5 years from now, assuming that most of us are still in good health, we’re all going to have CoronaVirus stories to tell.

Today, I planned to journal about that. The first topic I wrote down was:

What is the story, that I hope to be telling people 3 years from now, about my time throughout this COVID-19 crisis and how it changed my life?

“Oh man, crazy times, I sooooo took advantage of that time to [insert something that you know would be good to do during this odd time… like, relax, or start a new skill or hobby, or spend time with your wife, or write a book, or initiate a relief effort, etc]…”

My initial thoughts felt abnormally bland, to be honest. Strangely, I’m not sure that any of that is driving my decisions right now. Not because it wasn’t meaningful stuff, it just felt like any other ‘goals list’ might, or some sort of cheesy, positive outlook practice.
Not what I was looking for, so, I didn’t write anything down, haha.

Then, I flipped it over, gave it a shake, and blew the dust off.
I realized that I’d asked the wrong question.

What I needed to be asking was:

What is the story, that I desperately HOPE I DON’T have to be telling people 3 years from now, about my time throughout this COVID-19 crisis and how it changed my life?

Ahh, ok.
I’ve realized that this is a time of not having regrets, and that’s relevant in multiple contexts.

In 3 years on the day, I’m going to share my answers with you. Right here. I think that’d be cool, and I’d regret it if I shared them now and then forgot all about it.

If you decide to follow the journal prompt today, which I always advise that people do, and you feel confident enough to share it, please do. I’d love to read other folks’ ideas and perspectives on a podcast, and can do so anonymously if needed, too.


What is the story, that I desperately HOPE I DON’T have to be telling people 3 years from now, about my time throughout this COVID-19 crisis and how it changed my life?

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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