My Kid Learned More from Mario Maker than I Did from a Marketing Major

Image courtesy my iPhone. Weird mustache courtesy Nintendo. I'm not kidding.  I just watched my kid grasp basic marketing truths that took me years in the professional world to get. (I might be a bit daft, but that's another story). I didn't end up graduating with a major in marketing, but it was…


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…


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…


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:…


Laziness is not About Lack of Labor

Laziness leads to boredom, and boredom is the greatest crime against oneself. Laziness is not about physical labor.  You can be bored to tears doing manual labor all day long and you can be engaged and fulfilled while lounging in a hammock. It's hard work to live an unboring life, but it's the work…


Some Excellent Work on Education and Schooling

My friend and colleague Zak Slayback has had a wonderful series of blog posts about education, schooling, testing, unschooling, and many other fascinating and important topics in that area.  I cannot recommend them enough. Ways to Think About Schooling Part 1 Ways to Think About Schooling Part 2…


The Neutrality of Everything

A hammer is neither good nor bad.  It is a tool.  It is useful.  It can be useful in achieving good things, and equally useful in achieving bad things.  It is valuable because it is useful, but the fact that it has value does not make it good or bad. The same is true of an iPhone.  The same is true…