What Homeschoolers and Startups Know About Learning...

Check out this post on the Praxis blog, where I make the case that homeschoolers and self-directed learners already embody the learning style that is the future of hiring and professional development. From the post: "Classrooms don’t prepare young people for success in life and career.  They’re…


The College Dropout's Guide to Getting a Job

Praxis intern Amber Grubenmann put together this great infographic on how to get a job without the need to purchase paper prestige. And, of course, you can join Praxis and we'll give you the job straight up!  We provide a three month professional bootcamp, help you build a personal website and…


Don't Do Stuff You Hate

A new book project is almost done!  I'm pretty excited about this one. Don't Do Stuff You Hate 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…


The More You Risk the More You Learn?

Here's a relationship I'm exploring right now: The amount you learn is proportionate to the amount you risk. I'm not sure if it's universally valid.  There are probably exceptions.  Still, the more I think about it the more I like it. It's important to note that "risk" is subjective.  An increase…


The Ever Moving Goalposts of Arguments for College

  You have to go to college to get a good job and make money Actually, college grads have an average of $35,000 in debt and 60% of them have no job or jobs that don't require degrees.  Those silly earnings statistics have the causation backwards.   But you still need to learn skills for…


Here's What We've Done in the First Three Years of Praxis

In just two weeks it will mark three years from the day the first Praxis website went live and the first person applied for the program.  It seemed a good time to give a longish recap on what we’re all about, what we’ve been building, and what it’s resulted in so far. This includes bits of…


Sixteen Big Myths About College and Success in Your Early 20's

I don't normally write long posts, but it needed to be done. Over at the Praxis blog I address just about every stupid bit of advice young people routinely get about their education, career, and future. All these myths are based on the Conveyor Belt Mentality, which is as dangerous as it is dumb.…


Apprenticeships Aren’t Just for Welders; Startups Aren’t Just for Coders

I make the case over at the Praxis blog that apprenticeships, especially at startups and growing small businesses, are the best possible way to learn and build an awesome career. Be around people who are doing what you want to do.  Create value for them.  Don't just theorize, but practice. "There…


If You're Flaky, Be Good Flaky

Some people are flaky.  Always flitting from thing to thing, idea to idea.  By the time others get on board they've already moved on. If this is you don't fear.  You don't need to curb your curiosity or appetite for change in order to be successful. Flaky can be a good thing.  I know people who…


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.…