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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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Apr 21, 2017

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 company, the commitment is so large that you sacrifice one of these areas. But it’s not just an upper limit. 

If your entire life is work, then you burn out. You don't just get to pick two, you have to pick two if you want to stay healthy as an entrepreneur. 

In this episode:

  • You pick two of three areas of life
  • You not only get to pick two, you have to pick two
  • Responding to burn out 

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

Apr 14, 2017

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 enough, or you can choose to be great. You get to choose the standards you hold yourself to.

You do great work even if others won't notice because you notice. You will notice if you didn't do your best and you will know you could have done more.

This week Isaac shares a story from a job in his teens about learning this lesson from his Aunt. 

In this episode: 

  • Isaac's Aunt, Heidi
  • Setting your own standards
  • Constant incremental improvement
  • You owe yourself your best work

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

Apr 7, 2017

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 justified doesn’t mean that it is helping you.

You gain power when you move past looking for what is justified and move towards what is working and within your control.

In this episode:

  • A recent article by a Praxis participant attracted unexpected anger
  • Justified anger
  • The Great Divorce
  • Working within your zone of control

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

Apr 7, 2017

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 helps you remember all the good things people have done for you, and it improves your life today better as a result.

In this episode:

  • Life lesson from a local pastor
  • The pain of forced thank you notes
  • Why thank you notes are valuable beyond the obviousMake up excuses to write thank you notes
  • Why you should make up excuses to write thank you notes

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

Apr 7, 2017

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 are you willing to sleep in your car to get?

In this episode:

  • The sleep in your car test as a hiring tool
  • What you can learn about yourself from the sleep in your car test
  • Why are you pursuing the things you’re pursuing if you’re not willing to sleep in your car to get them?

Sleep in Your Car Test Article: https://discoverpraxis.com/the-sleep-in-your-car-test/

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

Apr 7, 2017

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 making endless decisions.

In this episode:

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

Apr 7, 2017

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 recognize that things going wrong is often not a curse, but a gift. 

In this episode: 

  • How going on probation at work was a massive growth opportunity for a Praxis participant
  • Why daily blogging will forge you into a better person
  • How to learn to love the struggle

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

Mar 31, 2017

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 that it is slimy and inauthentic, but a good personal brand is about making sure that what you share and create online communicates who you are in person. That in a 30-minute search online people have an accurate sense of who you are and what is important to you. 

When you resist and ignore your personal brand you let great opportunities pass you by. 

In this episode: 

  • Your personal brand is inescapable
  • The personal brand workshop Praxis participant use
  • How a good personal brand opens you up to opportunities
  • The difference between the messages you’re trying to send and the message received by others

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

Mar 24, 2017

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 phone while you wait at the doctor and consume audiobooks during your walk on the beach.

With so much great content available, you begin to feel that time spent on doing nothing is time wasted. We underestimate the value of doing nothing. Time spent in silence is one of the most powerful ways we can invest our time.

In this Episode:

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

Mar 17, 2017

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 around sports. A great season with a playoff loss changes what that season meant. A championship win after a mediocre regular season turns that season from a disappointment into a building block. The same is true of our lives. Success in your future turns failures into your past into building blocks while failure in your future will turn your past into confirmation that you couldn’t make it under pressure. This is the way humans work. Our lives are narratives. And it is up to you to write your narrative. When you have something in your past that is not the way you want to be; it doesn’t matter because you get to rewrite it. Covered: - Why the whole game matters, not just the end - Watching sports with a long-term narrative in mind - The future is where history is written - The Patriots history re-written over and over again - Your life is a narrative ---------------------- For a free digital edition of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt.

Mar 10, 2017

"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 things out as they go-- but they bring a deep sense of confidence in their ability to find and apply answers to their work.

Isaac shares his story of figuring this out first hand while installing cables as a sixteen-year-old.

Covered in this episode:

  • Lessons learned installing cables at car dealerships at 16
  • The power of confidence - Responding calmly to chaos
  • Everyone is making it up as they go
  • What “Do you know how to fix it?” really means
  • Confidently learning as you go

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The paperback edition of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth is now on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Forward-Tilt-Almanac-Personal-Growth/dp/1542768179/

**For a free digital edition go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Mar 3, 2017

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 your own life?

What do you gain, when you avoid jumping to a quick answer? 

In this episode:

  • Fascination with conspiracy theories
  • What can we learn about people from popular conspiracy theories?
  • Is the moon is a hologram?
  • How to apply lessons from conspiracy to your own life
  • The power of focusing on questions, not answers
  • People full of questions have more potential than people with answers

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For a free copy of the Forward Tilt book go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Feb 24, 2017

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. Taking a lower paying job often gives you more freedom and more upside.

In this episode:

  • Getting trapped by a high salary
  • Three ways lack of income is an asset
  • Low opportunity cost
  • The expectations that come with your paycheck
  • Freedom from lifestyle slavery
  • Getting trapped by a high salary
  • Three ways lack of income is an asset
  • Low opportunity cost
  • The expectations that come with your paycheck
  • Freedom from lifestyle inflation

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For your free copy of the Forward Tilt book, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

 

Feb 10, 2017
“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 true, some disagreed.
 
But what if this debate was about the wrong question entirely. What if there is a better way to approach aphorisms?
 
In this episode: 
  • The best way to approach aphorisms
  • Is there a lesson in your procrastination? 
  • Approaching cliches and aphorisms as if they were true and learning from the experiment 

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Forward Tilt is presented by Praxis. If you're a young person with forward tilt and you're ready to learn real-world skills while apprenticing at a startup, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt 

Feb 9, 2017
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 people skills. But always delivered. He was reliable. 
 
Reliability is simple, but so few people do it. If you are relentlessly reliable, if you get shit done, you are going places.
 
Because having impressive skills is a lot less important than simply and consistently getting shit done. 
 
In this episode: 
  • A tale of two interns 
  • How you hurt yourself when you don’t deliver (even if your rationalize it)
  • The mindset that lowers your career ceiling 
  • How reliability leads to recommendations 
  • Why getting shit done is crucial when you start your career

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Forward Tilt is presented by Praxis. If you're a young person with forward tilt and you're ready to learn real-world skills while apprenticing at a startup, go to discoverpraxis.com and apply today

Feb 9, 2017
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 excitement. 
 
People with forward tilt don’t shy away from opportunity. They lean in. They are eager, ready, and excited about new challenges.
 
If you're setting out in your career, your attitude matters as much as your skills. As long as you bring excitement and a bias for action to the table you can learn everything you need to know once you start. 
 
In this episode: 
  • What is forward tilt? 
  • Who is this podcast for? 
  • Do you have forward tilt? 
  • How can you develop forward tilt?
  • How forward tilt helps you build the life you want to live

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Forward Tilt is presented by Praxis. If you're a young person with forward tilt and you're ready to learn real-world skills while apprenticing at a startup, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt 

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