Most people die without even realizing how much knowledge they kept in secret because they used to think it was irrelevant to share with the world.
Most people don’t utilize maximum of their potential because they aren’t self confident and those who do believe in their strength sometimes end up too early because of being impatient and expecting results instead of interesting journey.
I’m now learning how to do all those things so I live with lesser regrets knowing I’ve tried. Some human got to have a mission or even better – a few of them – otherwise life turns into an empty dark place we don’t want to live anymore as everything looks like meaningless shit.
Life gets overwhelming when you start asking yourself questions about the meaning of life and your role in this circus. Understanding that you have a meaning in the little world around you – local society – such as workplace, church or gym helps a lot.
It’s tough to get yourself started when Agile SDLC is new to you, but when you tweak some processess and adjust them, you’ll be able to increase your productivity. Software engineers must take security department into account but you also must learn from they how to be effective without disturbing their workflow.
Before you start working with engineers, make sure you have support of execs, learn what are the business objectives in your company, what are the points of focus for management and then adjust your latter engagements basing on the data you collected. It’s hard to provide a generic recommendations because each organization and each exec is different, so you need to learn how to approach them on individual basis. No leadership, no time, no budget, no resources = no security improvement + your burnout.
Earlier you start, the most effective you’re going to be for two main reasons. One is that people won’t even have a chance to form bad habits if security was always in place and the second is that it’s more expensive to change architecture design and refactor a finished product.
Everyone thinks they know how to read books. And I was nohow different, for years wasting the potential of tens of books I’ve read only because I didn’t know how to extract the value from them.
No one ever showed me how to do it, until I’ve spent myself hundreds of hours reading hundreds of books and finally something clicked. While I believe there is much more yet to come and surprise me, I feel like I’m still in far better situation than myself from just a couple years ago.
As one of the most profound moments of my life I felt like this is something I must share as I’m believer in the premise that everyone should have acccess to quality education and the thing with quality education is that it ain’t one unless you make it such.
Some time ago, a couple of colleagues asked me if I can recommend a couple of good books. It’s been quite a few books which have helped me change my life, so I created for them a solid list of books that made a positive impact on my life. They liked some of them and I could see their burning desire to consume those resources seeking something that will help them shape a better future for themselves.
If myself and couple of my colleagues enjoyed those books and had any positive outcome from them I believe it’s worth sharing with bigger audience.
By no means those are all of the books on the subjects, there are many more great resources, but I’m sharing with you the ones which I remember reading in past ~2years and only those which I can truly recommend as worth your time.
I hope some of them will help you get your shit together and live a better life.
Seth Godin “Poke the box”
Steven Pressfield “Do the work”
Steven Pressfield “The war of art”
Seth Godin “Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?”
Cal Newport “Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World”
Seth Godin “The Dip”
Gary Vaynerchuk “Crush It!: Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion“
Seth Godin “Leap First”
Richard Branson: “Screw it, let’s do it. Lessons in life.”
Malcolm Gladwell “Outliers: The Story of Success”
Mark Cuban “How to win at the sport of business”
Seth Godin “Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us”
Leadership and management:
Simon Sinek “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action”
Teresa Amabile “The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work”
Simon Sinek “Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t”
John C. Maxwell “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership: Follow Them and People Will Follow You “”
Patrick Lencioni “The advantage: Why organizational health trump everything else in business”
Patrick Lencioni “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable”
Guy Kawasaki “Enchantment The art of changing hearts, minds and actions”
Joel Spolsky “Smart and gets things done: Joel Spolsky’s concise guide to finding the best technical talent”
Jack Welch “Jack: Straight from the Gut”
Jack Welch “Winning”
Jack Welch “Winning — Answers”
Andrew S. Grove “High Output Management”
Jocko Willink “Extreme Ownership”
Rric Greitens “Resilience: Hard-Won Wisdom for Living A Better Life”Learning how to be better employee and entrepreneur. Lessons on building businesses and inspiration from the greatest entrepreneurs and visionaires of our era:
Richard Branson “Losing my virginity. The updated story of the world’s greatest enterpreneur”
Seth Godin “The Icarus Deception”
Ben Horowitz “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers”
Ekaterina Walter “Think Like Zuck: The Five Business Secrets of Facebook’s Improbably Brilliant CEO Mark Zuckerberg”
Peter Thiel “Zero to One: Notes on Start Ups, or How to Build the Future”
Walter Isaacson “Steve Jobs”
Leander Kahney “Jony Ive”
Seth Godin “Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable”
Guy Kawasaki “How to drive your competition crazy”
Richard L. Brandt “One click: Jeff Bezos and the rise of amazon.com”
Mark Milian “Letters to Steve: Inside the e-mail inbox of apple’s Steve Jobs”
Jay Elliot, William L. Simon “The Steve Jobs way: iLeadership for a new generation”
Karen Blumenthal “Steve Jobs: The man who thought different”
Leander Kahney “Inside Steve’s brain”
Gary Vaynerchuk “The thank you economy”
George Beahm “I, Steve: Steve Jobs in his own words”
Eric Ries “The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses”
Jim Collins “Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don’t”
Ashlee Vance “Elon Musk: How the Billionaire CEO of SpaceX and Tesla is Shaping our Future”
Malcolm Gladwell “The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference”Personal development, effectiveness and such. Also on how to be a better human being and how to deal with life struggles:
David Allen “Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity”
Charles Duhigg “Smarter faster better. The secrets of being productive”
Charles Duhigg “The power of habit”
Sebastian Kotow, Brian Tracy “Ty postaw na zmianę, my pokażemy ci, jak jej dokonać”
Napoleon Hill “The think and grow rich action pack”
Jack Welch “The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career”
Mike Robbins “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Transform your life with the power of authenticity”
Alice Schroeder “The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life”
Tim Ferris “Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers”
Tim Ferris “The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9–5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich”
Cal Newport “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love”
Steve Chandler “Time Warrior”
Tim Sanders “Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence”
Seneca “On the Shortness of Life: Life Is Long if You Know How to Use It”
Marcus Aurelius “Meditations”
Mark Manson “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life”
Aldous Huxley “Great New World”
Viktor Frankl “Man’s Search for Meaning”
Friedrich Nietzsche “Beyond Good and Evil”
Ryan Holiday “The Daily Stoic: 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living”
Ryan Holiday “Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent”
Ryan Holiday “The Obstacle Is the Way”
Mel Robbins “The 5 Second Rule”
Tony Robbins “Ultimate Power”
Tony Robbins “Awaken the giant within”
Tim Ferris “Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World”
Jordan B. Peterson “Maps of Meaning: The Architecture of Belief”
Jordan B. Peterson “12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos”Learning how human beings are wired and how our brains operate so you can understand yourself and other people better. Also for learning the ropes of social interactions, how to build empathy, strong relationshpis and why your social circles matter:
Reid Hoffman, Ben Casnocha “The start-up of you: adapt to the future, invest in yourself, and transform your career”
Seth Godin “Permission Marketing: Turning Strangers into Friends and Friends into Customers”
His Holiness The Dalai Lama “How to be compassionate: a handbook for creating inner peace and a happier world”
Marshall B. Rosenberg “Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life”
Daniel Kahneman “Thinking, fast and slow”
Deepak Chopra, Rudolph E. Tanzi “Super Brain”
Jerzy Vetulani “Limitless. How is brain controlling us”
Seth Godin “We’re all weird”A bit outdated wisdom, but valuable classics so worth giving a shot:
Sun Tzu “The Art of War”
Dale Carnegie “How to Win Friends & Influence People”
Dale Carnegie “How to Stop Worrying and Start Living”
Together with Ricki Burke we’ve written a good piece of advice for aspiring hackers and InfoSec Professionals-wannabie trying to break into the security industry. Hope this helps new generations of security fellows, and those are the things I really wish I’ve had heard when I was starting out in the field.
Please find our article on pages 24–26 in Australian Cyber Security Magazine: https://issuu.com/apsm/docs/acsm_issue_2_2017