There’s nothing innately wrong with being in a hurry.

It’s ok to rush around a bit. If a spark of energy hits us, why not take advantage?

Hurrying out of obligation, though, is a killer.
Hurrying because we’re late?
That’s bad news.

My thought on hurrying is:
Hurry often, but hurry on purpose.

When we find ourselves hurrying…

…to get to work in the morning
Potential issues: no time to pack lunch = eat fast food, driving too fast = ticket or accident.
Better way: hurry to get to sleep the night before, hurry to wake up on our first alarm.

…to finish the assignment
Potential issues: lower quality work, cramming at deadline = loss of sleep, stress.
Better way: hurry to schedule work sessions and hurry through each one = incremental progress.

to accomplish our life goals
Potential issues: our lives pass before our eyes, and we forget to stop and smell the roses once in a while.
Better way: take a deep breath, or ten, and just worry about the next viable step.

Hurrying by choice feels good and yields fantastic results. Hurrying out of obligation sucks, and it’s only necessary if we don’t choose to hurry earlier.

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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