Review of “Infosec Rock Star: How to Accelerate Your Career Because Geek Will Only Get You So Far”

The book is scratching the surface but outlining important challenges

I don’t know Ted Demopoulos personally and haven’t heard of him before this book went viral in security industry, so my review should be pretty objective and honest.

I love that people in our industry contribute to common well being and support others in finding their meaning, passion and general direction in life. This is awesome, which is why I’m giving additional point for that.

Here comes the shittiest comment a reader can ever write – I didn’t like how lengthy the book is ROI-wise. There is a lot of stuff that can be cut out and the book would be still the same. It’s not that I don’t like lengthy books, because reading books that go beyond thousand pages isn’t new to me, but I always measure how much time do I need to invest in book and how much value I’m going to get out of it. Anyways, for most people this is a perfect starting book and don’t let this opinion put you off track. Just because something was repetitive to me, doesn’t mean it won’t be exactly what you’re looking for. Different people consume content differently and I actually do believe that Ted’s storytelling can change lives of many.

I’d recommend it for all security newbies — for whom this is pure gold — and for people who haven’t really read much about career development, self development, personal branding and such. If you’ve read dozens of hundreds of books from giants like Godin, Vaynerchuk, Robbins, Ferris, Duhigg and similar, you’re better off just skimming thru book to find what’s specific to security industry and what challenges Ted faced as opposed to reading it thoroughly like I did in search for life changing nuggets.

Parts about his challenges, attitude towards life and success where inspirational and I definitely taken away a few things from it. It embraced some of the things I already knew and gave me some more strength, because life it’s far less stressful when you know you’re not alone with your problems in this industry.

Thanks Ted for this book, I appreciate your work and will recommend it widely. I acknowledge that it just isn’t a book for me, but I know for a matter of fact lots and lots of people can learn plenty from it, especially when it comes to the social skills part.
It’s a good knowledge pill which can open eyes of many people, who can then do in-depth research on their own. Using an authority to introduce people to the world of self development, it’s a noble and terrific mission, thank you Ted.

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