Can you imagine trying to get a date with a resume?
Trying to get a job with one is not much better.
Resumes are flat and lifeless. Bullets without narrative, words without proof. They are an appeal to the authority of third party credentials and lists of dates and titles. And there are millions of them, barely distinguishable, arriving in bland stacks on the desk of every hiring manager. You won’t stand out.
That’s why you should send a pitch.
What’s a pitch? Read on…
You’re a person. You want to work with people. Why let a bunch of dull text and bureaucratic apps make the match? …
You want meaning.
You want your work to be more than work. You want to care about it a lot. And also to be able to turn it off and not care about it when you want.
You want flexibility. You want remote work. You want community and connection. You want to travel. You want a sense of place.
You want tech everywhere. But you don’t want to be ruled by tech. You want tech to be the servant, not the master. You want to master it and not feel trapped by it.
You want to gain deep expertise without getting pigeonholed. You want to seize opportunities and experiment, but you don’t want to be left without options if you fail. You want to not let fear of failure stop you, but you don’t want to engage in fawning over failure itself. …
You don’t want middle benefits for middle cost. That’s a death sentence. Wal-Mart or Bespoke. Taco Bell or steak house. None of this Applebee’s shit.
At least that’s true in several big important areas.
Take hiring for an open position. There are two ends of the candidate spectrum that can work.
Who doesn’t get hired? The person who submits an application like everyone else. They signal that they don’t care if the job happens to them. They can’t even bother to not want it. They have zero way to signal anything else. …
There’s a young guy working in a coffee shop in Iowa right now who wants more. He has no idea his skills are valued at a great company in Austin.
There’s a hiring manager at a startup in Austin right now who has no idea there’s someone in Iowa with a perfect skillset for her customer success role.
It’s not an isolated incident. There are tons of people in tons of cities across the country who have no idea their skills are in demand at tons of great companies they’ve never heard of.
This kind of information asymmetry exists everywhere, even in the networked age. …
Growing up with a disabled dad.
I’m sitting alone in a bar in Austin at 10:30 AM on a rainy Sunday. Waiting for a little bit of bacon, waffles, and diced red potatoes. It’s Father’s Day. I’ve already had more than enough coffee, so water is my sole companion as I wait.
I’m tired. I just finished a day of being “on”, participating in a debate followed by a panel at a high energy conference with broken air conditioning and not enough food and water. I talked to people all day, often near shouting over loud, energetic music. It was good. I’m doing what I care about and talking about things that matter deeply to me. How to be free. How to create your own path. How to live fully alive. …
Tech isn’t a threat to your career, 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, “Robots er terking er jerbs!”
That’s why Mike’s Iron Man vision is so powerful. 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. …
Ignorance is bliss, until it’s not.
“Everything you had to do to get this thing where it is is totally different from everything you have to do to get it to the next level.”
Another company founder told me that. It’s something I’ve started to find more and more true.
To start a company requires bullheadedness bordering on delusion. Ignorance is an asset. The less you know about your odds of success and all the challenges to come, the better. …
I got in the Lyft ride expecting Stephanie.
A cool looking dude with a big smile said, “Isaac?”. I said, “Are you Stephanie?” He laughed and said in a high pitched voice, “Yes!” Then told me no, he was covering for his wife.
He mentioned all the traffic from protests and other stuff happening downtown. Then he said something awesome. “But I like it all. It’s all interesting to me because I meditate.”
A few questions later, and we were all-in on a raucous conversation about the extent of the individual’s sphere of control, whether truth and freedom are the same thing, psychedelics vs meditation as a mind-opening process, whether you can be both transcendental and materially successful at once, and the role of the conscious and subconscious mind. …
Even David practiced on targets before he met Goliath.
(Originally published on my blog.)
We live in abundant times. This presents an interesting conundrum when it comes to succeeding.
Success is not the result of pure luck or genetics. Success is a discipline that can be learned. You can deliberately build your ability to succeed. Pick a challenge. One that’s hard but not too hard. Persist until you figure out how to overcome that challenge. It builds confidence that you take with you to the next, slightly bigger challenge. That’s how you learn success.
But what if you begin with a challenge that’s too big? …
It’s possible you’re preparing for a world that no longer exists.
From the career blog over at crash.co.
Let’s explore five common myths and mistakes when it comes to getting educated, building a signal, landing a job, and starting off on the right foot in the professional world.
Things too good to resist can be dangerous.
So many young people suffer through stuff they don’t like with no clear future benefit just because everyone else calls it a great opportunity, or something they’d be crazy to turn down. “If you get in to an Ivy, you go!”, or, “If Goldman offers you a job, you take it!”, …