Gain IT and Coding Experience While Being a Gas Pumper in the Military!

Do you have what it takes to ensure success?

What do you do if you are faced with a problem?  For example…your brakes sound like metal rubbing against metal even when you aren’t pressing the pad!  Do you take it to a repair shop, or do you pull up your sleeves and fix the problem?

Turns out this is a simple issue (looking back of course).  The brake rotors are trash!  How do I know that?  Because when I was a teenager I couldn’t afford to take my Eclipse GSX to a repair shop….AND lacked the confidence to fix the rotors myself!  YouTube wasn’t a thing back then.  However…after about 10,000 miles and a stern talk from my dad about “dude…you could die with no brakes”…I started pulling everything apart using a Chiltons manual that made zero sense to me!  End result – Problem Solved!  Well…sort of….that Eclipse was a piece of shit….haha!

Fast forward what feels like 160 years later and it’s an absolute no brainer….just go to your local parts store, buy new rotors (new brakes as well) and replace the components….save $400 bucks!   Aka…new tools!  At least that’s what I tell my wife….”yep, need this tool for that”…lol!!  It’s better to beg for forgiveness than to ask for permission in my opinion!  Disclaimer: (This has NOT worked out well for me in the past)  One time I bought a truck without talking to her…..B.A.D. idea!!  #Sendit

Anyway, let’s replace brakes and rotors with every single problem you are faced with in life.  What do you do?  The answer is that far fewer people than you might realize, will pull up their sleeves, figure it out, and make sh$t happen. However, this is the EXACT mindset you need to have in order to be incredibly successful.  You fail Forward….a L.O.T.  Wash, rinse, repeat until the problem is solved. 

Story transition time!!  (Where the hell is he going with this?)  Yea, yea….I know….chill….I’m getting there!  I’m not an English major so work with me.

IT, Coding, Machine Learning, Cyber Security, etc….  These jobs are absolutely BLOWING up in today’s economy and they aren’t going away anytime soon.  In fact, any STEM related degree is incredibly marketable.  But here is the catch….you joined the military and pump gas, or build bombs, drive tanks, you’re infantry, etc….(I was a gas pumper and absolutely loved it).  However, my career field isn’t well known for producing geniuses….lol.  To be honest….after this post I’m going to go eat a blue crayon.  Judge me if you will….I don’t care!

Look, jokes aside…here is the God’s honest truth.  If you truly want to land a job, or solve ANY problem that seems incredibly complicated, (even unachievable) I can promise you this.  It’s doable.  You just need to put in the work.

What IS hard is getting the confidence to say….”yes I can”.  Then work your butt off to learn a new skill, or to solve said problem by never giving up.

You would think this is a no brainer, but I PROMISE you, some of the most rigid, smart, egotistical, extroverted, or introverted people struggle with a real fear of failing (whether they realize it without professional help or not). It ultimately boils down to “what others might think”.  It’s a perception/insecurity issue (cognitive bias) that holds them back.  It’s a pretty serious issue in my personal opinion, but that is for a different post.

Learn more about cognitive biases HERE and be a pro at reading people and learn more about yourself!

Back to success and stuff!

Some people make this seem effortless, while the rest of us (myself included) have to work 10 times harder to make “success” happen.  What we don’t realize is that the person who made it seem easy is almost NEVER going to say “that was incredibly hard”  let me help you, allow me to show you how I was able to achieve X, Y, or Z.  Some people do, and they are incredible human beings!  We should ALL strive to be like this! 

So, success isn’t “complicated” it just takes HARD work and NEVER giving up.  Yes, you can 100 percent go from pumping gas, building bombs, driving tanks, being infantry, working on submarines and ships to a career that is completely different than what you were trained to do in the military.  If you paid attention (truly cared) the military taught you grit, work ethic, never giving up, understanding that nothing is achieved without a team, and to be smart, yet very humble.  These traits are your future success.  Not your experience as a gas pumper!

The below picture, AND link will take you to an absolute beginner course (it’s free) that is offered by Harved.  Subject is Introduction to Computer Science.  This will teach you the basics of IT and coding.  THIS is a great starting point for those of you have followed along thus far.  (Most won’t make it this far).  Comment Below if you did!

Ok, cool dude….how do I get experience?   Easy…find problems and SOLVE them using your new coding experience.  Document everything!  Use this data when applying for a Skillbridge program and take your transition seriously (you owe it to yourself). 

If you continue to stay smart, humble, and hungry you will be VERY marketable with your new skills!

You’re NOT dumb.  Fear is our worst enemy.  It’s ok to fail….this is how you learn.  What happens if you fail this course?

Nothing….aside from the fact that you learned something, which is a hell of a lot more valuable than not taking a chance.

Pro Tip:  Anything that sucks builds character.  Also, it just so happens that character cannot be taught!  So…if you have the skills and you have great character, while your competition has the same skills but they have a crappy attitude or outlook…..who do you think is going to land the job? 

Click the below picture to enroll into Harvard’s free Introduction to Computer Science course.

Harvard CS50 “Introduction to Computer Science”

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