The most common definition of a hacker is: “A person who uses computers to gain knowledge”. The word has had different meanings over the years and can still sound positive or negative depending on the context where it’s used.

Hackers are usually people who write code. Highly skilled programmers who can work 24-hour days in front of a screen typing commands and writing instructions that most people would not understand. At least that’s what Hollywood wants us to think, right?

Technology changed the rules of the game

But let’s take a step back and think about the evolution of technology during the past 20 years. Before the 90’s, information was mostly available in books and schools. If you wanted to learn something back then, you would have to go to a library and borrow a bunch of books or attend an evening class to learn more.

Today, all of the world’s information is accessible through a simple Google search. You can basically sit in front of  a computer and learn as much as you want from a wide array of sources.

Knowledge is power

Knowledge is power and never before in human history has that power been so easy to get access to. We don’t even have to memorize all of what we learn as that information is always just a Google search or a bookmark away.

These days, people who know how to use technology have an unfair advantage over those who don’t. And this does not apply solely to computer programmers. If you know how to set up instant job alerts whenever something of interest pops up online, you are one step ahead of the person who just manually browses through Monster once a week.

If you are a photographer and know how to use Photoshop, then you have an advantage over photographers who don’t. You’ll be able to make your pictures look better, no matter what.

Morpheus: Their strength and their speed are still based on a world that is built by rules. Because of that, they will never be as strong or as fast as you can be.

Neo : What? Are you trying to tell me that I can dodge bullets?

Morpheus : No, Neo. I’m trying to tell you that when you’re ready, you won’t have to.

Hacking is not about spending hours in front of a computer anymore. It’s about learning how to make that computer work for you while you sleep. It’s about making that computer help you gain your very own unfair advantage over anybody else.

This is exactly what “Hacking the Matrix” is all about. We’re not going to write about code. Instead, we’re going to tell you about strategies you could use to improve your productivity, your career, your skills.

It is now totally up to you

You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Image: Hacker lines by marcelocampi.

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