You Have the Right to Think Things Through

Here’s a brief lesson in critical thinking: Concerning the truth of any given proposition, there are three possible stances one can take: 1) Affirmation: “I believe the proposition to be true!” 2) Negation: “I believe the proposition to be false!” 3) Suspension of judgment: “I lack sufficient evidence, knowledge, or data to confidently affirm or deny the proposition’s…

The Limits of Self-Help, The Power of Systems, & Why We Need Rules to Succeed

One of the commonly cited problems with a great deal of self-help philosophy is the overemphasis on positive thinking, affirmations, visualization techniques, and other motivational tools that produce short-term inspiration but that often fail to help people create lasting changes. On a recent episode of the Accidental Creative podcast, Todd Henry addresses this issue in…

Curriculum Favorites: Thinking as a Science

The Praxis Fall 2014 class recently completed its study of our entrepreneurship curriculum, my own favorite of the eight modules. We encountered works from a number of entrepreneurs and thinkers, including Seth Godin, Reid Hoffman, and Peter Thiel (whose curriculum contribution Zak has covered in the past). This module’s focus on the grit, ingenuity, and moral courage required to create something…

The Both/And of Yes/No

“Wielded wisely, No is an instrument of integrity and a shield against exploitation. It often takes courage to say. It is hard to receive. But setting limits sets us free.” -Judith Sills Warren Buffet wrote, “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” By “almost…

Choosing Defiance Over Innocence

Today’s post is from returning guest author Mathew Knudson, a student, tutor, and RA at Temple University who is currently majoring in Economics and Mathematics. You can contact him here and connect with him on LinkedIn here. View his previous post on the Praxis blog. “But it wasn’t my fault!” is perhaps one of the most often used excuses in…

Productive Contrarianism: How to Create the Next Big Thing

Entrepreneurship and productivity magazines are rife with articles and posts about how you can “launch your company without any seed money!” or “make progress on your venture today!” These articles can be useful for helping you make incremental progress on an idea you already have, but what if you don’t have a project yet? There’s…

No Refunds for Regrets

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. ” –Steve Jobs…