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The Past Seven Weeks

I’ve been on the road for the past month and a half. In June I went to San Francisco to represent Praxis at the Thiel Summit and celebrate the graduation of our Fall 2014 Praxis class. I spent the rest of the month at Chapman University in Orange County giving a variety of talks on entrepreneurship, economics, and education for The Foundation of Economic Education. Most recently, I took my first trip to New York to attend the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival as celebration for my brother’s 40th birthday. Since my lifestyle has been such a stop and go experience, I’ve been doing the travel version of my PDP for the last seven weeks. I look forward to resuming the full version next week. Since my last PDP entry, I’ve penned some blog posts for Medium and I’ve done a couple of podcast interviews. If you’re interested in checking them out, you can find the links below.

Is ‘Follow Your Passion’ Good Advice, or Cheesy Claptrap?

For years we’ve been told things like “follow your bliss” and “do what you love and the money will follow.” Now there’s an emerging group of thought-leaders telling us things like “follow your passion is bad advice” and “don’t follow your passion, follow your effort.” Who’s right? Should we follow our passions or not?

A Note to Young Dreamers Who Don’t Feel Supported by Family and Friends
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When you take risks, follow dreams, embark on new ventures, or do anything else that challenges you to become a better version of yourself, you force the people around you to change even if they weren’t ready, willing, or planning to change. In this post, I share my thoughts on coping with the challenge of having friends and family members who express doubt or discomfort about your dreams.

Be Better Than the Good Opinion of Others
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One of the most common causes of mediocrity is the sense of comfort and contentment we feel when others express satisfaction with our work. While elements such as a happy client, a pleased customer, a proud parent, an impressed mentor, or a thrilled audience may be useful for gauging progress in certain contexts, it doesn’t tell the whole story. Being exceptional at doing what the world demands of you (assuming you’ve agreed to those demands) is only half of what it takes to be great. The other half is what you demand of yourself.

Meaningful Work is Worth the Work
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If there is any tragedy involved in working at all, it lies in the fact that many of us have never been taught how to develop innovative and inspiring approaches to work. Because we work by default, showing up to our jobs merely because that’s what we think we have to do in order to avoid becoming homeless, we’ve lost sight of the pleasure and power experienced by those who’ve learned to design their professional lifestyle with what Napoleon Hill calls “definiteness of purpose.” People who possess this understanding of work are far from being dull because they’ve mastered the art of turning their work into play and their play into work.

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

Reflections on The Pursuit of Happiness & The Meaning of Life: An Interview w/ Carren Smith

Go on, admit it, you’ve asked “What is the point of it all?” at least once in your life!! And…. What did you come up with? Did you find the answer? Even just a glimpse? Well, on this week’s show, I decided to put the question to our favourite philosopher, T.K Coleman!!! The last time we had T.K on the show our ratings sky rocketed and the questions came thick and fast, so getting T.K back was a ‘no brainer’!! Get ready to listen to the magic this man has to share about happiness, dancing, emotional versatility and following your dreams!! 

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