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So you think you can CEO?

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

“I just want to do my own thing.” “Whenever I take a job, I learn a ton but then after a few months I feel like I could do it better.” “I feel like I make a bad employee.” Those are all naive statements that I’ve made in the past calendar year. After starting a very, very, small business in …

Becoming antifragile and fighting touristification

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

How do you react to unforeseen circumstances? For most of the last four years, unforeseen circumstances were the most unwelcome guests in my domicile. They had to be unwelcome — there wasn’t any time for them! I was a victim of two things: fragility and touristification. Touristification is the planning of details down to the minutia and thinking this is “optimizing” and …

Working your ass off

In learning, productivity by Jay Clouse

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 …

Going to work with a startup

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

tl;dr: I accepted a full-time job as COO with a startup, Tixers! Tepidly eyeing my corporate prospects Let’s do some quick math. There are 24 hours in a day, 8 of which are recommended for sleeping, at least 8 of which are traditionally earmarked for working a job, and so that leaves a final 8 hours per day (A THIRD!) …

Lessons in Leadership

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

349 days as President of the Business Builders Club I want to share some of the lessons learned from a year of leading the Business Builders Club as President — a position I formally took a step back from yesterday in favor of the new club leader, Jake Larkin (go get ‘em, man!). Say Yes To Everything Opportunities come in all shapes …