Start Deschooling yourself now before it is too late.
I decided to start writing per suggestion of Zachary Slayback, the Business Development Director of Praxis, in an interview for an apprenticeship with their company Praxis. Full disclosure, I love to write but not like this. I am not somebody who finds joy in describing my experience in concrete non-fictional ways. My writing tends to be jumbled, wax-poetic, and arguably unreadable. Or, at least, uninteresting.
So instead of trying to do something I’ve never enjoyed, I am going to challenge myself in a way that makes sense to me. If I wanted to read the blog of a verbose and messy writer, here is what I would want to see:
- Crazy cool photos or videos to distract from the writing.
- Numbered lists that include actionable and understandable advice.
- Inspiring tidbits of information in tweet-like format that would encourage me to think in new and interesting ways.
And that will be the formula for my posts. I obviously won’t include each of those parts above in every post but I will include at least one every time. Couple that with the occasional spaghetti-brained wordage that bubbles up inside me at the time I post and maybe we will have something worthwhile. herewego:
Tips On Deschooling
Not going to go into great detail on what it means to deschool yourself. Its implied meaningshould be enough to excite any young progressive. However, if you feel the need to satiate your curiosity, hop over to this article(http://zakslayback.com/2015/05/11/you-graduated-now-deschool-yourself/) and learn more about it.
Some ideas I have gleaned on deschooling yourself through the advice of Praxis gurus:
- Start writing publicly. Grow your public persona online and develop your writing style for your audience instead of trying to find an audience for your writing style.
- Sell something to somebody. It can be a product you’ve come up with, an e-book, a service, or something you are trying to get rid of in your basement. You could also take a part time sales job that pays you based on commission. The best way to figure out the value of what you have to offer is to find out if anyone is willing to pay for it.
- Read more nonfiction. (I’m reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel)
- Don’t do what you hate to do. I’ve internalized this unhealthy idea that you have to do what you hate to get to what you don’t. An innovative person creates the path of least resistance.
- Create something.
- Apply for Praxis. Or that job you’ve always wanted to try for. Or for that show/performance/public speaking opportunity. If nothing else, you’ll learn a lot about yourself from the process.
There are more but I think this will help you get the idea and encourage you to find new avenues on your own for deschooling yourself in ways that will be most beneficial to you.
And because I said I’d try to include more than one component of what I said above, here is a photo I took of my cat, Grammy. If you like it, you can follow me here: