Criticize by creating

There’s always something to be unhappy with.  Airport lines are too long.  Insurance paperwork is ridiculously complex.  Wifi keeps going down. While I appreciate the sentiment in Louis CK’s famous “Everything is wonderful and nobody’s happy” soliloquy, I also appreciate discontentment.  It needn’t make your life less fulfilling to be aware of things that could…

It’s about squeezing every drop out of your orange

If I were to ask you what attributes define success in professional basketball, you would likely say, height, athleticism, coordination, wingspan, speed, competitiveness or desire to win. Likewise, if I asked what attributes define entrepreneurial success, you would likely say creativity, cunning, timing, risk tolerance, perseverance, vision, intelligence or boldness. I recently, read the following…

Spreading the word

I spent the weekend interacting with students in Pittsburgh, and Praxis Education Director T.K. Coleman was at Pepperdine.  We both had so many great conversations with bright young people who are eager to gain skills, experience, networks, and knowledge to help them get into a career they love.  There is near universal agreement among these…

A riddle

When you’re evaluating me, I don’t like it when you focus on finances. I want you to see my value as something that transcends superficial talk about money. When I’m evaluating you, however, finances are always a part of the discussion. I will never, under any conditions, associate with you, even if you deserve me,…

Artisan vs. entrepreneur

Some interesting insight from Geoff Graham, entrepreneur and blogger from one of our Praxis business partners, GuildQuality. “If you’re a non-technical founder like me, think long and hard before seeking a technical cofounder to help you launch your vision. I’ve found that most people (whether they are developers, designers, salespeople, marketers, carpenters, masons, doctors, soliders, or pugilists) simply aren’t cut…