Hi, I’m Jake Kupiec (pronounced Coop-yeck or Coop-yetz or Coop-ee-eck/Coop-ee-ack). Or just Jake. Or you can use my other name if you know it.

I have almost always worked in jobs that require me to be a listener. I like listening to people and hearing their stories. I never want to be too busy to listen to someone — to be present for their joy and their struggles. Joy shared is joy multiplied, and burdens shared are burdens lessened. It’s really nothing less than magical. I like connecting people and ideas. I like working on things that make the world a little better. I am a hopeless improver. I want to leave everything better than I found it.

I also like to grow things: plants, people, ideas, compassion, empathy, hope – myself. Always growing something.

Right now I am passionate about learning. I feel like I discovered a whole new world (worlds!)  through online classes and books. So. Many. Books.  And these are worlds that have already discovered warp drive! I am sorry if I bore you with the latest book, class or podcast. I get excited and it all spills out.

I love a good quote, coffee, dog kisses, nature and solving problems. I think a lot and I read a lot. I definitely do not have all the answers but I am always happy to share what I know. I want everyone to know that they are not alone. There is no misery, shame, anguish, loss, sorrow or disappointment that can create a gulf so wide you cannot cross it. Here, take my hand.