what worked for me back when I was getting started lifting was doing a 5x5 for pull ups. I believe I started being able to do 1 or 2, then over the course of a few months I was able to do a full 5x5, then I started adding wieghts. as long as your diet/rest is in order you will progress.
I don't do this for my family, my friends, women, accolades, pride, or ego. I do it for me and no one else, its just part of who I am.