“Nothing is insignificant” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers
“When I spoke to Dan he told me he was a builder. It took me a while to really grasp what he meant but I once I learned a bit more about the things he is passionate about, it was easy to understand that his choice of words matched his entrepreneurial mindset perfectly. To say I had fun during this shoot is a total understatement. Dan is super easy going, full of funny jokes and always displaying his contagious smile. ” – Camila G
Image by © Camila Gargantini
Dan Jacob is the Growth Manager for Breather in Toronto, a network of on-demand spaces designed to work, meet, and focus.
An Interview with Dan
Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?
A. When I was a kid, my mom used to wrap coins in wax paper and stick them in my birthday cake for my friends and I to discover. The “money cake” became a big hit, that other kids talked about years later – until one time a kid almost choked on a coin. I don’t think we did money cake after that.
Q. How about the worst? And why?
A. I didn’t get a Nerf gun on my 6th birthday (pirate themed) and was pretty bummed about it.
Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?
A. I am a triplet and share my birthday with my two sisters, Katherine and Molly. On our 25th birthday we decided impulsively to go get tattoos together. I never thought I’d get a tattoo, and I absolutely love it.
Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?
A. I like to have my cake and eat it too.
Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?
A. Being with people you love. Marking the passage of time with gratitude and humility.
Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?
A. I share my birthday with my two triplet sisters, Katherine and Molly. Each year, at 9:11 in the morning I get a whole minute where I am older than both my siblings. In that minute of glory I make sure I flaunt being the ‘older brother’ for a full 60 seconds, until 9:12 when Katherine becomes the same age. Katherine and I embrace a second minute of elder child superiority until Molly catches up. A fun tradition that doesn’t get old, despite the fact that we do