Growing up an introvert, I’ve always been confused (and jealous) of how easy it was for extroverts to make friends. Social skills never made logical sense. It had too many variables and conditions to break down into a step-by-step process. Worse of all, whenever I asked for advice, people would tell me that social skills is an art, not a science. They tell me that I simply needed to be myself.

Thanks a lot.

The problem with networking advice

Just like social advice, networking advice is often given by well adjusted people who were raised in socially rich environments. Connecting with people comes naturally to…


Average life expectancy of an American: 78.7 years. After subtracting 18 years for childhood and 10 years for retirement, you’re realistically left with 50.7 years of your “prime”.

Every second of your life is a resource. Every activity pursued is an investment of that resource. Time is money, except much more valuable. Therefore, any activity that requires any significant amount of time or money deserves a realistic cost/benefit analysis. And an earnest effort (from you) to make sure you get the most out of that investment.

I learned this the hard way …

It took me 4 years and hundreds of thousands of dollars (in the form…


On August 7th, 2017, I will be embarking on the path to becoming a web developer. How I ended up here still amazes me.

Life before bootcamp

Only a year ago, I sat in my 9–5 cubicle with a cushy job at the University of Miami. I had security, but was miserable. In search of something new, exciting, and rewarding, I poked my head into quite a few different endeavors:

  • Life Coaching — I found an interesting TED-x talk on YouTube about academic coaching. I had some experience tutoring, so I emailed the speaker to get some tips on how to get started…

Ryan Wang

Writing code at Ironhack Miami. Full-Stack Javascript Developer

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