The Big Lie

Don Wettrick is a teacher who wants to blow up an education system that teaches our kids to sit down, behave and wait for instructions. He talks about the skills everyone needs to learn and prosper in the new “Gig-Economy.” Don is the founder of StartEdUp, author of “Pure Genius: Building a Culture of Innovation and Taking 20% to the next level” and Innovation Specialist at Noblesville High School, central Indiana. He is also the host of “THE STARTEDUP PODCAST”.
Don’s leading a charge to shake up the education system, and has been endorsed by such names as Gary Vaynerchuck, Seth Godin, Tim Ferriss and a host of others. Don was the perfect guest to kick off the Screw the Naysayers Podcast series. He speaks about the “Big Lie” (the idea that the ONLY path to a successful career is through a four-year degree program), and talks about the work he’s doing as a teacher, and an entrepreneur, to better prepare our children for a world where “a students career, their finances, & their future is going to be fueled by their entrepreneurial skills.” You can find Don at www.startedupinnovation.com, on FB at Startedup.com, and on LinkedIn.

Tim Alison
Tim Alisonhttp://screwthenaysayers.com/
FOR five years in his twenties Tim Alison was living a lie. From the outside looking in, he had it all. A wonderful wife, 2 kids, and a six-figure income. There was just one problem- he was miserable. So he did the logical thing and moved to a tiny fishing village in Nova Scotia, where he started an educational software company. The naysayers came out of the woodwork telling him that he was a complete idiot and that failure was certain. They stopped saying that when his sales topped $10 million. For Tim it was never about the money. It was about living the life he wanted. Tim is the author of Screw the Naysayers...They Suck Anyways (an Amazon best seller) and host of the weekly Screw the Naysayer Podcast. The show is for anyone who is questioning their direction in life (or has a friend or loved one doing so). Each week Tim interviews experts in innovation, entrepreneurship, and education. Together they take on an education system that is failing our kids and provide practical advice for breaking free from a system that has set us up to settle. His life motto? Know the Life You Want and Have the Courage to Live It.


  1. The job represents for a person about one-seventh of life. Yet everyone, family, school, government, media, etc., are concerned to prepare and facilitate youth to the work, and no one bothers to prepare him/her for life that, in addition to work, includes leisure, culture, emotional relationships, the social commitments, civil growth, a range of information about the factors that, today, govern the individual success.
    Another important aspect is communicate “employability” to avoid the frequent distortions about the expectations and the actual opportunities. An orientation that before, during and after the course of study will allow to change mental orientation or become aware of new professional environments or to find another, because not all studies “liked” give concrete openings. That encourages young people to a deep reflection about their selves and to develop expectations tailored to the realities of employment.