is the narrative serving you?

In creativity, inspiration, motivation by Jay Clouse

I was feeling a little aggressive. A couple months ago as I was looking forward to October, I decided that I wanted to take on writing two Linkedin Learning courses concurrently to close out the year. If I did that, it’s obviously twice as beneficial financially, and since I wouldn’t start a new cohort of the Unreal Collective Accelerator until January, …

going first

In inspiration, leadership, motivation, relationships by Jay Clouse

I’m really lucky to be in Columbus, Ohio. Having been in one major city for the past nearly 10 years, I’ve been able to dig deeply into different communities here, and create a good name for myself in a handful of circles. Because I pushed myself to “network” and volunteer in the community several years ago, it’s actually not very …

getting to the edges pt. 2

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

Yesterday I wrote about getting to the edges of a space in order to create new and original thought (therefore being a leader in defining the next edge). That sounds simple enough — but it’s certainly not easy. It’s a time-consuming and intense challenge to stay at the edge while also trying to lead others at the edge. It’s easiest …

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 …

living like a tracker

In inspiration, learning, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

One of the podcasts I’ve gotten into lately at the recommendation of my upside cohost, Eric, is Invest Like the Best by Patrick O’Shaughnessy. What I like about this podcast is that besides speaking with obviously great investors, the individuals he interviews have very interesting perspectives on life outside of investing. Recently, he re-ran an episode with Boyd Varty, a …

your apples to their oranges

In building a business, creativity, inspiration, motivation by Jay Clouse

There isn’t much that’s more exciting than a new idea. You have that initial excitement of, “Oh wow, this could really work!” But then you start doing research into other people who are doing similar work. First, you find maybe one or two people “but they aren’t doing it this way, so I’m still fine.” Then as you dig deeper, …

holding space

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

When I started in undergrad at Ohio State, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life (does any 19 year old?) so I joined their Undecided program, which they call “Exploration.” I remember having a discussion with my Exploration Advisor (shout out to Stephanie) who told me, “Exploration isn’t a magic bean. Being in this program …

what do you mean you can’t?

In motivation, relationships by Jay Clouse

I take issue with the phrase, “I can’t.” There are a few different meanings behind the phrase, “I can’t:” I am (truly) physically/mentally/emotionally unable I believe I am physically/mentally/emotionally unable I have a conflict and I refuse to prioritize this I have no conflict I just don’t want to In the case of meaning #1, the phrase “I can’t” is acceptable. …

Robin Williams performed Shakespeare

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

A couple weeks ago, I went on a real Robin Williams biographical binge. I listened to podcasts before and after his death, watched interviews on YouTube, and watched the new HBO Documentary Come Inside My Mind. It was all fascinating to me — I think I’ve written about my interest in comedy and entertainment enough I don’t need to dive …