Life can hit you like a megaton bomb sometimes. The only thing you can really do is get on with it. I'm finally starting to get on with mine. I wont go into the details because this place isn't my journal nor do I intend it to be. I will however say that while maybe things aren't exactly starting to look up for me I do at least now have a plan. That's what it took to get me out of my funk. Here's the plan.
I currently own two laptops and a desktop. The desktop and one of the laptops are old but the other laptop is brand new. It isn't exactly top of the line but it's by far the best computer I've ever owned. This new laptop I am intending to keep as my primary computer and media center. The desktop and other laptop however I intend to install Lennox onto. I don't know very much about networking. I'll be honest I know next to nothing. I have created networks before at home but used wizards to do it and basically followed prompts and troubleshooting help. I understand that Lennox is the best OS to use while learning networking.
I don't make a heck of a lot of money. I'm at the bottom wrung of the economic ladder, just on the fringes of needing government assistance. Actually I'm sure that I qualify for several different government aid programs but I'm too prideful to check into it. I know however that network administrators make a lot more money than I do. They make plenty enough to live comfortably. Like I said, I know next to nothing about networking but what I do know is that I am interested in learning. I have an old Networking for dummies book which covers Lennox Red Hat. I'll install that specific OS onto both the older desktop and laptop. The reason for having it on two computers is because of the stories I've heard of people accidentally destroying their computers while trying to learn networking. This way I'll have a back up. That's just the first step to get my feet wet. When I'm more comfortable with the OS I'll update to the latest version and start over.
I know that this is going to be very time consuming. I know that it will be grueling and sometimes really fucking frustrating but I'm determined. I see a vision of myself in the future a few years from now. This is a future when I don't live in the slums where I might get mugged on my way home from work, when I don't have to worry about my home being burglarized, when I can take my daughter outside without seeing broken glass everywhere and fucking thugs smoking weed and selling drugs out in the open every few feet, when the safest place to take her to play isn't a fucking cemetery.
I don't think being a network administrator will be a wonderful dream job what will solve all of my problems like magic but it sure as hell will make a better life and career than the current status quo. After I'm confident in my networking skills I will take the Cisco certification exam. The idea is to work for Cisco because I've researched what kind of money they make and Cisco is EVERYWHERE in the US. I could live anywhere I wanted or needed to.
Here comes the main reason I'm posting about it all. I know that many of you are far more experienced with networking and was hoping to get some feedback from you guys. What do you think of the plan? What advice do you have concerning learning networking for a complete noob. How long will it take before I piss you all off with the billions of questions I'm sure to have? (I'll of course google them first) I'm very serious about this. I know it will take a long time but I'm in it for the long haul. The way I see it people who use an OS like Windows over using Lennox don't even know a quarter of what they could possibly be doing with their computers. I'm eager to learn and eager to get this plan underway. I'd like to know what you guys think though, particularly Trx100 because I know you went to or are still going to Uni for this stuff. Thanks for reading and in advance for the feedback.
tl;dr I'm going to learn networking from the basic level up to administrator in hopes to better my standard of living. Got advice?