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Why Trade for a Living

With over 25 years of experience in the cybersecurity space why on earth would we decide to trade! Information security is one of the hottest, stable and lucrative careers going so why give it up. The answer comes down to one word…Meritocracy.

We love the cybersecurity sector but when it comes down to it all work is the same. It doesn’t matter if you are building houses, mowing lawns or securing an enterprise the real challenge is dealing with the people and their inability to simplify what needs doing. It’s been a challenge, the challenge, for the past 20 years and it’s exhausting. After all this time, the one constant is everyone’s desire to be heard, to talk and talk and talk even though the answer is clear. People don’t really want answers, they just want to ask more questions. Don’t believe us, go to work and pay attention. The pattern is clear. People have to work so they become their work and in doing so have to turn it into a soap opera to make what is now their life bearable.

We can sum up cybersecurity in a couple of sentences. First, no one can afford to do everything they need to in securing their information. Given this, a certain amount of risk has to be accepted. Once that is cemented, it’s a matter of applying the available resources, money, and humans, to reduce risk to an obtainable level. Here’s the rub, no one ever and we mean ever wants to admit they have to accept risk. This turns into an endless and needless exercise in meeting after meeting. These meetings go nowhere because they only address symptoms and not the issue. And what are the issues again? That’s right, Risk! Hmmm, sounds a little like trading doesn’t it? But guess what, in trading you and the risk manager make the decisions. You are in control of the “meetings”. You can accept risks and end the needless yacking about symptoms. Trading is the holy grail of independence, it’s a meritocracy. When you trade you are certainly part of the collective and understanding that is vitally important but your performance is completely up to you. There is no committee, group, or meeting second-guessing what should be done. It’s you, the Risk Manager and the market. Another way of saying it is this is not a team sport it’s an individual endeavor.

We love to travel, meet new people, experience new ways of thinking but being subjected to a typical work environment and it’s social drama is torture. After many years of witnessing this phenomenon, we sometimes wonder why employers get away with it. Why aren’t they looking out for the employees more? There is a job to do and the business’s lack of vision or understanding is on them not the other way around. Then we remember that all people are basically the same and they want it this way. Like we mentioned work becomes their life and they want to “socialize”. Sure they bitch and moan about it but do you ever see anyone changing it? All you hear is that you should communicate, communicate and over-communicate. Now, why would others require so much of your time communicating what’s going on? There are several answers but the predominate one is that they want to be social. They want to talk and talk and talk and talk even though the answer can be had within minutes by a single person who knows what they are doing. This is paramount to torture in our minds and life is too short. Let others go live out their lives at work we will happily trade and escape this lunacy.

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