how I learned about subscription boxes

In inspiration, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a surprising number of conversations about subscription box products. We interviewed a subscription meal kit service on the pod, a couple members of our Unreal Collective Accelerator have been brought it up… And I’ve been able to give a lot of insight and perspective, because I’ve learned about those models. But the story …

the stories we tell ourselves

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

For a while (until it wore off) I had an address label on my wallet that I had written on it, “why are you buying this?” When I was at a restaurant or store, I saw several people look at it and laugh. Sure, it did serve a small purpose to make me think about whether or not I should be …

thinking originally

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

I love to consume. Love it. I consume movies, podcasts, music, TV, whatever “goods” are — I consume it all. There’s a magical feeling from consuming — the endorphins of having something new (in the case of a product), the smugness of having new talking points for something I know will come up in conversation later, the articulation of experiences …

those that do, can’t teach (themselves)

In deep thoughts, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

You’ve probably heard the (absolutely wrong, insulting, offensive!) adage, “Those that can’t do, teach.” As the product of teachers, the brother to teachers, cousin to teachers, and finding myself “teaching” a lot myself now with Lynda/Linkedin Learning and my work, I generally disagree with this. But something I see frequently is a strange phenomenon with people who do and help …

don’t panic

In inspiration, motivation by Jay Clouse

I can’t think of a single time that panicking was the right move for me. Not only has panicking never been the right move, it’s never been even remotely helpful. I can certainly think of times I’ve lost my cool and panicked. But in those moments, I didn’t come any closer to a solution. There were no moments of insight …

attitude, unnecessary risk, and 8th grade football

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

I’ve written before about my varsity football record being 5-25 over three years. BUT, we were actually pretty good and mostly undefeated from grades 7-9. What I’m trying to say is, we had some dominating 14-year-old athletes. One of those athletes was our backup quarterback. He was a backup, but at that age it’s more like “second” quarterback, because he …

don’t disqualify yourself

In inspiration, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

I’ve had a lot of conversations over the last year with people about their goals, aspirations, and desires. It’s one of my favorite topics to dig into, and by virtue of the work I’ve created for myself, it’s happening more frequently. I’ve noticed a weird pattern, and it’s a behavior that I now try to identify and squash in myself. …

a good sign

In building a business, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

When you’re trying to answer new questions, that’s a good sign. When you’re dealing with new problems, that’s a good sign. Growth happens when you’re spending your time doing things at the edge of your abilities. Answering new questions and solving new problems are a good sign that you’re working at the edge of your ability. But that doesn’t make …

creating a volume of work

In building a business, creativity, deep thoughts, inspiration, motivation, personal brand by Jay Clouse

As long-time readers of this newsletter will know, I listen to a lot of podcasts. Mostly long-form interviews with comedians and other people known for being “successful” in art or business. You’ve probably heard of the Tim Ferriss podcast (or human), but he rarely tells his own story. Very rarely, he’ll be interviewed on his own podcast by a guest, …