Participating in the first Praxis class was the most rewarding experience of my life. After the opening seminar I wrote some notes down on my biggest takeaways from the successful entrepreneurs we were able to spend time with. Whatever you spend your time doing always look for opportunities to learn from successful people who are passionate about the same things you are.
Spend Time Purposefully
Through our discussions on lifelong learning I realized the importance for entrepreneurs to be deep thinkers and the commitment that takes. While I was nervous about sacrificing so much personal time for this program, I now realize there is nothing I would rather be doing. One of the speakers passed on to us what is now one of my favorite sayings, “The difference in your life now and five years from now will be based on the books you read and the five people you spend the most time with.” I look forward to starting that five year process becoming fully engaged in the Praxis curriculum and learning from my fellow participants.
Creating begets Creating
The main reason I believe I shied away from entrepreneurship in the past was because I never viewed myself as a particularly creative person. Fortunately for me, I discovered you do not have to be creative to create. When it comes down to it there are only people who take action and those who are static. Throughout the program, I will be focusing on “producing and shipping” content out into the world. If you don’t make your work public you are not truly creating and you leave a lot of opportunity for feedback on the table.
Have a Vision
Two of my favorite speakers were John Ramsey, an inspirational venture capitalist, and Vince Graham, CEO of the I’on Group. What these two men had in common is how influential their life vision has been in their careers. Vince talked about letting your vision be your guiding star in business and the importance to develop core values that really shape your work. An entrepreneurial career is not possible without a philosophical understanding of what you want out of life.
Get Stuff Done
The single best advice for young people in my opinion and I will certainly take it to heart. If you are someone who builds a reputation on reliability and work ethic there will always be a need for you. While I had an amazing time discussing the theoretical and practical sides of entrepreneurship it was made clear to us that 90% of it is about the day to day grind.