You walk to the beat of a different drummer. Perhaps college, vocational or technical school is not for you, and those expensive training boot camps are out of reach. Fear not: You can find plenty of opportunities to gain skills and experience to parlay into a full-time networking job.
You bought this book because you're a self-starter. If you're going to dive in and learn networking with the hands-on techniques discussed in this chapter, you're a self-starter on steroids — the best kind! By their very nature, most technology workers are curious and driven to learn, and you shouldn't be surprised to discover that many networking professionals — even those well established in their careers — employ one or more approaches discussed in this chapter. For them, what they do in their day job is not enough. They want more — and they get more by using one of the means discussed here.
Put these ideas to work, and you'll be well on your way to becoming a hacker. We mean hacker in the traditional, positive sense: a hobbyist, a tinkerer, someone who wants to get inside the technology to learn how it works and make it better.
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