your advantage is time

In inspiration, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse1 Comment

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 …

the finish line

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The most important part of any project or idea is getting started. There is simply no way of getting around the fact that you can’t accomplish anything without first starting it. What is less talked about is the finish line. Of course, many things are never truly finished – products continue to evolve, you continue to improve your skills, time marches …

I forgot that my time was my time

In learning, motivation, productivity, stories by Jay Clouse2 Comments

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

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…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 …

rediscovering short-term goals

In inspiration, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse6 Comments

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. …

Working your ass off

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A few weeks ago, I was getting lunch with my mentor and talking about my post-graduation plans. He was encouraging me to go off and do something on my own. “I know you’re going to work your ass off anyway; it might as well be for yourself.” It’s hard to quantify working one’s ass off. And I don’t mean that to …