Writing a Study Guide

Three Part PDP

Book: A History of Money and Banking in the United States by Murray N. Rothbard (HMB)

What I’m doing: Writing a Study Guide over HMB

Month One:

  • Reading the entirety of HMB
  • Taking detailed but concise notes while I read that include:
    • Main points of each part of the book
    • Main points of each subsection of the book
    • Important people (and relevant information on them)
    • Important events and the dates of these events

Month Two:

  • Compile all of the notes I took into a Google Doc
  • Quick re-read to fill gaps in notes

Month Three:

  • Take Google Doc and turn into study guide/cliffsnotes. (rough draft)
  • Write review on HMB and publish here as well as Amazon.

What I’m aiming to learn:

  • How to take detailed, concise and accurate notes over a book while still comprehending the overall message.
  • Organizing my thoughts into a cohesive whole.
  • Improving my technical writing abilities.
  • About the history of money and banking in the United States.

The Ripple Effect

“… if you form or find a tribe in your lifetime, your participation in that collective social evolutionary process is likely to be one of the deepest, most rewarding components of your true wealth.”

–    The Last Safe Investment (pg.53)

The importance of a tribe that helps you grow and inspires you to improve every day is understated. While it is true that friendships of convenience are a fact of life, having a tight-knit community of like-minded people (i.e. a tribe) is extremely beneficial and effects every aspect of your life (A lesson I’ve learned repeatedly these past few months) .

My journey to the “Praxian” tribe started when I connected with a few of the Praxis team members via social media after meeting them at a FEE seminar in June. Just seeing how they were creating value every single day was an amazing motivator; by writing blog posts, broadcasting podcasts, posting YouTube videos,  and launching new business ventures they were able to create value for themselves and others without ever having to ask for permission. I also connected with current participants and seeing their passion fueled my own desire to create.

The content I consumed  on social media began shifting from “10 weird things” articles to “I launched this website last night” status updates. This trend continued throughout the application process as I connected with more Praxis team members and participants.

Upon acceptance into the program  (and subsequent Facebook announcement), the floodgates were opened. I was officially invited into the Praxis tribe. The levee  was totally destroyed when I was added into the private Praxis Facebook group, allowing me to connect with Praxis participants and alumni, which gave me more ideas in a week than I can implement in a lifetime.

This combination of deep friendships, being a part of a  tribe of like-minded people that are passionate about what they’re doing and, seeing them create value every day has caused an amazing ripple of positivity across my entire life.

Not only have my  creative pursuits  taken off (this blog for example), but I’m happier with my life overall.  This has led to me become more productive in  my  routine tasks (chemistry, math, government, etc.),  allowing me more time for creative pursuits. This has resulted  in an increased sense of fulfillment, boosted creativity ,  and a happier life… on and on in a loop of positivity.

My happiness exchange rate is at an all-time high and the only thing I’ve changed is my social circle. At fifteen, I’ve found something that some people go their whole lives without. A tribe of people who are constantly creating, giving feedback and building each other up.

I’m excited beyond belief to see how this plays out but if I follow the current trend this is going to be an amazing senior year.