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Best Selling Author and Marketing Genius Charlie Hoehn, in this compelling TED X talk, reveals how he radically re-imagined finding his dream job, and how his strategy boiled down to doing what you see yourself doing as a career - FOR FREE first.

Best Selling Author and Marketing Genius Charlie Hoehn, in this compelling TED X talk, reveals how he radically re-imagined finding his dream job, and how his strategy boiled down to doing what you see yourself doing as a career - FOR FREE first.

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Vincent commented on The Little Bit of Creativity That Could

Sagar, I am 100% with you. The modern education system has been around for a very long time, and your observations are "spot on" (industrial model, generalized, etc...).

The task of designing an entire education system is a serious and gigantic proposition, however; augmenting and disrupting the current system may be a better approach. I am always reminded of an incredible quote by Gary Hamel:

“We owe our existence to innovation. We owe our prosperity to innovation… We owe our happiness to innovation… We owe our future to innovation… Innovation isn’t a fad—it’s the real deal, the only deal. Our future no less than our past depends on innovation.”

The modern school system is ripe for innovation. And I believe that a series of focused innovations will radically transform the modern education system.

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Vincent commented on Working For Free. Get Your Dream Job.

Again, thanks for your input David - It is indeed valued. BUT let me please reiterate: My point is not 100% rooted in what Charlie did OR what he has written about. I need it to be clear, that my connection with his story rest in his "thinking" ... Because while we can easily "blame the system" for the tragedy we face, we can NOT dismiss the idea that if graduating students are NOT re-thinking the old model(s), HOWEVER "they" do it, then they are going to find themselves adding to the statistics.

We have to think about ways that we can give graduating students the critical thinking, "take action" mentality that it takes for them gain traction in a very volatile marketplace.

Charlie's approach is Charlie's approach alone, AND anyone else that has taken his advice - I am not an advocate of his methodology, but I am an observer of what he did - legal or NOT legal... Here is what "I" took away from it: Charlie did not let the conformity of how it's always been done to become his trap. He reinvented how the job seeking process works "FOR HIM" and his boldness to share his methods is another testimony to the "type of thinking" that graduating students must have.

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Vincent commented on Working For Free. Get Your Dream Job.

Hi David!! I don't know... I can agree that there are cases where "working for free" is not very "realistic" for some. BUT I would have to argue that Charlie's approach is legal, AND very provocative at the same time. There would be nothing stopping me, if I had the drive and ambition to do so, to approach a company that I have interest in working for, identify a problem they may have OR a better way of them doing something, and offering my service/ideas for free. IF my proposals and or solutions work for the company, and I am okay with giving my proposal/services away, then I really do not believe that there is a law that would keep me from doing that.

Furthermore, what Charlie does illuminate, is this idea, that delivering value to a company or individual upfront, with no risk on either side, is a great way to show your skills and ability. The objective? Get the job that everyone is "Resume Competing" for by actually showing the target company that you have the chops to get the job done.

I don't know... I am not Charlie, and I don't have any claims on the dollars that he makes from his best selling book on the matter (Recession Proof Graduate) which talks about this idea of "Free Work" - BUT I can say this... Charlie delivers an insight into the mindset of a 21st century graduate. Part of this problem, I believe rest in the idea that if you just follow the "playbook" you will be okay - I think the statistics are showing us that this is not true.

Thanks for your feedback and contribution to the conversation!!