How to Confront Big Changes in the World


There are two ways you can respond to unknowns and changes in technology, culture, politics, and society.

The first is to focus and worry about all the possible things these changes could do to the world at large, and fret over all the things you think and hope other people will do to make sure bad stuff doesn't happen.

The second is to ask yourself what you can do in your own life in light of these potential changes.

The first approach quickly becomes a runaway train of fear and negativity.  It's dangerous because it makes the second approach that much harder.  Fear and threat blind us to opportunity and optimism.  We're stuck in reactive mode, which leaves little room for creativity.  It puts our energy and attention in a fruitless spin, spent on things we can't control.

The second approach is amazing.  It takes a little time and patience, but when you tune out the stuff that's beyond your control and stop thinking of hypothetical scenarios involving theoretical people, you can zoom in on your own life, goals, desires, traits, and resources.  The world opens up and you see the opportunity in challenges and changes, rather than pure fear of the unknown.

Take a deep breath.

Whether the world is being disrupted and displaced at a frantic pace or not isn't the relevant question.  What about your life?  What's happening there?  What do you want to happen there?  How can you work with changes in the world to help rather than hinder those goals?

The Current Career Landscape in 8 Short Points


1. Young people mistakenly assume the way to start their career is to go into debt, spend four years taking tests, following rules, chasing grades and getting a degree.

2. Paper credentials won't launch your career. Employers don't care about degrees, they care about the right skills.

3. But you've gotta prove you have those skills. You can't just tell people and expect them to believe you! You've got to be your own credential.

4. That means instead of padding a resume, build a portfolio of projects that showcase your ability!

5. Example. Cade Summers. 19, no degree, no experience, landed a great marketing job at a startup.

6. How? Gained a few key skills, made a portfolio of projects, researched the company, put together a marketing plan for them, and made a short video walking through it.

7. They were blown away by the creativity and initiative he showed while everyone else had boring resumes and degrees.

8. Young people get your hands dirty! Degree or not, get out of the classroom and start building something. Podcast, YouTube, website. You'll learn more and be more interesting and impressive.

2019 Will Be Big


We've got some really big stuff coming in 2019.  I can't wait to share it with you in the coming months.

Nothing more for the time being.  Stay tuned.

Most Success Formulas are Guesses


The human experience mostly consists of trying stuff until you get something right, guessing/deconstructing why you got it right, repeating those elements as many times as possible in as many scenarios as possible until it can no longer be replicated, rinse, repeat.

If what you get right is a big enough win, it will take a very long time and many losses before it's clear that your guess as to what made you right was incorrect and/or non-repeatable.

Which is why all post-success business books, advice, etc. should be taken with a dose of salt. People don't know for sure why they succeeded or if it can be repeated. They try to figure it out and test it.

Sometimes people's success stories appear to have different reasons/lessons than the ones they themselves give. The person who succeeded is often in best position to learn why, but can also be "too close" to spot the reasons.

Why I Prefer Freedom


(From a Tweetstorm)

Evil lives in dark corners. The more dark corners exist, the more it thrives. Competition tends to squeeze out dark corners. Monopolies on violence, backed by propaganda and fear, create more dark corners.

Anything deemed too important/necessary to question or face competition is a giant web of protected dark corners. This is why the myth of authority and the myth of the rule of law are so dangerous. They create shelters and havens for scoundrels.

The desire for openness and competitive governance isn't borne out of a naive belief in the goodness of human nature or ignorance of the evil in the world. The opposite. It comes from recognition of evil, and the fact that markets allow fewer dark corners than monopolies.

A free world is not a perfect world. It's a world with an incentive structure that makes it harder for evil to thrive than it can in an unfree world. It's incumbent upon individuals to resist it in both cases. But one makes it harder than the other.

It's too easy, and too dangerous, to be lured into the comforting fiction that some final arbitrator Leviathan will keep us safe. The creation of any such Final Authority enables more dark corners, not fewer.

Go Get Some Free Books Today


Six of my books are currently free for Kindle in the Amazon store, starting two days ago and ending December 5.  Turns out when price goes down, people consume more.  I guess economists know what they're talking about.

As of today, all six of them are ranking in the top 2 in their category.

11 Lessons from Launching a Startup is #1 in its category
Why Haven't You Read This Book is #1 in its category
Better Off Free is #1 in its category
The Future of School is #1 in its category
Don't Do Stuff You Hate is #2 in its category
Forward Tilt is #2 in its category

Nobody knows exactly Amazon's ranking formula, but I do know if a title stays #1 for a certain period of time, it gets one of those permanent "Best Seller" badges.  Who wouldn't want that?

Go download any or all of the above and we'll see if my ego can possibly somehow get bigger.

All My Books Free on Amazon for Five Days


If you're a Kindle reader and you want some free stuff to read or gift this holiday season, all of my books are free from December 1 to December 5.

You can find them here.

The paperback versions are cheap too if you're old school.

Isaac Morehouse


Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program making degrees irrelevant for careers. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He’s written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning.

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How to Confront Big Changes in the World


There are two ways you can respond to unknowns and changes in technology, culture, politics, and society.

The first is to focus and worry about all the possible things these changes could do to the world at large, and fret over all the things you think and hope other people will do to make sure bad stuff doesn't happen.

The second is to ask yourself what you can do in your own life in light of these potential changes.

The first approach quickly becomes a runaway train of fear and negativity.  It's dangerous because it makes the second approach that much harder.  Fear and threat blind us to opportunity and optimism.  We're stuck in reactive mode, which leaves little room for creativity.  It puts our energy and attention in a fruitless spin, spent on things we can't control.

The second approach is amazing.  It takes a little time and patience, but when you tune out the stuff that's beyond your control and stop thinking of hypothetical scenarios involving theoretical people, you can zoom in on your own life, goals, desires, traits, and resources.  The world opens up and you see the opportunity in challenges and changes, rather than pure fear of the unknown.

Take a deep breath.

Whether the world is being disrupted and displaced at a frantic pace or not isn't the relevant question.  What about your life?  What's happening there?  What do you want to happen there?  How can you work with changes in the world to help rather than hinder those goals?

The Current Career Landscape in 8 Short Points


1. Young people mistakenly assume the way to start their career is to go into debt, spend four years taking tests, following rules, chasing grades and getting a degree.

2. Paper credentials won't launch your career. Employers don't care about degrees, they care about the right skills.

3. But you've gotta prove you have those skills. You can't just tell people and expect them to believe you! You've got to be your own credential.

4. That means instead of padding a resume, build a portfolio of projects that showcase your ability!

5. Example. Cade Summers. 19, no degree, no experience, landed a great marketing job at a startup.

6. How? Gained a few key skills, made a portfolio of projects, researched the company, put together a marketing plan for them, and made a short video walking through it.

7. They were blown away by the creativity and initiative he showed while everyone else had boring resumes and degrees.

8. Young people get your hands dirty! Degree or not, get out of the classroom and start building something. Podcast, YouTube, website. You'll learn more and be more interesting and impressive.

2019 Will Be Big


We've got some really big stuff coming in 2019.  I can't wait to share it with you in the coming months.

Nothing more for the time being.  Stay tuned.

Most Success Formulas are Guesses


The human experience mostly consists of trying stuff until you get something right, guessing/deconstructing why you got it right, repeating those elements as many times as possible in as many scenarios as possible until it can no longer be replicated, rinse, repeat.

If what you get right is a big enough win, it will take a very long time and many losses before it's clear that your guess as to what made you right was incorrect and/or non-repeatable.

Which is why all post-success business books, advice, etc. should be taken with a dose of salt. People don't know for sure why they succeeded or if it can be repeated. They try to figure it out and test it.

Sometimes people's success stories appear to have different reasons/lessons than the ones they themselves give. The person who succeeded is often in best position to learn why, but can also be "too close" to spot the reasons.

Isaac Morehouse


Isaac Morehouse is the founder and CEO of Praxis, a startup apprenticeship program making degrees irrelevant for careers. Isaac is dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. He’s written some books, done some podcasting, and is always experimenting with self-directed living and learning.

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