I'm Not Qualified

I don't have a high school diploma.  I've never taken the ACT, or SAT, or GRE.  I can't even type properly - I used one finger on each hand.  Who do I think I am to write books and blog posts, give talks and podcasts, and run a business? I don't think I'm anybody.  The thing is, I don't think…


2015: A Personal Year in Review

  Alright, my good friend and Praxis colleague TK Coleman convinced me to share this personal recap in a blog post after I shared it with him in an email.  It feels a little weird or narcissistic, but I guess a little reflection is permitted this time of year.  Besides, I had nothing to write…


Interview on the Free Cities Podcast

I popped in (virtually) to the Free Cities Podcast to talk Praxis and the ideas behind it.  FCP is all about decentralized alternatives to top-down command and control institutions.  Education is obviously full of standardized, cartelized, centralized institutions and part of our mission at Praxis…


Don't Give Up Your Power for Attention

My friend has a theory.  He thinks when people ask unbelievably dumb questions it's not because they don't know the answer or couldn't find it themselves.  They're capable.  It's that they want the attention that comes from being answered more than they want their own power to independently get the…


Interview with Bold Future News

My interviewer Remington is a high school student.  He said he's learned vastly more by helping to launch BF news than by anything school has made him study. https://youtu.be/98sU5z-iSwY


Why My Wife and I (and Our Three Kids) are Spending Six Weeks in Ecuador

Sticking with an important theme in my life the better question might be, "Why not?" Still, given our stage in life, our kids ages, and our work and financial situation, it does raise some eyebrows when we tell people of our Ecuadorian excursion planned for early 2016.  There are several reasons…


Merry Christmas

When darkness descend upon the land Its oppressive weight doth bend Everything that dare to stand Of beginnings it makes fast end Layered thick, grief upon grief Its claws make end of youth Crushing new; this end its chief Until it clash with Truth Truth it came in hidden form As ancient fables…


The Quantity of Stuff in Your Life is More Important than Your System

Praxis grad James Walpole blogged today about the problems of too much focus on optimization and "life hacking". It got me thinking about those I know who struggle to keep their head above water.  People who are creative and productive, but perpetually behind and stressed and overwhelmed.  If…


A Few Great Books That Shape My Thinking

Outwitting the Devil, by Napolean Hill How I Found Freedom in an Unfree World, by Harry Browne Finite and Infinite Games, by James P. Carse Anything by C.S. Lewis Anything by Mark Twain, especially short stories Zero to One, by Peter Theil Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintanance, by Robert M.…


How Free Are You? On Obligation and Duty

My good friend Jeff Till just released a phenomenal podcast episode exploring in depth the idea of obligation. Jeff gives both a practical and philosophical account of what personal freedom means.  To him, alarm clocks, vacations, and other common fixtures are indications of your unfreedom.…