Last week, one of the partners in my firm (Bishop Fox) said something that really rang true: if you want to be a real penetration tester, you have to live it.
In a similar vein, Paul Graham says, “To do something well, you have to love it. So to the extent you can preserve hacking as something you love, you’re likely to do it well. Try to keep the sense of wonder you had about programming at age 14. If you’re worried that your current job is rotting your brain, it probably is.”
A real hacker doesn’t see what they do as just a job or as just a hobby – they see it as a lifestyle. There is no border between work and play, the line between the two made indistinguishable by countless cans of late-night Red Bull.