Go ahead…

Tear apart the theory.
Find the contradicting example, or out-of-context anomaly. Find the loophole, the leak in the boat.

I’d appreciate that.
Poke holes in everything if you’d like. I welcome the feedback—full disclosure: after a weekend with great people at a leadership summit, I wrote down several initiatives for self-correcting social systems, and almost every one comes down to accountability, ownership, responsibility, communication, and trust.

Letting others poke holes in our precious design, our baby, is part of the vulnerable, inclusive, process-oriented leadership that’s necessary to grow and scale in any successful organization.

Radical honesty is undefeated. Poke on. Poke at your peril, though. To open that door, we must be willing to accept feedback for our own. It must be a natural exchange. Don’t do it for pokes’ sake, do it because you want to see the organization grow and improve.

These people, committed to radically honest feedback, aren’t in the same arena as others. They are playing a whole different ball game. That’s the game I want to play, and that’s the game I want you to play, if you can handle it.

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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