If we knew,

with absolute certainty,

that an enormous asteroid

would suddenly, and completely,

wipe out the existence of life on earth,

every inch of the planet, covered in dust and ash,

by Thursday of next week,

I think

we’d make a relatively compelling case

as to why

Elon Musk (or maybe NASA) should immediately want to meet with you

over coffee,

or maybe bourbon.

while we still have time.

One, of the many goals that all leaders maintain, is to compel others toward better outcomes with excellent ideas and benevolent, inspiring action.

If we (as leaders) don’t feel that our message is being received, and acted upon, with the same fervor and determination that we know it ought to have, then it’s worth reconsidering the boundaries (or shackles) we’ve placed around our understanding of what compelling really is.

‘Compelling’ works. Every time.
It’s terrifying, and intimidating, and it makes us vulnerable, but a compelling message is absolutely effective.

It’s also damn near impossible to manufacture a truly compelling delivery if we don’t think that our message is, by far, the most important thing in the whole wide world. Often, it really is. These ideas ARE the most important thing, ever. Do or die.

How can he say that?

Two reasons: it’s because
(1) What else, that we can control, is?, and
(2) We’re all going to die soon (-ish), so, why the hell not make it compelling?

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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