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the best way to find a mentor

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

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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how to win Columbus Startup Week

In leadership by Jay Clouse

For the second consecutive year, Columbus will host Startup Week: five full days of programming to celebrate the city, its businesses, and its inhabitants. This is a big deal. Frankly, life is often about who you know with what you know being secondary – at least in the immediate term. Columbus Startup Week is your chance to have access to some of …

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don’t talk shit

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …

you are not the only variable

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A couple years ago, I saw a headline that I thought for sure was the Onion. It read “Everyone is totally just winging it, all the time” and it was not an Onion piece, but a piece in the Guardian. The point of the article is this: nobody in any industry, from any walk of life, in any position of authority, has anything figured …

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just shut up

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

It’s so easy to sound like an idiot. If you go on Facebook right now, odds are there is a trending story based on something someone said. And with tools like Twitter, it’s easier than ever to ‘say’ something you probably shouldn’t – and those are the things that really follow you around. It’s much more difficult to sound smart. I have …