My Praxis experience taught me so many lessons for life and business. Here are just a few:
- The quickest and possibly best way to learn entrepreneurship is to simply do it
- Skills can be developed in the real world and through alternative means; college is not the only or most efficient place to learn
- Putting in the extra effort, getting stuff done quickly, and fulfilling commitments are qualities that will stand out to employers and clients
- I am the only person who can live my life; I have to take the risks, but I get to reap the rewards
- Own up to and embrace failures; each failure can lead to success later on
- Surround yourself with smart, successful people who will challenge you to do and be more
- There is no replacement for action
The bottom line: working in a small business means making a difference when successful and facing possibly serious consequences when you fail. Unlike in college, you can't just drop a class, retake a quiz, or turn in extra credit. Making things right in the real world is a lot tougher. Praxis was not easy for me or any of the participants, but it was worth it. What this experience gave me was something I could never have achieved in a brick and mortar school. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it, for the people who were leading the program, and for all the future successes I will have because of what I learned and achieved these past 10 months.
If you're interested in breaking the mold with Praxis, there is still time to apply for the Fall 2015 class until July 1.