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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:

My Secrets To Being Confident

On Cameron Chardukian

You know what’s attractive? Confidence.  Walking into a room and knowing you’re the one running the show. Knowing that everything that comes out of your mouth is gold, and everyone that gets to linger in your presence is blessed.  It’s been said that when people like Michael Jackson walk into a room everyone stops what they’re doing and the whole energy of the room changes.

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