We had the good fortune of connecting with Jake Russell and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jake, why did you pursue a creative career?
For all the stock answers. I always had an artistic side. I couldn’t see myself wearing a suit and working inside an office, I wanted to use my hands, all of those. But I really wanted to build boats whether I was successful financially or not. I never thought I could make a 30 year career out of it. I remember after my friends graduated from college, they all had debt to pay and I had money in the bank. In fact I invested in some of their companies, and we all made more money. Thinking outside the box is by nature a creative process. I now go out of my way @rvpilar.org to approach everything from this angle. Someone mentioned to me, “Wow you guys are all over the place”. I thanked him. He wasn’t ‘programed” to see the type of information we were putting together, working from the center out, trying to come to some consensus from as many as possible for our advocacy.
Just one way to add some creativity to your life or business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As my career has gone from boatbuilder, to contractor, to property manager, to non-profit INC, I picked up skills from each I could apply to the other. Not only the physical skills to do a job, but also the mental fortitude to do a better job overall. It helped me as I have transitioned in my profession and helped me to become a better leader by, not burning bridges, treating people with respect, and knowing that sharing a common goal is the key to getting things done. Lessons are always learned along the way, making you a more experienced person over time.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would be on the water of course. Maybe a trip to the Coronados Islands , or maybe San Clemente Island for some tuna fishing followed by a quick trip to Catalina Island to weigh our fish on the pier, and eat some freshly prepared sashimi @themarlinclub

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to The Apprenticeshop in Rockland Maine. (apprenticeshop.org). They gave me not only a skill but also showed me a different way to live.

Website: rvpilar.org

Instagram: rvpilar_

Facebook: R/V PILAR San Diego

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