How to be Successful Without a College Degree

I recently came across the following question: "How can you be successful without a college degree?" This is one of my favorite topics — and the answer is much simpler than we're often led to think. You become successful without a college degree the same way you’d become successful with a college degree — by building skills, building a portfolio that showcases the ways you use those skills to create things of value to other people, and…

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Quora Answer: What are the Benefits of Not Going to College?

There are a variety of benefits to not going to college. College is an expenditure of a number of resources — time, energy, money, etc. If you aren’t using those on college, you can be spending them elsewhere — namely, on something that’s in more direct alignment with your goals. A few tangible, easy-to-measure benefits: You save money. Even if you’re working with scholarships, college is expensive; $20,000-$60,000/year is a steep price to pay as…

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Quora Answer: How Do I Know What Career Path to Take?

Two answers: be deliberate, but also don’t sweat it. First off: be deliberate. You don’t have to know all of the answers. No one expects you to. The term “career path” implies that it’s something that evolves and changes over time, and that’s normal. When you close your eyes and you imagine your life in five years, what do you see? Imagine in as much detail as possible — what type of work are you…

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Quora Answer: How do Startup Employees Work for Such Long Hours?

There are two factors: stamina and ownership. Let’s talk about stamina first. Your ability to work, like a muscle, is built over time. Stamina is not inherent, but earned. You could ask the same question about running a marathon — “how do runners consistently run for such long distances?” The principles are the same. They start small, consistently push their limits, and build muscle and capacity over time. When you’re used to running 5 miles,…

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How to (and How Not to) Measure Value in Opportunities

My colleague T.K. Coleman says "If you want to be a developer at Google, don't go be a developer for another company. Build your development portfolio on the side and do anything you can to get in with Google, even if it means sweeping the floors." There are two reasons why this is a valuable approach to take: It allows you to build relationships within the company. People hire and promote people they know and…

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100 Highlights from 2018

Started 2018 with the Opening Seminar for my first-ever class as the Praxis Bootcamp Advisor lineup, the January crew.Opened up the month with a whole slew of advising sessions. Coached over 100 people, did over 400 1-on-1 advising sessions, and countless amounts of coaching via email and Slack messages. Learned a lot about coaching. Learned about learning. That was my theme for 2018. I wrote about that here, if you’re curious. Hosted 53 Praxis workshops…

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