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 …

the freedom of being a nobody

In creativity, inspiration, motivation by Jay Clouse

There is nothing more creatively stifling than looking at something through the lens of, “What would [person] think of this?” Sure, if you’re working on the form or function of a product, it’s good to know your users. But if you worry about someone’s pure opinion of you as an extension of your work, you are playing a losing game. …

getting weird

In creativity, inspiration, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

I wonder how many hours I’ve spent worrying. For the past several weeks, I’ve been working with a creative coach, who calls me an “analytical powerhouse” (it’s not a compliment). See, for every idea, I generally have a rebuttal. I love comedy, improv, the idea of the ‘yes, and…’ approach. But for a long time, I’ve been more of a, …

what is your Olympic focus?

In inspiration, leadership, motivation by Jay Clouse

Every four years, I’m reminded of how amazing watching the Olympics is. The shared nationalism and pride in stark contrast to the current divisiveness of the political landscape, the pure joy of watching others accomplish their dreams, story after story of individuals making sacrifice in pursuit of a greater goal… I’m also suddenly aware of how incredibly short-sighted I tend to be. Hell, I’ve …

the last 10 percent

In inspiration, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

Probably the most referenced quote from Steve Jobs, one of the most referenced individuals of our lifetime, is regarding our role and potential in life. I won’t paraphrase it, just take two minutes and listen if you aren’t familiar. As much as I love to be contrarian, there are some references that are so good that they transcend my stubbornness. This is one of them. …

rediscovering short-term goals

In inspiration, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

It has been 369 days since my last “weekly email” was sent. It has been 192 days since my last formal journal writing. I had built up a decent readership, you guys were great at opening up with commentary and replying to my email blasts…it was, by all my own personal measures, successful. What happened? Well, that’s a great question. …