I’m Tiger Abrodi.
I was born and raised in Sweden.
I was born with hearing loss.
So I hear about 60% less than your average person.
One of the restrictions it imposed on me is the things I can become.
I’m not sure how it is in every country.
But growing up, I was told I can’t become a pilot among other things.
Moving to Germany
Growing up, I was an obese gaming addict.
I moved from Sweden to Germany at the age of 14.
That’s when I began thinking about my future.
I always wanted to become a professional eSports player.
I loved the game CS:GO.
I lost two of my academic years since I had to learn German.
I felt like I was behind.
I felt like I had to succeed urgently.
At 15, I dabbled in some coding and started kickboxing.
At 16, I started web development seriously over at Codecademy.
At 18, I made a commitment to myself:
A year from now, I’ll drop out of high school and land a job as a software engineer.
At 19, I dropped out of high school and began working as a Junior Frontend Developer.
I worked hard and diversified my learning in every way possible:
Volunteering in communities
Writing blog posts
Building side projects
2021 was an intensive year for me. I’d wake up at 5 every morning and use every single paid vacation to grind.
1.5 years later, after dropping out, I landed two 6-figure offers.
Now, I’m working as a Senior Software Engineer making 6-figures.
I’m the biggest Naruto fan.
Naruto helped me through my toughest time:
The time I was dropping out and trying to find my first developer job.
Everyone discouraged me.
No one believed in me.
People called me names.
But I never gave up.
Nothing and no one will stop my relentless spirit.