Well, This Is Uncomfortable

Jay Alberts For Treasurer — It Just Makes Cents

When I was younger, I was pretty quiet. I was never interested in being the center of attention… actually… I actively avoided being the center of attention. I was, and still am, much more comfortable as an observer.

The first time I recall putting myself out there was after my best friend convinced me we should run together for leadership positions of the high school student body. I begrudgingly agreed to go for it.

A few days later he dropped out of the race, but I continued my run for Treasurer and ultimately won.

I remember during the campaign challenging myself to talk to different groups of students to ask for their vote. If I was going to win, I had to make the rounds with every clique and class. I vividly remember one interaction with a couple of underclassmen who preferred to eat their lunch in a secluded spot and probably considered themselves outcasts.

The look of shock on their faces melted into something different as I approached them and kindly asked for their vote. I wasn’t ready for their genuine appreciation in return; I suspect I made them realize their voices mattered.

That day I learned forcing myself out of my comfort zone was a great way to build real human connections and produce win/win situations that may have never otherwise existed.

The Great Irony

I find it uncomfortable to talk about myself. I don’t care about likes and comments. I definitely don’t want to be famous. I don’t even want to share anecdotes like the one above, either. They are my moments after all!

But, as I get deeper into my entrepreneurial journey, I’ve come to realize I must share my story. I need to take the first uncomfortable step, just like asking those high school kids for their vote, so that you can get to know me and we can build a real connection. And I sincerely hope we can both win, too.

The great irony of creating Reel You to capture my personal life is that I need to share things I rather keep private in order to help the company be successful. My hope is being vulnerable in this way will strike a chord with potential Reel Yousers interested in capturing their own experiences as well as make me an effective and accessible leader.

A Plunge Into The Uncomfortable

So, here we go… I’m going to share a few more things about myself as another small step outside of my comfort zone.

  • My parents instilled the mantra of “family first” and it taught me the value of having a close, dependable inner circle. Quality over quantity. Real connection over surface-level fakery. I just realized how influential this philosophy has been to “selective sharing” in Reel You.
  • I love learning, creating, and challenging my brain in new ways. I prefer to be a jack-of-all-trades than pigeonholed into any one thing.
  • People tell me I’m diplomatic, determined, and monotone (🤷). I hope they would also say I’m empathetic, loyal, and generous.
  • Dogs. Basketball. 15-minute naps. Magic tricks. I eat and drink too fast. I’m pretty strong with song lyrics. I’ve been to 41 countries so far.

What’s a time you went out of your comfort zone? You don’t have to share it with everyone or even with me. Create a moment in Reel You to remind yourself of what you gained by challenging yourself in a new way.




Founder of Reel You

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.


20 things I’ve learned in 2020

The Art of Missing Goals

What I Learned From Jumping Off a Cliff

4 Reasons to Break Bad Habits

How Practicing Gratitude Positively Impacts Your Life

Why The “Natural Man” Is Keeping Us From Success


Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Jay Alberts

Jay Alberts

Founder of Reel You

More from Medium

The Road Trip that started it all

MediaTek Dimensity 8000- Is It Worth The Money?

The Most Transformative 3 Months of my Life: What I learned in my first semester at university

My Digital Life