Share What You Know and Be Willing to Have Your Views Challenged with Bret Fisher

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Bret Fisher

Bret Fisher is a freelance DevOps and Docker consultant, Udemy Instructor, trainer, speaker, and Open Source volunteer. He teaches courses on Docker and Container technology and often does live training workshops.


Bret Fisher

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2 Top Career Tips

1) Bret talks about the importance of having “strong opinions that are weakly held”. It is important to know why you hold the opinions you do, but you also have to be prepared to discuss other possibilities. Even change your opinions should someone make a strong argument that proves you need to do so. This approach ensures you become a decisive person who is also able to move with the time and use other people´s ideas to improve things.
2) Regardless of where you are on your career path, stop and think about what skills you are going to need. Then address any deficit you find. Also, do everything you can to help others and share what you know. The people who are willing and able to do this are now seen as important assets by most employers.

Show Notes

Worst Career Moment

Bret´s worst moment happened when, for a blog he was working on, he forgot to tick the AWS auto-scale box. So, when one of their posts went viral and was number one on the Reddit homepage, the site went down. As a result, they missed out on a ton of traffic. It was fixed within an hour, but it was an awful mistake to make.

Career Highlight

Bret describes what he is doing now as being his career highlight. In particular, being able to reach and help a huge audience through his courses and how that has helped to turn him into a popular public speaker. In this section, Bret explains how he keeps everything fresh. As well as how he keeps up with the changing needs of his audience.

The Future

Bret and Phil discuss how the implementation of tech automation is changing the job market. As well as how people who work in the IT field can take advantage of this by seeking out and learning new stuff.

Bret also discusses how you can use low-cost training to change direction and boost your career. Sometimes you only have to spend the equivalent of a few days taking a course and implementing what you learn to equip yourself to land a fantastic new job

The Reveal

What first attracted you to a career in I.T.?

Bret always liked computers, so it was a great fit for him.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Share everything you can. Be a fountain of knowledge for your colleagues.

What is the worst career advice you’ve ever received?

Go get a college degree to get your promotion.

If you had to begin your career again in today’s world, what would you do?

Bret would still bootstrap and learn everything from the ground up.

What career objectives are you currently focusing on?

Currently, Bret is focusing on how to use automation, metrics, and infrastructure as code as an effective way to manage change.

What’s the number one non-technical skill that has helped you in your career so far?

Being comfortable standing up in front of a group of people and talking about something.

What do you do to keep your own career energized?

Helping others is what keeps Bret´s career energized.

What do you do in your spare time away from technology?

Bret enjoys spending time with his wife cycling, going to the beach, and exploring local eateries.

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