Get a piece of paper from a university (degree). Then find a company that will pay you. They will waste your potential, your health, and your youth in exchange for mediocre pay - enough that you have a decent life, but never enough for you to be able to quit. You will be bored and eventually you will be fired when you get older, nut not old enough to retire.
- Write thousands of lines of code and learn from your (inevitable) mistakes.
- Read books and articles written by people who are smarter than you are.
- Work with people who you can learn from.
Always share knowledge with those who know less and learn as much as you can from those who know more. Help others, ask questions, practice and try to have fun while doing it!
Good luck :)
When getting assignments
When attending meetings
When things are due
Engineers are notorious for recording artifacts of everything. I noticed when I started to do that, my skills and performance increased significantly.
"Ars longa, vita brevis."