I feel like I’ve been misleading you for over a year.
LinkedIn has been a great platform for me as an outlet. It allows me to deliver my thoughts into the hands of people that maybe take interest in them.
However, I don’t want to mislead you. Before take my advice, here are things that I feel you need to know.
1. I have no college degree. I went to a tech school 25 years ago that went out of business and is non existent now. Basically my “Diploma” is worthless from them.
2. I’m average. When it comes to deep knowledge in things, I’m average. So many people are WAY above me.
3. I don’t have a slew of really cool acronyms after my name. At one time I had my MCSE for NT4 and Windows 2000, then some GIAC certs. Yes, I was a cert chaser back in the “old’n days”, but I quickly stopped when I realized I wasn’t getting the return on investment. I realized I was just studying to pass the exams.
4. I may look like I have it all together, but I really don’t. I struggle coming up with content sometimes. I say “typically” way too much when I’m doing speaking engagements. Sometimes I even wear the same socks I wore the day before because the laundry isn’t caught-up.
However, here IS what I have to offer:
I’ve been in this field for 25 years. Worked from Helpdesk to Systems Admin, Network Admin, Consultant, Defensive Security, Offensive Security, Security Auditing (PCI-QSA and other frameworks), vCISO. In that particular order. I never planned on becoming a vCISO. Companies started reaching out to me because they saw something they liked. Before I knew it, I was utilizing the skills learned through my career to serve in this capacity.
So what really IS my niche? How have I been successful?
Looking back, it has been my ability to adapt, connect to people, listen well to their needs, and then communicate well. In a nutshell, I’m a problem solver. I know how to solve problems in this industry. I know how to use my resources. I know how to make people work together as a team. I know how to achieve (sometimes exceed) goals. No matter what field you are in, if you have the ability to solve problems, you will be successful.
Although I don’t consider myself an expert at anything, what I do know is that I’ve been around the block. I love this industry and know it well.
So here I am. Just an average guy with his own life problems. Still stumbling through it trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up. In the meantime, I’ll keep solving problems. Problems for others, and even some of my own. Do I struggle with this thing called Imposter Syndrome? Absolutely. But I leverage it every single day to become better at what I do.
So, if you can deal with all of this, please, let’s stay connected.
So tell me, what things do YOU struggle with?
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