the sky is falling

In deep thoughts, motivation, productivity by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

Sometimes it feels like the sky is falling. People don’t like my work, that remark so-and-so just made seemed like a personal attack, I’m gaining weight because I’m a lazy piece of garbage… Those thoughts can set in so subtlety that I don’t question them. When they creep in slowly…insidiously…I can find myself completely stuck in my own head questioning …

Creative Mornings: Anxiety

In creativity, inspiration, motivation, productivity by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

A couple of weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to speak at Creative Mornings Columbus. Creative Mornings is a global organization, and every month the core team designates a theme for that month’s speakers across the country. In January, the theme was Anxiety and the Columbus speaker seeker (thanks, Julie!) asked me to present on the topic. Anxiety is …

blissful dissatisfaction

In building a business, creativity, inspiration, motivation, productivity by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

Two weeks ago I shared a piece called “ordinary inputs” that discussed the sacrifices and behavior changes required to do extraordinary work. When you’re doing any type of creative work or starting a business, you’re already doing something that is not “normal” by the standards of society.Not normal isn’t bad, in fact I think it’s great, it’s just not what the …

switching costs

In creativity, learning, product management, productivity by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

As I’ve met more entrepreneurs who sell physical products, I’ve learned more and more about the process of manufacturing. In case it’s new to you, let me give you a quick example. Let’s say you wanted to create a mixer bottle (shoutout to the Columbus-made Titan Mixer Bottle — no affiliation, just love the product). To have the product manufactured, …

get the ball out of your court

In leadership, product management, productivity by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

For a product manager (and remember, we are all product managers) it is your job to achieve the most efficient process for a team to work together towards a common goal. It’s up to you to understand the timelines/deadline for completion and do everything within your power to hit those timelines. What I very quickly learned is that if I …

the running lesson

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I’ve never been much of a distance runner. In high school, I ran the 100m, 200m, and 400m (begrudgingly). I’ve always hidden behind the excuse of, “When you run distance, it just becomes a time commitment.” In December, I had a personal goal of running 60 miles over the course of the month — an average of two miles a …

you can absolutely figure it out

In learning, motivation, productivity, Unreal Collective by Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

Look, I’m a millennial. Some folks would say that means that I’m entitled, over-confident, yada yada yada…but I have a lot of faith in my generation. We are extremely smart, motivated, and we love to work our asses off. We’ve been raised with the internet and are wizards at Googling, researching, repurposing, and generally “figuring things out.” I am totally …