Parkinson’s Law: friend or foe?

In creativity, deep thoughts, inspiration, motivation, Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

For the last two weeks, I’ve been participating in Seth Godin’s altMBA program. It’s an amazing experience with the goal of helping people “level up and lead.” In my own terms, I’d say the program challenges how we are taught to think. It changes how we are taught to lead, interact with each other, and make decisions. What is so …

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your personal unfair advantage

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

Life isn’t fair. It’s one of those clichés you hear over and over again, and a tenet that you’ve probably experienced firsthand. But the unfairness of life is precisely what can lead to success and growth. When the unfairness of life plays to your advantage, you’re suddenly faced with opportunity you may not have noticed before and may not be available to …

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6 keys for making and keeping friends

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

At this point in my life, I am convinced that there is nothing more sacred and important than interpersonal relationships. Family, friendships, and romantic relationships. I doubt much convincing is necessary here, but all roads lead to relationships: People who want power are hungry for acceptance and validation within their relationships People who want fame are hungry for acceptance and validation within their relationships …

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the best way to find a mentor

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A question I’m frequently asked is, “how do you find a mentor?” It’s a pretty innocuous question, and it’s almost always asked with the best of intentions. But I hate it. I don’t look for mentors. To ask how I find a mentor is to assume some sort of search, which I’ve never really done. Don’t get me wrong, I think mentorship is extremely important and I’ve …

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don’t talk shit

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

It’s impossible to please everyone. There’s no real reason to try and please everyone, because for every one person you please you are by default going to upset someone else. Besides that, there are going to be plenty of people you don’t like. Why make an effort to please them? No real reason to do that either. But to deliberately make an effort to upset someone is not …

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my first podcast feat. David Sherry

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

I need your help. It wasn’t long ago that the most overused phrase was, “There’s an app for that.” Lately, it seems that the new trend has been podcasts: everybody has a ‘great’ podcast idea, and everybody has something to say. I am no different. Over the past few years, it’s become increasingly obvious to me that the most important part of …

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on dating

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

Something’s been eating me. Ever since I started writing again, there’s been one topic that I’ve always wanted to write about, but felt that it was untouchable: dating. It is an uncomfortable and risky topic for me to dig into, but I’m going to do it. There will be no anecdotes, there will be no “subtweets” and there will be no names …

opportunity vs. timing

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

One of the rarest phenomenons we experience is “good timing.” With so many variables constantly in play, it’s nearly impossible for things to align and present an opportunity in an ideal time and space. Opportunity brings risk, ambiguity, and an element of fear. It’s very easy and very tempting to write off opportunity by calling it “bad timing.” But opportunity is …

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friendly reminder: everything is going to be fine

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

How have you been? “Good, busy…” I know. We’ve all been busy. And right now, maybe things are stressful. Maybe things are hard. Maybe you’re really struggling with one thing in particular. Maybe that one thing is consuming all of your mind right now. I’m just here to remind you that everything is going to be fine. Look outside right now – …

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cutting myself some slack

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

When I was in middle and high school, my favorite thing to do before baseball practice or games was to go to McDonald’s. I know that sounds sad and weird, but I promise it had nothing to do with the food. My friends and I were obsessed with these new Megatouch kiosks that let us play Photo Hunt. If you are unfamiliar …