Hey readers, its been a minute since my last post but decided to jot a few thoughts down here on the blog. I would like to start off by saying that EGO in the security community can be disgusting. There are so many people out there that think they are better than others or know more than the guy they are talking too and I think that is just plain arrogance and EGO. Successful people help others to be successful. Unsuccessful people get their kicks in when others fail. Ive seen this time and time again. Another good example is that positive people tend to be successful. Negative people tend to be unsuccessful and I have also personally experienced that as well. Its important to surround yourself with positive people. Its important to surround yourself with people who support you. Get away from the negativity, its contagious and the next thing you know, negativity will be spewing out of your own mouth onto others. You don't want that.
Something else that I wanted to talk about is skill, especially in the security field. This field is so vast it is impossible to master all of it. I think if your up and coming, and getting a feel for the different areas, that’s perfect, that’s what you should be doing. Get a feel for what you like and what you don’t like. Get yourself well rounded, participate in the community, maybe participate with some open source projects or start your own. Attend your local hackerspace group or start one. If you want get better then you have to ask yourself how to do it. You want to attach yourself, embed yourself in the community and become a part of it. You will meet awesome friends. The security community is massive but I am often shocked in how small it really is. Eventually its like everybody knows everybody. If you can make it out to a defcon, derbycon, schmoocon, any hacker related conferences or even your smaller bsides. Go for it. If you cannot afford to buy a ticket, often times you can volunteer.
Too many people try to do too many things at one time. People also overload themselves with trying to learn everything at one time. That tends to be scatter brained and in the long run, its best for you to go through one thing at a time. Lets do another example..... Lets say your browsing at books. (yes i still love holding books in my hand) You see a couple with various topics that sound interesting to you.... Violent Python, The Web Application Hacker's Handbook, Hacking Exposed, etc etc... Just get one. Pick one and study one, that’s it. Same goes for those of you who like ebooks, pdf's etc. Dont grab everything you can and then just read one or two pages out of all of them. Take a look, pick one, and master it. Lastly, its the same for skills. If you pick something, finish it. Finish what you started. Do not give up on what you are doing, do yourself right by finishing what you started, and then go from there.
If you like web application penetration testing, then master it the best you can. If you like reverse engineering, then master that the best you can. If you can, and you will with enough determination and dedication, be good at one thing. Once your good at it, then become great at it, once you become great at it, then mater it.
Lastly to all you guys, nobody is going to give you anything. If you want something, you have to put in the effort and dedication. Here are some quotes to ponder.... thanks for reading fellas.
"To Get Something You Never Had, You Have To Do Something You Never Did". ~Denzel Washington
“A boy comes to me with a spark of interest, I feed the spark and it becomes a flame. I feed the flame and it becomes a fire. I feed the fire and it becomes a roaring blaze.” ~Cus D'Amato