Success through Shear Stupidity

One of those weeks. Already clocked 30 hours of work straight work. My skin is turning pale from lack of sunlight, and a combination of constant eye strain, caffiene, and lack of sleep has resulted in me looking like I have too black eyes. And yet, I can't help but admit: I love my job.

Its funny to think that I've only been aware of drupal for a year, and yet it is already paying my bills. Getting to the point where those bills got payed was not easy; and I don't recommend going into this field if you need little security blankets like "money to pay rent", or "enough income to eat a healthy diet". Admittedly, a great deal of the reason it was such a difficult year was that I started with absolutely no background in web development. In many ways, the plight was like that of a college student who both takes on a fulltime load at school, and has a fulltime job to pay rent. You are required to do two exhausting tasks: learn new concepts, and earn money to live.

I'd like to say that my secret to success was my robust, and rugged individualism, and exceptional intellect. The truth, however, is far different. If I wrote a motivational book on how I got here, I'd title it "Success through Shear Stupidity". The lesson of this book is that one can achieve great things by ignoring reality, putting oneself in impossible situations, and seeing what happens.

Its quite amusing to read my naive entry from about year ago where I explained my reasoning for dropping out of college.

A semester of college would literally mean that thousands of people would shoot ahead of me in terms of their ideas and knowledge -- and we can't have that. So every time an article like that gets published, I know that a few more people are going to become convinced, like me, that it's now or never if you are going to try to catch this approaching wave.

The funny thing was... I was entirely oblivious to the ramifications of me neither knowing how to surf nor swim. These words from my past self were some true gems.

On the other hand, I consciously modeled my decision after a Spanish Conquistador named Hernando Cortez. The moment that Cortez set foot on the new world, he burned all of his ships -- and as a result, his men were well motivated. Similarly, I find myself unusually motivated at the moment.

All I can say to my past self is: "Burn em! You magnificent fool! Burn em' while you're bell is full!"

So to review, here's what I learned: by doing stupid things, you put yourself into hopeless situations. And hopeless situations are an opprotunity for "speed learning", "learning to think outside of the box", and "motivation to improve one's life". You see? Stupidity is your friend.