Sometimes people see what we’re doing with Praxis and accuse us of being reckless. I’ve had people tell me, “Look, not everyone can be Steve Jobs. Aren’t you worried about encouraging people to take too much risk?” No.
One reason I don’t worry is because I’m not that persuasive. People don’t step out and break the mold because they were strong-armed into it. They do it only if the idea scratches some pre-existing itch; if it awakens some latent power in their soul.
Another reason is because it’s not about being Steve Jobs, it’s about being free. Not everyone is capable of being an entrepreneur in the traditional sense, but everyone is capable of being free. Your career and life are in your hands and you are free to direct them as you see fit, whether or not you ever start a business.
Praxis is about awakening that realization, and the confidence, skills, knowledge, and network that make it possible. We want people to realize they can work when, where, how, and on what they want and what makes them come alive. We want them to see that it’s hard work, and it’s worth it.
There is more opportunity than ever to create your own career and life, rather than follow a conveyor belt to the next pre-defined step. You are not your parents. You are not your background. You are not your GPA or major. You are your own brand and your own firm, and you can take it any direction you want. We want to help you know yourself and be honest with yourself about which direction is the most fulfilling. We want you to do what you choose, not what you think you’re supposed to do for anyone else. We want you to be free.
Entrepreneurship may not be for everyone, but freedom is.