Would you believe someone if they told you that they had four simple words that if asked honestly can make you successful?
I have those four words.
My grandpa gave them to me when I started my first job at 13 and came home complaining of being bored. He asked me if I had asked my boss “What can I do?”. I hadn’t… why would I… who asks for more work? Not me… I just wanted to work long enough to make enough money to buy a Super Nintendo.
He told me something I won’t forget. He told me that asking “What can I do?” and then doing it had made him successful in anything he had ever tried.
Why am I telling you my secret of success? Mostly because I didn’t know it was a secret and because there was this question on twitter last night:
If you had 15 minutes with your company’s Chief Executive, what would you say… RIGHT NOW. Curious on answers…— Rafał Łoś (@Wh1t3Rabbit)March 4, 2014
My answer was:
@Wh1t3Rabbit “What can I do to help you do your job better?”— Jerry Gamblin (@JGamblin)March 4, 2014
His respone was telling:
@JGamblin Interesting. Love the idea but how do you say that without the hint of “you don’t do your job well enough” creeping in?— Rafał Łoś (@Wh1t3Rabbit)March 4, 2014
I see where he is coming from. I will admit sometimes I ask my wife “What can I do?" while I am sitting on the couch watching Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle reruns and surfing the web while she cooks dinner. Hoping she says "Nothing… I am just doing the dishes, negotiating world peace and cooking dinner…just finish watching TV" when I know in honesty I am not doing all I can.
Asking “What Can I Do?" is a dangerous question it can lead to all kinds of unattended consequences like having to take out the trash or having your boss give you more responsibilities.
So please be careful with those four words and dont tell anyone I told you.
I was talking about my taste in music with a friend of mine this week and told him my music tastes were “eclectic” (I think everyone thinks this) but I figured I would put together a list of my 10 favorite songs.
Steve Earle - Someday
Young Jeezy - F.A.M.E.
Chris Tomlin - Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone)
The Notorious B.I.G. - Mo Money Mo Problems
Kris Kristofferson - Me and Bobby Mcgee
Jay-Z -Kingdom Come
Brad Paisley - Anything Like Me
Bob Dylan - Hurricane
Jay-Z - So Ambitious
Jason Isbell - Dress Blues
What would be on your list of top ten songs?
The Missouri Capitol.
Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach.
Today is the 250th anniversary of the founding of St.Louis. I called St.Louis home for most of my youth and still think of it as my hometown.
I figured I would celebrate by sharing a few of my favorite things about the city.
Ted Drewes Frozen Custard:
Baseball (of course):
The City Museum:
The Square Beyond Compare:
How most users respond to updates.
First off I must admit one of my all time favorite movies is bloodsport.
I was watching it recently and it struck me that I have seen this Dim Mak scene play out at countless infosec cons:
No, I haven’t seen anyone break a brick with a secret move at an underground martial arts tournament (that I am telling you about) but I have seen people prove they can do amazing things only to be greeted with a room full of “not impressed” faces.
KOMU is the local NBC affiliate out of Columbia. To be honest I really love their news broadcasts and their website and rely on them for the majority of my news. Sorry KRCG and KMIZ.
Yesterday I got a couple of calls from people who were getting this when they visited the website:
After looking at the diagnostic page here it was clear that their ad network was distributing malicious software. It happens when you outsource your ads. It has happened to the NY Times, Yahoo and Wall-Street Journal. You clean it up, apologize and move on.
What is inexcusable to me is their social media team telling people to ignore what is a very valid warning:
http://t.co/B6A1jCvvs6 is safe to use. If you get a malware or “attack” warning, direct your browser to continue. We are working to correct.— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews)February 4, 2014
We are working with Google and our CMS provider to resolve the issue. There is no malware, http://t.co/4d7cNojOD7 is safe to use.— KOMU 8 News (@KOMUnews)February 6, 2014
This is putting their viewers PC’s at a very unnecessary risk. As someone who deals with this stuff for a living it is mind boggling that a company would do this.The software that is being distributed by those servers can lead to broken PCs, lost files and identity theft.
I like KOMU and I want them to get their website fixed but I dont like it when they lie to their customers.
Broadcasting the SSID and password on national TV for the Super Bowl security command center is probably bad.
Last night I wrote a post about 5 things I am bad at and promised I would follow up with 5 things (appropriate to share on the internet) I am good at.
So here they are:
My job is not hard because I have a natural understanding of how technology and security should function and most of the time they do. This makes my job fun.
Dropping Dope Rhymes
I know you may not believe me but I am most talented rapper you have never heard. If you want proof just hop in the car with me for a road trip and I will make you throw your hands in the in the air and say uhh!?!
I like people. I have people I consider friends all over the world. It doesn’t take me a long time to get warmed up to someone and start caring for them. It is probably because of my childhood but I truly understand that all people want to be liked.
I wanted to put that I was good at teaching on this list but in honesty I suck at teaching. I am really good at leading discussions though. So good in fact that I fly all over the world doing it. I love leading discussions and watching amazing things happen because of it.
My childhood was beyond rough and to be where I am today has given me a heart that is truly thankful for all the opportunities I that I have been given.
What are you good at?
I am reading a book and one of the questions in it was “What are 5 things you do poorly?”. I thought it was a very interesting and thought provoking question. If the question was “What are 5 things you are super awesome at?” I could whip up at list without hesitation in about 5 minutes. It took me an hour to come up with my list but here are the 5 things I am bad at:
I never liked the grammar part of English class. When I was in high school I never thought that writing would be something I would do so I goofed off and didn’t pay attention enough and because of that my writing skills are really poor.
Listening instead of thinking about what to say next.
Were you talking? Sorry I was thinking of what I wanted to say next and not really paying attention to what you said.
I am really, really bad at doing dishes. So bad in fact my wife never makes me do the dishes because she ends up just having to redo most of them.
I hate the quiet and have to have some kind of music,TV or conversation all the time.
Completing repetitive tasks for a long period of time.
I would be the worst factory or fast food worker in the history of history. If I have to do something at work that is repetitive I try to figure out a way to automate it.
What are 5 things you are bad at?
You can never truly understand something until it actually happens to you.