Habits are not one and done.

Neither are character traits.

They are daily decisions. We might wish that choosing to have enthusiasm yesterday would characterize us as enthusiastic next week. 🤔

Slap it on the resume, like a certification. Right? Put it on LinkedIn. That’d be wonderful.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way.

Our perceived character and habits are a dynamic, ever-changing evaluation of how we conduct ourselves in every scenario. Helping the old lady carry her groceries this morning will mean nothing to the flight attendant we piss off next week.

Recently, I made a big decision to leave the college basketball coaching ranks (I’ll add: in good standing), and that was a “fearless” decision. I had a vision for myself. I had to make a change if I wanted to achieve that. So against the conventional wisdom and advice, I gave it up.

“I am FEARLESS!” – Me (that day)

Yesterday, I realized that every decision since then, I’ve made with fear in my heart. I’d mistaken the consistent, mindful approach that it takes to live fearlessly as something we can be certified in once and then carry with us, like a badge.

What qualified us as fearless, today, only truly proves one thing:

That we have the same capacity to live that fearlessly again, tomorrow…

If we consciously choose to.


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Love & Areté,
Jakob Gollon

About the Author Jakob Gollon

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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