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How to build an online community (and why I’m all in on Circle)

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There’s never been a more relevant time to learn how to build an online community. I’ve spent a lot of time building community over the last seven years. It started in 2012 when I began attending, organizing, and facilitating dozens of Startup Weekend events across the country. People loved Startup Weekend – especially in the days before the Techstars acquisition. …

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How to build a strong network

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We use the word “network” a lot in conversation. “You have such a great network…” We talk about networks as if they are a singular asset. But thinking about someone’s network as a singular asset both a.) undervalues it and b.) makes it seem like something that YOU can’t replicate. A “network” is really the result of many 1:1 relationships. …

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Leveraging feedback and generative conflict

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I felt a lot of emotions this week (as I’m sure you have, too). I oscillated between anger, frustration, fear, self-doubt, self-preservation, shame, embarrassment… Those cycles were pretty rapid, too. Anger towards the way our society values black lives. Frustration when I feel like people are missing the point. Fear and self-doubt when it comes to how to use my …

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Holding your happiness hostage

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Over the years, I’ve told a lot of friends that I want to write books. I always viewed it as this privileged achievement that I would work my way up to. First, I generate a strong economic engine in my business, which will afford me more time and space, and THAT was when I could write my first book. And …

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Be someone people want to work with

In Behind the Scenes, Clients and Freelancing by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

We spend a lot of time selling ourselves. You sell yourself to potential clients, partners, employers, followers, and friends. We’re constantly putting ourselves out there as someone worth taking a chance on. And, inevitably, we win people over. They decide to tune in, follow along, work with us, and even pay us. …and the cycle begins again. It’s not easy …

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Making commitments

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One of the best books I’ve read over the last few years is James Clear’s Atomic Habits. It really struck a chord too – it sold over 1 million copies and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for 12 straight months. I think one of the more subtle reasons it really struck a chord is our desire for …

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Make something remarkable

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I’ve invested a LOT of time into making stuff over the last three years. I’ve produced somewhere north of 500 published articles, 150 podcast episodes, a documentary, and however you want to quantify what I’ve put out on social media. But, naturally, I’ll look at that time investment  from time to time and wonder, “What was that all for?” Look, …

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Decision-making and way-finding

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Decision-making has always been a core part of conversation within the Unreal Collective Accelerator – and that’s only become more evident over the last several weeks. During uncertain times, each decision comes with more weight. The stakes feel higher, we ask more questions, and we waffle a lot more. I think we assign too much weight to decisions.  We tell ourselves …