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Asset, Boundary, Narrative Analysis

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When I quit my job a few years ago, one of the first things I did was invest in Seth Godin’s altMBA program. It was a good experience, but a couple of lessons really stand the test of time. One of those lessons and exercises is what he called an “Asset, Boundary, Narrative (ABN) Analysis.” Sounds like some boring homework …

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The difference between a cocktail and running shoes

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My knees hurt. I’m not a doctor, but I’d guess that it’s a combination of my age, the extra few pounds I’ve packed on this winter, and my running shoes. I’ve been thinking about buying new running shoes for months. A friend of mine once told me, “Don’t be cheap on anything that comes between you and the ground.” He …

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Climb your own mountain

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This week I met with incoming members of the Unreal Collective Accelerator and worked through 1-on-1 roadmapping exercises for our 12 weeks together. In one of those conversations, my client told me that he already has enough work committed throughout the year to be more than comfortable financially, so he was thinking about what comes next. He went on to …

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How to solve a puzzle

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Ever since Mallory and I visited Joshua Tree back in November, we’ve gotten more interested in puzzles – and I’m talking about literal jigsaw puzzles. Over Christmas, we picked out a 1000-piece puzzle and were pretty quickly overwhelmed. When you first look at the box and you see the photo, you think, “Oh wow this is going to be fun!” …

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Are you willing to wait?

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It’s hard to believe it’s already November! Only two months left in 2019. This is definitely the most comfortable fourth quarter I’ve had over the last three years. The current Unreal Collective Accelerator will wrap up in about three weeks, I’m recording the Linkedin Learning course I’ve been working on mid-November, Eric and I are months ahead of recording for …

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Loosen your grip

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I was a really bad baseball player. I loved baseball, but as soon as kids got good enough to throw a curveball, it was all over for me. I haven’t really thought much about baseball in a long time, but someone brought up the idea of how you grip a bat and it got me thinking. As you get older, …

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Using fear as a compass

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared the story of how I accidentally produced a feature-length documentary this summer. This past week, that documentary aired to a sold out audience at the Film Festival of Columbus, following press from two of the largest business publications in town and a share from the Mayor himself. It was one of the most …

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Life is a single player game – be a power up

In deep thoughts, inspiration, motivation by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

The internet is full of quotes (and Tweets) from everyone’s favorite investor-turned-philosopher, Naval Ravikant. One I came across recently speaks to the way people approach living their lives: Life is a single player game. You’re born alone. You’re going to die alone. All of your interpretations are alone. All your memories are alone. You’re gone in three generations and no …