You Are the CEO of Your Own Education

“I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” ― Mark Twain Somehow within recent decades, we have lost the beauty of education. Somewhere in the mists of curriculum overhauls, tech preparedness, and other reform, we have come to believe that education is schooling. Ask any small child about education and they’ll all respond…

Why Non-Tech People Should Work in Tech Startups

“Software is eating the world.” — Marc Andreessen There are several factors that make tech startups the most exciting companies on the planet right now. Dramatically reduced cost of starting one, due to cloud computing. Penetration of software into every corner of every industry. Borderlessness.  Instant, global reach. Near-infinite scalability. Explosion of venture capital and…

Don’t Be Prepared: Why the Best Learn to the Task, Not the Test

I’m going to describe three types of people.  I call them average, elite, and ascendant.  One of the differences between the three is how they approach learning. Pain, Prestige, or Purpose? Average people learn what they need to avoid pain.  Elite people learn what they need to get the grade, ace the test, win the award,…

Why a Professional Apprenticeship is Better than More School

Assumptions about college are being turned on their head.  Real world experience is providing a better context for learning and a more direct path to life and career opportunities. College has value, but not the universal value most assume.  The worst thing you can do is go as a catch-all or backup plan or default.…