Ryan Ferguson decided to do Praxis because he was looking for more out of life than just a comfortable job and the approval of his peers. He wanted to do work that was truly meaningful and directly related to his personal passions. After traveling through South America and hosting his own podcast series, Ryan is looking to continue his adventures with Praxis.
When Ryan saw our posting for the Carl Menger Fellowship with the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE), he knew he had found the perfect path to discovering how to create the life he wants on his own terms. At FEE, Ryan will be working directly with the executive team and leading a series of projects to improve measurement of FEE’s educational programs for 14-26 year olds on the economic and ethical principles of a free society.
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As part of his Praxis experience, Ryan has started a series of customized personal and professional development challenges, portfolio projects, create a personal website, and work with Praxis advisors and entrepreneurs in our network to join the top 1% of young professionals!
What He’ll Learn:
- How to relate his passions to his profession
- How to distinguish himself from his peers and competitors
- How to teach himself anything
- How to be interesting and indispensable
- How to create projects and get things done
What He’ll Do:
- Create Two Independent Business Projects
- Build a Personal Website and Develop an Online Presence
- Complete a 3-Month Portfolio Project
- Become a Regular Content Creator
- Become an Entrepreneurial Thinker
We asked Ryan about his decision to apply to Praxis and this is what he said:
Ryan, how’d you discover Praxis?
A year and a half ago, I quit my first “career” job and went traveling in South America for 6 months. While there my perspective on life changed a lot. I had the time and the space to question a lot of the assumptions that I had been making. I started to understand what had been driving me through university and afterward; I had been after success in the eyes of others. I wanted a sense of status, I was looking for respect from others, instead of from myself. Before coming back to Canada, I decided that I didn’t want to end up in the same situation I had left. I had felt alive, happy, and engaged traveling for the longest stretch of my life and I didn’t want to lose that. I wanted to keep the sense of adventure in my life. I wanted to keep learning, growing, and living in accordance with my principles. I didn’t want to do work that I didn’t find meaningful, or exciting. I wanted something more.
The lifestyle I want is to be a location-independent entrepreneur. To be able to travel and work, on my own schedule, and to be in control of my time. Up until recently, I believed that to create that lifestyle for myself I needed to start living that way right now. My girlfriend and I were going to move to Central America in the fall. Somewhere with a low cost of living where we could improve our Spanish to fluency and work on improving our podcast and try to turn it into a business. I didn’t consider Praxis at first because I had my mind set that this experience was the one path to success.What changed my mind was seeing a posting for a Praxis position with the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE).
I had been to a FEE seminar in June and got a great impression of the organization. I felt excited about the opportunity of working for an organization that is educating and inspiring people with the ideas of a free society and of doing work with meaning. Moving to Atlanta, and living in the States for 10 months seemed like a good adventure.
What makes Praxis the ideal environment for you to create the life you want?
The more I learned about Praxis, the more interested I became. Everything I was reading and watching made me think that Praxis was working to put participants into an environment for growth, progress, and success. So much of the person you become is the result of the unconscious mimicking of what goes on around you. If you are surrounded with successful people, you accept that as normal and expect that of yourself. If you are surrounded with people who don’t want to learn, to grow, to have an impact, then you are constantly feeling like an outsider. Feeling a sense that you don’t belong. Your social environment can support you, or it can be a momentum-killer.
I want to be around more people who challenge me, who make me assume that excellence is an expectation, that consistent growth, progress, and a desire for self-knowledge is normal, not something different. I want to be in an environment that supports the lifestyle I want to lead and that connects me with people who share the ambition to create the life they want. That is ultimately why I chose Praxis.