Real Life Inspiration: Jason Everman

My heroes are all modern renaissance men. The Elon Musks, the Will Smiths, the Donald Glovers, the Viggo Mortensens.

Those who have self-actualized and are living out their potential.

My favorite example of a relatively unknown person who I admire as an example of self-actualization, is Jason Everman, who according to the Columbia University website:

In 1987,  Everman—a commercial fisherman off the coast of Alaska—quit his job and moved to Seattle where he became the second guitarist touring worldwide and recording with Nirvana to promote their “Bleach” album and a bassist with Soundgarden on their “Louder than Love” tour.  He eventually outgrew the rock scene, and in 1994, he traded his pick for a rifle and enlisted in the U.S. Army special operations forces as a part of the 2nd Ranger Battalion.  Thirteen years later, Everman, 45, who has hiked the Himalayas and lived as a Nepalese monk, will graduate from Columbia University School of General Studies with a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy on May 20 at 9 a.m. in New York City. 


The way I look at it, life is meaningless. The meaningfulness is what you impart to it. 

– Jason Everman

Everman enlisted in the Army after being inspired by the autobiography of the Italian Renaissance man Benvenuto Cellini, who was a goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier and musician, as detailed in his autobiography, which is free on amazon for the digital edition

To learn more, you can read the amazing piece from the New York Times on Everman, here.

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