11Now What?

It's easier to limit yourself, but if you do, you will never reach your true potential.


When I think back over the last eight or nine years, there is no way I could have predicted what was coming. I would never have guessed I would have a successful business doing what I love as well as a nonprofit that helps safeguard children from harm.

The adventure has taught me, molded me, and helped me develop into what I am right now. It wasn't all perfect, and I still have lots of room to grow, and I think that's the point I want to make clear in this chapter.

There is no silver bullet or magic wand for social engineering. You can't read these pages and think if you add a little rapport, a dash of influence, and a sprinkle of nonverbals, and then blend all that with a dollop of trust, you can become the perfect social engineer. It takes work, self-reflection, and then more work.

Inevitably, people ask me how to get into the industry and how to become a career social engineer. The answer to this question has many facets, but in this chapter, I tell you what I look for in potential social engineers.

Soft Skills for Becoming an Social Engineer

I have met so many people who have amazing skill, but they couldn't handle the job. They literally just could not move forward in this industry. And I have met some folks who didn't have a lick of confidence in themselves but turned out to be amazing social engineers.

There are four marked characteristics in those ...

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