Defining a New Category and Asking “What If?”

‘Project-based learning’ is a method that is becoming increasingly popular in schools. In short, PBL is defined as the act of learning through identifying a real-world problem and developing its solution. The idea is that students learn through completing projects as opposed to memorizing content from a textbook.

‘Project-based hiring’ currently has no definition that can be easily found online. If students can learn from projects, couldn’t CEO’s and HR Directors hire from them too? Of course, not all project-based learning should involve CEO’s and Hiring directors, but why shouldn’t CEO’s and Hiring Directors be involved in select projects if they want to hire for internships or full-time positions?

I propose the following definition for PBH: ‘Project-based hiring’ is the act of hiring through evaluating how candidates solve real-world problems. Project-based hiring would provide companies a clearer picture of a candidate’s skillsets beyond the resume and interview.

Moreover, what if the goal of these projects was to solve real world problems for a worthwhile charity or non-profit? What if these types of social good projects were the norm across the world, from which students could grow their skillsets and companies could hire top talent, all while making the world a better place?

Do You Sit or Do You Stand?


Bruce Springsteen played at Metlife stadium this past month.   There were those who sat during the concert, and those who stood and danced.

Several people were uncertain at moments during the concert. Should they sit or should they stand and dance? They asked themselves.

The sitting or standing question is one that is often answered by observing those around you, which can lead to a group of people who secretly want to stand and dance, but sit because everyone around them sits.

The few who decide to go first, to stand up and dance, irrelevant of what those around them do, are invaluable. Without realizing it, they allow many others to have a lot more fun, to do what they really want to do – stand up and dance.

Tinder, Hitchock, and the Feeling of Rejection

Rejection can be a good thing.   Tinder, Bumble, OK Cupid lessen the feeling of rejection though.   You can swipe left or right on Tinder, but do not have to walk straight up to a girl or guy and risk that he or she may not be interested in you.

I noticed when I was in high school or college (before online dating), more people approached someone they desired at the end of spring semester, the time right before the onset of summer would remove many of the negative consequences in their mind if the situation did not work out, since after all, you didn’t have to see that person who rejected you again for 3 to 4 months.

The famous director, Alfred Hitchcock once said, “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” When you swipe left or right, you don’t have time to fully feel the terror in the anticipation that you may be rejected.

However, in many other instances, seeking a job, starting a business, bringing up a tough conversation with a friend, making a presentation, there is no Tinder to remove the rejection.   We are left with Mr. Hitchcock’s words, and it seems that if there is no terror in the bang, the key is to do the thing you fear as quickly as possible because when you do, the anticipation of the event is over.

You are then left with a positive experience or a bang, and according to Mr. Hitchcock, the bang is not scary at all.