doing fewer + doing more

In building a business, learning, productivity by Jay Clouse

For a very long time, I said yes to everything that came my way. In fact, I distinctly remember a piece I wrote five years ago about saying “yes” to everything. Opportunities come in all shapes and colors, and rarely do they come when you expect them. I’ve found that by saying yes to almost everything that has come my …

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here’s the problem with New Year’s resolutions

In inspiration, learning, motivation, productivity, Unreal Collective by Jay Clouse

You’ve probably heard that the hottest time for new gym memberships is in January, when people are at the height of their New Year’s resolutions.  There is something about the “new year, new me” mentality that brings a heightened sense of aspiration. This is my time! This is my year! Honestly, I love that mentality. And I think you should …

10 days of silence (part two)

In deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

In case you missed it, I recently took part in a 10-day silent meditation retreat. On November 27, I took on the 11+ hour drive through the snow and ice to Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts, to the first Vipassana Meditation Center in North America. I stayed there for a 10-day course, ending on December 9 (last Sunday) when I drove back. …

10 days of silence (part one)

In deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, stories by Jay Clouse

I’m about to do something very cool. On Tuesday, I’m driving to a Vipassana Meditation center for a 10-day silent retreat. I’ve been trying to go on one of these retreats for three years now, and I’m stoked that it’s finally actually happening. The reactions I’ve gotten from talking to people about it have been mixed, to put it mildly. …

active thinking

In creativity, deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

As I’ve written about nearly to death over the last month, I’ve been spending the majority of my time writing! It’s surreal to effectively be a full-time course author while Unreal is sort of in “off-season mode” before the next cohort starts in January. When I’m writing the script for a video, there are a few considerations: What is/are the …

existential vacuum

In deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

I just spent a week on an island in Belize, and actually allowed myself to spend it completely relaxing. And, I even read a book! I know — what a novel idea (pun intended) — but I rarely give myself the time to actually read a book vs. listen to an audio book. So what book did I choose to …

one question for decision making

In inspiration, learning by Jay Clouse

A lot of people come to me for advice on making decisions, and I’m happy to share my perspective or give a hot take whenever I can be helpful. Lately, I’ve been using a new approach to making decisions myself, and sharing that with others too. It’s just one question: “What will you wish you would have done a year …

the hidden risk of taking advice

In deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, relationships by Jay Clouse

Make no mistake, one of the most important factors in my life has been mentorship. But there’s a surreptitious risk to mentorship — and it’s when “advice” isn’t really advice. Sometimes, “advice” is really a veil over self-validation. Instead of giving thoughtful, calculated, and unbiased recommendations based upon personal experience, sometimes people will simply give prescriptive “advice” that you follow …

getting to the edges

In building a business, creativity, deep thoughts, inspiration, leadership, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

If you’ve been following along recently, you know I’ve been on a kick about forming original thought. And it continued yesterday during an Unreal Collective group call when we discussed the merits and challenges of creating unique or proprietary language! As I think about writing more and making my own assertions, frameworks, and methods, I find myself having the most …

making assertions

In creativity, deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, motivation, personal brand by Jay Clouse

I am a big fan of the new Nike Just Do It campaign with Colin Kaepernick. Whether you agree or disagree, it’s provocative of a conversation. It asserts itself and forces you to reckon with whether you are with Nike, with Colin Kaepernick, or not. And it’s that forcing mechanism — making you first acknowledge that there are differing viewpoints …