I don’t recall much from New Year 2017. I brought in the new year with family and friends, and prayed for some salvation, some respite. A fresh start. At the moment I was without steady work and had been for several months. In a couple of weeks I would be setting off for Austin, Texas for Google interview number who knows. It had been a revelatory if not melancholic final few months of 2016. Though, despite having left my job at the firm with no clear destination in sight, at no point did I ever become downbeat.
Between August of 2016 and February of this year, I’ve had well over 20 interviews alone between Dropbox and Google, to say nothing of the number of interviews I’ve had with other lesser known companies of similar and different ilks. After great assist play from an old friend, I was invited to interview with Dropbox in San Francisco for a role as a contracts analyst. I was euphoric. But upon being turned down weeks later — the first of many rejections— following what I felt was an absolutely stellar interview process, I was brought back down to earth, and reminded that we live in an age where one needs to pay an unconscionable amount of dinero for a master’s degree just to be sufficiently qualified to answer phones for some bigwig — competition is steep, in a nutshell.
This post will take on a different form from my previous ones, in that it will take on no form. I don’t care for structure right now. And I’m not going to focus on coming across as smart, using unnecessarily big words and long sentences. I’m just going to write.
Ostensibly, I have no business learning computer programming. I don’t claim to have a desire to be a software engineer. I have a negligible number of apps on my phone compared with the next person — I have a tenuous interest in them as a discipline and I certainly don’t desire to be an app developer. I’ll admit, I like the idea of building websites; still, to say I want to be trapped behind a computer for hours on end engrossed in one would be a lie.
I personally feed off of the stories, irrespective of the arena, of those who started with nothing, but managed to reach heights previously unfathomable. I mean, we all love a good underdog story, right? Especially when this underdog accomplishes that which he or she set out to do. This story excites us; when read right, it motivates us, it inspires us.