How I Became a Linux Sysadmin in Less Than 2 Years

In November of 2019, I started working as a Tier 1 support agent at a web-hosting company in the Denver, CO area. Just shy of 18 months later I was promoted to Managed Hosting Analyst, which is a Linux Sysadmin role. I retained a couple roles between then. I was promoted to Tier 1 Expert at about 3 months in, and around 9 months later I received a promotion to Advanced Product Support, which is basically a Jr....

May 20, 2021 · 8 min · Alex Kraker

Grit

I recently learned that the greatest predictor of success in an endeavor is not anything you would typically think. It’s not IQ, socioeconomic status… whether you grew up rich or poor, or whether you had good parents. Actually, it’s a difficult to define quality called grit. To give an example, with enough grit you can overcome all odds and become a navy seal. Just take a look at David Goggins. I’m paraphrasing, but he came from a racist part of Alabama....

May 16, 2021 · 3 min · Alex Kraker