About three months back I got a Facebook message from a guy named Jake Sasseville that read:
hey — zach hurst tells me i need to know you? true?
I wrote back:
“Need”…tough to say . But I’m sure it would be great if we knew eachother!
Heard you’re going to be in SF. Feel free to shoot me a call before you come here or while you’re here. I’m in the social media/ startup space which Zach told me you’re interested in.
Hope to meet soon.
At that point all I knew about Jake was the little that a mutual contact of ours (Zach Hurst) told me about him. If I remember correctly, Zach felt that Jake was a guy that I needed to meet and he was moving to San Francisco. Sounded like all other San Francisco transplants to me. Even with that tiny bit of cynicism I am always about meeting new and interesting people and Zach is a guy I inherently trust, respect and he’s always helping me out!
Diving a little deeper into Jake’s Facebook profile the first thing that stuck out, naturally, was his outrageously fluffy hair. Second was that he is the host a late night series called “Late Night Republic“. Intrigued by the hair, his show and his seemingly innate audacity that came through his Facebook message we set a time to meet and that was that!
A week or so later we were all set up to get some coffee at one of my favorite places of earth and my frequent remote work office Philz Coffee by the ballpark in San Francisco. Jake was late…but telling from the text messages he was shooting off as he was running from the Bart to the coffee shop it wasn’t typical for him to be late (he basically shot me off a play by play of his sidewalk trot as he was approaching Philz). When he finally got there he was sweaty, apologetic and full of life. We greeted each other with hugs and Jake greeted me some interesting speech patterns that I quickly got used to. He was like not one I ever met: he looked crazy and composed at the same time, he had the energy of a 5 year old, and most importantly he cut through all the bullshit. I could tell he was a very REAL person in the first minute of getting to know him.
Quickly diving into discussions about spirituality, entrepreneurship, friends and his TV show (which I thought was only a web serise before I met him…it actually airs on over 50 million households across America) I felt like I knew Jake for years. Our meeting made me realize two simple things about Jake:
1. He was going to be a good friend.
2. He knew how to make S#!t happen!
The friendship would flow naturally I knew that; but I knew I would have to dig a bit deeper if I was going to figure out how he accomplished so much at such a young age. His stories were those of a vagabond, movie star and slightly manic person mixed into one. The stories were incredible…but even more incredible was that I could see that he was living that life right then and there…NOW.
The second time we met up after a meeting I had in San Francisco. This time we shared our philosophies and methods in greater depth. Then we honed in on one specific topic. In essence the conversation was about how we created our reality. I shared my thoughts on how our realities our often limited by the identity we create for ourseves. That those identities (who we are to the world) govern what we create and how far we can go. Jake then took it to a whole new level…he started to talk about how he can create anything…literally ANYTHING.
He began to talk about the power of intention. How he used to set goals but found them to be counter productive. “You set a goal you loose track of peripheral opportunities…you don’t hit your goal your’re discouraged.”
I agreed emphatically.
He said he instead creates intentions.
Before he takes on a task or objective he thinks about what his intention is behind it. Why does he want to obtain what he is looking to obtain? He works to feel this on the level of the soul. He then imagines what it would feel like to have it. Really feel the joy, abundance and creativity that emboides that possibility.
So if Jake wanted to buy a private island he would create the experience for himself before he even owned it. He would envision the process of negotiating on the deal. He would create the experience of walking through the island for the first time and roughing it in a hammock made of bamboo. He would feel the emotions of owning and island and sharing it with others. He would own that experience already…now it would just be up to him to execute it in the real world.
This concept stuck with me…
I needed to create my intentions and be extremely intentional about it! I have started to know exactly what I want out of every situation and just simply take the steps to get there. I now work on feeling what it will be like to fulfill on those intentions and the impact it can have on the world.
We can create our custom realities. Work off a blank canvas…understand your intention behind what you will create…and start to paint!!