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33 - Focus on One Customer

Whether you're building a business, writing a blog, or creating anything new, it can be easy to think about your customer or audience in aggregate. To work with your market in mind, instead of a particular person. One of the biggest inflection points in the growth of Praxis came when Isaac choose to focus on one particular customer. Not all the entrepreneurial young people, not a specific demographic, just sell and create a solution for one specific person. From a focus on one customer,...

Duration: 00:10:50

32 - Content is King

When creating something it is easy to focus on perfecting the small details. Whether it’s production value on a podcast, body positioning as a public speaker, or style as a writer, there are lots of small details to obsess over. But when you are starting a new project you can never lose sight of the most important aspect of anything you create, the content of the ideas. In this episode: - Imperfections as a creator - The content of the ideas matter more than perfect delivery - Running a...

Duration: 00:08:44

31 - Don't Forget the Free Meal

When something goes wrong in a customer service situation, some people will seize the opportunity to berate their server or make an employee feel bad. They use the moment to grab a tiny amount of power. But by using this opportunity to feel powerful, they are giving up what is best for them in the long term. They are giving up opportunities to get a better long term solution to momentarily feel important. In the case of restaurants, they are forgetting the free meal. In this episode: -...

Duration: 00:07:07

30 - Find Similarities, Exploit Differences

“In a room of 100 strangers, seek similarities. In a room of 3 friends, seek differences.” Popular wisdom warns against creating a bubble of similar friends. You often hear that you should make a diverse group of friends. That you should seek to spend time with people with different world views. This advice is overrated and over esteemed. Instead, when deciding who you work and spend time with you should focus on similarities. But once you've found those people, you should emphasize...

Duration: 00:10:10

29 - Two Parts Substance, One Part Style

Building a brand is important. So is sharing what you are working on and creating opportunities with marketing. But when you are working on branding and style you can’t forget about creating more substance. To maintain the balance between substance and style Isaac uses a simple heuristic. Two parts substance, one part style. For every one thing you are sharing and talking about publicly, you should be working on something else behind the scenes. If you are learning a language and...

Duration: 00:08:48

28 - Don't Trust WIllpower, Shape Incentives

Willpower has limits. If the rewards or punishments are high enough, and you're in a situation long enough, you will eventually reach your limit. We live in a time where we have massive power to structure the incentives in our own lives. We can find new social circles, jobs, past times that have incentives in line with our values. You will be much stronger in life if you’re not swimming upstream; if your incentives are in line with your values it is much more likely you will live up...

Duration: 00:10:27

27 - What Do You Do Best in the World?

What do you do better than anyone? It is a question you should be finding the answer to. You should be looking at your life and your work and asking yourself, what do I do better than everyone I know? Once you have the answer you have a path forward. A direction to take your life's work. In this episode: For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Duration: 00:07:33

26 - Have Your Cake and Eat It

“You can be fast and erratic or slow and steady.” “You can have a small remote team, but it won’t work with more than five employees.” “You can think quick and shallow or long and deep thought.” The world is full of these common dichotomies and life lessons. Some are true and valuable, but many aren’t. Accepting them can close down real possibilities. These lessons apply to certain people in certain situations. You need to figure out if they are true for you. You need to figure...

Duration: 00:06:27

25 - Ask and Then Shut Up

It’s good sales advice. Ask clearly for what you want and then stop talking. It can be awkward to leave space. To just sit there. Our temptation is to fill it and when we do we talk our ask down. It’s good sales advice because it leads to a clear answer; a yes, no, or something in between. But you will know the status, and you won’t be left interpreting what the answer meant. But it’s more than just sales advice. It applies in your daily life and the asks you make of others....

Duration: 00:10:59

24 - There Is Probably a Better Path

Derek Magill guest hosts this episode of Forward Tilt to share a story from a recent conversation with an aspiring brewer and entrepreneur. This was a college freshman with the goal of opening a microbrewery--in his first year of a four-year college program studying Political Science. Taking on debt and spending a massive amount of time attending lectures on political science, when his goal was to be an entrepreneur in the beer business. Stories like this are not uncommon. There are...

Duration: 00:08:25

23 - You Will Never Be the Perfect Job Candidate

This week’s episode is inspired by a common question. When you find a job posting that you want, but you only meet some of the qualification, what should you do? In this episode: For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Duration: 00:08:31

22 - Human Patterns and Emergent Order

From credit card security to sidewalk design, if you are creating something, you have to account for the patterns of the end user. Even the most well thought out, centrally planned, efficient and scientific plans will always fail if they ignore the patterns and tendencies of the end users. On this week’s Forward Tilt, Isaac explores some examples where human behavior can override planning and how to apply this lesson to life and entrepreneurship. In this episode: For a free copy of...

Duration: 00:09:29

21 - Don't Underestimate Social Capital

Investing in your personal relationships and connections will bring you more resources than other investment ever could. This week on Forward Tilt Isaac dives into the concept of social capital. In this episode: For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

Duration: 00:13:13

20 - Living with Integrity

Integrity is being undivided. It is definiteness of purpose and singleness of mind. To live with integrity, you need to understand yourself and then act in line with who you are. This isn’t easy. It can be hard to gain that much self-knowledge. Even when you have a deep understanding of yourself, there are many decisions in life that involve picking between imperfect options. Living with integrity in these situations is about making a choice and living with it. Not filling yourself with...

Duration: 00:07:58

19 - Entertaining Angels & Blinking Lights

What happens when you seize the opportunity to help a stranger? It could change your whole life. On this episode of Forward Tilt Isaac shares two stories about the power of small acts. First is a story of a spilled coffee in Starbucks that led to a kind act, that led to a friendship, that led to an introduction, that led to a bunch more introductions. Second is the story of an underground radio station in Poland. Both stories illustrate an important idea, that small everyday acts can...

Duration: 00:08:46

18 - The Five Traits

"What kind of ideas are you hanging around with?" There are a lot of factors that impact who we are today and who we will become. Genetics, childhood experiences, conscious choices and the people we spend our time around all impact us. A popular maxim speaks to the power of other people's impact on who we are and says "you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with." It speaks to the power that our community has to influence our behavior. Thinking about the five...

Duration: 00:07:07

17 - Never Coast

Forward Tilt Podcast - Playoffs The motivation for great work should always be internal. Doing great work shouldn’t be about impressing others or avoiding punishment, it should be about becoming the best version of yourself. Great work is transformational. When you show up and do your best, you change who you are. That is why great workers are self-motivated. The clearest example of this is when you are close to leaving a job. In the last few weeks, the consequences for...

Duration: 00:06:57

16 - You Have to Pick Two

You can think of your life divided into three main categories. Work, social life, and family or love life. As an entrepreneur, you can only have two. With a 9 to 5 job you could probably balance all three, but if you want to start a company, the commitment is so large that you sacrifice one of these areas. But it’s not just an upper limit. If your entire life is work, then you burn out. You don't just get to pick two, you have to pick two if you want to stay healthy as an...

Duration: 00:06:59

15 - But I Notice

Doing great work isn't about being noticed. You don't owe it to customers, bosses, friends, and family to do your best. You owe it to yourself. You should go above and beyond for what it does for you. In any task you do, you can choose to be good enough, or you can choose to be great. You get to choose the standards you hold yourself to. You do great work even if others won't notice because you notice. You will notice if you didn't do your best and you will know you could have done...

Duration: 00:09:21

14 - You Have the Right

Just because it’s justified doesn’t mean you should do it. There are a lot of things in your life and the world that you would be justifiably angry about. There are good reasons to protest, to debate, to get angry. But just because anger is justified doesn’t mean that it is helping you. You gain power when you move past looking for what is justified and move towards what is working and within your control. In this episode: For a free digital edition of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for...

Duration: 00:05:40

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