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embracing acute stress

In deep thoughts, inspiration, motivationby Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

It’s late July, and I have distant memories of an intense month of May. I remember it being intense, but at the time, I probably would have described it as “very stressful.” That’s the benefit of time — as time passes, I don’t truly remember what felt, in the moment, “very stressful” and difficult. I remember it being a highly …

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toxic environments

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I woke up with a ton of energy and enthusiasm yesterday. I had an open morning, a lot of time to myself to create things, and it looked like it was going to be a B-E-A-UTIFUL day! Fast forward a few blissful, coffee-fueled hours, and I was in a fog. I was recording some podcast material with Eric, and I …

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biding or buying your time

In creativity, inspiration, motivationby Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

A friend of mine shared a conversation he had with a filmmaker for Netflix. The filmmaker said that he focused on spending 40% of his time on paid, commercial work, and 60% of his time on his own creative projects. Ironically, the creative projects were what led to most of his clients anyway. I’ve been thinking about this story more and …

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from total bust to #1 on Hacker News in under 24 hours

In inspiration, motivation, upsideby Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

This past week, Eric and I released the second issue of our digital publication, the update. The update is a quarterly publication of editorials, trends, and stories happening outside of Silicon Valley — following in the same vein as our podcast, upside. It takes quite a bit of work to produce. We source and edit editorials from guest contributors, write …

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the movie that never was

In creativity, inspirationby Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

I just finished watching season two of Barry on HBO (which I highly recommend). So when I saw that Bill Hader was touring around some major podcasts, I made it a point to listen. Bill started his career on SNL (he’s the guy who does a lot of voices and plays Stefon) and became close friends with John Mulaney while …

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it takes time to become technically good

In building a business, deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, motivation, productivityby Jay ClouseLeave a Comment

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 …