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Career Crashers Episode 17: Your Own Personal Iron Man Suit

Isaac Morehouse on Building Your Own Personal Iron Man Suit What if everyone could build their own Iron Man suit? Legendary investor Mike Maples has that dream. Tech doesn’t threaten someone like Tony Stark. And Tony’s suit isn’t limited to billionaires. On this espisode of Career Crashers, Isaac shows why Mike’s vision is so powerful–and how you can build your own suit to face your biggest career challenges. Topics:  Why tech isn’t a threat to your career future; it’s an ally How to craft your own Iron Man suit How tech can help you show your work like never before…

Isaac Morehouse on Building Your Own Personal Iron Man Suit

What if everyone could build their own Iron Man suit?

Legendary investor Mike Maples has that dream.

Tech doesn’t threaten someone like Tony Stark. And Tony’s suit isn’t limited to billionaires.

On this espisode of Career Crashers, Isaac shows why Mike’s vision is so powerful–and how you can build your own suit to face your biggest career challenges.

Topics: 

  • Why tech isn’t a threat to your career future; it’s an ally
  • How to craft your own Iron Man suit
  • How tech can help you show your work like never before
  • What it means to empower yourself with information to face challenges and win opportunities

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Full Transcript:

Isaac
Welcome to Career Crashers, where we tell the stories of those who are not content to wait around following rules and hoping for good things to happen. Great careers aren’t found. They’re forged.

It’s time to crash the party.

Today’s episode is an audio essay, and you can find the original written form of the essay over at crash.co. Title, Your Own Personal Iron Man Suit. Tech isn’t a threat to your career future. It’s an ally.

I want a future where everyone has their own Iron Man suit. That’s what legendary tech investor Mike Maples told me on a phone call about a year ago, I could feel the passion in his voice.

There are several ways to express changes brought by technology. Marc Andreessen said software is eating the world. Some say automation is making humans obsolete, or in Southpark language, Robots are Terminator jerbs.

That’s why Mike’s Iron Man vision is so powerful. Because Tech doesn’t threaten Tony Stark, nor does it replace him. It augments him. It’s an extension of who he is an expression of his will and imagination, an amplification of his personality and ability. The suit is the interface through which he engages the biggest challenges in the universe.

Stark doesn’t have superpowers, but Iron Man, a beautiful fusion of human and tech does and can overcome forces too great for fleshy mortals. The good news is you don’t have to be a genius billionaire playboy philanthropist in order to have your own Iron Man suit, you can craft one out of information.

We still don’t know what we’re doing in the info age, but the information age doesn’t seem new anymore. But don’t be fooled. We’re not adapted to it yet. The way we talk about it is revealing. We use words like, disruptive, more than collaborative, eating, rather than enhancing. Even digital natives spend the formative years of their life in a no tech education process that’s several 100 years old.

Technology is either treated like a guilty pleasure, the naughty distraction from what you’re supposed to be doing, or an awkward lipstick on a pig scenario where old stuff is clumsily slapped online. In addition, the education system, extensively crucial to careers, is built around paper credentials conferred by bureaucrats with more paper credentials.

Yet modern careers require real value creation , and not learned or communicated through paper chasing. People are still trying to build and use paper resumes as the key to unlock their future. Paper was invented 5000 years ago, but scanning it into a PDF is not the same thing as tech integration. You are more than a piece of paper.

Information exceeds the capacity of paper. Similarly, technology provides ample opportunity to create richer, more robust information. Harness and integrate it and use it as your interface with the world like an Iron Man suit, because you have powers and they can become superpowers with the right tech, you have skills, interests, traits and abilities that are valuable in the world.

The problem is you don’t always know what they are or where they’re valued. And those who value them don’t know who you are, or how to find you. The paper credential is supposed to signal your value to the world, but it does a terrible job. This is because paper isn’t up to the task and the information age, which means the education paper conferral system isn’t up to the task of launching careers.

This is why I think universities are a lot like Dunder Mifflin, limitless paper in a paperless world build the suit. So what does it mean to power yourself with tech enhanced information and face challenges and win opportunities in an Iron Man suit? It’s about building a digital body of work that signals your value to the market, not by appealing to third parties to provide stamps of approval. But by showing your work and proving your ability through tangible projects and products. It’s about being your own credential. Paper versus product.

If you head out on your career journey to confront obstacles and win opportunities with nothing but a generic piece of paper, you’re at a massive disadvantage. Everyone has the same paper. Jobs get hundreds of applicants with the same boring bullet pointed PDFs, they list degrees majors GPAs and a few phrases like “leadership ability.”

People are supposed to trust the credential granting institutions and be impressed that you bought a degree from them, but it conveys so little. Compare a paper credential to a digital body of work. What if instead of a resume you confronted the career landscape with a series of projects completed and documented in your areas of interest and ability?

A short YouTube series, showing your ability to use advanced spreadsheet functions, and a website where you completed a 30 day blog challenge, convey more about your skills, persistence, character and creativity than any B.A. you can buy.

And that’s just scratching the surface. You have interests and abilities valued in the market, but they can’t see it through a two dimensional paper credential, you need to harness Information Technology and build a digital body of work to power you through the gatekeepers and in opportunities.

You need your own personal Iron Man suit.

I envision a world where everyone is their own credential, everyone creates, owns, and maintains a robust digital reputation built not on badges and grades, but on provable projects and skills. I envision a world where you’re not on a career conveyor belt, you’re in the driver’s seat.

That future is now and those who see and sees it have tremendous first mover advantages.

Like what you hear? Go to crash.co and join the career revolution. Do you want to share your own career crash story? Send it directly to me at isaac@crash.co.


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