Founding Principals

Very few things are actually impossible. Most things that are worth doing take a ton of work and bull-headed determination; but in the end, they’re possible. Limits exist in your mind, or someone else’s mind, and can seem real because they aren’t often challenged.  So, unless your goal goes against a law of nature, you might as well start challenging assumptions, and start working towards it right now. If you don’t, you run the risk of hating yourself at the end of your life for having given up on your dreams to take the “easy” or “realistic” road instead.

Traditional schooling leaves MASSIVE gaps in your education. Such as communication and leadership skills, self-awareness, self-management, self-motivation, self-discipline …pretty much all the skills that matter once you’ve left school, and that employers are constantly bemoaning the absence of. (Sorry, little miss valedictorian, but this is totally true. Go ahead… go to Harvard, study molecular biology, but here’s a guarantee: Once you’re actually working in the lab, surrounded by similarly-genius coworkers, the skills that determine which ones of you rise to the top of the genius heap have nothing to do with hard science. If you don’t think this is true, read Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. He went to Harvard, too.)

You can fill these MASSIVE gaps. If you’re a person with big dreams and the initiative to follow through on them, you’ll need to know a whole lot more than the ABC’s and 123’s. You’ll need to know how to clearly convey your vision, lead a team, hear feedback, present yourself and your ideas confidently, and adjust your course based on new information. These are not traditional school subjects.  They’re more like everything-school-should-teach-you-but-doesn’t subjects. Fortunately, there are plenty of creative resources you can use to help fill this gap. Unfortunately, you’ll likely have to fill it on your own time, and from your own initiative.

Experience is the best teacher. At the end of the day, nobody is going to remember the finer points of the Monroe Doctrine or the cultural significance of Moby Dick. However, everyone will remember the experiences that challenged them the most, gave them insights into their talents and shadows, and left them a more sophisticated person for having encountered the world directly. Fortunately, experiences are all over the place and are open to whoever is curious and proactive enough to go out and get them. The Modern Maverick Charm School is quite tolerant of “experience junkies,” and encourages this type of addiction.  Explore the world. Volunteer. Try something new and exciting. Life is meant to be lived, not observed or read about in a textbook.

Growth comes from taking {responsible} risks. The more you push the boundaries of your comfort zone, the more territory you contain inside it and the better off you are for facing the challenges life brings you with poise and confidence. If something gives you butterflies, that’s a good indicator to push into the experience as something to grow from.  If you have the proverbial “Helicopter Parents,” the type that hover over you making sure you don’t get any knee-scrapes and are treated fairly on the playground, it’s your responsibility to recognize this, learn some negotiation skills, and figure out how to peaceably get the real-life experiences you need. Life in a bubble isn’t life. It’s sleepwalking.

Nobody is responsible for the quality of your life except you. The responsibility for a life lies firmly with its owner, and the sooner you start acting like it, the better.  When you don’t like something, look for a way to change the situation. When you can’t change the situation, change your attitude. The world belongs to those who take responsibility by being proactive, forward-thinking, and aggressive about nurturing their talents to share with the world, and who don’t waste time by making excuses or looking for someone to blame. If you want a great life, only you can make it happen.

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