do not negotiate

Jay Clouse learning, motivation

Recently I finished reading You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero. In the book, the author advises that a key to success is to avoid negotiation. Like you probably are right now, I was skeptical. She continues to …

am I pushing hard enough?

Jay Clouse inspiration, motivation, productivity

Every now and then, I run into someone who just floors me with their hustle and intensity. Personally, I’ve stopped hoisting the flag of “HUSTLE! GRIND!” because I think it is too often associated with dangerous, irresponsible, and counterproductive lifestyle …

Parkinson’s Law: friend or foe?

Jay Clouse Uncategorized

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 …

space breeds opportunity

Jay Clouse creativity, deep thoughts

This week marks three months since leaving my job. Since that time, I’ve given myself [a little] time to relax, taken on three client projects, ran a test project of my own, and turned that project into what is now …

put your face in that room

Jay Clouse relationships, sales, stories

When I was in college and starting to step outside of my college bubble, I began receiving invitations to events in the startup community. As a 20 year old, I remember being invited to an exclusive Tech Strategy event and …

someone to avoid

Jay Clouse relationships

In grade school, there was the bully who brought people down “so he could feel taller” (as the cliche goes). These people certainly still exist as adults. People who are negative, who discourage your goals for the sake of hiding …

the sun is still there

Jay Clouse deep thoughts

We’ve all experienced days when it felt like we were enduring a metaphorical downpour. The sky is cloudy, the rain is falling, and we forgot our umbrella. Even on days when the rain is falling, and the sky is covered …

running uphill

Jay Clouse deep thoughts, motivation, stories

One of my favorite trails in Columbus is the Scioto Audobon. I park my car, run a couple miles towards downtown Columbus, and then back out to my car. When I do distance or trail runs, it’s generally to force …