I've always been interested in computers and technology ever since I was a teenager. I earned a CompTIA A+ certification when I was 16, and took two years of programming courses where I was introduced to Java and C++. However life had different plans for me, and immediately after high school I secured a great job doing Mineral Title Research in the Oil & Gas industry.
Fourteen years later, I had an epiphany that I've never really loved any of my previous jobs. They were simply a tool that I used in order to make money. I liked various aspects of each job, but I couldn't say that I liked doing the actual jobs themselves. I understand that it sounds corny, but finally I understood the phrase "if you love what you do, then you never work a day in your life".