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16 Oct, 6 tweets, 2 min read
Brain Hack:

How to trick your brain into learning something new, faster & more effectively.

1. Tell yourself you are going to only focus on it for the next 45min, with high intensity.

2. Once you're done, stop everything and enter deep rest mode.

What this does to your brain:
Step 1 will induce a sense of urgency and the release two chemicals that trigger your brain into learning mode:

Raises your alertness

Increases the modification of synapses related to the task, basically highlighting the areas it wants to change.
Step 2 ensures the necessary changes are put in place and helps consolidate what you learned into new pathways.

Bonus: knowing you can chill after 45mins serves as a reward and increases your motivation to do the task.

Increase the focus period over time (to up to 2h sprints).
Here is a research paper on "The Role of Acetylcholine in Learning and Memory" if you want to dig into the details:….
Before people start screaming "Pomodoro Technique" again:

I don't approve of it in its traditional form (25mins focus, short breaks in between) for *learning*.

Your brain needs ~23mins to build up focus. Stopping at 25 is poison for deep focus and flow.…
I use the Forest app for deep work.

It let's you "lock" your phone into focus mode so your tree dies if you use it. You get points for planting and can spend it on tree species. Useful daily/weekly/yearly stats & views so you can see your progress in form of a pretty forest.

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Oh, so apparently my contribution to the community is “clearly equal to almost zero”. 🙃

Let’s have a quick look at some of my community contributions; done in my free time, outside of my actual job.
30+ technical tutorials covering topics like Arm assembly, exploitation, iOS Zone and Glibc Heap internals, Firmware emulation, TrustZone internals, focus and learning, and so on:

Summary of release tweets can be found here: @azeria_labs
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On the topic of developing a specialized skillset:

Last year I wrote a blog post on “The Process of Mastering a Skill”, based on my own experience and advice from my favorite books on the topic.…
It covers topics like motivation, focus, deliberate practice, deep work habits, productivity apps, and the three stage process from the book Mastery by Robert Greene.
The process breaks down into three stages:

1. Apprenticeship

2. The creative/active phase

3. Mastery

Here are some things to keep in mind as you are going through the apprenticeship stage (elaborated in the blog post):
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There has been a discussion about whether the OSCP is a useful certification and worth the money.

I want to clarify that I am not against the OSCP, not at all. The usefulness of it depends on multiple factors.

Here is my advice on how to determine if the OSCP is right for you:
Is the OSCP a useful cert? The answer entirely depends on certain factors such as: your skill level, the time you’re willing to spend on it, and the goal you expect to achieve by completing it.

My skill level when I took it: 3yrs Pentesting experience.
Why I took it: 1) “Haben ist besser als brauchen” = It’s better to have than be in need. Women have to prove themselves more & Creds are one way to provide that.

Expectation: learn something new and expand my skill set.

Time effort: 30d lab time + 1 exam try.

Worth it? Meh 🤷🏼‍♀️
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