Reflections on Failure, Part TwoStumbling toward the doors of progress

This post first appeared on January 17, 2022 and is republished with permission from the author.

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G. Failure in martial arts

In Part One, we discussed the unpleasantness and inevitably of failure in InfoSec, and we left ourselves with the question “If failure is going to happen anyway, how can we make it more bearable”? To begin answering this question, we will look at several other domains that I have some familiarity with. Practitioners in these domains tend to consider the emotional response to failure as more of a “solved problem” than most people in information security seem to, at least based on my exposure to all these different communities. One of the reasons for this is that all three domains are usually recreational for many of their participants, and therefore the stakes involved are lower than in the professional endeavor of security. However, that doesn’t mean we cannot learn from them and try to implement their lessons in our space. We will observe how failure tends to work out in martial arts, strategy games, and in climbing.

One of the amazing and baffling properties of

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