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".…


How to Avoid 'The Valley of the Shadow of Debt'

Talking with my colleague Zak Slayback, we were trying to visualize the typical process young people follow to get from high school to a career.  Many are unhappy with it, many come out no closer to a career or fulfilling life - often farther away, and burdened by debt.  They just don't know what…


In Less Than One Year Get a Startup Job at $40k - No Degree Required

Learn more at Praxis! The idea that you should spend four years and six figures in classrooms, shielded from the real world of opportunity, and cross your fingers and hope it gets you some kind of job is absurd.It's time for a new era in education and career.  If you're good you can prove it in the…


Take the 'Cut it in Half' Challenge and Improve Your Writing

...and your verbal communication, and time management, and thinking. Good writing styles may be as unique as people but when it comes to bad writing there's one nearly universal mistake. Too many words. Everyone begins their writing endeavors (whether emails or books) using too many words, too long…


Why Golden Parachutes are Better Than Tenure

People argue for tenure as a way to allow risk taking, bold explorations into controversial ideas, and new frontiers in academia.  Without knowing their job can never be lost, how would professors have the incentive to take risks?  And after all, even if many don't pay off, the most important…


How to Play Basketball Well

The same way you do everything else well.  Practice, then reflect, then practice some more. The common, conveyor-belt education system has a pretty bizarre approach to learning.  It doesn't mirror any learning pattern that high performers in any field use.  It looks something like this:…


School is a 16-Year Internship for Professors

Want to learn something?  Be around it. The habits, ideas, processes, and perhaps most importantly, incentives of the environment you want to be a part of will teach you vastly more than consciously studied facts. Julian Jaynes, in his seminal book on consciousness, cites a study where students…


Episode 63: The School Sucks Project, with Brett Veinotte

I've been a big fan of the School Sucks Podcast for a few years now, so it was awesome to have Brett on the show to discuss his work and what motivated him to launch it. We discuss his personal history, the history of schooling, why conspiracy theories are valuable learning tools, and much more.…


Praxis and the PDP

One of the core building blocks of the Praxis educational experience is the Personal Development Project, or "PDP".  A PDP is simple: a self-chosen 30-day challenge with tangible benchmarks and outcomes, documented and demonstrated. Project based learning - tackling a challenge that the learner has…