We had the good fortune of connecting with Jacob Pacheco and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jacob, how do you think about risk?
Risk to me is about managing expectations. “You are entitled to action, but not the fruit of that action.” That is a quote from the Bhagavad Gita, a book about personal growth and spirituality written thousands of years ago. It is my reminder to value effort and process over results. A key I use to unlock the fear of success or failure is: accepting the best and worst scenarios then aligning those with my values and purpose. It keeps me focused on moving forward when I want to settle, or worse give up.
Life is unpredictable, there is no possible way to account for all the outcomes. The bar of expectation for my life was low. Born with a disability, Cerebral Palsy where my own body was betraying my mind and health since day 1. On top of that disability is expensive, my parents’ made sacrifices for our family and we struggled to “make it”. The future was not worth fighting for. That was a dark time, with no escape from the inevitable. The negative environment felt like an anchor wrapped around my legs, I was left adrift at sea to survive. Witnessing my family persist despite defeat, planted my seeds of persistence.
I thought: if there was nothing left to lose, then there was everything to gain.
Start small, and build on each day, every day. That was my focus, and what I gained was purpose. That purpose pushes my life forward, I take risks to move towards that purpose: changing the world one person at a time. This purpose and focus overcome mistakes, setbacks, and disappointments that are bound to happen. I know many risks will not work out as expected, some will fail poorly; however, the risks that are successful and grow into something beautiful hold the same value to me. Each risk is aligned with the purpose that gives me inner peace and fulfillment.
What risks could you take to gain something you value?
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My focus has always been empowerment, compassion, and empathy. I am proud that has continued on my platforms and in daily life. What I am excited for is where things are currently going. It was been an evolution to say the least, content has changed but the message is the same: keep going, stay consistent despite the down days. There is nothing easy about doing what you love. There is constant work, because you care. There is a balance between giving effort and results, I am dancing with that balance daily. The reminder of: “Start small, build each day, every day” helps my mind, body, and soul tremendously.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Best places to see: 1. The Griffith observatory
2. The Getty Museum
3. LA Museum of Natural History/ LACMA
5. SoFi Stadium
6. Lakers Game
8. Huntington Beach
9. Top of the world- Newport Beach
1. Nobu- Malibu
2. Portfolio CoffeeHouse- Long Beach
3. Anaheim Packing District- Anaheim
4. Long Beach Exchange- Long Beach
5. My house- Homemade food is the best
6. Bo-Beau Kitchen + Roof Tap
7. Bestia- LA
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The quote: “It takes a village” applies well here. Family and friends had a huge impact on the person I am proud of today. However it does not end there, teachers, therapists, and mentors also played a vital role on my life. It was teachers who pushed me to move to Los Angeles for graduate school, there would no interview with VoyageLA without their support. My friends and family helped start my company through a simple GoFundMe project. These are the forgotten details of a beautiful story, but I will never forget them. I received friendship and compassion when I was heart-broken. This is my way of saying thank you, and I love you.
Three books I would recommend:
1. The Bhagavad Gita- if you are looking for self-development
2. Attached- for relationships and boundary work
3. Dune- for the creative, if you like the movie. The book is jaw dropping.
Beach chair photo- StokeForLife Foundation