I recently completed a month-long, intense online workshop called the altMBA. It was created by Seth Godin, one of the thinkers and leaders I most respect.

Raven: spirit animal of the altMBA

My intention here is to debrief myself on my experience and share some of the lessons learned from the experience. I’m writing this as much for myself and a reminder to future me as anything else.

I hope that this contributes something to your own journey. Let’s get into it.

Why’d you do it?

I’m the kind of person that is always looking to learn and grow. I love my life now, and I’m obsessed with getting to…


Josh Waitzkin was about to get his ass kicked, and he knew it.

In November 2000, Josh Waitzkin, a former national chess master — he was the subject of the movie “Searching for Bobby Fischer” — was competing in the opening round of the Chung Hwa Cup, the world championship of the Tai Chi Push Hands martial art. His opening match was supposed to be just after 9am. Around 8:30, Waitzkin went into his thirty minute pre-match routine. However, the matches did not proceed according to the official posted schedule (the Taiwanese officials of this tournament often devise tricks to…


Photo credit: Mariusz Kluzniak

From November 2013 — March 2014 I worked remotely and traveled in South America. Working remotely and exploring the world is something I’ve wanted to do ever since I first learned the term “location independent” as a college sophomore. But until this trip, I’d never done it. So with no lead time, in early November I booked a one-way ticket to Buenos Aires.

Just one problem: I didn’t speak Spanish. I took Spanish in high school, but I couldn’t remember anything useful. And I’m not sure I could apply it in conversation even if I could remember it.

Onboard the…

Andrew Skotzko

Entrepreneur & product guy focused on impact. Always asking questions. And eating. andrewskotzko.com

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