Setting expectations for a fruitful security career

“Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life. — Marilu Henner”
 
For most security professionals — especially those in more technical and operational roles — the daily grind is a series of interruptions punctuated with the occasional crisis (or appearance of a crisis).
 
The result is a state of constant reaction.
 
Many wear this as a badge of courage — a demonstration of importance and the ability to operate in a “harsh, demanding” environment.
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The reality is that operating in a constant state of reaction is a failure to manage expectations— not just for others, but also on us. It leads to frustration for everyone involved and often results in derailed or failed efforts.
 
There is a distinction between reacting and responding.
 
Reactions ruin careers
 
Always reacting leads to fatigue, frustration and burn out. Worse, it complicates the ability to manage risk more effectively, hampers the ability to build a robust security program and hurts the opportunity to grow a strong and successful security career.