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I’m Thankful for People (There Would Be No Books Without Them)

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Today I’m thankful for many things, but especially for the power and pleasures of the written word

Today I express my gratitude for all the authors, editors, illustrators, publishers, readers, librarians, storytellers, teachers, and entrepreneurs who make this wonderful world of books possible.

And most importantly, I thank my parents for filling our home with books, creating an environment where reading was fun, and protecting me from that fatal belief that I should read out of moral duty rather than sheer loyalty to my own curiosities.

You Asked, We Answered

 

Isaac Morehouse and I just released the final episode for Season 2 of the Office Hours podcast.

For this episode, we did an “Ask Me Anything” edition where we covered as many questions as possible.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the podcast and submitting questions for the episode.

To check out the show, you can watch the video below or listen on iTunesYouTubedirect download and all major podcast platforms.

Full List of Questions Answered:

  • What do you hate about Christmas?
  • In whatever project/opportunity/job you’ve been given a chance to take, what were your non-negotiables that would make you either take it or reject it?
  • If you weren’t doing Praxis, what would you be doing now?
  • If Praxis failed tomorrow what would you work on next?
  • I just want to write, though I understand at my current skill level I can’t support myself solely with writing. How do I get past hating day jobs?
  • Isaac you have lots of kids which means many long spans of dealing with the challenges of babies. What are the biggest challenges that babies and kids have presented for your career and what perspectives have you found useful for handling those challenges? Particularly the challenges of both parents working if you can shed light on that.
  • What is your favorite dairy product and why?
  • Are concepts simply another type of experience?
  • If you and TK got in a fist fight who would win?
  • Are either of you religious/spiritual? Do you think living a devoted religious life can be a rational life?
  • What’s something small you changed/did in your life that had a large positive affect?
  • With Praxis obviously all the participants are gonna do great things, but has there been a participant who’s gone on to do things that make you “holy shit”? The guys who have gone above and beyond after they’re out of the program.
  • You guys never discuss and which is a true barrier to entrepreneurship his health insurance. How do you deal with health insurance when starting your own business?
  • When did you and Isaac know you were going to be best friends?
  • What is your biggest weakness?
  • I had a conversation with an individual who was in their early 30s a few nights ago. He just finished his degree and was encouraging me to do the same because he was “…sick of seeing people dumber than {him} get better jobs than {him}…” he went on to say something along the lines of “There’s very few rockstars out there like {individual}, very few, that can pull off not going to college and make a significant living.” What would you have said to him?
  • Good Morning T.K., I so much enjoy your commentary – it is thought-provoking, encouraging, and motivational to me.  So, here is my question…How does one move ideas and into action? How does boldness become a lifestyle, a constant?  Please share your personal experience in this area of your life. Thank you in advance.
  • I’m a big fan of what Praxis is trying to do. However, I came across an article recently (see link) on why the humanities are important. It makes the case for why humanities are important not for business, necessarily, but for humankind. This exposure can only come from certain courses we take in college. If a young person goes the Praxis route how will he or she get this exposure that seems so critical?
  • I have been following you for about 7 years now, I signed up for your 1 message a day and have learned a lot from them when applying it to my life. I also grew up in Chicago -area and went to college in the West Michigan area as well. My question who is your favorite bulls player past or present? ( Go Bulls!)  and second, what is your advice on dealing with colleagues that you work with who use ageism to make the working environment uncomfortable when working with them?
  • Can you give your best pep talk?
  • I’ve joined Toastmasters and one of their things is to weed out filler words such as um and ah.  I consistently am the worst offender, but I don’t personally notice it. First, do you have some tips for changing speaking “ticks” and is there an acceptable threshold for filler words?
  • A college degree is disproportionately high in cost for its value. What’s something you see as disproportionately high in value for its cost?
  • What does your morning routine look like? And/or do have a routine when you get into the office that gets you in the right headspace for the day?
  • Both you and Isaac Morehouse preach about daily blogging and to my knowledge, this activity was a huge factor in the project that ended up becoming Praxis. I’m curious about any other unexpected benefits that came about due to your daily blogging habit?
  • How are you celebrating your birthday? I hope it’s a great one!
  • Why do you share so many of your writings for free-of-charge?
  • Is there any good for the general public that comes out if modern education? If so, what?
  • How can you tell when someone’s exploiting you?
  • If LeBron is the third-best player ever, does that make Jordan fourth?
  • Do you think Upwork will be the main platform for many types of remote “jobs’ in the future?
  • As I research I’m finding that online education is becoming more prevalent. I’m thinking that in 10 years or so it will replace brick and mortar and know how to compete in the marketplace of ideas at a lower financial cost. Any thoughts on this?
  • How can you persuade your family that actually working in the job market can be more efficient than attending college? I still am getting downplayed and shamed into attending college just because “I’m smart and better than my current job” which is Lyft currently.
  • If I worked for you (this is hypothetical, obviously) would it matter to you what my motivation was? Would it matter whether I did the job for the pay or because I loved the work? I guess you’d prefer an employee who was mainly motivated by the work rather than the money. But if the pay means I can support my family, and if that’s my main motivation, wouldn’t you agree that’s completely okay?
  • Do you believe in any NBA conspiracies?
  • Say something nice about universities and the types of people who benefit from a traditional undergraduate experience
  • I’m inspired by the way Praxis creates a freer world and “criticizes by creating“. What other businesses inspire you in the same way? Besides education, what other fields do you see as ripe for liberty driven entrepreneurship?
  • How do you prevent spreading yourself too thin while letting yourself try out doing/learning different things?
  • I was wondering if you guys could dig deeper into your feelings on election day and voting in general. If we don’t vote, how else can we have a voice in government and society?
  • What are your thoughts on psychedelics and other consciousness expansion practices such as meditation, breathing exercises (like Wim Hof’s), and how this can deepen your self-knowledge and improve your performance, clarity and happiness at work?
  • Why didn’t you guys choose to accelerate Praxis’ development with external investment?
  • Do you think Praxis has what it takes to be the number one educational institution of the future? Is that the goal?
  • Do you know anything about MissionU? Why do you think they had trouble growing after having a lot of visibility, building partnerships with companies like Uber, Spotify, etc and receiving $11.5m in funding? And why do you think they decided to be purchased by WeWork?

Ask Me Anything

Listen closely, my friends.

Tomorrow is the final episode of season two for Office Hours with Isaac Morehouse.

For this final episode, we’re doing a special AMA (Ask Me Anything) edition.

That’s right, folks. Nothing is off limits.

If there’s anything you’ve ever wanted to know about Isaac or myself, this is your chance to ask us.

We won’t dodge the question. We won’t ignore. We won’t talk around. We’ll give it to you straight.

Feel free to comment on the blog, tweet me, or send an email with your question.

I’m excited to see what you come up with.

Cheers,

T.K.

 

Your First Audience Member Is Yourself

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The last thing you should ever be is bored with your own creative and philosophical output.

If you’re going to take the time to say X, do X, build X, make art about X, or write about X, at least make sure X is interesting to YOU.

It’s possible to get so caught up in the process of hedging, prefacing, qualifying, and justifying yourself that you eventually negate everything that makes your work compelling and captivating.

Compromise is fine, but only if you still have your integrity and dignity at the end of the bargain.

Never accommodate others to the point of annihilating yourself.

It’s better to lose a few audience members than to lose your soul through the process of chasing them.

Please Remember This Day

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Pay attention to how hard you’re preaching your political gospel today.

Observe how you have no fear of sounding preachy or pushy when you tell people it’s their responsibility to get out and vote.

What does that tell you?

It tells you that the fear of being disliked or misunderstood is powerless in the presence of someone with a strong enough conviction.

Most people would never walk up to a smoker and say “Stop smoking. It’s bad for you.”

Even if they’re actually thinking that to themselves, most people wouldn’t go there.

Suppose you have a friend who eats a lot of fast food, doesn’t exercise, and frequently opts for soda over water.

Would you feel comfortable telling your friend that it might be a good idea for them to rethink their eating habits? That they have a moral duty to do so? That they don’t have a right to complain about being sick or having low energy if they refuse to change?

Would you honestly say that kind of stuff? Is that how you challenge your friends? Is that how you challenge total strangers?

I know a few hardcore people like that, but most of us don’t like to be preachy. Most of us don’t like to be pushy. And even if we’re not actually being preachy and pushy, most of us don’t like to be perceived as such.

Enter election day and the fear miraculously falls away.

All of a sudden, everyone is using their social media platforms, the windows in their homes, their front yards, their cars, and everything else as advertising space for the one belief that they’re actually willing to take some heat for, to fight for, to argue for, to make other people uncomfortable for: the belief that everyone needs to get off their butt and go to the gym….I mean…go to the voting booth. Not the gym. That can wait. Go to the voting booth.

Well, here’s my challenge to you:

If you’re only willing to speak up, push back, and challenge others on an election day, then you’re treating your personal power (and your personal responsibility) as if it’s non-existent or unimportant outside the realm of politics. And that’s an insult to your own capacity for influence

There are many good and important non-political causes you can “vote” for every single day.

There are many good and important non-political action steps you can challenge your family and friends to take every single day.

If you can find the boldness to shamelessly declare “It’s your duty to get out and vote,” then surely you can find the boldness to shamelessly declare equally important suggestions on non-election days.

Here are a few examples to help you get started:

“It’s your duty to get out and exercise.”

“It’s your duty to make healthier eating choices.”

“It’s your duty to learn at least one new thing today.”

“It’s your duty to treat the people who have to work with you with empathy and respect.”

“It’s your duty to make time for the people you claim to love.”

“It’s your duty to stop talking about yourself with so much self-hate.”

“It’s your duty to stop buying more than you need or can afford.”

“It’s your duty to start thinking about your long-term financial game plan.”

“It’s your duty to start saying ‘no’ to more things.”

I could go on and on, but you get the point.

If you have a duty to vote for politicians, then don’t you have a duty to vote for your own potential?

If you have a duty to tell others that they have a duty to vote, then don’t you have a duty to tell others about their duty to step up their game?

If you’re afraid of being too preachy or pushy, I totally understand.

BUT…

If you can be preachy and pushy for politics, you can be preachy for the thousands of non-political causes that are within your power to support every single day of every single year.

Please remember this day….

but not because it’s an election day.

Remember this day because it will remind you of how courageous and influential you can be when you’ve found an idea that you can really get behind.

And once you remember that, you’re on your way to truly becoming an unstoppable force.

Find something else you can believe in besides politics and start representing it with the same vigor you bring to politics.

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