Books

11 Lessons from Bootstrapping a Non-Tech Startup

This book is about the earliest stages of starting a company. It’s about my personal experience of going from complete startup novice to founder and CEO, and what I learned during the process about the process.

These eleven lessons are sort of like a, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” for startups. These are some of the things I learned from the day the idea for Praxis was conceived, through the newborn and early toddler years.

I didn’t write this as an expert who’s figured it all out – we’re still in the process of building something epic, we haven’t yet arrived.  We’re in the awkward teen years.  I wrote this as an honest assessment of the birth and beginning of a business.

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Forward Tilt

It’s the thing that separates the mediocre from the successful, the normal from the exceptional. It’s the drive and momentum you need to jump-start your career and start actively building your life.

This weekly almanac is built from a series of emails to Praxis participants and alumni, with actions items and notes for you to implement ideas with each entry.

Learn how to build social capital, overcome procrastination, create your own pace, and take the reins in your life and career.

This 52-week workbook is a companion to the Forward Tilt Podcast and outlines how to move from ordinary to extraordinary . . . by developing forward tilt.

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Don’t Do Stuff You Hate

don't do stuff you hateDDSYH is not just the title and theme of this book, it’s the philosophy I have striven to live by for the past decade.

Mitchell Earl, someone who has made bold, risky decisions to removed hated stuff from his life, joins me in putting this collection together.  It’s a welcome relief for those who feel overwhelmed by the idea of “following your passion”, finding purpose, or carving out a calling.  Forget all that.  What makes you come alive might be unknown to you and it might not even exist yet.

Instead we argue that the best way to build a great life is to break down a bad one, piece by piece.  What obligations, activities, relationships, and mindsets are draining the sense of life from your daily experience?  How many things do you do that you don’t actually enjoy?  Stop doing those and the rest will come into focus.

The best part about this approach is the mystery.  It’s exciting to think that the best life is one you can’t yet imagine.  You won’t find it by trying to plot a perfect path to some defined point called “success”.  Remove the dross and be surprised every day by the cool stuff that emerges when you make space for it.

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How to Get Any Job You Want: Some Advice for Young Career Seekers

How to Get Any JobThis slim volume edited by Derek Magill includes several essays on how to approach building your career.  Isaac Morehouse, Zak Slayback, Jeffrey Tucker, and Derek Magill contribute chapters that cover everything from common errors in job-seeking to why you should burn your backup plan…and probably your resume too.

Careers aren’t made and jobs aren’t gotten based on a static list of activities and accolades on paper.  You have at your fingertips the ability to create value and demonstrate it in ways no previous generation could.  Between working for free, creating a digital paper trail, and being your own brand, you can build your ideal job instead of just waiting and hoping for it.  Download this free guide to learn how to approach the world of work with a new sense of freedom and control.

It’s not easy, but it’s better than the easy route.

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Why Haven’t You Read This Book? Flipping The Burden Of Proof To Open Up A World Of Possibility

This book is about the simple practice of flipping the burden of proof from ‘why?’ to ‘why not?’.

What would happen to your life if you stopped assuming you know all the reasons why not to do things differently? Have you ever really, seriously demanded of yourself good reasons to not start a business, move to a new city, dropout of school, quit your job, write a book, travel the world, climb a mountain, fly first class, audition for American Idol (or whatever the newest version is), or have a bunch of kids?

You probably assume you have good reasons for not doing these things. We all do. It’s called status quo bias. The dominant path isn’t scrutinized much, while deviations are. That’s the line anyway. We think the deviations are scrutinized, but maybe they’re scrutinized even less.

Would your life look different if you asked ‘why?’ of all the things that don’t get questioned, and ‘why not?’ of all those that do?

This is a collection of stories from diverse authors.  None of the authors are experts. Instead, this book is a collection of ideas and stories from people who have lived these out-of-the-norm decisions, sometimes with wonderful results, sometimes with great difficulty. But every single author has put their life where their words are and asked ‘why not?’ of some big, crazy decisions.

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The Future of School: Reimagining Higher Education for the Next Generation

Have you ever wondered if college was the right path for you? If trading four years of your life would create the dream career you are looking for?  The Future Of School is a provocative guide for young entrepreneurial-minded people who want more than college.

Starting with an examination of what an ideal education would include, then a look at what today’s systems actually produce, and finally ideas for how to create your own path, this book covers the broad sweep of education in theory and practice.  The author shares his own story of an unconventional learning path in between.  If you want to approach education from a clean slate and figure out what’s best for you, this book is a great place to start.

“The insight in this book, not just about the state of higher education but learning in general, is brilliant. I highly recommend it.” – Derek Magill, Digital Strategist, College Dropout

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Better Off Free: A Collection on Liberty

In this wide-ranging collection of entertaining and thought-provoking essays, Isaac Morehouse shares his original, liberty-minded take on infomercials, Aristotelian ethics, squirrels, and why inflation is like an energy drink. There is, however, a central theme that runs through the whole collection and loosely ties the essays together. That theme is simple: freedom is better than force. Morehouse takes you on the journey of his own transition – from asking what works for society in the abstract to seeking what works for you as an individual. How can you become more free?

“’Better Off Free’ is a superb collection of libertarian and anarchist perspectives on a broad number of topics. Unlike many libertarian books that belly ache and criticize the government, Morehouse brings positive, almost sunny, energy to what freedom can bring.” – Jeff Till, Blogger, Entrepreneur

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Freedom Without Permission

Too many people seek permission when trying to advance their own lives. They want external actors to open gates for them without realizing that the gates don’t exist. Permission isn’t needed and those who think it is create their own barriers to advancing their lives and realizing personal achievement.

People believe they must look to others for permission to live their lives. They elect politicians to change the world. They believe schools award education. They believe external validation is the way to a career. They externalize their personal hardships instead of recognizing how often they inflict the hardships onto themselves. They wait for an invitation to create value when the impetus lies in their own hands and minds. They develop dependencies and preconditions that keep them from entrepreneurship. These are all myths. You don’t need to ask for permission. But how do you do create a life without permission?

The point of this book is to break more than to build. We are not attempting to provide a full-fledged philosophy on life without permission. Instead, the goal is to deconstruct and then offer exercises and habits of thought that will enhance your freedom as an individual. How can you become more free?

“Freedom Without Permission takes the idea of human liberty seriously, not just as a policy for a free society but a personal philosophy for free people. There is so much wisdom here. A careful reading will save you years of diversions and get you on the right track toward building a new way of life.” – Jeffrey Tucker, Author, CLO Liberty.me

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