Try Before You Certify

Most of the time most people get it backwards. They spend tons of time and money trying to learn about or get certified in something before ever really trying it.  You can't know what you enjoy, what you're good at, or whether it even needs study unless and until you go out and play around with it.…


Four Visions of the World: Constrained, Unconstrained, Stasist, Dynamist

About half a dozen years ago, I read two books in succession that I did not expect to have much to do with each other.  They both proposed intriguing dichotomies.  These dichotomies cut up the world differently, but I began to see interesting ways they could be layered on top of each other. The…


Episode 67: World Wanderers Ryan and Amanda Tell All

Most people see traveling as something of a luxury, instead of an investment into discovering different places and people. Most importantly traveling is an investment into discovering yourself. Ryan and Amanda’s first trip together was just a great excursion, but after completing it they realized…


Five Steps to Epiphany

Over at the Praxis blog, I challenge anyone interested in education, entrepreneurship, career success, wealth, happiness, or personal growth to read five books this summer. Each book is described with an endorsement from someone in the Praxis network.  Check out the article. The books are: The…


Seven Deadly Mindsets

Dan Sanchez was kind enough to invite me to coauthor a little piece for FEE.org about mindsets inculcated by the schooling process and how a key step toward personal freedom and growth is recognizing and obliterating them.  This is what my friend Zak Slayback would call "deschooling yourself".…


Episode 66.5: FwTK - Wantrepreneurship, Quitting, Greatness, Golf, and other Questions

Today TK and I take questions in near real-time, submitted via Facebook while we were recording.  Careful, this one's hot! How to not get stuck being a "wantrepreneur" How to test an idea before launch How to get better at quitting stuff you hate The psychological impact of entrepreneurship vs.…


Make a Resume without Education Status or Job Titles

Give it a try as an exercise in self-discovery and selling yourself.  Who, not what you are is the key. Tell your story, not your status.  


*Spoiler Alert* Captain America Civil War Movie Review with My Son

My son NL (age 11) joins me again for a movie review. This time, we enter the Marvel universe and take on the newest Avengers film, "Captain America Civil War".


How to Skip College and Gain a $200k Head Start

What's the real cost of college as a path to a career? It's not just the time, the boredom, the low quality, or the money.  It's also the opportunity cost (what else you could be doing) and the cost of entering the professional world with few valuable skills and a mistaken belief that you're…


Episode 66: The End of School, with Zak Slayback

Is it time to end school as we know it?  Zak Slayback makes the case in his new book, The End of School. Zak excelled in school the whole way through, resulting in a scholarship to an Ivy League university.  Yet what he mastered weren't skills and habits for success in life and career, but a host…