This week, I received a survey from the Praxis staff. It was an offer/gift from SENTIO. What SENTIO does is they build tailored hiring intelligence and professional development software for growing companies.
For one of their pilot programs, they tailored an analysis report specifically to Praxis. A few major schools were also participating, so the results should be very interesting to compare.
They collected data to 1) share the results with growing startups in the Charleston area for potential opportunities and 2) share professional development insights from the analysis with Praxians.
In case you don’t know what Praxis is, it’s an incredible 12-month entrepreneurial program that I went through in 2017, that allowed me to come to the US and get my job at Metadata.
After you’re done with the program, you keep in close contact with the community and still have access to pretty much everything, besides the 1-on-1 coaching sessions.
I took the survey yesterday, and since they had very interesting questions, I figured I’d share my answers here as well. Here’s their Q&A:
Why did you decide to do Praxis?
It connected with me on a philosophical level. It was the right decision to be made according to my values, and it was the most efficient option I could see to propel me towards my goals.
What is your favorite app and why do you love it?
Evernote. It allows me to do everything in one place: jot down my thoughts, organize, and act on them.
What is something you are passionate about and why?
Self-development. Understanding how my psyche works, how to control my thoughts and emotions, and how to use that to help me actualize my potential.
Describe your favorite place on earth and why do you love it so much?
Any bathtub/shower. It allows me to load off the stress, daydream, and have more insights than I can handle.
Describe an accomplishment that makes you particularly proud and why it is so important to you.
Leaving home and being able to provide for myself at 16. That showed me that I was in control. My life was a consequence of my thoughts and actions, and I’m the one responsible for creating it.
What was your biggest challenge as a student, and how did you handle it?
At school, my challenge was to keep myself motivated to learn something that was inefficient and most often not useful to help me get to where I wanted to be.
As a student of life, I think I have a more interesting answer. My biggest challenge is an intersection of three.
a) fully committing to something (a project, a job, a goal)
b) conquering my resistance/procrastination, and
c) enjoying the process/not stressing too much.
I’m still handling it, but I try to first visualize everything in the big picture. Ask what’s the real problem, and the why of things.
Then I break everything down into the action steps I can take to minimize or eliminate the problem.
After that, I try to take action, and if I don’t get the results I expected, after some time of execution I take the time to reflect, re-evaluate what the problem is, and make adjustments to keep improving.
Where do you hope to be and what do you hope to be doing ten years from now?
I like to keep that vision vague because I’m sure that in the path I will discover new interests and opportunities that I wasn’t aware of before, and these will change my priorities, my outlook in life, and what I want to be doing.
But a few specific things I have in mind are: climbing the Everest shirtless (a.k.a. my ultimate mind/body control challenge) and have founded/be leading a successful business (KPIs yet to be defined) in the human development/education industry.
A final personal note:
If climbing the Everest shirtless seems like too much insanity for you, know that someone already did it. Wim Hof, the master. He couldn’t finish it because he injured his feet, but he climbed several other mountains and taught thousands of people how to control their breath and their resistance to cold, so that they could strengthen their immune systems, increase their energy, and crush their fears.