By the time March rolls around, most of us have at least thought about doing the taxes.

Filing taxes is likely the most universally written ‘To-Do List Item’ throughout March.

Dirty fridge metaphor: we don’t regularly check our refrigerator for residue and the build up of food scraps. It rarely even crosses our mind. Then, when we take the time to clean the fridge, we almost can’t believe how much better we feel for doing so, and how much better we would have felt if we would have chosen to do so sooner. 

We’re entering the 2nd week of March, and there are about 5 weeks until taxes are due.

How much more productive might we be if we could do this: File Taxes ?

Do your taxes.

Even typing it multiple times gives me the jitters (we still haven’t done ours).

Imagine what curiosities we might explore, or how much more of our ‘down-time’ we’d enjoy, if we did our taxes this weekend rather than write it on the to-do list, but still not do it, for the next 5 weeks?

Sometimes, a kick in the ass, or a friendly reminder, is all we need.

Oh, by the way, there’s a few stray carrot top greens in the bottom left drawer, last weeks leftover sandwich with a hint of mold starting, and an expired bottle of ranch dressing you might want to address.

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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