We’re 2 weeks into this stay-at-home experiment, and my wife hasn’t gone totally bonkers. I’m shocked. Yesterday is the first day she’s gone outside the fence that borders our property. What an odd time for our world right now — more connected than ever, AND more isolated than ever.

As we look upon the progress our peers have made on their side-hustles and personal development over the last 10-12 days of quarantine/social-distancing, it’s easy to feel bad about what we may or may not have been able to accomplish thus far, or feel ashamed that we’ve (maybe) even let some sinister habits sneak in, like sloth or gluttony or lust.

Don’t be silly.
You just need to go out into the woods for an evening, and relax.

Nobody even knows how long this will last, and the only person measuring your progress is you. Besides, everyone else is preoccupied telling everyone about their progress.

If you’re feeling guilty, though, do yourself a favor and kick it into gear sooner than later.

A small step today is better than the promise of a big leap tomorrow, and small steps aren’t nearly as daunting, but they’re damn effective.

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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