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66: How to Spot Trends for Solopreneurial Success, with Jay Samit

Jay SamitHe’s been called a digital pioneer and an innovator. Throughout a circuitous career,  Jay has been at the helm of some of the most profound shifts in the music, video and digital worlds. Jay is a clear trendspotter who follows his instincts to create innovation.

Jay has pursued his passions and they have led him down a variety of paths. From selling lightbulbs as a youngster, being appointed by then-President Bill Clinton to bring the Internet into every school around the country, Jay is and has been at the leading edge of innovation in music, video and all things digital for his entire career.

Entrepreneurs jump off a cliff and build a plane on the way down...

In this show, he shares a lifetime of wisdom, including:

  • The origins of Virgin Airlines and what you can learn from it for your own business
  • How entrepreneurship is like jumping off a cliff and building an airplane on the way down
  • The 30 day plan Jay gives you to find a better idea and create a better plan without investing a dime
  • Why you should give away part of your business (and the financial benefit of doing so)
  • The lesson to be gleaned from the paradigm shift happening in the music industry - and what difference it will make for you
  • And where to find the best Philly cheesesteak!

In addition to ALL of that, we also talked about one of the most valuable lessons any solopreneur can learn: finding and tapping into your essence. We talked about how that essence is the defining element that propels you forward when everything and everyone around you says no. It’s what we Soloists call finding your swing.

Jay was incredibly generous with his time and knowledge; there's a treasure chest of info just waiting for you to listen to it in this episode.

For daily motivation and inspiration connect with Jay on Twitter:


Resources from this episode:

Marco Tempest on YouTube
David Geffen
Richard Branson

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5 Responses to 66: How to Spot Trends for Solopreneurial Success, with Jay Samit

  1. David Ralph January 31, 2014 at 10:47 am #

    I loved this guest probably more than any other guest that has been on the show, and believe me there has been good ones week after week. I listened to it twice back to back, which I haven’t done with any others. Such great advice, minute after minute. Once again, how many times have we heard the quote “Fail Fast”….”Fail Quickly”. Really every guest on the show has mentioned this in some way or another. Of course if we used the phrase of “Practice everyday” it doesn’t seem as scary. No one sits down at the piano and bangs out the next great masterpiece the very first time they hit the keys, but the perception of entrepreneurship seems to been driven by the image of instant success. Why do we do this? Why do we build up the pressure to hit home run after home run as soon as we start. Its madness. Chill out, and just do your best, day after day, and you will see progress. It seems to me that as humans we all have the offer of driving the latest Bugatti Veyron everyday, but so many of us will only sit in it on the driveway for fear of scratching it. A very small percent will jump in, put their foot down, and enjoy the thrill of the ride. I know which percentage I would rather be. Life is here to be enjoyed after all. Just like this episode of the solohour. Right I’m off to listen to it again!!

  2. Sean Quinn January 31, 2014 at 2:59 pm #

    “If you only have 1 life, why would you spend 40 years of it doing something you absolutely despise”? Let that simmer for a bit.

    • David Ralph January 31, 2014 at 5:25 pm #

      I agree Sean, if you only have that one thought in your head each day, wow…what a headstart you will have on everyone else. That’s going to spur you on like rocket fuel.

  3. Michele Starling February 6, 2014 at 3:01 pm #

    Fantastic episode, I could have listened to Jay for hours. I don’t think there’s anything Jay hasn’t done. Really incredible career, he has great insight and makes everything relate-able. Makes me want to enroll in USC. Can’t wait to see what he does next.

  4. Dan K February 6, 2014 at 7:32 pm #

    A good one. I’m keeping this one to listen to it again in the future.

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