When people tell us that now isn’t a good time to get a dog, how should we take that?

If you plan to get a dog someday, there’s not a time better than… immediately.

Why? Lessons learned early always help us in the long run.

We’ll learn to listen to the people that care enough to give us good advice — vet bills, rearranging the house, pet sitter costs, chores, attention pull, FLEAS – damn it all, those fleas are miserable – bathing, whining, the need for a fence, etc. — the to-do list and costs involved in caring for a pet are NO JOKE. We usually don’t consider the true costs as much as we consider the puppy dog eyes and the cuddles.

We learn what it’s like to be responsible for another being — there’s no better teacher for that than experience. So, it’d be better to have that experience once, and know we’d rather do it again, than it would be to spend years yearning in agony for it, only to be disappointed when our perfect time feels far less than perfect… or never comes.

Responsibility is limiting — this is simple arithmetic. If we add duties and time needed to care for something, it must get subtracted from elsewhere. Choose wisely.

Responsibility is rewarding — there are VERY FEW THINGS IN THIS WORLD that can offer a lasting, deeply satisfying-to-the-core reward, and nearly all them are a direct result of responsibility and sacrifice. I’m not saying that a pet can provide that for you in particular, but the principle stands.

It teaches us far more than we can teach it.

That’s basically the rule for most things, if we’re willing to learn and grow, isn’t it?


True Story — How’s this for a challenge? Try being informed of a stay-at-home and shelter-in-place declaration by the government, and then 2 days later find out that your dog, and house, have fleas.

Nightmare.

Lessons…

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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