Jason Zook

Jason Zook

Entrepreneur who made $1,000,000+ wearing t-shirts. Most recently sold his last name (twice) and his future

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON January 19, 2016

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Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
I’m that crazy guy who made $1,000,000 by wearing t-shirts on IWearYourShirt.com. I’ve also sold my last name (twice), wrote a fully-sponsored book that didn’t suck, gotten out of $100,000 in debt, and recently sold my future. I consider myself a minimalist and try to live an intentional and authentic life. I’m Jason Zook, ask me anything.
Carey Beth Elder
Carey Beth Elder@eldercb · Marketing, AOL Alpha
@iwearyourshirt If you had a new app to promote, how would you do it? Let's just say you had $10,000 to spend.
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@eldercb oooh, $10k? I'd put that in the bank and save it for dev costs and customer service costs (and probably product improvement costs). Then I'd immediately go to my email inbox and make a list of 50-100 recent people I'd emailed (friends, family, etc). I'd share the app with them and why it was going to change their life. I'd asked for them to try it. Use it. Give me feedback. I'd take that feedback with a grain of salt and see what patterns emerged from their responses. Then I'd improve the app and reach back out to all of them, or 50 new people and ask them to check it out and share it with friends. I'd keep this process going until people couldn't stop talking about the app because of its awesomeness. I don't believe in spending a dime on marketing or promotion until people are craving the product/service.
Seth Mcleod
Seth Mcleod@sthmcleod · Designer & Developer
@iwearyourshirt @eldercb This is such great advice!
Ryan Hoover
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Jason! You've come up with some wild money-making concepts. What's the craziest idea you've come up with but haven't done (yet)?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@rrhoover oh hello Ryan! I shared some of my stupid ideas with @daveitferris' question. But truthfully, BuyMyLastName and BuyMyFuture are the two craziest ideas I think I've had. I was pretty scared to auction off my last name. I expected the backlash to be huge. Luckily, I think everyone already knew I was crazy. Hah.
Kate
Kate@katesegrin · Head of Social @ GitHub
Who are some of the people who have made the biggest impact on your life? (Stories, please!)
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@katesegrin wow. great question. off the top of my head: Seth Godin: For writing "The Purple Cow" which I read while working a 9-5 job. More on this story here: http://jasondoesstuff.com/average/ Joshua Fields Millburn: For showing me the ways of minimalism and giving me the phrase "does this thing bring me value." My Mom: Always supporting every crazy idea I've had... She had so much patience! My girlfriend Caroline: We've been together for nearly 6 years and we've helped each other grow immensely. I think I help her with the business stuff and she helps me not be an emotionless robot. Haha. Ryan Holiday: For writing the book "The Obstacle Is The Way" - This book gave me permission to be okay with my mistakes and failures and see them as important moments in my life. I don't know Ryan at all, but his book is amazing. Pamela Slim: Pam gave me a huge hug after I poured my heart out on a stage in 2013. It took me 8 months to gather the courage to have a phone call with her about feeling lost in life. I owe her a lot for taking that call and helping me through a rough patch. Everyone who subscribes to my email list: This sounds so silly, but those folks (and some Action Army'ers are here) mean the absolute world to me. You could take away every social media site and I'd be fine because I know I have a great list of humans who like my weirdness and support my projects. I'll forget other important people and they'll email me and yell at me: SORRRRY!
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
What would you do if you were 22 today?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@bentossell let's add a bit more context to this... I'm me, just graduated (shitty) college, and I don't know what I want to do with my life. I would set a plan to try to intern/work for cool companies I admire for 3-6 month stints. Startups. Big companies. Local businesses. Try to soak up as much knowledge and experience as possible to figure out what I would want to be doing. I'd also keep learning CSS/HTML because it's a skill that never gets old if you own an online business. Oh, and I'd take shots of Goldschläger because... 22.
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
A few people asked questions about how I'd actually do this. So here are some additional thoughts: 1. I'd make a list of all the awesome companies that I want to spend stints at. Put them in a Google Doc. Probably start with 10-15 companies. 2. I'd research them. I'd add notes to each one of them in said Google Doc. This research would include what they do for marketing, who they target, who are people active on social media that work for the company. Do I know anyone who might be connected to them? I'd research that and write it down. 3. In that same document, I'd write thoughts on what value I could provide or if I had any ideas for their business. I'm not going to help them make an extra $10M in 6 months, but bringing creative ideas to the table always helps. Plus, it shows I have initiative and I'm not looking for a free ride. I would also outline what a 6-month plan could look like and why it's valuable to them that I will only have a short time period, but I'll be super motivated. 4. I'd create creative pitches for these companies. This wouldn't just be an email. I'd create simple landing pages or short videos explaining why I'd be a good fit and what I could do to help out. I'd only use email to send the creative pitches to them. 5. I'd start pitching the companies one-by-one and do them in batches of 3-5. This way if some say no, I'm not waiting forever for each company. I'd most likely create a Google Spreadsheet to keep track of my email pitches and subsequent follow up emails (because those will be necessary - you have to follow up). 6. I'd expect to hear NO, so I'd keep believing in myself and learning from each company that turns me down. Never assuming that just because they don't have room for me in their company that I'm a bad person, unqualified, or are not worthy. 7. Once I landed the first company, I'd start working with them, but I'd continue my journey of pitching other companies so I could have a few lined up. I'd try to focus 90% of my time working for the company that said YES and 10% of my time focusing on trying to land the next company for a 6-month stint.
Daveit Ferris
Daveit Ferris@daveitferris · Heartfuse
@iwearyourshirt I'm pretty certain you've considered an idea that ultimately was even too outlandish, even by your standards - can you share one or two of those and why you didn't follow them through?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@daveitferris hmmmm... what weird thing haven't I done that I've thought of? Probably creating spanx for guys. Just reading that sounds terrible huh? This was during my time right after college when I was trying to figure out how to do something besides a 9-5 job. Oh, I also wanted to start a "mail your enemies dog poop" business. I'm glad I didn't follow through with that.
Daveit Ferris
Daveit Ferris@daveitferris · Heartfuse
@iwearyourshirt @daveitferris Terrific! Thanks for my next two business ideas! 5% cut sound fair?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@daveitferris hah! Can I have a board seat too? ;)
Daveit Ferris
Daveit Ferris@daveitferris · Heartfuse
@iwearyourshirt @daveitferris we'll talk about that on Spanx Saturday. Don't be late!
Ben Tossell
Ben Tossell@bentossell · Makerpad.co
What is your favourite idea that you've worked on?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@bentossell You can't pick just one baby! But seriously, IWearYourShirt has provided me with so much over the years. My start. Growing an audience. Giving me the permission to be my authentic self in everything I do. And one heck of a rolodex to use for all my future ideas. Even though that business "failed" at the end, I wouldn't change a thing from it and appreciate it so much more each and every day.
Alp Behar
Alp Behar@alpbehar · Co-Founder, Upicnic
If you were to take money out of the equation, what would you say is the best thing you did?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@alpbehar selling my future. I'm giving people maximum lifetime value of my work. Regardless of the money, it feels really cool to know these people believe in me enough to buy into something so intangible.
Chaib Yusuf
Chaib Yusuf@chaibyusuf · Creative Entrepreneurship Trainer
@iwearyourshirt how to discover our passion ? & when we must stop working on a project even if we love it?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@chaibyusuf If you have to "discover your passion" then I don't know how to help you. You should know what you are passionate about. Write it down. Keep it in front of you. If you want to build a business around a passion, be careful. Instead, find something you're really excited about and that you think can make an impact on people's lives. This article I wrote might help you (it came from a lot of people emailing me asking the same question you just asked): http://jasondoesstuff.com/start As far as stopping working on a project? That's really hard to figure out. I think it's okay to quit things though. Quitting frees up time for new things and new opportunities. Too many people (and I'm guilty of this too) get stuck in sunk cost bias. We've spent time/money on a business and don't want to let it go. If it isn't working (making money or helping people), then stop and move forward. But also don't give up after a month. If you want to build something of worth and value, it's going to take time. I'm in my 10th year of being an entrepreneur and I only feel like I'm starting to figure all this stuff out!
Chaib Yusuf
Chaib Yusuf@chaibyusuf · Creative Entrepreneurship Trainer
@iwearyourshirt @chaibyusuf " Choukran ^^ " it's the arabic " Thank you "
Marta Antonelli
Marta Antonelli@antonelli039 · Co-Founder, Upicnic
@iwearyourshirt I don't mean to get too personal too fast, but what do you want your legacy to be?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@antonelli039 I don't think about legacy at all. I believe that if you care about what legacy you're going to leave, you're focused on the wrong things. I know that wasn't what you meant, but I just wanted to make that point. If I'm being 100% honest, I don't care if anyone remembers me in 100 years. I'm a spec in an enormous timeline. Probably not the sexy entrepreneurial thing to say, huh? What I do believe is that I want people to know I am 100% truthful and honest. I'd love to be remembered for being unique and helpful, but I'm not naive. I don't have a huge spotlight on me or the pressure to do ridiculously world-changing things. I like the tiny glimmer of light I have.
Marta Antonelli
Marta Antonelli@antonelli039 · Co-Founder, Upicnic
@iwearyourshirt Being remembered as truthful, honest, unique and helpful sounds like a pretty great legacy to me. But I love the point you're making. Being an entrepreneur is often associated with delusions of grandeur - plus, who am I kidding, we all want to do well for ourselves. But I find utterly refreshing to find someone who has achieved and is still relatable and down to earth.
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@antonelli039 👍👍👍
Chaib Yusuf
Chaib Yusuf@chaibyusuf · Creative Entrepreneurship Trainer
@iwearyourshirt it seems that you're a multitasking person ... what are the skills needed to work on diffrent creative projects in the same time ?!
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@chaibyusuf I believe multitasking can work, when you don't actually multitask. :) I write down daily to-do lists and force myself to block off time on my calendar for tasks. A couple things that help me get a lot done: Not keeping my email inbox open all day. Closing all social media sites and removing those apps from my phone (along with all other notifications). And figuring out when my maximum output times are for certain to-dos. I wrote an article about getting in your "creation zone" http://jasondoesstuff.com/consum... With a few of my projects I have great partners. So I can rely on them to do things I'm not good at (my weaknesses). I try to always partner with people who have opposing skill sets, otherwise, we'd both be trampling all over each other.
Farmer Brad, LLC.
Farmer Brad, LLC.@farmerbradllc · Owner - Hobby Farmer - Farmer Brad LLC.
@iwearyourshirt If you were to make a minimalists mobile app like Tinder what question would you have it ask?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@farmerbradllc I don't even know what this means... haha
Charles Alexander
Charles Alexander@charlesalexnder
"This is not your practice life." - Best sentence I've read in weeks. No question from me, just thanks to you for being awesome.
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@charlesalexnder I give all the credit to my buddy AJ Leon for that one. He's an incredible writer. More of his work here: http://aj-leon.com/pursuitofever...
Preston Long
Preston Long@pmlonglamoureux
@iwearyourshirt -only if i knew how to get one.. lol If you could change one decision that you have made in your past, what would it be and how would that change where or who you are today as a public figure?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@pmlonglamoureux I think the only change I would have made would have been to skip college and continue dabbling in building websites and things on the Internet (this was 1999). Instead I went to college and skated through it for five years, losing all my entrepreneurial steam until 2007. But honestly, that may have changed my entire trajectory of where I am today. I fear the butterfly effect... 😁
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@iwearyourshirt how many T shirts did you have to wear?! What does 'a day in the life of Jason' - look like?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@ems_hodge Hi Emily! So, from January 1, 2009 - May 6, 2013 I got paid to wear over 1,600 different t-shirts. In that time I amassed about 3,000 t-shirts (lots of people sent me random shirts in the mail, it was weird). Nowadays, I own about 40 t-shirts and I get my favorites from CottonBureau.com - I love supporting aspiring creative folks! My day? I bet you'd find it really boring... I wake up around 7am and check Instagram only on my phone (no alarm or anything). I don't have social media apps on my phone anymore. After 5-10 minutes of scrolling through beautiful photos I get up and make coffee (chemex or french press). We have a Bluebottle Coffee Subscription (so good!). I make coffee for 5-10 minutes with no technology. None. Some days I'll read Calvin and Hobbes while making coffee (it's the best, ever). Then I got to my desk and read and answer emails. For about 30 minutes I'll do this and then I'll spend an hour writing. Whether it's article ideas, business ideas, or just random thoughts. I've written over 1,000,000 words in the past two years and thrown away 90% of them. The hours between 9am - 5pm are spent working on all my various business ventures, doing interviews, answering emails, etc. I only check social media a few times in the day (only once for FB). At 5pm I walk my awesome dog Plaxico with my equally awesome girlfriend Caroline. The rest of the night is a complete crapshoot. Hah. I'll either work, read, relax, exercise, or go see a movie. All that being said, some days I only work for 2 hours and spend the day reading or offline. I used to be a workaholic and live the HUSTLE life. Now I just want to enjoy the life I've created for myself through my work.
Chris Johnson
Chris Johnson@chrisjohnsonco · chrisjohnson.co
@iwearyourshirt What is your process of choosing topics to write about for The Action Army? What topics or ideas didn't make the cut?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@cjhnsn_ love this question! So I have a Google Spreadsheet that keeps a schedule of sorts for me. I keep a running list of topic ideas in it, just to keep me on schedule. Then I use the Letterspace app (I'm sure it's been featured here on PH) to write thoughts about each article. I tend to give myself 30 minutes per topic and then walk away from each topic for a week or two. Whichever topics keep nagging at me, I revisit and keep writing about. The ones that I think will help people and that have made a big impact for me are the ones I tend to share. I ask a question in the welcome email when someone joins the Action Army: "What's the ONE thing you're struggling with right now?" I've gotten a ton of article ideas from people sharing their struggles (many of which I've been through!). Also, I reply to every email I get through my website. When I notice patterns (repeated questions), I turn those answers into articles.
Kate
Kate@katesegrin · Head of Social @ GitHub
What was the revelation that drove you to live minimally?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@katesegrin Great question Kate. I sat in the audience at a small conference in Fargo, North Dakota in 2013 and listened to Joshua Fields Millburn share his story of minimalism and starting TheMinimalists.com. At that same moment I was $100,000 in debt and was not happy at all (if you can imagine). He and I had a couple things in common and I think those commonalities really inspired me to do something. Trying out minimalism is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I'm soooooo much happier with less stuff. It has really realigned my entire life and what shown me what I value most. I don't mean to drop links in this AMA, but I interview Joshua (a few years ago) and loved his answers: http://jasondoesstuff.com/interv...
PopGeekHeaven
PopGeekHeaven@popgeekheaven · Head Geek, Pop Geek Heaven
@iwearyourshirt SaaS question: you've created a really good SaaS app(Teachery, which I use)! Now, I'm an experienced product creator, selling full-time online for 20 years now..but I've never created a proper recurring product - yet. That's changing in '16. Question is: if I decide to go a SaaS route and keeping in mind my left brain is quite limited and I would need a programmer partner(like you did w/ Teachery), what are the three key things I should keep in mind when evaluating the opportunity with SaaS?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@popgeekheaven SaaS is tricky. Even with Teachery, we aren't swimming in MRR. I'd actually read every damn thing @nathanbarry has written about building ConvertKit.com. He took that SaaS business from something small to a $1M annum biz. Really really impressive stuff. He's way smarter than I am and I continue to learn from his experience. (Thank you for using Teachery btw!)
PopGeekHeaven
PopGeekHeaven@popgeekheaven · Head Geek, Pop Geek Heaven
@iwearyourshirt @popgeekheaven EXACTLY what I've been doing w/ tracking Nathan Barry for the last two years - swallow it all by him, esp. on this subject. (I'm a CovertKit customer, too...)
Mutasem Dmour
Mutasem Dmour@mutasem_dmour
@iwearyourshirt as someone who's about to graduate college with an engineering degree, what advice do you have?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@mutasem_dmour Check out the answer I gave to @bentossell about being 22 :)
Jay Wallace
Jay Wallace@mootpt · Entrepreneur
How important is getting there first with regards to novelty ideas?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@mootpt everyone has ideas, execution is what's most important. When I started IWearYourShirt people had been paid to stand on sidewalks and wear companies shirts before. I just took the idea in a unique direction that was all my own. There were tons of copycats, but I stuck to what made me different and poured as much of that (and extra hours) into executing my idea. Truthfully, I think competition in any business (or idea) is great. It proves people are willing to pay for that thing!
suzanne chace
suzanne chace@suedaisy
How Is Plaxico doing? Where Can I go to learn about copyright, trademark, insurance, contracts and becoming an LLC ? is there an expert you could point me towards.
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@suedaisy hahahaha! Hi Suzanne! Plaxico is doing great. He's as handsome as ever. I don't spend much time worrying about any of that side of business stuff. I know Rachel Rodgers comes highly recommended for legal stuff: http://rodgerscollective.com/ Spend as little time on that stuff as possible. It's more important to make whatever you sell amazing. Make that thing improve people's lives. And doing it all with authenticity and consistency.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@iwearyourshirt what are some of the biggest challenges you've had to overcome - and how did you do it?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@ems_hodge Getting over self doubts. Unfortunately this happens on an on-going basis. But I always ask myself "what's the worst that's going to happen?" Whatever I'm doubting myself about is usually 100% based on assumptions created in my mind, and not backed by any facts whatsoever. I'd say getting out of $100,000 in debt was big too. This didn't just take making extra money, it took realigning my life to fix the problem that got me there in the first place. No one gets in debt overnight and no one gets OUT of debt overnight. I took a hard look at my life and made some sacrifices. I wrote a full article about this because it was important to me to share: http://jasondoesstuff.com/debt A recent challenge was uprooting myself from my comfortable life in Jacksonville, FL and moving clear across the country to San Diego. My girlfriend and I decided we wanted some adventure in our lives and there was never going to be a "perfect" time to move. So we sold all our stuff, still have a home in FL (ugh), but believe making the 2,337 mile move was one of the best things we've ever done.
Alec David
Alec David@alecdavidreifer · Oracle Cloud
@iwearyourshirt Zook, one word....why?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
@iwearyourshirt what's the scariest thing you've ever done?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@ems_hodge Scariest thing in business? Probably asking the world to buy my last name (twice). Scariest thing in life? Climbing atop a little giant ladder and changing a light bulb in a ceiling fan that was 20ft off the ground. No joke, I almost shit my pants. (I'm tall, being afraid of heights is a right of passage for me!)
BayAreaMade.com
BayAreaMade.com@bayareamade · Bay Area Made
Can I make it selling t-shirs .. with saying like" I hate you and your beard"...et ..@iwearyourshirt
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@bayareamade I made a living wearing t-shirts. I made a living selling my last name. I've made money doing so many ridiculous things. If you build a product you stand by, find customers who want that product, and deliver on your promises, you can put a poop emoji on a shirt and make money doing it. 💩 If I were starting a t-shirt/apparel company, I'd research the hell out of Johnny Cupcakes, Busted Tees, Ugmonk and other popular brands. How'd they do it? How long did it take them? Where'd they mess up? Then learn from everything they've done and try to speed up the process as much as possible (knowing it won't happen overnight, because it took all those companies years to be successful).
Chaib Yusuf
Chaib Yusuf@chaibyusuf · Creative Entrepreneurship Trainer
@iwearyourshirt I know it's an illogical question, but : If you have the apportunity to work in a startup , a company & an Organisation ! what are their names & why ^^ ?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@chaibyusuf I've been out of working for other people for 10 years, so I don't think I could go back. Reporting to people? Answering to people? SHARING MUGS!? Hah. But if I had to pick, I'd probably choose: Basecamp (to learn from Jason and DHH), Slack (because they seem to be having fun), and Tesla (but only if Elon isn't yelling at me).
Jonny Miller
Jonny Miller@jonnym1ller · Cofounder @Maptia
I like you pinned tweet "It's weird to live in a culture so obsessed with becoming successful quickly when no one who is successful got there quickly." What’s your personal definition of success? Has it changed over the years? If so how?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@jonnym1ller Success is about doing things that align with your core values. My core values are control and flexibility (family is a given and doesn't count here because this is business talk!). I used to want fancy cars, $1M in the bank, blah blah blah. Why? Because it's what society told me success looked like. I've had a few fancy cars. All I did was worry about them constantly (so weird in retrospect to worry about a pile of painted metal). I had a business that reached $1M in revenue and I was so stressed out and unhappy during that time in my life. Success is living without fear or stress, having the freedom to do whatever you want, and living a life that feels intentional and fulfilled. Ugh, I hate continuing to drop articles here, but I've written much more about a lot of these topics in case you want to read more: http://jasondoesstuff.com/what-i... (there's a "Values" article linked in there too)
QueenLear
QueenLear@queenleariv · ConnectionAgent-Co-Founder @ButtonPoetry
@iwearyourshirt Hi Jason, great to have you involved with the community. You've mentioned several times your 'crazy' level. It seems this is an advantage for you. Are there times that you have been too crazy or were worried you pushed too far too fast? What do you do in those situations? Do you mend fences or move on knowing those relationships and business partnerships/opportunities aren't a good fit anyways if they can't get past your outgoing personality?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@queenleariv I think I've executed on most of my crazy ideas (as mentioned in a few other answers in the AMA). I'm always worried and encountering self-doubts when I put any idea out into the world (crazy or not). The trick that I've learned is that I want those things more than I'm afraid of doing them. As long as the scale tips toward wanting to put something out into the world, I "ship it" as the saying goes. Regards to mending fences and such, I think you're asking about people's opinions and commentary on my/your work? I really do believe that feedback is dangerous. More often than not when we create something and put it out into the world, the harshest feedback we get comes from some of the people closest to us. That harsh feedback can derail us and leave us emotionally scared (afraid to launch crazy ideas). What I've realized is that I have to examine the source of that feedback: Is that critic (even though a friend) a potential customer of the thing I'm/you're putting out into the world? Do they have experience doing what I'm/you are trying to do? Most often the answer to those questions is a big fat NO, yet we still take their words to heart. If you can remove the attachment to feedback from friends/family, putting crazy ideas out into the world becomes much easier. I don't mean to promote another article I've written, but I had to take a hard look at who my "friends" really were and it helped me a few years ago: http://jasondoesstuff.com/friends
Daniel Landy
Daniel Landy@danolandy · 📚Babson Student
Just learned about you from this live chat. You reminded me of Nathan Fielder from the Comedy Central show Nathan for You. Have you seen this show? If so what are your thoughts?
Jason Zook
Jason Zook@jasondoesstuff · I do weird things on the Internet.
@danolandy you know, I've heard rumblings about Nathan For You, but I haven't watched it yet. Truthfully, I barely watch anything but movies in the movie theater (love the experience and it's a great mental break). I used to sit and watch hours of TV and Netflix (I still do on some occasions), but it sounds like I should check this out and report back :)
Chaib Yusuf
Chaib Yusuf@chaibyusuf · Creative Entrepreneurship Trainer
if you want a help to lunch your startup what are the helper specifications for being a co-founder or in the oter hand just a freelancer?