Sep 25

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #035 – Crowdsourcing w/ Randy Langley

crowdsourcingEpisode #035 – Crowdsourcing w/ Randy Langley

In this episode, Clay talks about Crowdsourcing and the BEST VERSION OF YOU. He chats with Randy Langley from NEXTWorkHQ.com, goes soapbox on Crowdfunding and welcomes back David Dollar for a new installment of #DollarMakesSense.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro
    • The BEST VERSION OF ME needs community
    • A heart for Dreamers
  • Randy Langley & NEXTWorkHQ.com

    • There must be a BEST VERSION of Community
    • IndieGoGo Campaign – NEXTWorkHQ
    • Grew frustrated with lack of organization in social media
    • The information was good, but you just couldn’t find it
    • For people who want to accomplish their dreams
      • Kevin Buchanan’s #Next5
      • Common themes emerged
      • It looks like a ‘wide shot’ but it comes from patterns
    • Crowdsourcing model – Directors
      • Experts with regularly scheduled tips/articles
      • If the answers don’t already exist, there will be forums to get the answers
      • Directors will monitor the forums looking for ‘hot buttons’
    • Directory area
    • Campaign Perks
    • Pre-buying ad space
    • The BEST VERSION of community
      • A supportive community through positive, but realistic feedback
      • Giving first and receiving as a by-product of giving
    • Connect at NEXTWorkHQ.com
    • SHARE on social media! #NEXTWork
  • Crowdsourcing
    • Soapbox onCrowdfunding
      • Naturally polarizing
      • Despite popular opinion, the nature of human beings is one of generosity
      • Cyber begging
      • Exploited by many
    • The BEST VERSION OF YOU Crowdsources
    • When you’re correctly doing community, you’re crowdsourcing knowledge
    • “Teach a man to fish” mentality
    • I want to earn it
    • “If you’re the smartest person in the room… you’re in the wrong room”
    • Crowdsourcing knowledge goes BOTH ways
    • Crowdsourcing builds a foundation that you may have to lean on
    • Seek the knowledge of community
  • Support Clay & The Podcast

Quote(s) of the Week

“If you’re the smartest person in the room… you’re in the wrong room”

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Sep 18

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #034 – Ear Buds, Exercise & Stress Monkeys

Ear Buds Exercise StressEpisode #034 – Ear Buds, Exercise & Stress Monkeys

In this episode, Clay officially gives you a name. He dips into the INBOX for a question on exercise, admits he’s a Stress Monkey and uses Mark Twain to talk worry.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro
    • The original vision for the show vs what it is becoming
    • Why not “Claymates”?
    • Ear Buds
  • INBOX (w/ New Theme!)

    • “…did you honestly and truly hate exercise half as much as I do?” – Michelle (@ShellGirard)
    • Simple truth is YES
    • Things changed when two things happened
      • Results
      • Just started doing what I like
    • Results are the obvious motivator because we’re a results driven society
    • Making the realization that you don’t have to do exercise you hate is the most impactful
    • Hating exercise is a great exit strategy (excuse)
    • If you can’t find exercise you like, make something you like exercise
    • It always comes back to lifestyle!
    • “We enjoy the process more than the proceeds.” – Warren Buffett
    • You have to enjoy the process because it’s what becomes your lifestyle
  • Stress Monkey
    • Did I make that up?
    • Admitting I have a problem
    • I’m a walking, talking TELL
    • Kids have the best tells
  • Worry
    • Stress is really worry
      • Will I get it done?
      • Is it good enough?
      • Will they find out?
      • Will I lose it all?
    • There isn’t a pill for a worry free life
    • When we get to the backside of worry, we’re always blown away by the truth
    • “Worry is interest paid on a debt that you may never owe.” – Mark Twain
    • Though the truth will set you free, it doesn’t make worry disappear
    • Why do I record the Podcast?
      • I can’t fix you… but there’s comfort in “I’ve been there”
    • You’re not alone
  • Challenge of the Week
    • Write down the Twain quote and post it in the place where you find worry in your life
    • Read it when you need it
    • Take a picture and tweet it to me – #Ep34 or #Monkey
  • Support Clay & The Podcast

Quote(s) of the Week

“We enjoy the process more than the proceeds.” – Warren Buffett

“Worry is interest paid on a debt that you may never owe.” – Mark Twain

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Sep 11

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #033 – Test Tubes & Human Nature

Human Nature Ep33Episode #033 – Test Tubes & Human Nature

In this episode, Clay talks about moving the needle, complacency and the choosing the right side against human nature. He also talks about what’s weighing heavily on his heart and why #ItsNotOK. And a check of the HEADLINES turns into a victory lap.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro
    • Life with the status quo
    • You’ve got to move the needle
    • Even doing something poorly, that starts as a negative, has value if you learn from it
    • Actions from which you learn, at worst, are a ‘net zero’
    • The only acceptable action that doesn’t move your needle, is one that advances others
    • Community thrives on deliberate actions to advance others
    • You should be making AMAZING cameo appearances in other people’s story
  • Headlines

    • LOW-CARB DIETS SIMILAR TO LOW-FAT FOR WEIGHT LOSS (CNN.com)
    • Study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that any low-carb or low-fat diet can produce weight loss results
    • Over 7200 previous research studies from multiple commercial diets
    • Also included exercise and behavioral support
    • After six months, those who maintained the behavior, held onto most of the weight loss
    • The victory lap
  • Test Tubes
    • Sharing some ‘advice’ on experimenting with what works for you, had some feedback that said, “our bodies aren’t test tubes!”
    • We are the most complex collection of matter on Earth
    • There IS a genetic hand that you’re dealt
    • Body Types – Endomorphs, Ectomorphs and Mesomorphs
    • Even knowing your body type isn’t enough, you have to figure out what works
    • Your experimentation needs to yield a diet that not only works for you, but is dynamic
    • What works today, may not work forever
    • Sometimes you have to take steps backwards first
  • Human Nature
    • What weighs on my heart tends to be what’s really important to me – maybe not today, but some day
    • The Male/Female Dynamic
    • Tangent: Ray Rice video
    • The guy in the grocery store
    • The saddest part was that I just knew
    • Becoming hyper-aware
    • #ItsNotOK
    • It’s not a guy issue… it’s an all of us issue… we need to get on TEAM RESPECT
    • The reaction to the iCloud hack
    • You can not be cavalier attitude about behavior that is clearly not OK
    • Resisting the idea of relating ‘rape culture’
    • Human nature is not an excuse
    • The BEST VERSION OF YOU is better than human nature
  • Challenge of the Week
    • Don’t accept human nature as an excuse in your life or your world.  Stop being complacent.  Stop being afraid to say #ItsNotOK
  • Support Clay & The Podcast

Quote(s) of the Week

“…what sits heaviest on my heart is a great indicator of what I genuinely care about.”

“#ItsNotOK”

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Sep 04

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #032 – Bridges, First Days & Action Words

Ep32 First DaysEpisode #032 – Bridges, First Days & Action Words

In this episode, Clay talks about the power of first days, his experience running the Mackinac Bridge and the one thing all words need. He also issues a Challenge of the Week to use the treasure that is given to you.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro
    • When the needle starts to move
    • Stop trying to be the NEXT version… be the BEST version
    • You won’t find your “life doppleganger” here
    • Set your own bar
  • Bridge Run

    • Fitness Ambassador – Michigan Fitness Foundation
    • The Mackinac Bridge
    • The version of me 7 years ago couldn’t fathom this
    • Time has the amazing power to change
    • The blessing and the curse of time is that it doesn’t have a stop and start button
  • First Day
    • The thing about the ever running clock is that today always has the power to be the first day of something great
    • No one ever says “I wish I would have waited”
    • When Harry Met Sally
      •  “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
    • Today is the first day of the rest of your life is only meaningful if you do something with it
    • The best part of your story is that you’re always writing it
    • The story only stops in one of two ways – life ends or you say “good enough”
    • The most exciting part of being something I never dreamed of 7 yeas ago… is the fact that I can’t even imagine what I’ll be 7 years from now… if I keep working

Quote(s) of the Week

“Today is the currency that we’re all given.  What are you going to do with it?”

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Aug 28

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #031 – Bullying, Guidelines & Stop Signs

Ep31 bullyingEpisode #031 – Bullying, Guidelines & Stop Signs

 

In this episode, Clay breaks format to address an INBOX complaint and explains his take on bullying. He also shares a recent life experience and discusses the options when we hit the fork in the road called limitations.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro
  • INBOX

    • “…Bullying… I would strongly suggest you read up a little bit more about the facts before you start sharing these opinions on such a public forum…” (Joanna)
      • The “Facts” as I know them (which are really just my opinions that I firmly subscribe to)
        • Bullying – by definition – exists and always has
        • I do not believe there is MORE bullying today despite media and parental outcries that would tell you differently
        • I blame my generation of parents for it – Generation X has become Generation X-cuses when it comes to our children
      • My “bossy” kid story
      • As long as I’m on the soapbox….
        • “Task Forces” being organized to recognize, avoid and report bullying while completely ignoring the root
      • If we concede that there is more bullying today, the only people to blame are those who are not stopping it at home
  • Full to Half
    • I usually share stories of experiences that I’ve completed, but this week this one is fresh
    • Marathon training has been brutal this year, but not in the way you’d expect
    • The experiences of the last two weeks and how they’ve caused me to waffle in my decisions
    • Giving myself a deadline to decide
    • Making the final call
      • Who was I trying to impress?
      • What was I trying to prove?
    • James 1:2-4: (2) Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (3) because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. (4) Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
    • The decision
  • Guidelines vs Stop Signs
    • The BEST VERSION OF YOU will come to a fork in the road where you’re faced with limitations.
    • No problem is without possibility, but the limitation forces you to choose a path – Guideline or Stop Sign
      • Guideline – take what you know and what you’ve learned and let it light the path
      • Stop Sign – Quit and continue to live in fear
    • Sometimes you have to do three times the work to get half of the results
  • Challenge of the Week
    • EXPECT. YOUR. BEST.
  • Support Clay & The Podcast

Quote(s) of the Week

“The BEST VERSION OF YOU puts yourself in a position to ACT.  Success is an assumption. Put yourself in a position to act and expect your best.”

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Aug 21

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #030 – On Paper, Titles & The Huddle

030Episode #030 – On Paper, Titles & The Huddle

 

In this episode, Clay immediately goes on a tangent about living life on paper and when we should give our story a title. Later, he uses the football huddle to talk about our tendency to get stuck in the phase between wanting and living our dream.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro
    • Episode 30
  • On Paper

    • The gap between what it’s supposed to look like on paper and the reality of life
    • The decades of life pre-defined
    • On paper – your 30’s are supposed to be the “merge” years
      • Growing career
      • Growing family
      • Staying on path
    • My daughter’s book
    • Don’t give your story the title first
    • Often we see how something is supposed to be on paper, only to live the story and find out there was no connection
    • The Thomas Edison of inventing analogies
    • The reality of my 30’s – Transformation not merging
    • Don’t name your chapter based on expectations… live it… and name it after experience
  • The Huddle
    • “You can’t just live to want it… you’ve got to want to live it.”
    • The gap between wanting and living is often filled with planning
    • All too often we set-up this step as a means of stalling
    • No one comes to watch the huddle!
    • There is comfort in the huddle
      • We surround ourselves with like-minded people wearing the same uniform and pushing to the same goal, but then spend too much time calling the play and no time running it
      • Community – our greatest teammate – can also be our trigger to complacency
    • I huddled around this Podcast for almost a year… till I finally ran the play
    • There are positive plays and negative plays, but they all involve action and effort toward the end zone

Quote(s) of the Week

“No one comes to the game to watch the huddle!”

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Aug 14

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #029 – Smoking, Trolls & Iron

trollsEpisode #029 – Smoking, Trolls & Iron

 

In this episode, Clay talks about trolls, haters and why you should always be iron. He dips into the INBOX for a question about smoking and the return of #DollarMakesSense with David Dollar.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro
    • A little outside of the box this week
    • Less about who you are and more about how you respond
  • INBOX

    • “…tips on battling smoking and weight loss?” (Darley in New Jersey)
      • Same personal battle
      • A few more details not captured in my origin story
      • How the times have changed
      • We can’t quit one as a substitute for the other – No “Get Out of Jail Free”
      • Smoking takes 9 years off your life expectancy, Obesity takes 11
      • So much you’ll miss
      • Selfishness
      • Tips
        • Treat them the same
        • Don’t pretend we live in a world where they don’t exist
        • Be proud that you’re making the choices despite the opportunity
  • Trolls & Haters
    • The truth about haters
    • “Kill the man” – You’re in the game!
    • The social contract as a content producer
    • No such thing as a Hater… good, bad or indifferent – they are all consumers
    • Trolls exist outside of the internet
      • That guy at the office
      • The person who bad mouths their spouse
      • The eye roller
    • Trolls don’t improve – they’re comfortable with a stationary position
    • The goal is to get you to be stationary
  • Challenge of the Week
    • Always Be Iron
      • Iron sharpens iron, but it has to rub against it to work
      • The world will never be in lockstep with you 100% of the time
      • Trolls will never sharpen your iron
      • Do the one thing you can control – always be iron!
  • Support Clay & The Podcast

Quote(s) of the Week

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another…” – Proverbs 27:17

“Always be iron!”

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Aug 07

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #028 – Redefine Rich w/ Matt Ham

Matt HamEpisode #028 – Redefine Rich w/ Matt Ham

In this episode, Clay goes one-on-one with Matt Ham to talk about how he hopes to help the world Redefine Rich. Matt shares his amazing passion and heart for stories of life and richness. Clay ends with a challenge to reach outside of your community to add flavor.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro
    • The BEST VERSION OF YOU is in community.
    • Community doesn’t always push the same direction.
  • Matt Ham – “Redefine Rich”

    • Origin Story
      • Born and raised in Wilmington, NC.
      • Life changed at 18 on a mission trip to the Bahamas
      • Pursued opportunity in Florida after college where he made bad decisions, but saw hope.
    • The initial pursuit of richness
      • The idea was always a noble one – to help others and change the world.
      • Sage words from Dad.
      • Felt the only way to change the world was to be financially rich.
      • Caught the “real estate wave” and felt he’d arrived.
      • Took a series of bad decisions to realize that richness is so much more complex than that.
      • The experience in Florida gave richness context.
    • The calling to write and speak about living richly
      • It was never a single moment in time, but an on-going story.
      • The desire was there, but he worked to quiet the voice.
      • Aunt Trish – “You make my life rich”
      • Realized he was pursuing his own definition, but took 7 years for the words to radiate.
      • Seeks out stories about “what rich means” and it gives him hope.
    • The Four RICH Principles
      • Recognize you’re broke(n)
      • Invest in others
      • Choose gratitude
      • Humble yourself with confidence
    • Humbling yourself with confidence in the noisy world of today
      • It’s been the principle that the most people are drawn to – good or bad.
      • The behind these principles is to teach, but also, if you’re already living them, define a rich life.
      • You have an incredible story
      • If your story is gone, the page is missing, but the book is still there.
      • If you don’t make it a practice to humble yourself with confidence consistently, humility will have a way of finding you.
    • Redefine Rich Podcast
      • This isn’t Matt’s message, it’s a story that has been told many times… he’s just putting a new lens on it.
      • Having conversations about what it all means to get a deeper understanding.
      • Two features – Matt talking about the principles and the Live Richly Spotlight on people who are exemplifying the principles in their own lives.
      • Finding meaning in the mundane.
    • The BEST VERSION of Matt Ham
    • Find Matt Ham and Redefine Rich online

Quote(s) of the Week

“You make my life rich.”

“The BEST VERSION OF YOU lives in community… but it’s not a gated community.”

More About Our Guest

Matt Ham is dedicated to guiding others toward rich living.  His own experiences have led him to the understanding and freedom of a rich life, and through his RICH Principles he helps folks uncover true richness, identifying real treasure and discovering true joy and contentment.

A successful small-business owner ranking in the top 1% of all agents in his industry, Matt’s proudest title is that of husband and dad.  Matt and his wife, Liz, have three sons under the age of four, of whom the younger two are identical twins.  As an avid triathlete, Matt trains and competes in races of various distances throughout the year, including the Half Ironman.  Matt holds a degree in Communications with minors in Religious Studies and Statistics, from North Carolina State University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude.  Matt and his family make their home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

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Jul 31

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #027 – Cheating

cheating ep27Episode #027 – Cheating

In this episode, Clay talks about cheating and the truth behind why he thinks it happens. He talks about the dangers of the Cheat Day in your diet and introduces a brand new segment called #DollarMakesSense with David Dollar.

Talking Points & References

  • Intro

  • #DollarMakesSense
    • Cheaters
      • It’s an act of selfishness
      • You don’t have to agree with the rule, but you need to follow it
      • Call it lazy or entitled, but it’s rooted in selfishness
      • There may be a situation where you need to cheat, but there will always be repercussions
      • There are consequences to cheating
      • Cheating can short yourself out of knowledge
    • David’s Plugs
  • Cheating
    • The simplest definition with one of the broadest applications
    • Blaming “human nature” is just an excuse for weakness
      • We overcome our human nature all the time
      • We choose not to battle it when we can prosper from cheating
        • It’s always rooted in weakness
    • “Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character”
    • Cheating prevents us from doing life right
    • Cheat Days in your diet
      • Doesn’t reflex a realistic version of life
      • Need to learn that we don’t have to cheat, but earn grace in our life
    • Earning grace can be applied to all areas of life, not just our diet
    • We don’t have to cheat at life when we allow ourselves the grace that we’ve earned
  • Challenge of the Week
    • Earn Grace
      • Give grace to yourself when you’ve earned it
      • Give grace to those in your life who deserve it
      • And, if you haven’t started yet, start today!
  • Wrap-Up

Quote(s) of the Week

“Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.” – Albert Einstein

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Jul 24

Remodeling Clay Podcast: Episode #026 – Debit Fraud, Calves & Vegetable Gardens

podcast ep 26Episode #026 – Debit Fraud, Calves & Vegetable Gardens

 

In this episode, Clay shares a recent experience with Debit Card Fraud. He opens the INBOX to talk to Fat Clay, drops some truth about winter shorts and uses gardening to issue a challenge about hard work.

Talking Points & References

  • Debit Fraud
    • My recent experience with a Debit Card Fraud
    • Stealing is lazy
    • Our social contract
    • Lessons learned
  • INBOX

    • “…what would you say to ‘Fat Clay’ when he was just getting started?” (Jonah in Evanston)
      • Busting chops
        • Truth about fat guys wearing shorts year round
        • Calves are fat guy cleavage
      • All of your fears are real
      • Everything you believe to be horrible, really is
      • Do it anyway… cause it’s worth it
  • Vegetable Gardens
    • Nashville
    • Galatians 6:7-9 – “You reap what you sow”
    • Our little garden
    • There is a lot of hard work that goes on between sowing and reaping
    • You can sow a thousand seeds and hope for the best, but the most bountiful garden has to be tended to
    • You can’t just plant seeds, you’ve got to get your hands in the dirt
    • Just because you’re “not putting anything bad out”, doesn’t excuse you
    • The work you do determines how sweet the fruits of your harvest become
  • Challenge of the Week
    • Look at the seeds your sowing in this word and ask yourself if you’re doing the work that will allow me to reap the most bountiful harvest.
  • Support The Podcast

Quote(s) of the Week

“Is my life a clear indication that I understand the fact that ‘not doing anything wrong’ is still not doing anything?”

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