Step 1 of Becoming a Professional Philosopher according to WikiHow is “Get an advanced degree. To successfully pursue philosophy as a career, you must acquire a doctorate or, at very least, a master’s degree.”
Praxis graduate William Nava approached his passion for philosophy a bit differently. He took issue with the traditional university system. He wanted to become a philosopher without following the traditional rules of academia. Instead of getting a doctorate degree, he joined Praxis and landed an apprenticeship at Marginal Revolution University doing marketing and operations.
MRU’s mission is spreading economic literacy through educational video content. During William’s apprenticeship, MRU was happy with his work and gave him a lot of additional responsibilities outside of his job description to see what else he enjoyed and excelled at. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, MRU hired him on full-time.
Throughout his time at MRU, William worked on his side hustles, Who Shaves the Barber? and Pressing the Button. William has been consistently studying and creating philosophical content, and as a result, he’s gotten to interview some of the top philosophers in the world.
His answer to whether or not he’s worried about potentially missing out on the credibility associated with his degree-holding peers? Nope, not at all.
William’s answers to Hannah and TK’s rapid fire round of questions:
- Q: What is the worst piece of advice you have ever received?
A: Just get a law degree so that at least you have it.
- Q: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
A: Courage is not the absence of fear. It is action in spite of fear.
- Q: What is the most influential book you have ever read?
A: 1) Godel, Escher, Bach: an Eternal Golden Braid by Douglas Hofstadter
2) Prometheus Rising by Robert Anton Wilson
- Q: What is the biggest way you’ve changed since starting the program?
A: I’m not lazy anymore.
- Q: What is the most interesting or quirkiest thing about you that nobody knows?
A: I shuffle cards obsessively and constantly.