I began working as a dishwasher at age 14 and have worked non-stop since then. As a teenager, I went through several jobs, mostly because I hated doing work that gave me no satisfaction or sense of accomplishment. I worked as an electrician through high school and a few years after graduation. I enjoyed working as an electrician because I could make things work, like lights, motors, machines, etc. Also, the part of the job that involved troubleshooting was fun because I enjoyed the challenge of finding problems and fixing them.
I also worked as a Law Enforcement Officer for 10 years. Law Enforcement appealed to another side of me that genuinely enjoys helping others. I have many memories of helping people that, for whatever reason, where unable to help themselves. That job was often a thankless one, but just knowing that I was able to help the many people that I did was more than enough for me.
I love my large family, which consists of my wife and 5 children, three of which are adopted. I enjoy spending time with them, going on trips together and creating great memories with them. It is for this reason that I have set a goal to become a work from home dad and ditch the 9 to 5 life.
I am working very hard to become a ruby/rails developer because it fits me so well. First, I am a geek and learning ruby/rails leaves me with a great sense of accomplishment with every new thing that I learn. It also fulfills the part of me that enjoys making things work, building new projects and getting them running is really fun. As I become more proficient with my programming, I look forward to helping others, which I really enjoy doing. And finally, the ultimate goal, to work from home, which I will be able to do as a developer. This will allow me to spend more time with my family, do some traveling and do work that I actually enjoy and am passionate about.
I have met a great bunch of friends who have been supporting and encouraging me along the way and I am very grateful for them.
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