Sunday, August 30, 2009

Why must I be Unnerved? (#25 from Brand You 50)

About 18 Months Ago I blogged about a conversation I had with a friend and how we both were stuck in an 18 month job cycle. Several months ago (besides worrying that my 18 month clock was ticking, and for those that follow my personal twitter feed, know the egg timer rang and I'm starting a new job tomorrow) I ordered another copy of the must have Brand You 50 and started reading it again.

This was something I hadn't done for a while, but something I highly recommend.

So tonight I read #27 (TO STEER ME INC THROUGH THE WHITE WATER OF CHANGE IS TO DARE, DAILY) contained some clues to decipher my (and I assume, others) 18 month curse.

From the T.T.D. at the end of the chapter, I ran across the question "does my current project scare me shitless?" and I think Tom is really on to something here. Believe it or not I think it is possible to be confident on your abilities and experience, yet still be unnerved about the leap you are taking. If you aren't a little bit scared about what is before you, how could you possibly grow from the experiences around the corner. I can definitely remember this anxiety about various projects at past employers and unfortunately this often occurs only in the beginning of the job. Near the middle and the end things become repetitive and it becomes increasingly difficult to maintain a steep learning curve.

I'll return to the topic in 18 months to see where I'm at!

NOTE: This topic is not unrelated to the survey a month or so back that One in Two Security Pros are Unhappy in Their Job tp which my wife cynically responded that this is only because the security job market is so strong and you can bounce around...

1 comment:

Richard Bejtlich said...

Hi Matt,

Congratulations on your new job. I can relate. Looking at my LinkedIn profile I was on a 15-25 month shuffle for a while. Now at GE I don't feel that itch; I've been here 2 yrs 3 months now. I think it has to do with the scale of the projects I'm working and the fact I started building our team from scratch. If I had entered another org with an established CIRT or other group I might have become bored. Right now I see another 2 1/2 years of work to get the team to the size and structure I think we need.