Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with computers. More specifically- gadgets! I still remember to this day tinkering with the little Samsung phone- the one that slid up and opened, and I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. Opening Opera Mini and playing games on that mini thing brought me indescribable joy. Or just opening up the entire CPU and being able to put it back together- the proudest moment of my life.

Technology has stayed with me throughout my life. A lot of things have changed in my life over the past few years- from my relationships to my career, my health- everything. But something that hasn’t changed is my passion for tech. It’s something that has always fascinated me, no matter what.

So, to no surprise, I decided to pursue a career in the same domain. I’ve worked for FinTech startups, and am now working for one of the biggest FinTech organizations in the world as a Software Engineer. In the spirit of honesty, not all the experience I’ve had came from the traditional 9-5 jobs. In fact, most of it came from freelancing on Upwork and Fiverr, independent consulting, and just trying different things out, seeing what works and what doesn’t.

I pursued my career and got a nice cushioned job in one of the largest FinTech firms out there. I should be happy, right?! Right?! I wasn’t. Like many, I got caught up in the rat race and pursued something I had no interest in.

“But wait, Zack! You like Tech, and pursued a career in it. So, what’s the problem ?”

Well, think of it like this. Let’s say you like being a doctor, and like helping people. But there are a lot of doctors- neurosurgeons, general physicians, orthodontists- you get the point. If you don’t know what you exactly want, you’ll never be happy. Not truly.
Over time I realized that what I do love in reality is gadgets. Testing gadgets, tweaking them, reviewing them, refining our day-to-day lives with them- that sorta stuff. And I am damn good at it too, or so I’ve been told. I’ll let you be the judge of that 🙂

I like my job and am not stating otherwise. But have you ever had that feeling, the voice in your head that says “You aren’t doing enough”? Or the simplest realization that you could have a lot of things that you’ve ever dreamed of, and yet, here you are- dissatisfied? Unhappy? That’s my story. Thats my life in a nutshell! I haven’t had the easiest life, and to be honest, a lot of it is because of me. I never held myself accountable, and played the blame game for far too long, to the point where it was almost now or never.

So what changed?

I realized the truth- that’s what changed. You see, I’ve some dreams in my life. Everyone does. I know that YOU- yes YOU, the reader- have dreams too. I realized that if I don’t act now, I’ll never be able to achieve my dreams. And I can’t take the credit for this realization. Someone close gave me a swift kick in the ass without even meaning to, but they changed my life forever.

So here I am- willing to take a risk and embrace imperfection. I’ve thought of starting a blog many times, as it’ll allow me to share my passion for tech with the world, and hopefully, if I’m lucky enough to have your support, build a community together. But imposter syndrome and just the fear of perfection kept holding me back.
But not anymore. I don’t know everything there is to know in this vast field. No one does. I’m learning, and want to share what I’ve learned in my experience with the rest of you, and have fun along the way!

My most memorable experiences aren’t when I made the most money. Rather when I shared something new with someone, and was able to help them along the way.

Thank You for being here!

If you made it this far, thank you! I appreciate every single one of you, and it means a lot to me that you considered this worth your time. I mean it! Thank you. I hope my story gave you an idea of the kind of person I am, and hope yours gives you peace and happiness!

Zack Michaels