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Forward Tilt by Praxis

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 necessary for success in the digital world, Forward Tilt is for you. ------------- Forward Tilt is presented by Praxis, the 9-month apprenticeship at a startup. If you’re young, hungry, and ready to build a great career, apply today.
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Oct 13, 2017

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 figure out if those skills are relevant, legitimate, or even valuable and as a result, it doesn’t help you find the best opportunities.

The better approach is to do the work yourself and come to a business with a pitch on how you will create value.

Instead of writing about how you have SEO skills, send in an analysis and plan of the companies SEO.

Instead of listing your excel skills, send in a spreadsheet you made that could be valuable for there work.

Instead of saying that you can create value, actually create value and watch how many opportunities it will open for you.

In this episode:

- Product beats paper 
- What a generic resume tells employers
- How Brian Nuckols got his marketing role for Praxis with a value proposition
- Pitching a guest blog post
- Thinking from a businesses perspectives
- The value creation mindset 

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Oct 6, 2017

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 feedback if you ask for opinions on a rough draft instead of an idea. 

In this episode:

  • Editing a draft vs. creating from scratch
  • The rough draft mindset
  • Producing before seeking help
  • Theoretical problems

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Sep 29, 2017

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 and large returns, but even having the field titled against you can be better than a level playing field.

In this week's Forward Tilt Isaac explains why an unlevel playing field is a great place to invest, no matter if you have the advantage or the disadvantage.

In this episode:
- Why level playing fields are good society-wide, but not on an individual level
- The unlevel playing field for Praxis
- When the field is tilted against you, it’s going to be a lot less crowded

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Sep 22, 2017
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 security they think exists in marketing, operations, or other jobs is a myth. No matter what role you are in, your job only exists so long as you create more than you earn. You need to create value regularly, or else that salary will disappear. 
 
This isn’t a scary insight, it is empowering. It is the insight that allows you to view yourself as a company no matter what role you are in.
 
Even if you are working for only one employer, you are selling a service to a customer. The more valuable that service compared to the price, the more secure you will be. 
 
In this episode:
  • Terror of working in sales
  • There is no such thing as a secure job
  • Every job demands value creation every day
  • Contractor vs. employee
  • The post-job era
  • You are your own company
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For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt 

Sep 15, 2017

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 you can create value doing isn’t easy. It is a process that takes time and feedback. But the most common ways we expect to learn about ourselves are removed from real sources of feedback.

To find out what we do best we need to get out into the market and start getting feedback.

In this weeks episode, Isaac shares a story about a Canadian bagpiper who didn’t realize he had developed an incredibly valuable skill while pursuing his hobby.

In this episode:
- A Canadian bagpiper who stumbled onto a big business.
- Tacit knowledge
- Practice, practice, theory
- The market doesn’t just help you discover what other people value, but also what you have.
- Why do kids always do lemonade stands?

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Sep 8, 2017
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 CEO about a young employee asking for a raise. 
 
He did everything well but made it clear he didn’t like grunt work. As a result, he didn’t make himself indispensable and didn’t get a raise. He was replaceable. 
 
As you gain experience and make yourself more valuable, you will naturally have less grunt work to do. But by always remaining open to doing the work no one else wants to do will make you an incredibly valuable employee no matter where you work. 
 
In this episode: 
- Making yourself irreplaceable 
- Founders are never to good for grunt work
- Overlooking the opportunity that grunt work can provide
- Everyone will see you getting coffee or watering plants
- If you feel like you do too much grunt work, it’s on you to make yourself more valuable. It’s on you to prove that you can do more. 
 
For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt
Sep 1, 2017

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 episode:

  • Succeeding, but feeling dissatisfied. Feeling like something is missing.
  • Taking on a daily blogging challenge.
  • Creating leads to creativity
  • Turning creativity into a discipline
  • Why you should challenge yourself with small daily acts of creation.

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Aug 25, 2017

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 value.

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt 

Aug 18, 2017

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 in the growth of Praxis came when Isaac choose to focus on one particular customer. Not all the entrepreneurial young people, not a specific demographic, just sell and create a solution for one specific person.

From a focus on one customer, you build a solid foundation for growth because you are focused on solving a real problem for a real person and not a vague aggregate. From focusing on one customer Praxis now can create value for hundreds of participants. 

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Aug 11, 2017

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 starting a new project you can never lose sight of the most important aspect of anything you create, the content of the ideas.

In this episode:
- Handling imperfections as a creator
- The content of the ideas matter more than perfect delivery
- Lessons from running public speaking workshops

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Aug 4, 2017

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, they are giving up what is best for them in the long term. They are giving up opportunities to get a better long term solution to momentarily feel important. In the case of restaurants, they are forgetting the free meal.

In this episode:
- Why people get mad at customer service employees
- Don’t trade your power for attention
- Don’t forget the free meal

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forward tilt

Jul 28, 2017

“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 spend time with people with different world views. This advice is overrated and over esteemed.

Instead, when deciding who you work and spend time with you should focus on similarities. But once you've found those people, you should emphasize differences. 

On every successful team, there is internal conflict. From the outside looking in everyone seems similar. They have a similar mission, similar values, and a similar perspective on life.

But within the group, the approach they take to reach their common goal is hotly contested. There is beneficial conflict, differences of opinion, and a regular clash of ideas.

Successful teams work together because of the deep similarities in their ideal future, but they work well together by emphasizing the differences in how they want to get there. 

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt
Jul 21, 2017

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 and style Isaac uses a simple heuristic. Two parts substance, one part style.

For every one thing you are sharing and talking about publicly, you should be working on something else behind the scenes.

If you are learning a language and creating and sharing content about it, you should be learning something else behind the scenes.

In business, if you are marketing one feature, you should have at least one other feature that is just as good.

This way there is always more to you than meets the eye.

This way you are always over delivering.

This way you are making sure that your product is so good and an experience so far beyond expectations, that your customers can’t stop talking about it.

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwrdtilt

Jul 14, 2017

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 new social circles, jobs, past times that have incentives in line with our values.

You will be much stronger in life if you’re not swimming upstream; if your incentives are in line with your values it is much more likely you will live up to your ideals. 

In this episode:

  • Creating your own structural incentives
  • Aligning incentives with values
  • The incentives of politics
  • The incentives of professors
  • Who you need to please to get paid is who you will please 
  • If it violates your core values, get into an environment when it is not incentivized
  • You will be much stronger if you’re not fighting against the current

For your free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Jul 7, 2017

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. A direction to take your life's work.

In this episode:

  • What is the one thing that you are the best in the world at?
  • That is the question you need to answer, but how to you answer it?
  • The big idea behind Praxis
  • What Isaac best in the world at? 

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Jun 30, 2017
“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 world is full of these common dichotomies and life lessons. Some are true and valuable, but many aren’t. Accepting them can close down real possibilities.  
 
These lessons apply to certain people in certain situations. You need to figure out if they are true for you. You need to figure out what the trade-offs are in your own life.   
Don’t take common wisdom on faith. Don’t accept that you can either have this or that. See if you can have both. 
 
In this episode: 
  • Not accepting common wisdom on faith
  • Running a remote company
  • How to approach dichotomies 
  • Finding out the trade-offs in your own life 
For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt
 
Jun 23, 2017
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 because it leads to a clear answer; a yes, no, or something in between. But you will know the status, and you won’t be left interpreting what the answer meant. 
 
But it’s more than just sales advice. 
 
It applies in your daily life and the asks you make of others. And it applies to your relationship with yourself as a valuable tool for gaining self-knowledge and resolving internal conflict. 
 
In this episode: 
  • The value of sales experience 
  • Ask and then shut up 
  • Don’t say a thing after a dollar amount
  • How to apply it to daily life
  • Making clear asks of yourself
  • Ask and then shut up as a way to self-knowledge

Go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt to get a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth.

Jun 16, 2017
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 four-year college program studying Political Science. Taking on debt and spending a massive amount of time attending lectures on political science, when his goal was to be an entrepreneur in the beer business. 
 
Stories like this are not uncommon. There are young people on college campuses all over the country spending tens of thousands of dollars on annual tuition for programs that have absolutely nothing to do with what they want in the long term. But still, these students haven’t questioned the idea that college is a necessary prerequisite to life. 
 
What if you stop before making the college decision to ask what if there is a better way? What if there is an alternative? And what if I can do it better myself?
 
In this episode:
  • Political Science degree as a prerequisite to running a microbrewery
  • Will college help you achieve your goals?
  • There are other paths outside of four-year college degrees
  • How can you learn, establish yourself, and make connections without taking on debt 

Want more Forward Tilt? Go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt for a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth

Jun 9, 2017

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
  • Tradeoffs when hiring
  • Giving yourself permission to apply
  • Househunting wish lists
  • The only things that matter when a company is hiring

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Jun 2, 2017

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 patterns and tendencies of the end users.

On this week’s Forward Tilt, Isaac explores some examples where human behavior can override planning and how to apply this lesson to life and entrepreneurship.

In this episode: 

  • Do credit card chips actually improve security? 
  • Designing what makes sense to you vs. what works for people
  • Metric vs. Imperial measurement 
  • College campus sidewalks
  • Emergent design 

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt 

May 26, 2017

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?
  • Why most people undervalue social capital 
  • How to build social capital
  • The power of good relationships when starting a business 
  • Money is only a tool to get things you want 

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

May 19, 2017

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 when you have a deep understanding of yourself, there are many decisions in life that involve picking between imperfect options. Living with integrity in these situations is about making a choice and living with it. Not filling yourself with regret, or becoming a victim, but accepting your choices and learning from them when you don’t like the results.

This week on Forward Tilt, Isaac digs into what it means to live with integrity and how you can practice it in your life.

In this episode:

- What is integrity?
- Being in line with your self
- Being of two minds
- Reducing the things that matter to you?

For a free digital edition of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

May 11, 2017

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 a kind act, that led to a friendship, that led to an introduction, that led to a bunch more introductions.

Second is the story of an underground radio station in Poland.

Both stories illustrate an important idea, that small everyday acts can have massive long term impact.

In this episode: 

  • The long-term effects of small actions
  • Why it’s easy to underestimate the power of our network
  • Polish underground radio
  • Entertaining angels 

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For a free digital copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

May 5, 2017

"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 maxim speaks to the power of other people's impact on who we are and says "you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." It speaks to the power that our community has to influence our behavior.

Thinking about the five people you spend the most time with is a valuable tool, but what happens if you zoom in on traits instead of people.

Often the people we choose to spend time with embody similar traits. This may make for good conversation, but it can hold us back if we are trying to change. They may be great, successful people, but they might not embody the traits you want to embody.

If you want to improve your ability to communicate excitement, but you hang around with laid back stoic people, you aren't likely to change.

This week Isaac explores a way to think about the traits of the people you hang around with when you are trying to change.

In This Episode: 

  • A different spin on the average of five people maxim

  • Why you should focus on your strengths

  • The five traits you want to embody

Questions to consider: 

  1. Who are the five people you spend the most time with?
  2. What traits do they each embody?
  3. What are the five traits you want to embody?

For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth visit discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Apr 28, 2017
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 yourself. 
 
Great work is transformational. When you show up and do your best, you change who you are. That is why great workers are self-motivated. 
 
The clearest example of this is when you are close to leaving a job. In the last few weeks, the consequences for slacking are low, and the rewards for hard work are little. 
 
Most people see the drop in external motivation and start to glide. But for those whose goal is ascendance, this is just another time to do great work. Because those who are ascendant don’t do great work because of the rewards and punishments, they do great work for themselves. 
 
Find out why on this week's Forward Tilt 
 
In this episode: 
- Kicking Ass 101 at the Praxis opening seminar 
- Why you should kick ass even when you’re about to quit
- Momentum and the playoff’s in professional sports 
- Deschooling
- Learning as a transformation 
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