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Flexing those Writing Muscles

An interesting thing happened to me this week.  I got asked to begin blogging publicly for my employer.  What??

About a year ago, I decided to start blogging regularly.  I’d blog here at fauie.com, I’d blog on LinkedIn and try to maintain myself on Twitter.

About 10 months ago, I got asked to build a video course on Neo4J, a NoSQL/graph database.

Before that decision a year ago, I was petrified of speaking or writing publicly.

“But Chris, you’re super smart, and funny and all the folks like you!” – said no one

Even if they did say that, it doesn’t matter.  The level of self-doubt that I held was paralyzing.   I knew I could code, I knew I could design big integrated solutions of software, but man, writing? Not my thing.

I was always afraid of not being the ‘best’.  I was always comparing myself to the smart people I know.  I was worried that people might not read what I put out there…   Imposter syndrome is an amazingly hindering affliction.   It’s real.

I’m not sure if it was just the right time, or my maturity or just realization that it didn’t matter if I was the best, but I started writing, and I’m really enjoying it!   Some people read my blog, some people listen to my podcasts, but you know what?  I’m having a blast doing it.

I’m not the smartest.

I’m not the most eloquent.

I don’t use the biggest of words.

…. but that’s OK.  I am me, I know what I know, and I have the experiences that I have, which no one in the world can duplicate.

STAGE FRIGHT!

I realized it was stage fright.  Essentially, fear of the unknown, fear of failure, really – fear of fear.

Once I started creating, I can’t stop.   It’s kind of all I think about.  I have so many blog post ideas, so many podcasts planned, and I’m SUPER excited about it…

bring it on!

Podcast feed: https://fauie.com/podcast

 

Walking on Water Referral

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I had a college professor, Dr David Bernstein, once talk about recommendations and referrals. The line he said has stuck with me for near 20 years since I heard it:

“Don’t give a reference for someone if you can’t, by all good faith, make them sound like they walk on water.” – Dr David Bernstein

Over the past 20 years of my career, I’ve had dozens, if not hundreds of people ask me for a recommendation. Whether they’re going for a new job, a security clearance or some sort of promotion, it’s the first thing they need to iron out. They need solid references so there is more trust built around their case.

This seems to make a lot of sense, but, it’s really hard to tell someone no. You can wuss out and say “oh, my company policy won’t allow me to provide a referral”. Ok, that really may be the case, but, your integrity is important. Sometimes, we need to tell people the truth in order to help them grow.

If you have to say no, let them know why. No need to be mean, but be constructive. If they push you for “why” you can’t give a recommendation, talk to them about specific incidents or habits that they could improve upon.

If they have done something in the past to break your trust, and they still ask you, then you can laugh at them. That’s a no go. Protect your integrity at all costs.

Finding Solid Information

Ever find an eye-opening new source of information? Not technical information, like javadocs (are they still a thing?), but personal growth information.

in the old days, we had technical sources like slashdot, freshmeat, digg  etc.. but, times have gone on, and now we have other places we can read regularly to keep up… here are some links and reasons why I love them:

Web Sites
https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/ – Lots of technical stuff.  New, updated code, procedures, standards, etc.

www.reddit.com/r/startups – I have a great deal of passion around new companies and people getting up, killing it and dragging it home.

https://techcrunch.com/ – Tech Crunch is great for big industry news, and a nice place to find information on up and comers

https://news.ycombinator.com/ – Hacker News – Great place for anything tech related, up and coming

Podcasts

Civics 101 – Not tech, but, crazy informative and a must listen for any US citizen and anyone who wants to learn how the US works.

http://www.npr.org/podcasts/512508710/civics-101

Science Friday – Cause, Science

https://www.sciencefriday.com/listen/

Source Code Podcast – This is new for me, and fantastic:

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What am I missing out on?!

Podcast – John Lockie Interview (part one)

Over the next few months, I plan on doing a big podcast binge on cybersecurity careers and will continue my focus on technology.

This week’s episode, John Lockie and I talk about his background and how it’s not the traditional path into cybersecurity if there really is one.  He affirms my beliefs in regards to CISOs with music degrees.  You’ll never guess what he says!

Find John on Twitter:  @thedefensedude

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Backup Plan

How often do you have a backup plan for when something goes wrong?

The group I’m working with went downtown Richmond today and had a blast on the Segway Tour.  Segways are like motorized mountain bikes/scooters and therefore, are a ton of fun.

When getting ‘trained’ for Segway operation, the guide taught us about what to do if the Segway just acted stupidly, beeped incessantly, vibrated without stopping, fell over, etc.  It made me start to wonder about logistics.

It was the second time that day the thought of drastically changing plans came to mind….  ok, maybe the 3rd now that I think about it more.

I try not to make a habit of thinking about the ‘what if’ or the potential negatives of a situation, but, it is always good to have a backup plan if something goes wrong.

 

 

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