the learning cycle

In inspiration, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

Several months ago, I had a conversation about the way people learn when I was introduced to a concept called the Dunning-Kruger effect. In a nutshell, the Dunning-Kruger effect found that low-ability individuals often over-estimate their ability relative to others. Conversely, high-ability individuals often under-estimate their relative competence. From Wikipedia: Dunning and Kruger have postulated that the effect is the result of internal …

how to remember names

In leadership, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

It’s one of the most common phrases I hear. I’m really bad with names. I’m sorry, there’s no way I’m going to remember all these names. Brains aren’t naturally better or worse at remembering names! The human brain stores information in short-term memory for no more than 20-30 seconds at a time. That’s any information – whether it’s an address, directions, …

curing paralysis

In motivation by Jay Clouse

For the last couple of days, I’ve felt paralyzed. There is just so much to do – how will I ever get all this done? Paralysis is different for me than a lack of motivation. When I’m not motivated, I lay in bed and watch the entire second season of Love on Netflix. (OK, so maybe I was a little …

this moment matters

In inspiration, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

There are a few pivotal moments in my life that I’m intensely aware of. Moments that seemed like low impact or small decisions at the time…interactions that seemed to be cordial, but mundane. Three of them in particular stand out the most. Performing This is probably the most obvious, but it’s worth reiterating. I vividly remember sitting in my high …

opposing forces

In deep thoughts, inspiration, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

What am I going to write about? What will people want to read? You’re such an idiot – staying out until 4am without planning for what to write today. It’s past noon EST – you’re losing your touch and you’re going to lose people. I’ll just be honest. — I woke up this morning with a host of competing emotions. …

your advantage is time

In inspiration, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

I have a point to make here, so bear with me. A couple years ago, I went real deep into the rabbit hole of reading about artificial intelligence. Explanations about the difference between: Artificial Narrow Intelligence (ANI): specialized machines doing a single task better than a human being Artificial General Intelligence (AGI): a machine that is as smart as a …

who are you trying to convince?

In inspiration, motivation by Jay Clouse

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that everyone around me has continually gotten better at the same skill: justification. I can justify just about anything… hitting snooze (I was up later last night getting some work done) eating another slice of pizza (well I’ll just run a little more today) pushing out a product release with a known bug (it’ll …

an easy way to stand out

In leadership, motivation, product management, productivity, stories by Jay Clouse

One of my best friends has been working at the same firm since he graduated from college. It’s hard to blame him – he’s killing it and rising fast. You know that sort of cliche character in movies who is an archetypical businessman, young, and excelling at his firm? Someone who is on a the fast track to make management? That’s …

I forgot that my time was my time

In learning, motivation, productivity, stories by Jay Clouse

All winter, I’ve felt run down. It seems like I’ve been sick since late December. Even typing this now, I realize how much time has passed and just how long I’ve been feeling this drain. Where did the last three months go? What memories did I create? I can’t answer that question very easily, but I can tell you one thing – …

the secret to getting good

In inspiration, learning, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

…isn’t really a secret at all. It’s worth continually reminding yourself that if you want to get good at something, it takes repetition and practice. “Getting reps.” Salesmen are adept at speaking and persuading not because of some inherent quality, but because of repetition. Cold calling, sales pitches, emails, connecting the dots. Jimi Hendrix didn’t pick up the guitar and …