’t see me do much except play the now defunct MMORPG City of Heroes on my old PC or maybe, if I felt like it, hang out with the same two buddies I’ve known since elementary school.
All in all, I was a nerd – accompanied by every stereotype you could think of:
I was depressed, socially awkward, terrible with girls, and suffered years of depression because I simply couldn’t accept my introverted nature. I wanted to be one of the cool kids! You know, the ones everyone looked up to. The muscular guys who got the girls. Those dudes.
Alas, it wasn’t so.
After graduating from Carpe Diem Academy in 2010, I spent six years stuck in an academic limbo – jumping from degree to degree, totally unsure (and quite honestly, indifferent) as to what I wanted to accomplish in life. I went to work, came home, and played computer games into the AM.
But I didn’t want that.
No. Deep inside, I hungered for more. I secretly despised being “normal” or remaining an introverted beta for the rest of my life. Fuck that. I wanted to stand out! I fantasized walking into the club, sporting a stylish white dress shirt, designer jeans, and most importantly, catching the awe of men and adoration of women by my sheer presence.
Then, on May 2017, I began my very first steps toward achieving that goal.
At the time, I was finally finishing my AAS degree at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, CO after 5 long years of procrastination. Of course, I didn’t have a clue I’d be pursuing a web development career, nor did I expect I ever would. Yet, after graduating, I didn’t have any plans. I was 24 years old with a virtually useless degree under my belt.
I imagined myself attending a 10-year high school reunion, still employed as a CNA (Certified Nursing Aide – pretty much a glorified ass wiper), while my classmates worked as doctors, lawyers, engineers – prestigious, middle-to-upper class professions. Is that how I wanted to live the rest of my life? Surviving from paycheck to paycheck, wiping asses and feeding disabled people.
I fucking refused.
Long story short, I walked into the Career Counselor’s office and requested a job aptitude test. Interestingly enough, the results returned a ‘HIGH’ interest/skill rate on web development.
A couple months later, I was hooked. I began coding back-end databases on Python/Postgresql, designing web pages on HTML/CSS/Bootstrap and have been working hard ever since.
However, I decided becoming a Software Developer wasn’t enough: I want everything. Money, girls, prestige, and influence over others. To become the alpha male, a fucking bulldog, who doesn’t give a fuck what others think.
This blog serves as a digital memento to log my success and failure, worthwhile adventures, and climbing the ladder to greatness.
I’d like to give a special thanks to John Sonmez of Simple Programmer, Roosh V, and Mark Manson. Without their awesome content for so-called “nice guys”, I couldn’t have began this journey.