don’t panic

In inspiration, motivation by Jay Clouse

I can’t think of a single time that panicking was the right move for me. Not only has panicking never been the right move, it’s never been even remotely helpful. I can certainly think of times I’ve lost my cool and panicked. But in those moments, I didn’t come any closer to a solution. There were no moments of insight …

attitude, unnecessary risk, and 8th grade football

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

I’ve written before about my varsity football record being 5-25 over three years. BUT, we were actually pretty good and mostly undefeated from grades 7-9. What I’m trying to say is, we had some dominating 14-year-old athletes. One of those athletes was our backup quarterback. He was a backup, but at that age it’s more like “second” quarterback, because he …

don’t disqualify yourself

In inspiration, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

I’ve had a lot of conversations over the last year with people about their goals, aspirations, and desires. It’s one of my favorite topics to dig into, and by virtue of the work I’ve created for myself, it’s happening more frequently. I’ve noticed a weird pattern, and it’s a behavior that I now try to identify and squash in myself. …

a good sign

In building a business, learning, motivation by Jay Clouse

When you’re trying to answer new questions, that’s a good sign. When you’re dealing with new problems, that’s a good sign. Growth happens when you’re spending your time doing things at the edge of your abilities. Answering new questions and solving new problems are a good sign that you’re working at the edge of your ability. But that doesn’t make …

creating a volume of work

In building a business, creativity, deep thoughts, inspiration, motivation, personal brand by Jay Clouse

As long-time readers of this newsletter will know, I listen to a lot of podcasts. Mostly long-form interviews with comedians and other people known for being “successful” in art or business. You’ve probably heard of the Tim Ferriss podcast (or human), but he rarely tells his own story. Very rarely, he’ll be interviewed on his own podcast by a guest, …

pacing // counterpoint

In building a business, deep thoughts, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

Yesterday I wrote about my recent focus on pacing and how to best utilize my energy. As with most of my viewpoints, there’s another side to the coin. There are very few things that are truly binary or black and white…and so I wanted to share the nagging counterpoint I hear when I telling myself to focus on pace and …

pacing

In deep thoughts, motivation, product management, productivity by Jay Clouse

I can’t stop thinking about this article talking about LeBron resting during games. If you don’t follow the NBA, all you really need to know is that LeBron plays more minutes on the court than just about anyone else. During the Cavs playoff run, he was spending almost zero time on the bench. How did he do it? James has …

do you even exist?

In inspiration, marketing, motivation, personal brand by Jay Clouse

Over the last couple of months, my messaging and inbox traffic has exploded. It’s still manageable; I’m an inbox zero person and have curated my “Primary” tab in Gmail to be very effective in filtering out the stuff I actually need to see/action. And some of it is still garbage, but it’s probably 5-10x busier than it was a few …

put on a show

In inspiration, motivation, stories by Jay Clouse

When I was in high school, our football team wasn’t very good. My sophomore year we went 2-8, my junior year we went 2-8, and then my senior year….we went 1-9. Woof. Before all of our games my senior year, we had a team dinner. And during that dinner, we had a local church pastor give some remarks to help …