Are You Nick Fury or Iron Man?

Nov 16, 2023

I’m an MCU fanboy, not even gonna lie.

Don’t think I’ve ever read a single comic book all the way through even once in my life.

But when it comes to superhero movies, TV shows, the “easter egg” YouTube videos, etc — I’m hooked.

A few nights ago we decided to watch the original Avengers movie again.

(With three boys, as you might imagine, superheroes are big in my home. Even my little girl loves to be Ghost Spider.)

Every character has their own dynamic, but while watching the movie it was hard to ignore the glaring contrast between two in particular: Nick Fury and Iron Man.

Fury is frankly useless on his own.

At least as portrayed in the MCU.

He doesn’t have superpowers. He’s battle-scarred. He’s emotionally scarred. And he has a lot of political bureaucracy to deal with.

Iron Man—Tony Stark, on the other hand, is a loner.

And he’s really good at what he does.

The best, even.

Even though he has some occasional help in Pepper Potts, he comes across as capable. A specialist. An expert.

Nick’s superpower is gathering Who’s. Tony’s is being a Who.

This is a tension that most business owners eventually have to come to terms with. I know I did. And the day I decided I was going to be Nick instead of Tony was one of the best days of my life, personally. It allows me to play to my strengths.

Being Iron Man is a good path too. But admittedly, businesses are harder for people with an Iron Man mindset.

Tony Stark is a wealthy businessman (he’s literally modeled after Elon Musk, who is now the richest man in the world, in the MCU).

But that’s because of the nature of his work—not necessarily business savvy or organizational prowess.

Usually Tony’s and Elon’s emerge in spite of their weaknesses in those areas, not because they are strong in them.

I digress.

You should listen to the brand-new episode of the SWD podcast.

This idea of choosing your path as an agency is just ONE of the things I discussed with my coach, friend, and former drummer/cabinet-maker turned web designer, Josh Hall.

Josh is an amazing dude and if you haven’t heard of him yet, you are going to love him.

We had a great conversation and you can listen to it here:

He also has a program similar to mine called Web Designer Pro, but his is broader and covers more ground, so if you are looking for a solution that is more “end to end” I would encourage you to check that out!

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Here’s the link to join Josh’s program should you decide he would be a good fit for you:

I hope you find this episode helpful in your journey!