I’m starting to think that hacking isn’t about tech skill. It’s being willing to stare at a screen for hours, try a million things, feel stupid, get mad, decide to eat a sandwich instead of throwing your laptop out a window, google more, figure it out, then WANT TO DO IT AGAIN
If someone tells you to avoid learning something because its “challenging” or time-consuming tell them to fuck off, and learn that shit anyway.
- It’s almost never as hard as they will make it seem
- This is an exclusionary tactic
- New eyes can and do solve old problems
⭐️Tips to Master Something
- Expose yourself to basics over and over again.
- Stick to what you can understand, prove and explain.
- Always think in new ways to do the same thing better.
One vulnerability type at a time. Set clear, measurable goals. Create sandboxes / use CTFs do get used to how apps respond and train to get around common defenses. Don’t rely on tools, except for a proxy.
They think we do things in a snap.
But there’s a lot of hard work, endless hours of trial and error. Many hours parsing search engine results, reading tons of not so helpful information.
What they end up seeing is the show time.
We make it look easy but it’s not.
- Always try to learn new stuff.
- Share what you learned.
- Practice what you learned.
The goal is not to read a book, the goal is to become a reader. The goal is not to run a marathon, the goal is to become a runner. The goal is not to learn an instrument, the goal is to become a musician.
Each time you write a page, you are a writer.
Each time you practice the violin, you are a musician.
Each time you start a workout, you are an athlete.
Each time you encourge your employees, you are a leader.
He who treads softly goes far