It's funny that you of all people responded. I found a response from you in another thread (prior to creating this one) so I went through some of your posts to see your opinions and to do some more research. That, and I enjoy reading posts from those in the industry currently. To answer your question, although it's rhetorical (at least, the way I interpret it), I want to be a professional programmer (more specifically a game developer, but I'd like to branch myself out because I feel like the industry may be out of grasp for me), so it appears the next steps for me is to pick up a C++ book and try really hard to study these concepts and work my way towards becoming a professional.
Thank you for your insight, hopefully I can motivate myself to continue past my frustrations.