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Learning by Failure

Over the past few days, I’ve had this conversation three times.  When that happens, it screams to be it’s a great blog post.

There are a few ways we learn to grow our brains, careers, personalities etc.  I’m a big fan of learning via tutorials, youtube, books and general experimentation.  By surrounding myself with people smarter than me, I learn as well.

SUCCESSES

Who gets jazzed when they succeed in something?  When performance review time comes around, you get excited to have a list of items that you did a fantastically well.  You walk into your bosses office and say “Hey , boss, check it out.  Here’s a list of 23 projects that worked great, and here’s how I impacted each of them.”

Right?   You with me ??   (For fun, give me an example in a comment on something you slayed and were happy about!)

FAILURES

When was the last time you talked about a failure on a performance review?  I know I haven’t.  Shoot.. who wants to talk about failures, especially when all your peers that you may be compared to are only talking about their successes.  not me!  … until now.

I’ve put a ton of thought into this recently.   What do you learn from more?   Succeeding at something you know how to do? Or failing and learning something new.  Duh.  Since the post title is “Learning by Failure”, my conclusion is that you learn more by failing hard.   You took a risk, you stepped out of your comfort zone, you made a decision that led to an unknown path….. and failed.

It sucks. Failure hurts.

Failure is cool

Failure is cool

but, I guarantee you’ll be more valuable now.

Podcast: Interview with Wes Spencer

You can not miss this!  Wes Spencer is a seasoned CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) who’s currently working at Perch Security.  In this podcast, we talk about some tips and tricks for security organizations of all sizes.   Wes has some invaluable information for security technology buyers, so this is a must hear!

For more information on Wes, and to find items we refer to in the podcast,  please feel free to follow the links below.

Wes on Twitter

Rise and Fall of Silk Road (Youtube)

 

Connect with me to recommend a future interviewee or volunteer as one!

Subscribe here : https://fauie.com/feed/podcast

First Podcast is coming!

Man this has been a fun week.  The first podcast from the Decoder’s Ring (fauie.com) will be coming out early next week!

I’ll tell you now, the interview was fantastic and there is truly some invaluable lessons for any security product users and buyers.  My guest is fantastic!

Sign up for more info!

Technology: The first class citizen

I’ve spent the last few days at Capital One’s Software Engineering conference.   How cool is that?   Hundreds of techs folks gathering for a few days to discuss areas of technology.   These are modern stacks of technology, processes and new paradigms.

For me, I’ve been able to watch about a half dozen talks on Machine Learning, the programming language Go and encryption.  The speakers were excellent, and, if I play my cards right, I’m going to work to get a few of them on here as guest bloggers!

What topics would you want to hear about?

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