$48,877

That's the average starting salary for Praxis grads. The average age is 21. 80% of grads were offered full-time employment at their business partner upon completion of the program. All but one have jobs, and that one chose grad school instead. 100% said Praxis was very helpful in their personal…


The Best Life Advice I Know of...

Don't follow your passion.  Not because it's a bad idea, but because most of the time it's not possible early in your life. Instead, arrive at your passion(s) by taking the sculptor approach.  Chisel away everything that you don't love.  In a sentence: Don't do stuff you hate. Everything else is…


Stop Telling Good Arguers to Become Lawyers

I've met a lot of bright young people planning on law school or in law school. I've also met a lot of unhappy lawyers. I suspect lots of these young people will end up unhappy lawyers too, and I've got a theory as to why. Lawyers are often "successful" in terms of external indicators and cultural…


Be Your Own Credential

We talk a lot at Praxis about building a better signal than generic degrees and institutional imprimaturs.  Whether or not you have a degree, you need to learn to 1) create value and, 2) signal your ability to create value to the world.  Degrees are a very weak way to achieve either.  You need…


Public Speaking Workshop is Live

*This workshop is not primarily about tips and techniques (though they are offered).  It's about you giving a speech and getting individualized feedback and ways to improve. We've been doing a public speaking workshop for Praxis participants for a few years, and now for the first time I'm opening…


The Secret Weapon Young People Have on the Job Market...

Nothing better to do. The only things that matter when it comes to succeeding in the marketplace are: The ability to create value for others. The ability to persuade others of your value creation potential. It's not your school, your grades, your network, your knowledge or anything else you may…


Public Speaking Workshop

We run a public speaking workshop for Praxis participants where they gain some tips and advice, present a short speech, get specific feedback, do a second take, and leave with final ideas for continued improvement. I've run versions of this workshop for hundreds of people over the last seven years…


Put Your Education and Life In Good Hands...Yours

I had an awesome email conversation with a young lady named Hannah who's busy building the life she wants and realized there is no prefabricated, standardized educational path that will cut it. Here's an excerpt: "I originally thought I was on a college path, because I loved academics so much and…


The Ridiculousness of the "I'm Not Impressed" Facebook Comment

Facebook can be a...uh...special place.  People behave in ways I cannot imagine them behaving in the flesh.  I don't think this is good or bad, it just is.  Still, it makes for some rather odd and entertaining moments. The other day I shared a quote from a young college opt-out with whom I was…


The Absurd Assumption Behind Schooling

A bright young woman sent a thoughtful email after reading my blog post about how my son learned to read when we stopped trying to teach him.  She largely agreed with the approach but voiced some concern of not pushing kids to learn things of value to them.  I responded: "Once upon a time I would…