“Jack of all trades, master of none is an artificial pairing.”
– Tim Ferriss
I’m sure that some of my readership might find the transition from bodybuilding to computer programing… A little abrupt. Because of this drastic shift in content, I’ve decided to further clarify why I’m making the change. Before I do so, I want to remind everyone that this blog has never been about just fitness, it’s about trying new things and learning. With that said, let’s move on to the actual post.
- Working out and writing code are the same thing.
Both lifting weights and programing are fueled by the same element: creation. When you work with the iron you build with your hands, when you work with the computer you build with your mind. If you can do one, you can do the other. Just look at a man like Dolph Lundgren, who holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering and was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT.
- The mind and body must stay balanced.
Building the mind compliments building the body, and vice versa. Some of my best post ideas have been formed while in the gym. Likewise, sitting behind a desk provides me with immense motivation to go work out. If you ignore either the mental or physical aspects of your life, trouble will ensue. While I read a lot of books, I’d also like to develop a practical intellectual skill set. Which leads me to my next point…
- You can make serious money off computers.
Mark Zuckerberg, John Romero, Will Wright, and Steve Wozniak (just to name a few) have all done quite well for themselves. Even though I’m not going to be doing anything half as impressive as what any of them have done, I still think that I could turn programing into a decent income stream. Most people (myself included) have almost no idea how to: write code, beef up online security, or design a website. Being able to do these things would be highly profitable and make for a good location independent business.
- Technology is an adventure.
I like exploration. To me writing codes and finding all the hidden functions in software is almost as thrilling as adventuring around the world. Earlier today I learned a ton of (legally questionable) secret functions for Mozilla Firefox (all of which can be accessed by typing about:config into the address bar)
From there you can do all kinds of manual configurations to your browser, a quick Google search will reveal all of the functions (although for legal purposes I’m not linking any of them here). To me the world of programing is like a secret universe just waiting to be uncovered.
If you enjoyed the first challenge, I think you’ll enjoy the second.