rediscovering short-term goals

In inspiration, motivation, productivity by Jay Clouse

It has been 369 days since my last “weekly email” was sent. It has been 192 days since my last formal journal writing. I had built up a decent readership, you guys were great at opening up with commentary and replying to my email blasts…it was, by all my own personal measures, successful. What happened? Well, that’s a great question. …

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authenticity is liberating

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

I was probably about 14 when I first read Paul Laurence Dunbar’s poem, “We Wear the Mask.” I’ve never been big on poetry, probably because it threatens my own pride in being able to grasp things quickly and easily. Poetry is hard — repeat attempts to really understand, or at least to form a theory of one of the possible meanings…not really …

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don’t be a walkway

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Think about the last time you were at a live show in a pretty full house. There are generally two types of people in that scenario: A.) the people who scope out a spot and claim it early on and B.) the people who wait until the band starts and make their move. This isn’t black and white, there are …

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your memory sucks.

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

I’ve had a breakthrough recently I want to share regarding getting the most out of your poor, beleaguered mind. I’ve actually been brainstorming quite a few posts here recently, some of them a little more personal and open than others (those will go directly to my email list instead of being posted — sign up here) but we’ll start with the vanilla. …

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“Don’t Cheat Yourself”

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Turning my December mantra into the New Year’s Resolution I never liked working in an office. It’s a space with a definitive expected arrival time, an expected departure time, and expected activities throughout the day — often under a watchful eye. What a drag, right? It has its advantages. For example, when you work in a dedicated space with the rest of …

Positivity

In Uncategorized by Jay Clouse

12 Lifestyle changes improving my quality of life “Jay I’m rather disappointed in your lack of ‘weekly’ email bulletins as of late.” I owe you an apology. My weekly newsletter has been…sporadic. Despite the increased activity in my life that I want to blame that on, you deserve better. I’ve been making some pretty subtle but powerful changes to my …

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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!) …