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Find Your Focus With Ambition Mapping – With Zak Slayback, Part 2 [PODCAST #561]

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(Part Two of Two) Zak Slayback returns for a marathon discussion on how to set and make progress towards meaningful personal and professional goals. Recorded April 9th in Pittsburgh, PA in the studio of good friend Andrew Mercer. I was really happy Andrew joined us; he added some great stories and thoughtful questions related to his own productivity journey. The first conversation focused on deschooling - how to unlearn and discard certain limiting beliefs that interfere with professional success and fulfillment. Today we go into detail on how to find your focus with "Ambition Mapping" - Zak's process for goal setting. Productivity - Being busy vs. being productive: what is the highest priority? - Andrew's productivity quest, Getting Things Done ...

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[PODCAST] #548: Is College Worth It? Economist Bryan Caplan Says No

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Today, everyone is asking "is college worth it?" Oh, wait a minute...no they're not. In fact, considering the looming student loan debt crisis and troubling graduation numbers, almost nobody is thinking deeply and carefully enough about this question. Furthermore, most students, parents, teachers and guidance counselors still view college as the only path a "college track" high schooler should consider. College is simply regarded as inevitable; it's the 13th grade. Enter Dr. Bryan Caplan. Bryan is a Professor of Economics at George Mason University and the author of a provocative new book titled The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money. His thesis: "Civilized societies revolve around education now, but there is a ...

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[PODCAST] #547: Building Your Own Credential and Career (Derek Magill, Part Two)

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Part Two of Two - Please Make Sure You Heard Part One! As as follow up to our conversation on dropping out of college, Derek Magill and I explore how to "build your own credential" in lieu of a degree. Derek explains why he believes such a self-directed credential is superior to the four-year degree, and he illustrates how you go on to signal that credential in the market. Derek is just twenty-four years old, but he is already enjoying great success as an entrepreneur, freelancer and writer. He also currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Praxis. Derek dropped out of the University of Michigan during his sophomore year because he "was not finding the experience valuable towards ...

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[PODCAST] #546: Dropping Out of College, Why and How (Derek Magill, Part One)

Part one of Two - Derek Magill joins me to discuss his personal journey through and beyond dropping out of college. Derek is just twenty-four years old, but he is already enjoying great success as an entrepreneur, freelancer and writer. He also currently serves as the Director of Marketing for Praxis. Derek dropped out of the University of Michigan during his sophomore year because he "was not finding the experience valuable towards (his) intellectual and professional goals." He adds: "Over the last four years or so, my decision to leave has been vindicated. I’ve got a wonderful life, a great career, and I’ve gotten to spend 3-4 extra years pursuing my values on my own terms." My questions include - ...

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[BLOG – SCHOOL ISSUES] The Professional Teacher

Part One: A Definition (From LibertarianTeacher.com) As I have alluded to in a previous post, one of the important definitions to be made is in regards to the term ‘professional’ as it relates to teaching. Before we turn to the dictionary for a suggestion of meaning, we need to understand that this term is very vague. Professional implies that something is done as a profession (i.e. a career). It also, connotes a sense of high quality – the result of specialized knowledge and skills. In modern usage, it also has come to include the idea that there are rigorous credentialing processes that insure that only the best individuals attain this status. (Would that such a thing were a guarantee!) Now, ...

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[BLOG – HOME EDUCATION] Professionals, Teach Thyselves

Written by PapaLibertarian Some unfortunate homeschooled kids are upset about having to take remedial math when starting college. I get this – but why do such students not realize that this is also true for about half of those who attended government-provided and -managed and -regulated schools? This is not a reason for micromanagement of home education; it’s a reason for parents and students to take more responsibility. Yes, students. If you are about to enter college, why haven’t you already taken more responsibility for your own education? Why are you asking the government to manage your life? The Internet has been available since about 1992. Kahn Academy has been on Youtube for many years. Libraries have existed for much ...

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