How do I start Hacking?

Often times on the /r/howtohack subreddit you’ll find a post that’s similar to “I want to be a hacker, how do I start?”. My problem with a question like this is its so open ended. Its not precise enough, its not focused. One of the most popular “How to be a hacker” posts defines the term as “most having to do with technical adeptness and a delight in solving problems and overcoming limits”. Most people who have this innate problem solving personality would have already scoured the internet but the sheer level of information out there today is mind boggling. Where do you even start?

That’s what I did, I searched until my eyes bled, Googling my way through trash tutorial after another and marveling in how much information there was. For me, the problem was there was too much of it and I had no idea where to begin. I bounced from project to project which gave me no real results. I found my way through formal education and job experience and I hope to relay some of that structure here with the Roadmap.