You can't secure what you don't acknowledge.SM

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Have you told someone "no" lately? It's good for you.

Jack Canfield had a great quote that relates well to information security (and the lack of time to manage it) as well as our overall careers. He said:

"Success depends on getting good at saying no without feeling guilty. You cannot get ahead with your own goals if you are always saying yes to someone else's projects. You can only get ahead with your desired lifestyle if you are focused on the things that will produce that lifestyle."

A related quote that I strive to live by is by the late Richard Carlson:
“Just because someone throws you the ball doesn't mean you have to catch it.”

Are you majoring in minors or focusing on what matters? Are people, email, Twitter posts, etc. distracting you from what truly matters? You have to focus on the urgent and important. That's what security and career success are all about.

How dare we question our rulers!?

I've kept my mouth shut about this long enough. Why aren't more Americans standing up against this mosque at ground zero nonsense!? The mosque is clearly nothing more than a symbolic mark of victory on our soil by the very group that's trying so hard to bring our society down. And our own government is facilitating this.

Where is our country headed when one of our "rulers" says that any opposition "should be investigated"? Imagine, just for a second, if you or management in your business "investigated" any opposition to security policies, audit reports and so on. You'd be laughed out the door. Much less grave of an issue but you get my point.

Read this post and watch the embedded video around the 10 second mark. The thing is, those who flaunt and say they're not this or that and those who blame something "bad" on others are typically the very people doing those things. Watch any reality TV show. Ask any psychologist. People who use this tactic have convinced themselves and are indeed manipulating others into thinking they're gold and any opposition is dirt. They're performing something called leveling that either brings them up to a level of superiority or brings others down to make them look bad. It's a fascinating concept that goes on life around us all every single day.

So Queen Pelosi has the gall to say "But there is no question that there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some." Um, sorry Queen Pelosi, YOU are the one making this a political issue. It is an election year after all and your opposition is looking better and better every day that passes.

How about this, Queen Pelosi: this opposition is being "funded" by me, my family members, my friends, and my colleagues. Why don't you launch an investigation into all of us who are standing up against your policies? That's where America is headed anyway, why not begin with this heated matter?

I've always said that political correctness or technology - likely both - will be the end us. We're seeing this very thing in the making now...slowly but surely.

Wake up America!