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Own Your Life

One of the great sacrifices of subjecting kids to school is that it trains them to ask for permission for everything, from turning in work late, to changing to a different class, to more mundane things like going to the bathroom. It's a tradeoff, of course: condition kids to seek permission for everything, and by doing so enable a system to exist where they receive an education.

Maybe that's a worthwhile tradeoff, and maybe it's not. But the real harm in it, in my opinion anyway, is that when we leave school, we're still in the habit of asking permission for everything. That's dangerous.

A manifestation of this that I come across with frequently is the questions that people send me by email. Here's a paraphrased template, which covers a good 60%+ of the emails I get from strangers:

Crushing The Block

On SEBASTIAN MARSHALL

September 11th, 2012. Taipei, Taiwan. Dante Coffee in Guting. 8:34AM

My inbox. Oh, I don't really like that subject line. Well, click it --

I hate to push back yet again, but I can hardly get anything done right now. Let me finish UI + client project first.

Also, my concentration is complete shit. This money thing still fucks me up.

And then, epiphany strikes, the lights come on, the darkness recedes, and all is clear.

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