[USER=“10627”]2ndwolf[/USER] , hopefully my story will help you.
I’m 18 years old right now.
I started to learn how to program when I was 13 years old. I was shit back then, but after school i always came back home to keep learning. I even read books during boring classes at school (if someone tells you that school is important, he’s wrong. School helps you, but there are classes that at some extent doesn’t. For instance literature was not important for me, nor helped me), and I sometimes preffered to make programming projects than do homework. Everyone told me that I would not enter a good university or get a good job with my grades, but guess what? When I was 17 i participated on a contest organized by the Harvard University and Facebook. I won (First worldwide CS50 Puzzle day: https://medium.com/@cs50/this-was-cs50x-puzzle-day-2016-1b1519b77353 ).
When I was on senior year of high school I received a full scholarship by the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) to attend the 4th class of the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (http://bootcamp.mit.edu/), but in the end I couldn’t due to VISA. I didn’t have enough proofs of attatchment to my country (I was on last year of high school. My theory is that they thought that I would stay to live at the US).
Opportunites come, opportunities go.
Anyway I started making money when I was 15-16 years old, doing freelancing online (promoting myself on linkedin, freelancer.com, upwork.com, etc). it was really great. I did not earn much money, but it was really fun. I started to feel how it was to be rewarded for hard work. And when I started senior year of high school I received a phone call from a person speaking english (I live in Ecuador. A spanish speaking country at south america). It was an american businessman who recently opened offices at my country and was seeking for programmers. I was not searching for a job… heck I was still at school. But he saw all my projects online, he saw my CV (resum