Saturday, June 11, 2011

Don't Be A Prick

There is an attitude that is very prevalent in the infosec community. That is arrogance. People who have been told too many times that they are "uber smart leet hackers" and this praise creates an aura that repulses anyone who can see past the facade. Here is a simple idea to ponder on; Arrogance = insecurty + fear.

These people's greatest fears are to be regarded as normal. They are terrified at the thought of their people not respecting them. They fear the judgments of others. And that, my friends is why an arrogant person is the weakest form. A meek individual may be scared of what others think, but at least they wont throw someone in front of a bus to show their muscles.

So let me end on a few simple notes. There was a time you knew nothing, that time has never went away. Your pride simply outgrew your knowledge. If you are looking for a dose of modesty, then here is a spoonful:

One day, everything you know, everything you have, and everything you love will be gone. On that day, there will only be one thing that remains; your memory. You better make DAMN sure that memory of you is a good one. That is your heaven. That is your hell. That is your soul.

Imagine if there was no more tomorrow for you; everyone else goes on, but you don't. Your possessions get divided up and taken by others. Your loved ones will move on and concern themselves with someone else. But there is one thing that remains in the minds of everyone. Your influence, your ideals, your philosophies carry on in those who cared. Those who were touched by your mind. Touched in a positive way, not an arrogant, self-serving, or egotistical way. Not a way that makes people feel like an idiot or a moron that doesn't deserve his own voice.

Next time you are faced with a situation in which you can raise someone up or bring them down, remember the truth of your life - that it ends.

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