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it takes time to become technically good

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

Last week I wrote about how easy it is to see the exceptional. The example I gave was Evan Spiegel, the then-23-year-old founder of Snapchat, or Mark Zuckerberg…but there is a standard distribution curve for ability in anything you’re interested in. Those at the far right of the distribution curve – people with abnormal results – are very few, but …

waiting for the inevitable

In deep thoughts, learning, productivity by Jay Clouse

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about how lucky I am to spend time around the people I spend time around. A lot of driven, intelligent, and caring people. Most of them are in the often-attacked, “millennial” generation. And we get a bad rap for a lot of things — being “lazy” or “entitled” or …

doing fewer + doing more

In building a business, learning, productivity by Jay Clouse

For a very long time, I said yes to everything that came my way. In fact, I distinctly remember a piece I wrote five years ago about saying “yes” to everything. Opportunities come in all shapes and colors, and rarely do they come when you expect them. I’ve found that by saying yes to almost everything that has come my …

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here’s the problem with New Year’s resolutions

In inspiration, learning, motivation, productivity, Unreal Collective by Jay Clouse

You’ve probably heard that the hottest time for new gym memberships is in January, when people are at the height of their New Year’s resolutions.  There is something about the “new year, new me” mentality that brings a heightened sense of aspiration. This is my time! This is my year! Honestly, I love that mentality. And I think you should …

living like a tracker

In inspiration, learning, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

One of the podcasts I’ve gotten into lately at the recommendation of my upside cohost, Eric, is Invest Like the Best by Patrick O’Shaughnessy. What I like about this podcast is that besides speaking with obviously great investors, the individuals he interviews have very interesting perspectives on life outside of investing. Recently, he re-ran an episode with Boyd Varty, a …

good writing is made in the edit

In inspiration, learning, productivity by Jay Clouse

The more that I write, whether for this newsletter, my Linkedin Learning courses, or otherwise, the more I am reminded that good work is made during the editing phase. The problem is that getting started is the hardest, most daunting part. It’s the part that takes me the longest to do — actually start word vomiting onto a page. But …

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 …

I’m not busy

In deep thoughts, personal brand, product management, productivity by Jay Clouse

At any given time, there’s something I’m trying to either weed out of my behavior/mannerisms, or something I’m trying to incorporate. Right now, I’m focused on how I respond to the question, “How have you been?” or “What have you been up to?” I can’t even count the number of times I’ve said, “Good! Really busy.” Or something similar. Not only …