Talkin’ ‘Bout Praxis Episode 2: Luke Ruffing

In Episode 2 of Talkin' 'Bout Praxis, T.K. and I talk with Praxis alum and SDR manager Luke Ruffing. Luke's a baller -- he moved from Maine to San Francisco (East Coast to West Coast, small town to big city) to work at his first startup, PandaDoc, and then moved again before the end of his apprenticeship to St. Petersburg, Florida, to help his company open their new East Coast office. Check it out:  …

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Announcing My New Podcast: Talkin’ ‘Bout Praxis

I'm now co-host of a podcast, titled Talkin' 'Bout Praxis, and we launched our first episode today! In this podcast, Praxis Education Director T.k. Coleman and I interview our program participants and alumni about their Praxis experiences -- what brought them to Praxis, what they worked on in the program, where they apprenticed, what they learned, how they grew, what insights they obtained through their experiences. Praxis is a catalyzing experience for our participants. They're…

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Study Notes: Jordan Harbinger/Jocko Willink Interview

The Interview: https://www.jordanharbinger.com/jocko-willink-why-discipline-beats-motivation-every-time/ The Analysis: coaching insights from a warrior (ex Navy SEAL). Notes jotted in chronological order (a few with rough time stamps) and taken from a coaching perspective. The Notes: •if Jocko could tell his 20-year-old self anything, it would be that he doesn't know anything. Growth happens in five year increments -- when you're 20, you think you know everything. When you're 25, you go, "oh wow, at 20 I didn't know…

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Diner Sketches 4.1.18

Location: Bob's Diner, Carnegie, PA Date: 4.1.18 (Easter) The Game: while waiting for your food at a diner (or any public place, really, though diners are most fun), choose and describe people around you. Don't give away any blatantly obvious details, but write with the intent that someone could look around the room and pick the subject out.The Sketches: 1. A waitress with too much belly -- she'd be the quintessential American girl, but she…

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Exercise Day 9

The Excerpt: "The following morning Bida went carousing. He smashed Saint Valentine's shrine in the church and tried to play the organ. He was wearing a jacket that had been cut from a blue carpet and had an embroidered lily on its back, and he had combed his sweat-drenched forelock over his gouged-out eye." -- Isaac Babel, Afonka Bida (Red Cavalry Stories) Analysis: Solid imagery. Starts with something reckless, then something solid, and then the…

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Exercise Day 8

The Excerpt: "This happened not too long ago. A British flag was hoisted above the Paris. The Paris was the Russian steamer Juliet, abducted by the Whites in 1919. Juliet sailed the Mediterranean and the Sea of Marmara for four years, and then joined the Anatolian Line. Last December, she sailed from Constantinople to Zunguldak for coal. In Zunguldak her first officer went to the maritime agent." -- Isaac Babel, Paris and Juliet Analysis: short…

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