Meet Diana Zitting.
Diana isn’t your average 18 year old.
Instead of taking the more “traditional” education and career paths, Diana applied to Praxis.
While a lot of people her age are in high school or college, Diana is working in a sales role at a startup in Austin called MailLift.
And she’s killing it!
Diana recently made the largest inbound sale in company history.
Growing up, we’re told that people like Diana are exceptions to the rule — that she might be a high performing young person but that most people her age just can’t succeed in a fast paced startup environment.
There might be some truth to that.
More and more school seems to do a poor job of preparing young people to make decisions in the real world, identify their passions, or create valuable products or services.
It doesn’t have to be that way though.
What Diana has accomplished can be, to a large degree, broken down into a system that can be followed to achieve the kind of success that most people are in their mid to late twenties before they achieve.
That’s why we created Praxis.
In addition to a fast paced work experience, Diana went through a rigorous educational program that covered things like sales, website development, goal setting, skill building, navigating the workplace, creating value, and much more.
She spent each month completing a 30- day Professional Development Project that was created, refined, and managed with the help of her Praxis advisor. She participated in discussions with successful entrepreneurs around the country and got to pick their brains. She did deep dives into content like “You Don’t Need a Job — You Need Guts” by Ash Ambirge and blogged about everything she was learning so that she could better refine her knowledge of the topics.
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All of this helped “prime” Diana for success at her business partner.
When an opportunity to make a huge sale came her way, the combination of education and experience she’d gotten allowed her to take advantage of it.
She’s not done yet.
By the time she would have finished a more traditional program, she would have been 23 or 24 before starting to do what she’s doing at 18. She’ll have at least 6 years of work experience, zero debt, and will be well on her way to even more successes.
Is her path for everyone?
Probably not. It definitely demands a certain kind of person, but at Praxis, we think there are more Dianas in the world than we’re told and that with the right program, they can flourish.
If you think you’re the next Diana, apply now.