One of the first maxim of this so-called lifestyle was derived from the truism: Nobody knows you’re a dog on the internet. If you’re fourteen and want to become a really smart math-wiz programmer, then take the first maxim as your pill to freedom.
The corollary to that is simply: Nobody wants to hire a fourteen year old. Teen-age economy is basically a consumer ecomony when you’re fourteen, you’re basically damned to sit through long hours of boredom with the short moments of excitement, like going to the mall or something. But there’s an alternative to that boring economic state. Become a really good math-wiz programmer, then create a really cool 3D program and by the time you’re sixteen–you never know–you are already a millionaire.
Though you have to do this in utmost secrecy. You will never tell your friends you have this lifestyle, because nobody should know you’re doing this thing when you’re fourteen.
And if you blow it, then say goodbye to your rep and be eternally damned to being labeled as a freak. Your guitar playing friends who bask in the melodies of Dep Leppard and Others, singing to the tune of ‘Wee Don nee no educa-shun…yo juz a brik in the wo’ will see you then as a leper. Goodbye freak.
This is the time to do it, use that time to develop that skill, hidden and covered. By the time you’re ready, you’ll be smoking them while they figure out what eigenvectors are.