What is it like to move for the Praxis program?

Short answer: it’s pretty awesome. Many of our business partners are located in major startup hubs like Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Austin, or San Francisco. That means participants often choose to pick up and move to take advantage of their best Praxis opportunities. Some of our participants are moving for the first time, so naturally they (and…

Stop Trying To Imitate Successful People

“Successful people wake up at 4AM every morning.” “Successful people dress to impress.” “Successful people go to college.” “Successful people read every day.” “Successful people routinely work 60 hours a week.” “Be like this successful person!” This blog post is brought to you by every mutually contradictory and patronizing piece of “Successful people do X”…

What My High School Business Teacher Taught Me About Entrepreneurship (and Business Classes)

There aren’t too many hours spent in class that I wouldn’t take back if I could. But like most people, I have one or two classroom experiences that I look back on fondly. Business class was one of those, precisely because it wasn’t a class. Our teacher was a local businessman. He wasn’t a teacher,…

Stop Trying to Optimize Your Life

“Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.” -Nassim Nicolas Taleb, Antifragile Speedreading. Virtual assistants. Mind-enhancing supplements. Ice-cold baths. Soylent diets (*shudders*). These days there are enough lifehacks (and life hack articles) to last a lifetime, and life optimization is the newest craze.…

Embarrassment: The Price You’ll Pay for Personal Development

This is the second part of a blog series on fear, embarrassment, and growth. Check out part one, “Your Fear Is Overrated.”  Public speaking has always terrified me. Even when I consciously realize that I can give a presentation or talk, I still feel shaky and shaken during the experience. Even though my voice may crack embarrassingly next…