It’s a 12-month startup apprenticeship program for young people who are seeking alternative ways of launching their career.
By the end of this interview he’s going to give you a lot of advice about how to create your own job, so listen up!
Derek is a college drop out turned entrepreneurial employee. How he built and developed his career provides insights for how you need to rethink how you manage your own career.
It’s not longer about landing a job, it’s about pitching your skills to a company that didn’t’ even realize they needed them.
There are a ton of great lessons packed into this episode including:
- Why Derek dropped out of college and how he taught himself marketing skills.
- How he created his own position at Praxis.
- Why resumes are dead.
- How to practice the preparation mindset.
Quick side note, I was invited to be a guest speaker for some Praxis students to teach them about the importance of developing a self-awareness practice and I’m so appreciative for the opportunity to hang with them!
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Self-directed learning.
- Reframe your mindset.
How Derek Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: About 7:30 am
- Ideal work environment: In the morning and in the evening wearing noise canceling headphones.
- Book recommendation: The End of Jobs by Taylor Pearson.
- Regains focus by: Just stopping and doing something else or figuring out another way to get things done.
- Favorite productivity tool: Google Calendar and Trello. Setting what you need to do up front.
- 90-day goal: Update personal website and platform with new writing. Transform Praxis marketing department to help it grow.
“We help people figure out how to take charge of their career paths.”
“It’s very hard to figure out what you wanna do when you’re not actually doing something.”
“Money just really comes down to your ability to create value for other people.”
“You really have to think, what do I specifically offer companies, in terms of value, and how can I convey that to them?”
“Rather than trade for money right away, trade for skills, experience, and social capital and the money will come later on.”
Derek offered these key actions that you can take to start growing in the next 24 hours:
1) Write a blog post. Get used to putting things out into the world on a regular basis.
2) Build a side project. Even if it’s something that doesn’t make money, start thinking about new ideas and ways to pursue them.
3) Find low barrier tasks to help small businesses and then pitch it to them.
Resources + Bonus Materials
Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters.
The Last Safe Investment by Bryan Franklin and Michael Ellsberg.
The Education of Millionaires by Michael Ellsberg.
The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand