New era.

No collar.

Wearing a collar to work used to carry with it implications that you were prepared, committed, focused, professional, etc.

Now, you look at some of the wealthiest and most influential people on the planet, and they wear white t-shirts to work, grow big beards, and take lots of silly selfies for instagram (Mark Zuckerberg).

Do they not care? Are they not committed? Is there a cap on their potential?

Some financial moguls have minimized their closet to single color t-shirts and pants in an attempt to make the daily dress-up routine even more efficient.

It’s clear that style has taken a back seat to productivity. Do not take that for granted. Especially in America, we reward outcomes, critical path thinking, and taking action over a person’s general appearance.

Everyone can LOOK the part, but can you PLAY the part?

Appearance can get you a seat at the table, but results are what gives you the credibility to speak up, and maybe even get invited back.

Whether you are a “blue-collar” or “white-collar” worker, just remember, it’s more about the quality of your work than it is about how you look while doing it. Sure, you have to meet standards when it comes to physical appearance at various jobs, but don’t let that become the identity and focal point of your career and work.

I have re-written this section countless times. This is the crisis of our generation, defining one's self in an 'about me' box knowing that 95% of our peers will log that as 'who we are' without ever speaking to us, because reading the long-version is just too cumbersome for our over-crowded, busy lives. // In short: I'm a polymath with a hyperactive mind, curious about and fascinated by the complexities of, basically, everything. I'm firmly committed to living a life of "areté"—omnipresent excellence, and my mottos are 'making the best of this life' (Mt. Botl), and "Do it now or forever wish you had". // I had a 'famed' basketball stint (captaining the 2014 Mercer team that upset Duke in NCAA Tourney + winning a Nat'l Title as a coach). I quit the sports industry all-together, cold turkey, soon after. I had an existential crisis with 'glory' and 'meaning' and other challenging thoughts revolving around how many hours (90+/week) I was spending trying to 'win games'. // Since 2017, I've been in pursuit of several entrepreneurial ideas and am educating myself on a few new areas of focus. The following is a condensed list of the countless curiosities and industries that I've explored, worked in, or studied the last 3 years (of which I will need to choose 1-3 of to focus on sooner than later). Writing, Podcasting, Teaching—Adjunct College Professor, Public Speaking + Workshops, Building & Construction, Sustainable Real Estate Development—Industrial + Urban Repurposing in particular, Negotiation, Marketing—Branding/design/communications, Woodwork, Gardening, Permaculture-based farming and homesteading, Psychology, Industrial Engineering—Process Improvement + UX consulting, Project Management, Renewable Energy, & Executive Coaching for (select) clients focusing on leadership, personal brand + career development, health habits, productivity, networking, and communication skills. Yes, all of it, and since I sleep minimally, and my mind races like an ostrich all day and night, I know a fair bit about each of those topics. I have an obsession with learning. I'm always looking to connect and have conversations with folks, so, hit me up. I hope my work brings you joy, value, a challenge, or a ripe perspective. Much love, Jakob

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