Assuming that we’re ready to take on the great burden of becoming a leader, the question we ask ourselves ought to be, “How do we earn our influence?”

There’s no utility in developing an arsenal of leadership skills if we have nobody to lead.

Leading is about 1) Doing excellent work, consistently, and then 2) Being able to teach, inspire, or create access for others to do excellent work.

Showing up, repeatedly, with an acute aim at having our best day, is a wise way to begin.

Step-by-step, our daily demeanor will inspire our peers (with our effort, our energy, our love, and our gracious lust for the opportunity to grow), and soon, we’ve earned their respect. That respect is what filters us to the frontlines. When we get there, leading is not only possible, but it’s expected.

Be cautious: The responsibility to lead is not for the timid—aim only for what you truly want.
Be cautious, more: The demand for great leaders is (always) high—if you commit to the ‘consistency thing’, you WILL become a leader.

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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