Why I Love Las Vegas

I don't play slots or gamble outside of house card games with a few buddies.  I don't really enjoy the nightlife party and drinking scene.  I don't do strip clubs.  I'm not a fan of musicals and shows.  Yet I love Vegas. The first time I visited Las Vegas for a conference I was blown away by how…


5 Signs You Might Be Too Good for College

From the Praxis blog. There is a common myth that only Steve Jobs-like geniuses and cheese puff eating flunkies should opt out of college.  For college to be a poor fit, you’ve either gotta be sitting on the next billion dollar startup idea or sitting on your mom’s couch.  This is nonsense.  There…


Screenless Retreat

I'm joining the rest of the Praxis team this week for a three-day screenless retreat.  We're spending tomorrow through Friday at a friend's beach house in North Carolina without laptops, tablets, TV's, or smartphones (except for emergencies).  I'll have some books, an old fashioned pen and pad, and…


Episode 8: Jeff Tucker on Being Personable, Productive, and Playful

International Man of Mystery Jeff Tucker joins me to discuss his approach to life, and how he manages to say 'yes' to everything and still consistently produce good work.  Jeff writes 1,500 words every day, and it's always good stuff.  He is the author of three books, and he speaks regularly around…


Rules Make the Exceptions More Valuable

I shared recently several rules I have for myself that increase my productivity and happiness.  I was discussing these and other rules with my brother, and we both concluded that, despite the value of our rules, some of the most valuable times are actually when we break them.  This is especially…


On Feedback and Data Gathering

Expressing an opinion is free.  Everyone will tell you they think your idea is good.  That's not the same as giving up something to read it or listen to it or purchase it.  Focus groups, surveys, polls, and research can't tell you as much as putting a product or idea out into the world.  In a…


The Biggest Problems are the Biggest Opportunities

In their book Bold: How to Go Big, Achieve Success, and Impact the World, Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler talk about the fact that the biggest problems in the world are also the biggest opportunities.  Higher education is no exception. We are by now well acquainted with the myriad problems with…


Praxis is Democratizing the Degree

Above all a college degree is a signal.  People buy one to signal to the world - their parents, peers, employers, investors, co-workers - that they are a valuable, smart, skilled person worth working with.  Yet the signalling power of the degree has been dropping fast.  Ask any employer and they'll…


It's Not About GDP

I’ve been thinking lately about GDP, and common ideas of economic progress more generally. I just attended an event about the causes of and cures for poverty in the poorest countries.  So much of the discussion utilized comparisons between countries based on measures of GDP, GDP growth, and the…


Escape

When was the last time you escaped?  I mean fully escaped into a wonder-inducing, awe-inspiring landscape, or sci-fi, or song? Humans are meant to escape.  We are driven by the impulse to escape.  It's what led us to multiply, fill the earth and attempt to subdue it.  It's what drives us to space…