“Clear and accurate adherence to the truth is a habit I must continue to practice, after all, if I wish to retain my excellence. Because you don’t get it once, and keep it for good.”

Caelan Huntress — (link to his blog where I read this, here.)

How we decide to approach a thing, no matter how small or insignificant it feels, will contribute to our personal development, and it will refine our autonomic behaviors and responses to other, similar stimuli. If “it” is a difficult task, or some mundane work that we’d rather not do, but we certainly know that “it” will lead to a desirable outcome, we ought to train ourselves to appreciate and thrive, wholesomely, in that environment. If we do not, we risk never being able to accomplish anything meaningful. 

After all, nothing worthwhile has ever come without a purposeful initiative, and hours of thought and effort, that will be less exciting than what the desired outcome is. 

Will we approach things with vigor, energy, gratitude and excellence
If so, we’ll train ourselves to consistently approach things in this way. 

Will we approach things with frustration, sloth, anger, and discontent
If so, we’ll train ourselves to consistently approach things in this way, also. 

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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