Learners Don’t Do
vilify teaching or structure
unchallenging places and
with bored people
hide their passions and
interests to please others
learn in total isolation
worry that if they don’t
learn something right now,
it will be too late
Are you avoiding work
are you working on the
If you don’t do this
work, will you feel
Do you feel like
you’re making a
take over after the
Ultimately, how do self-directed
learners motivate themselves?
They get consent.
Understand what you’re committing to
Know what the alternatives are
Retain the power to say “No”
(even after you’ve said “Yes”)
Don't you make your children learn anything?!
Make? No. I don't make them learn anything. I inquire.
I suggest. I offer incentives. But I do not make. I am
not their central planner. That job is taken. My job isn't
to decree what they will be good at or what they will
do or how they will do it. I am not king in their lives.
They are sovereign. Their minds belong to them. It is
their property, after all.
My job is to approach them with humility and know
that my ability to discern what they are to be or to do
or to excel in is nothing compared to theirs. My job is
to assist them in their discernment. To make
experiences, work, play, resources, teachers,
mentors, and collaborators available to them to help
them as they construct themselves. To talk things
through with them, but not talk it all to death. My job is
to sit down, shut up, and serve when I can. I direct
nothing. Less of me. More of them.
(“The Libertarian Homeschooler” on Facebook)
“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely
exercised for the good of its victims may
be the most oppressive.”
There are no stupid
just “you couldn’t f***ing
google that?” questions.
Can You Use Google to…
Prepare for a job interview?
Find someone’s email address?
Learn how to change an oil ﬁlter, butcher a
chicken, or install a window?
Find any place of business and its hours,
customer reviews, and driving directions?
Read ﬁve different perspectives on the same piece
Figure out the cheapest way to buy a ﬂight, book, or
any other consumer product?
Use search operators like: “quotes” -minus site: ?
(Not sure where to start?)
Just google it.
A Few Digital Paper Trails
Images (digital or analog)
Audio (podcasts, interviews)
Writing (blogs, articles, books, how-to)
Social media (e.g. tweets)
Functional things: websites, programs, apps
Only humans can teach: work habits, self-regulation,
conscientiousness, grit, and focus.
Only humans can serve as: motivational coaches,
entertainers, and role models.
“We are the music makers, and we are the
dreamers of dreams.”
(or, Willy Wonka)
Deliberate Practice is:
focused on a very speciﬁc goal
designed to nudge you just past your current level of
performance: not too hard, not too easy
dependent on constant feedback
mentally demanding (5 hours per day, max)
not much fun: it’s strenuous and painful
To Find A Good Deliberate
(source: Daniel Coyle)
Avoid someone who reminds you of a courteous
waiter. They should scare you a little.
Find someone who watches you closely, prefers
jumping into activities over extensive talking, and
gives honest feedback.
Seek someone who gives short, clear directions.
Seek someone who loves teaching fundamentals.
Other things being equal, pick the older person.
“the real world”
Carsie Blanton & The Kickstarter MBA
What are you building?
What are you offering?
How might you fail?
Jazz Is for Everybody
Who are you?
Do other people trust
How can I trust you?
Minimum Viable Personality
MOST IMPORTANT STEP
FOR BUILD PRODUCT IS
IMPORTANT IS BUILD
NO HAVE PERSONALITY?
PRODUCT BORING, NO
1. HOW YOU CHANGE
2. WHAT YOU STAND FOR?
3. WHO OR WHAT YOU HATE?
NOW HAVE MISSION, VALUES, ENEMY.
THAT ENOUGH FOR MINIMUM VIABLE
How would change people’s lives? By
showing them new educational paths.
What did I stand for? Self-directed learning.
What did I hate? Wasting young people’s time
in compulsory schooling when there are so
many other engaging, productive, and
enjoyable things to do.
(Carsie, Sean, Jonah, too)
“An organization ﬁlled with honest, motivated,
connected, eager, learning, experimenting, ethical and
driven people will always defeat the one that merely
has talent. Every time.”
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