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Too many new employees are eager to get out of grunt work. They are right to want to focus on creating more value, but they miss the opportunity that grunt work provides. On this episode, Isaac shares a story from a conversation with a CEO about a young employee asking for a raise. He did everything well but made it clear he didn’t like grunt work. As a result, he didn’t make himself indispensable and didn’t get a raise. He was replaceable. As you gain experience and make yourself more valuable, you will naturally have less grunt work to do. But by always remaining open to doing the work no one else wants to do will make you an incredibly valuable employee no matter where you work. In this episode: – Making yourself irreplaceable – Founders are never to good for grunt work – Overlooking the opportunity that grunt work can provide – Everyone will see you getting coffee or watering plants – If you feel like you do too much grunt work, it’s on you to make yourself more valuable. It’s on you to prove that you can do more. For a free copy of Forward Tilt: An Almanac for Personal Growth, go to discoverpraxis.com/forwardtilt

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I'm an entrepreneur, thinker, and communicator dedicated to the relentless pursuit of freedom. I'm the founder and CEO of Praxis, an intensive ten-month program combining real world business experience with the best of online education for those who want more than college.

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  • I’m interested in working for Bitcoin but atm it’s hard to find these kind of sites. At the moment it seems quite hard to benefit from Bitcoin unless you have purchased Bitcoins through your current accounts as investments. However, as someone noted somewhere else, buying and selling goods for Bitcoin online seems to be hard. How can Bitcoin make a real difference while it’s still not a feasible currency for most of us?

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  • I’m an assistant teacher at a private elementary school. I have a B.A. in English and no teaching credential. I worked as a tutor and at an after school program before. Basically I have no work experience outside of education. Last week contracts for the 2016-17 school year were sent out and I did not get one. My principal spoke to me about it. She said that I was doing a great job and was one of the most efficient people she’s ever met. However, she said that I did not seem happy at work. She said that other people have a hard time getting to know me. I’ve basically lost all will to work since then. My head teacher thinks my contract will be renewed and she always speaks highly of me. She even said today that “Next year you can work on designing the social studies curriculum.” She knows that I did not get my contract in the mail (she asked) and she’s probably talked to the principal about it. I’m upset because I feel like I’ve worked so hard for the past 6 months, yet it’s likely that I will be fired just for not being social. Perhaps education is the wrong field for me. I think if I just quit now then I can still get a positive reference/recommendation from my employer. However, I have no other skills. I still have 6 months (my paychecks are spread out over 12 months but there’s only 3 more months of school) so it’s possible that I can re-train myself during that time. Any ideas of what I can do?

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  • Dear friends, I’m currently looking for work in the San Diego area, particularly agorist as I want to replace my income that I currently get as a Marine. I have experience in copyediting and writing, and also have an interesting in cyber security/penetration testing. Is there anybody in the area that can help? This is not a fake post, I am not here to rat out individuals who do so.

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  • Title says it all… How did you meet? What do you talk about? How often do you talk?

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  • I read an article on here today attempting to make the case that time is a valuable resource that can be owned and stolen, this couldn’t be more incorrect. I wouldn’t have made so much of this but a lot of people agreed with the article, titled ‘Are You A Time Thief’. “Time, like real estate, is valuable—primarily because there is a limited supply of both; there’s no way of producing any more of either.” Time is not like real estate. Time is a measurement, real estate is an objective rivalrous good. Because of this time is not ownable property while real estate is. The author claims ‘there’s no way of producing more of either’, this is false. More and more real estate is produced every day and is unlikely to stop being produced, and time is the way that humans measure the existence of the cosmos, as long as humans exist, the measurement of time will continue, and it is unlikely humans will stop producing more humans. There is no property right in ‘value’, therefor it is not ownable and can not be stolen. You have a property right in your real estate, you don’t have a property right in the value of your real estate. Your real estate can be stolen, the value in your real estate can not be stolen. For example, you may value your time at $30 an hour, but if I show up an hour late, am I $30 richer? Are you $30 poorer? No and No, because ‘time’ can’t be stolen and value is subjective and not property. Further, even if I do show up an hour late, while it can be an annoyance, I never initiated the use of force, so you wouldn’t be justified in any retaliation, like suing me for $30 or something. And I’d even argue that if you did, you’d be the one initiating force against me. Now stop calling people thieves.

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