Or rather, on a Monday morning? The answer to these questions should be your profession!
As soon as the year 2017 began, I decided to chase after my dream. The dream of working as an Information Security Researcher. I decided that I would start slowly, performing some Freelas for friends and colleagues and simultaneously writing some Papers. In the first few months I realized that this was really what I wanted for my life, I felt passionate about autonomy in carrying out my work, the need for strategic thinking and many other things.
Until December 2016 I was the Software Developer, but when I actually became a Cybersecurity Engineer, I finally found something that made me horny. And I discovered it on a Sunday night.
Normally Sunday nights were not so good, I just dedicated them to prepare me psychologically to face the coming week of work and studies. Maybe it’s like this for everyone, maybe everyone hates Sundays just like I hated it.
That Sunday I had promised to a colleague who would assess the safety of a product he was about to launch. Normally I’d be too pissed off having to work Sunday night, and still have to get up early on Monday and go to work.
But this time it was different, this time I realized that this is what I wanted, I knew that “it was not time for me to be working”, but at that moment I realized that I was really sure I had found my professional passion, I felt comfortable to be doing it, even being on a Sunday night.
At this point I came to the conclusion that: to have a successful career you have to be willing to break some “social rules”. I only found my professional happiness when I did not call the time or day it was. I just wanted to continue my research. I did not even want to know if it was “wrong to talk about work” at dinner, or if it was “disrespectful to move my cell phone”, if it was something about my research, I would move.
Maybe this thought is wrong, but it’s working with me. I truly believe that this is the way to a professional achievement.
So what do not you mind doing on a Sunday night?!
Heitor Gouvêa is a Cybersecurity Engineer and Instructor from Brazil, with over 3 years of experience in the field of offensive security. Author of the anonymity tool Nipe, present in several Linux distributions focused on information security such as BlackArch, LionSec and WeakNet.