simplicity and the magic of experience

In learning, Unreal Collective by Jay Clouse

During my 10-day silent meditation course last month, the course instructor beat into our heads where true understanding comes from. The course was structured in such a way that we were intensely practicing the meditation technique for up to 11 hours per day. And every evening, there was a “lecture” where the instructor gave insight into why we were practicing the method the …

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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 …

looking ahead at 2019

In building a business, Unreal Collective by Jay Clouse

I don’t know about you, but I’m still not quite sure what happened to 2018. We’re sitting here at November 18, and I vividly remember this time last year. Looking forward at the calendar, the next month and a half are going to breeze by. This week I’ll head to my hometown for Thanksgiving with my family, then I’m heading …

exhausting your options

In building a business, creativity, deep thoughts, learning, Unreal Collective by Jay Clouse

In February I had the chance to be a guest on one of my favorite podcasts, TropicalMBA. It was their first shot at a new format, a “consulting” episode where they listen to a business owner talk about their challenges and make some recommendations. I talked about the challenges of running a cyclical, pseudo-service-based business — things like cash flow, …

one year into the journey

In building a business, inspiration, stories, Unreal Collective by Jay Clouse

A year ago today, I walked into the office of my job, poured a coffee, and asked the COO if we could sit down and talk. We both knew what was coming next, but it was still tough. I put in my two weeks notice that morning, for reasons that I’ve written about before. (Actually, this post is one of …

why are you doing that?

In building a business, Unreal Collective by Jay Clouse

I’m seeing a pattern lately, both in my own thinking and the thinking of others, and it’s a confusion of goals. When you’re making an effort to do or create something, you need to be clear on what your goal for doing or creating that thing is. Let me give you an example: I’m starting a podcast to get better …

recalibrating

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

Yesterday morning I went to the gym with a friend of mine, named Jared. The dude is jacked, knows his stuff when it comes to fitness, and offered to help put some workout and nutritional plans together for me so I could fulfill my dream of looking like an action figure. We did more reps of various exercises yesterday morning …