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Are you a Rockstar or are you a Superhero?

Frequently, on my journey of knowledge, I encounter articles that fascinate me…I came across one when it popped up in Google Reader this morning. It’s trivial, but it hit me as a very important distinction. As a FileMaker developer, are you a Rockstar or are you a Superhero?

Jason Thomas of Skeleton Key brought up this question is his blog. (Read the full article here) Jason points out the reason Skeleton Key hires only Superheros and NO Rockstars. I have to agree with him, Rockstars may have their fans, but it seems always for the wrong reasons. And the arrogance that goes along with many Rockstars, isn’t usually good for business.

Here is Jason’s contrasting comparison of Superheros and Rockstars:

  • Superheroes, by and large, are not egotistical maniacs. They do their job ~ a job that amazes the rest of us ~ and then slip back under the humble cover of their mild-mannered alter-egos.
  • Superheroes deliver extraordinary value, and in the end their ‘clients’ seek ways to remunerate them. Have you ever seen those exposés about Rockstars’ contracts? Insane demands, like “I need Jelly Beans, but only the blue ones, and they must be individually wrapped in yellow silk towelettes”.
  • Superheroes are timeless. Green Lantern, The Flash, Captain America, Superman – you’ve heard of them, your kids know them, their kids will know them. As evidenced by the VH1 series ‘Where Are They Now’, Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons, no matter how hard they try, this really isn’t as true for Rockstars.
  • Two words: X-ray vision. Does that really need any explanation?

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