I wish I was a hacker.
I literally used to (and still do) day-dream about being a famous ethical hacker.
I sort of was one a long time ago.
In high school, I was able to gain access to the Novell security systems used by the school computers. I was also in a special Cisco class where they taught us to create, modify, and break-in to computer networks.
So I was able to hack into routers, gain teacher access to school computers, and do this totally anonymously.
But I never used these nerdy superpowers to hurt anyone or be malicious. In fact, I used to HELP school administrators clean up the servers from kids putting weird videos and such on the servers….or help with issues they would have.
When I day-dream, I think of telling people at a dinner party, “Me? I’m a hacker. But an ETHICAL hacker! I go to big organizations like NASA, GE, Facebook, Google and try to hack into their systems. Then when I find a vulnerability, I tell them, and they pay me to help fix it!”
I imagine myself making millions of dollars by ethically hacking into these systems.
“Oh yeah, I found a loophole that would give me access to any Gmail account on Google, and showed Google how to fix it….they paid me $900,000 for a one-day consultation”
I dunno….it just sounds so damn COOL to me.
But alas that’s not my skill anymore. I can’t program anymore, and realized in college I was WAY behind the curve in the world of computer programmers (in fact I got kicked out of the computer science program at UT in my first year there because I was SO sucky compared to others)!
So my ambitions of being a super-hero hacker fell through because:
1.) I suck at it….
2.) I’m not willing to put forth the effort to become one….
3.) I don’t really enjoy programing all that much, I just like the “idea” of it.
But….something happened later in life around college where I discovered another super-power:
Writing stuff, doing experiments, and reporting about them in a weird enough way to keep people interested.
It sort of came naturally and by accident.
Like….it was super easy to know what would be more interesting to others….which was the exact opposite of programming which was hard an un-intuitive to me.
This was a Facebook post I saw from Michael Fishman which demonstrated this perfectly:
When I made the KopywritingKourse, it just performed well, people learned, and subsequently lots of people made lots of money from what they learned in that course.
It was easy. It flowed. it was FUN. It was natural.
My superpower had been exposed!
P.S. I ‘m physically sending out five NevBox’s for this post…..just leave a comment on the post letting me know if you have a “super power”….even if it’s kinda dumb, and I might be shipping you a NevBox in the mail! Would love to hear your superpower. I read every comment. (btw, you can’t buy NevBox’s anymore, and if you could, they would cost $97 each…so leave a comment below to enter to win)!
P.P.S. There’s a maid in my hotel room right now making the bed and cleaning stuff while I sit here and type….am I supposed to tip her??