While having your technical chops in order is a must, there will come a point in your career that you will want to see daylight again instead of peering at IDS logs or staring at a debugger for the rest of your life. Imagine yourself at the helm of the group that runs the forensics investigations, or directing the team that responds to new malware. For those roles you'll need connections and business sense as much as you'll need the technical understanding of the gears under the hood.
Think big, dream of the impossible, identify mentors within your organization who can help you grow in the "soft skills" areas you'll need to take your career to the next level, and don't assume that your ideas must have already been thought of by someone else.
What valuable advice have you received along the way in your career?
Take risks. Be bold. Don't be afraid of failure, and always seek out the lessons therein -- these are gifts. Listen at least as much as you speak. And most importantly, believe in yourself, as a true sense of inner confidence enables you to take on anything that life or work can throw at you.
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