Forward Tilt by Praxis

Forward Tilt by Praxis

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Praxis CEO Isaac Morehouse shares stories and lessons about the future of education and work. The economy is undergoing a massive change. Small startups are replacing giant companies and creating entirely new industries at a rapid pace. Entrepreneurship is reshaping our world, but higher education remains the same stale and rigid institution. College’s are charging more than ever for increasingly irrelevant degrees. Students are taking on tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt to get an education that doesn’t teach the entrepreneurial skills needed to thrive in the digital world. Forward Tilt brings you the stories and mindsets from the future of education and work. Inspiring lessons of using entrepreneurial mindsets and apprenticeships to build careers. If you are an ambitious young person, ready to set off on your career and entrepreneurial journey, If you are a young professional ready to take your career to the next level, If you are anyone interested in the attitudes and approaches necessar
50 - The Final Episode
Dec 15, 2017 • 5 min
That’s it folks! The 50th and final episode of the Forward Tilt podcast. Over the last 50 weeks, we covered one lesson a week. One way to get off the conveyor belt and take control of building your career and life. Now that Forward Tilt is over,…
49 - Shorting Your Own Stock
Dec 8, 2017 • 7 min
To short a stock is to sell it before you own it. You sell it today and agree to deliver in the future because you believe the cost will go down and you will be able to buy it at a cheaper price. When you put off tasks to the future, you are doing the…
48 - Babies Don’t Baby Step
Dec 1, 2017 • 7 min
We call it baby steps when you take small guarded steps forward. But babies take the exact opposite approach. They flail, take big risks, and learn as they go. When babies start crawling they don’t cautiously ease their way into it. They get up,…
47 - Creating Content Without a Big Audience
Nov 24, 2017 • 12 min
There has been a trend recently of popular content creators online talking about how there are too many blogs, too many podcasts, and the world doesn’t need more. Apart from the obvious irony, they miss the most important value creators get from…
46 - Creativity Is the HTML of Hard Work
Nov 17, 2017 • 13 min
In this episode, Praxis Education Director, TK Coleman guest hosts to talk about creativity and HTML. Most people think of creativity and associate it with inspiration, living in cool neighborhoods, and eccentricity. But in reality, creativity is…
45 - Your Reputation Is Your Resume
Nov 10, 2017 • 8 min
No one has ever been hired for their resume. At best a good resume will get someone curious to find out more about you, but it is the more about you—the background—that will get you hired. Instead of a resume, what truly matters is…
44 - The Problem with Statistics
Nov 3, 2017 • 7 min
Statistics can be very illuminating in aggregate, but individuals are not aggregates. If you only choose a course of action when statistics are in your favor you will never get where you want to go. In this episode: - Statistics don’t do the…
43 - Perfection Is Not a Precondition
Oct 27, 2017 • 6 min
Whether is writing a blog post, creating a video, or making a marketing plan, if you sit around theorizing about the perfect way to do it, you won’t get any closer to perfect. We like to imagine that the longer we have to do something, the more time…
42 - Three Critical Soft Skills for Young Professionals with Cameron Sorsby
Oct 20, 2017 • 10 min
This week on Forward Tilt, Praxis’ COO Cameron Sorsby guests host to share three key traits that separate great young professionals from the pack. relay a story from a recent golf trip that led to a clear insight about what soft skills separate great…
41 - How to Create a Value Proposition
Oct 13, 2017 • 9 min
The standard approach to getting a job is to go out to a business and with a resume and interview tell employers about your skills and experience. It’s the equivalent of saying “Here I am, I have skills.” It creates work for the business to…
40 - The Rough Draft Mindset
Oct 6, 2017 • 8 min
Vague general questions get vague general answers. If you are looking for valuable information create something first and get specific. Whether it is advice on something you are writing or a business idea, you will be able to get a lot better…
39 - The Value of the Unlevel Playing Field
Sep 29, 2017 • 10 min
Level playing fields are important on a societal level, but when you are looking for places to invest your time and money, it’s better to go where the field is tilted. This is obvious when you have the advantage, you maximize your chances for success…
38 - There’s No Such Thing as Job Security
Sep 22, 2017 • 8 min
Lot’s of people are afraid of sales jobs because they don’t come with a guaranteed monthly salary. The uncertainty of working for commission makes them nervous so they opt for the security of a salaried role. But the job…
37 - Self-Discovery Needs a Context
Sep 15, 2017 • 8 min
Often we overlook our potentially valuable skills because we don’t know we have them. We don’t realize that the thing we find easy, others find hard. Or the activity we do as a hobby has a high market value. Finding out what you are good at and…
36 - Find Gold in Grunt Work
Sep 8, 2017 • 7 min
Too many new employees are eager to get out of grunt work. They are right to want to focus on creating more value, but they miss the opportunity that grunt work provides. On this episode, Isaac shares a story from a conversation with a…
35 - It All Started with Daily Blogging
Sep 1, 2017 • 6 min
Tiny daily acts of creation have an immense compounding power. For Isaac, daily blogging started as a way to break out of a point of dissatisfaction. But the small decision led to a massive change and directly to the idea for Praxis. In this…
34 - Listen to Actions Not Words
Aug 25, 2017 • 6 min
What people say they want is different from what they will actually go out and do. Economists call this the difference between stated and revealed preferences. Your opinions don’t come with a cost. But when you have to pay it shows what you truly…
33 - Focus on One Customer
Aug 18, 2017 • 10 min
Whether you’re building a business, writing a blog, or creating anything new, it can be easy to think about your customer or audience in aggregate. To work with your market in mind, instead of a particular person. One of the biggest inflection points…
32 - Content Is King
Aug 11, 2017 • 8 min
When creating something it is easy to focus on perfecting the small details. Whether it’s production value on a podcast, body positioning as a public speaker, or style as a writer, there are lots of small details to obsess over. But when you are…
31 - Don’t Forget the Free Meal
Aug 4, 2017 • 7 min
When something goes wrong in a customer service situation, some people will seize the opportunity to berate their server or make an employee feel bad. They use the moment to grab a tiny amount of power. But by using this opportunity to feel powerful,…
30 - Find Similarities, Exploit Differences
Jul 28, 2017 • 10 min
“In a room of 100 strangers, seek similarities. In a room of 3 friends, seek differences.” Popular wisdom warns against creating a bubble of similar friends. You often hear that you should make a diverse group of friends. That you should seek to…
29 - Two Parts Substance, One Part Style
Jul 21, 2017 • 8 min
Building a brand is important. So is sharing what you are working on and creating opportunities with marketing. But when you are working on branding and style you can’t forget about creating more substance. To maintain the balance between substance…
28 - Don’t Trust WIllpower, Shape Incentives
Jul 14, 2017 • 10 min
Willpower has limits. If the rewards or punishments are high enough, and you’re in a situation long enough, you will eventually reach your limit. We live in a time where we have massive power to structure the incentives in our own lives. We can find…
27 - What Do You Do Best in the World?
Jul 7, 2017 • 7 min
What do you do better than anyone? It is a question you should be finding the answer to. You should be looking at your life and your work and asking yourself, what do I do better than everyone I know? Once you have the answer you have a path forward….
26 - Have Your Cake and Eat It
Jun 30, 2017 • 6 min
“You can be fast and erratic or slow and steady.” “You can have a small remote team, but it won’t work with more than five employees.” “You can think quick and shallow or long and deep thought.” The…
25 - Ask and Then Shut Up
Jun 23, 2017 • 11 min
It’s good sales advice. Ask clearly for what you want and then stop talking. It can be awkward to leave space. To just sit there. Our temptation is to fill it and when we do we talk our ask down. It’s good sales advice…
24 - There Is Probably a Better Path
Jun 16, 2017 • 8 min
Derek Magill guest hosts this episode of Forward Tilt to share a story from a recent conversation with an aspiring brewer and entrepreneur. This was a college freshman with the goal of opening a microbrewery—in his first year of a…
23 - You Will Never Be the Perfect Job Candidate
Jun 9, 2017 • 8 min
This week’s episode is inspired by a common question. When you find a job posting that you want, but you only meet some of the qualification, what should you do? In this episode: Not being the perfect candidate Job descriptions and Frankenployee’s…
22 - Human Patterns and Emergent Order
Jun 2, 2017 • 9 min
From credit card security to sidewalk design, if you are creating something, you have to account for the patterns of the end user. Even the most well thought out, centrally planned, efficient and scientific plans will always fail if they ignore the…
21 - Don’t Underestimate Social Capital
May 26, 2017 • 13 min
Investing in your personal relationships and connections will bring you more resources than other investment ever could. This week on Forward Tilt Isaac dives into the concept of social capital. In this episode: What is social capital?…
20 - Living with Integrity
May 19, 2017 • 7 min
Integrity is being undivided. It is definiteness of purpose and singleness of mind. To live with integrity, you need to understand yourself and then act in line with who you are. This isn’t easy. It can be hard to gain that much self-knowledge. Even…
19 - Entertaining Angels & Blinking Lights
May 11, 2017 • 8 min
What happens when you seize the opportunity to help a stranger? It could change your whole life. On this episode of Forward Tilt Isaac shares two stories about the power of small acts. First is a story of a spilled coffee in Starbucks that led to…
18 - The Five Traits
May 5, 2017 • 7 min
“What kind of ideas are you hanging around with?” There are a lot of factors that impact who we are today and who we will become. Genetics, childhood experiences, conscious choices and the people we spend our time around all impact us. A popular…
17 - Never Coast
Apr 28, 2017 • 6 min
Forward Tilt Podcast - Playoffs The motivation for great work should always be internal. Doing great work shouldn’t be about impressing others or avoiding punishment, it should be about becoming the best version of…
16 - You Have to Pick Two
Apr 21, 2017 • 7 min
You can think of your life divided into three main categories. Work, social life, and family or love life. As an entrepreneur, you can only have two. With a 9 to 5 job you could probably balance all three, but if you want to start a…
15 - But I Notice
Apr 14, 2017 • 9 min
Doing great work isn’t about being noticed. You don’t owe it to customers, bosses, friends, and family to do your best. You owe it to yourself. You should go above and beyond for what it does for you. In any task you do, you can choose to be good…
14 - You Have the Right
Apr 7, 2017 • 5 min
Just because it’s justified doesn’t mean you should do it. There are a lot of things in your life and the world that you would be justifiably angry about. There are good reasons to protest, to debate, to get angry. But just because anger is…
13 - Look for Excuses to Write Thank You Notes
Apr 7, 2017 • 8 min
A handwritten thank you note is an excellent way to build social capital, but its impact goes way beyond goodwill. Regularly writing thank you notes will change the way you see the world. It transforms your narrative about the past, it…
12 - The Sleep in Your Car Test
Apr 7, 2017 • 6 min
There are people who are willing to sleep in their car to get what they want, and there are those that aren’t. This a useful heuristic for understanding people you want to work with, but it is also a powerful tool for understanding yourself. What…
11 - The Freedom of Self-Imposed Constraints
Apr 7, 2017 • 7 min
When you feel like you are held back by limitations, add more. You’ll be surprised by the sense freedom the extra constraints give you. It’s not always the case, but adding constraints can give you more freedom to create because they free you from…
10 - The Struggle Is a Gift
Apr 7, 2017 • 7 min
When things are easy we don’t grow. It is in moments of struggle, when everything is going wrong, that we are forced to take massive steps forward. Once you recognize that the struggle helps you grow, then you can learn to love it. You can…
09 - Your Personal Brand
Mar 31, 2017 • 8 min
You have a personal brand whether you like it or not. Call it a reputation if you prefer, but it is the feelings and associations that come to mind when people think of you. A lot of people feel resistant to working on their personal brand. They feel…
08 - The Power of Silence
Mar 24, 2017 • 6 min
From podcasts to audiobooks, articles, and videos there is a massive amount of great content in the world. So much that you can fill every empty space with something. You can listen to podcasts while you drive. You can read articles on your…
07 - The Past Isn’t Written Yet
Mar 17, 2017 • 6 min
The ink isn’t dry on the past yet. You get to re-write it in the future. As humans, we depend on a narrative about the past and that narrative changes depending on what happens in the future. The perfect example of this is the narratives created…
06 - Wear the Shirt
Mar 10, 2017 • 10 min
“With a polo shirt and pliers, you can walk into any computer room.” One thing you realize as you get deeper into your career is how little the people you think are experts truly know. Experts don’t have all the answers—often they are figuring…
05 - The Power of Questions
Mar 3, 2017 • 7 min
Most people approach conspiracy theories with an immediate answer. It’s a camera trick! It’s aliens! It’s a hoax! Almost everyone focuses on an answer, hardly anyone focuses on the question. How can you use the power of divisive questions in…
04 - The 3 Advantages of a Low Income
Feb 24, 2017 • 8 min
Everyone wants to make more money. But early in your career, a big raise can be a big problem. If your lifestyle grows with your salary and you can’t afford to take a risk at a lower salary, you can end up stuck in a low growth situation….
03 - As If It’s True
Feb 10, 2017 • 5 min
“The work you do while you procrastinate is probably the work you should be doing for the rest of your life.” - Jessice Hische This quote was shared recently in the Praxis community and it started a debate. Some participants thought it was…
02 - Get Shit Done
Feb 9, 2017 • 7 min
This is a tale of two interns. Intern number one was intelligent, passionate, and impressive. But he had a fatal flaw. He didn’t get shit done. Intern number two wasn’t as impressive initially. He didn’t have the same…
01 - What is Forward Tilt
Feb 9, 2017 • 5 min
How do you find top level talent? You look for forward tilt. You look for the people who are so excited by opportunities that they lean across they table when they talk about it. The type of people who physically manifest their…