Thursday, September 30, 2010
On this day, 29 years ago, I joined Jacobson Rost at the age of 25. Today, I retire and re-invent myself. Just it has been a great joy for my sister Lisa and I to serve for many years Jacobson Rost the company my father founded, we're both positive about the future of Jacobson Rost and Jake’s Cafe. Jacobson Rost was a bright spot in our lives. We made great friends with many who passed through our doors. They were good people, they worked hard, they contributed a lot and they were good to our family. We’ve been blessed.
This life transition was as timely as it was good... for it has enabled my wife Ann Marie and I to now make and keep a new promise with Jake’s Cafe. It’s a promise which for us is perhaps even more meaningful than the former one....because it's our promise, yet with the spirit and enthusiasm of my father the "authentic" Jake.
So... Ann Marie and I will continue to grow the Jake's Creative Community. Tomorrow, we will begin training two new receptionists to head the front desk. This will provide Ann Marie and I with more time to spend on activities to strengthen the Jake's Creative Community. Breakfasts. Lunches. Creative Sessions. All to build friendships and grow the trust we need to "Do Great Work In A Great Way". The talent we're pulling together is enormous. It feels "great", yet it is still the first year's growth of what will one day develop into beautiful prairie of great people.
My former partner, Jerry Flemma and I would occasionally head north to his cabin with other members of Jacobson Rost on a junket which fondly became known as the “Cast and Blast”. One fall morning, we awoke to what Jerry coined a “Blue-Bird” day. I’d never heard the phrase before. He said on such clear days, it was unlikely we’d shoot any ducks for they were far more apt to be at hand on cloudy days. Well, today is one of those “Blue-Bird” days. No ducks in sight, but a great day for “Blue-Sky” thinking. Something we all need to do now and then. I like blue, and I love to think.
The New Jake