In this video, we're going to discuss a new series I've been eager to explore. Before we delve into it, I'd like to shed some light on why I'm shifting my focus towards more hands-on experience and a deeper comprehension of concepts. Presently, I'm actively pursuing a certification, and while I won't go into too much detail about it just yet (as I'm on the cusp of completing it), I intend to share more about it once it's behind me. This certification will mark a significant milestone, and it's likely to be my last for quite some time. This isn't to say that I won't pursue more certifications; in fact, I have my eyes on the OSCP, but I want to take a break from certifications for an extended period.

My rationale for this shift is that I'm now at a stage in my career where I yearn to engage in more practical work, gain hands-on experience, and achieve a profound understanding of concepts. No more theoretical or bookish pursuits; I'm eager to roll up my sleeves, build labs, and immerse myself in a wide range of technologies. I've been doing this to some extent already. When I undertake an exam, I place significant emphasis on practical labs and a thorough understanding of the underlying concepts. This approach is what enamored me with the field in the first place, whether it's IT-related work or the exploration of various other technologies. I'm excited to rekindle that passion and focus on building, as well as grasping concepts more deeply.

Now, let's talk about the new series of projects I'm planning. These projects have a somewhat self-serving purpose, but that's life; sometimes, we need to act in our own best interests. I'm pursuing these projects to facilitate my personal growth and immerse myself in a wide array of technologies. However, the most significant objective is to push myself out of my comfort zone. I believe that to grow and adapt to new challenges, one must continually challenge oneself, not only within the professional realm but outside of it as well. This approach can help make professional challenges more manageable. Hence, I'm eager to embrace hands-on labs, build new things, and grasp concepts at a deeper level.

While I'm not an educator, I am confident that many individuals will find value in the content I'm going to create. This is because my motivation extends beyond personal accomplishment. I want to document my journey, as I believe that individuals just starting out in IT, those at a similar career stage as I am, and even those more advanced in their careers can glean valuable insights. I plan to provide detailed content, aiming to ensure that it resonates with diverse audiences.

For me, the ultimate goal is to challenge myself and overcome the limitations of being an introvert.  I don't enjoy talking much, and I want to get better at that. I want to test my ability to learn a concept, explain it effectively to others, and then document it. I intend to share this documentation on my website and YouTube, making it accessible to a broader audience. It's about sharing my journey, successes, and even failures. People can find value in witnessing my progress, learning from my mistakes, and seeing the challenges I encounter and overcome.

Inevitably, I'll make mistakes and stumble along the way. However, I firmly believe that this is an integral part of the learning process. As I mentioned earlier, I find immense value in such experiences, and I believe many others will too. So, consider my content as a means of personal growth, not perfection.

I'm eager to encourage feedback from the community. I'm not ego-driven, and I'm open to advice and suggestions. If you have better ideas or improvements for the projects I'm working on, please don't hesitate to share them. Your feedback is invaluable in my pursuit of personal and professional growth.

For those of you who are just starting out or at a similar career stage, I hope you find value in the content I'll create. I anticipate that I'll benefit from this endeavor, and it's exciting to embark on this journey together. 

The New Series Structure

The new series I have in mind will be structured in seasons, each focusing on a different aspect of technology and growth.

In Season One, which we're commencing shortly, we'll start from the ground up. This season will guide us through setting up an entire infrastructure, from servers to hypervisors, backup systems, and everything you'd typically encounter in a small office setting. We'll delve into domain controllers, DHCP, DNS, and establish various servers, constructing a comprehensive topology to illustrate the entire process. Season One is all about building from scratch, establishing our infrastructure, and configuring applications on top of it. We'll explore how all the intricate elements interconnect, covering DNS, DHCP, and much more.

Season Two will shift our focus to automation. We'll delve deeper into the DevOps realm, aiming to automate the environment we manually constructed in Season One. Our objective will be to streamline the process, enabling the swift creation of a fully functional environment with the click of a button or the execution of a command. Automation is key in simplifying these tasks.

Season Three will likely revolve around containerization. We'll examine the possibilities of containerizing our environment, which also ties into the DevOps landscape. I'm relatively new to DevOps, so this season will be a learning experience as we explore tools like Terraform and Ansible, among others, to containerize our setup.

Season Four might see us migrate our environment to the cloud. Each season brings fresh challenges and opportunities for growth. While the specific topics of future seasons are yet to be determined, the core principle remains the same: I aim to challenge myself in unique ways, providing content that isn't repetitive. If someone ever asks how to do something, I can point them to a specific season and episode that addresses their query. Every season, I aspire to push myself further and grow in the process.

Perhaps a future season could be dedicated to preparing for the OSCP certification, providing an insight into my journey and the challenges I face. 

Final Thoughts

As an introvert, this will be a personal challenge, and I hope to document it effectively. I'm not seeking perfection; rather, I'm inviting you to witness and participate in my continuous growth. Don't view the upcoming projects as perfect creations. Instead, see them as platforms for growth. I'll make mistakes, encounter hurdles, and learn from them. The journey is what counts, and I believe that this approach will resonate with many of you. So, stay tuned for more exciting content. Until next time, keep exploring. I'll see you in the next one!

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About the author

Paul Koroma

Hey there, I'm Paul—a relentless seeker of knowledge and an IT enthusiast on a quest for personal growth. Soccer and IT have always ignited a fire within me, igniting my drive to create Koroma Tech. It's not just my own journey; it's an opportunity to uplift others as I forge my path in this ever-evolving field. Challenges excite me—they're the fuel for my growth. Every day presents a new hurdle, but it's a challenge I've learned to embrace wholeheartedly.