hi - I'm Jake!
My life, my opinions - and my side of the story. Read it from the source.
What I love about creating brands is that they evoke measurable responses - and didn't exist the moment before you created them. One of the most amazing hidden secrets in business is written on your T-shirt. The swoosh on your sneakers speaks to you or the world…
music in my life
Few things influence me like sounds. Summer at night is warm in Utah. We live at 4,500 feet above sea level in a desert climate. Not a lot of bit bugs up here - just crickets. I love being outside in the music of the late…
from the blog
I've said for a long time that being employed and self-employed are often more similar than being self employed and being an Entrepreneur. A person who works for a bank writing mortgages,…
sport and travel
The less I do the worse I feel. I appreciate working hard at the office as much as anybody. I love getting in early and pounding away until late. The problem is…
from the blog
To write is to risk. It is creation just as tangible a product as a painting or sculpture. I've found inspiration, solace and hope in the writings of those who risked. It…
A principle I hold true is that one of the key purposes of life is to be happy - to find true joy. I don't know about everybody else - but saying…
An extremely fast study, I glean from those around me and catch on quick.
Throw me in a room full of clowns and I'll come out juggling swords and fire. I love learning new things and can see the big picture, as well as grasp and retain the nuance. I also learn from my mistakes - but I'm not afraid to fail.
I attract others to the vision and instill in them the belief that we can and will accomplish our goals.
Sometimes people who buy into the vision can be disappointed when things change. Because personnel, environmental, or other factors often sway the vision or feasibility of a project - I'm learning to manage expectations for the outcome within the scope of the vision outlined up front.
I'm far from perfect - but gotta keep trying, keep learning and getting better every day. Surround myself with the best people and build win-win relationships. Make the world a better, happier place. Laugh. Most importantly become the man (husband, father, son, brother & friend) God intended me to be.
Being a risk taker can be tough. It can mean getting too much credit when things go right (which has its own set of challenges) and being the person people blame when things go wrong. It is not in my DNA to sit on my hands. I love to create, collaborate, and work hard. Still the path of creating from scratch - the roller coaster of success and failure can be excruciating. No matter how good or bad the press is, I try to not to believe it and just get back to work.
I love to create - to watch an idea come to life. A wannabe Doctor Frankenstein or a Steve Jobs protege, it's amazing to see a vision become reality - and heart wrenching to watch something you gave your life to take an unexpected and negative turn. I've loved every thing I've tried - but my true passion is sharing life experiences with people. There are a lot of lines left in the notebook of my life - and I can't wait to see what happens next.
Pretenders, armchair quarterbacks and bandwagon jumpers: Life is too short to waste on people who care more about being cool than being good, or more about the popular story than the truth. Gossips, anonymous trolls & haters - I forgive you already - but choose not to waste time on you. Life is so amazing and beautiful. I want to love and forgive instead of dwelling on hate. Join me in striving to see the good instead of finding the bad. We all become the truth we see, and time tells all truths!