tgoe wrote:"Hacking" is a mindset
Now a days the term "hacking/hacker" gets thrown around pretty loosely. I think it's a combination of the generation and media influences. It doesn't always mean doing what you see in the movies or hear in the news recently. Honestly, if they made a true to life movie about hacking, most people either wouldn't understand it or walk out.
My advice to the OP. Just start learning either development and/or networking. Then branch out from there. Like pretentious said, find what interests you. Try creating a site, it could just be located on the local host. Set up a database, create a login etc.... There are plenty of programming problems on the web which aren't language specific. Do the challenges here at HTS. When you don't know what to do, learn the new technology that is presented to you.