We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott D. Clary and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, we’d love to start by asking you about lessons learned. Is there a lesson you can share with us?
That you’re going to fail, but you need to fail to be successful, and that every single person you look up to has failed multiple times. It’s just part of the games, so embrace it and use the failures as learning experiences.
Most people have trouble setting long term goals and seeing the long term vision. This is why people stumble, falter and give up when they fail.
Having that long term vision is is what allows people to continue long after the initial motivation and excitement wears off. Focus on setting both short term and long term goals so that you can be excited about little short term wins, but also see progress towards larger, long term goals.
When you see both the short term and long tern progress, that’s when you can muster up the grit, and tenacity and perseverance you need to push through the low points, stresses and struggles which will inevitably come throughout your career or your business.
What should our readers know about your business?
Currently, I head up sales and marketing for emerging Saas products at ExciteM (Grass Valley OEM), bringing a careers’ worth of sales, marketing, technology and leadership experience to take emerging disruptive Saas products across a global organization (100+ sales and 400+ channel partners), building a new business unit from the ground up.
I am also the host of the Success Story Podcast (part of the Hubspot Podcast Network). The goal of the podcast was to interview incredible, successful individuals and to learn their own strategies, insights and ideas on what it takes to “make it”. I wanted to provide an outlet for individuals to learn from the best, in the same way that I enjoy learning.
Unpacking the lives and playbooks of people to understand “how they did it”.
On the Success Story Podcast, I have candid interviews with execs, celebrities, notable figures and politicians. All who have achieved success through both wins and losses, to learn more about their life, their ideas and insights.
I sit down with leaders and mentors and unpacks their story to help pass those lessons onto others through both experiences and tactical strategy for business professionals, entrepreneurs and everyone in between.
The format of the podcast, is long form, casual and unscripted highlight the wins, losses, success and struggles of our guests. The goal is for us to unpack the playback incredible individuals have written over the course of their life in hopes that the listeners can learn life lessons, and insights from some of the most prolific, influential people of our time.
Past notable guests include; Guy Kawasaki, Anthony Scaramucci, Jack Canfield, Leven Rambin, Patrick Bet-David, Grant Cardone, Oren Klaff, Joe Vitale, Vernon Davis and 100+ more.
Q: What inspires me, motivates me, or helps me to move forward? *
Progress inspires me. When I start a new project, company or side hustle, I look for growth trends. For example, when I see a few subscribers every day to my newsletter, that motivates me.
When I get more downloads this month, then last, that motivates me.
As long as I’m moving in the right direction, I’m motivated because I can see the long term vision coming to fruition, all it takes is not giving up too soon.
Q: What are you proud of in your life so far? *
Everything. I’m proud of the things I’ve tried and succeeded at, and I’m proud of the things I’ve tried and failed. I’m proud of trying, and learning because I think there’s a shortage of people willing to take that first step and I think everyone who tries something and succeeds or fails, should be proud that they even tried.
Q: What skills or qualities do you feel have helped you? *
I think the most important skills that have helped me in my career are grit, perseverance, curiosity, problem-solving and self awareness. The grit and perseverance keeps me moving forward, the curiosity and problem-solving helps me learn new things and figure things out and the self-awareness allows me to be cognizant of my own shortcomings, so I know how to surround myself with the right people, or upskill myself so that I can optimize my efficiency and team.
The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. – Lao Tzu.
This is a famous quote, and at face value, is probably over-shared without much context, but it holds special value to me because the single most important skill that I’ve seen contribute to my success is my ability to start new things.
I really do believe that as difficult as business, startups, entrepreneurship, career etc. is, the most difficult thing for most people is not moving the needle once the “thing” is started, but taking the first step in a new, scarier, riskier direction.
I believe that if more people took that first step towards a thing they wanted to try, there would be a lot more people who would find a way to make whatever aspiration, goal, dream or vision that they have… come to life.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
El Camino on Las Olas. Best Mexican food I’ve ever had.
Other than that, you really can’t not visit any of the beaches.. I mean, we are in FL.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Gina Tash, my better half and the one person who puts up with the long hours, stress and crazy ideas I come up with. I wouldn’t be here today without her support and love.