I Am Josh Whelan
I Am Josh Whelan
SEPTEMBER 10th, 1991
How would you describe yourself in 60 words?
I seek to understand the world through history, culture, literature, and business, which I think is really a way of saying that I enjoy humanity in its many forms. I often wish that I might concentrate and excel in one, but never want to let go of another. At present, I am in the post-bildungsroman stage of adult uncertainty.
What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?
How much I enjoy solitude.
What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?
It doesn’t seem unusual to me at all, but I often say hello to anyone I make eye contact with in public. NYC has broken me of this habit more often than not, but it bubbles up time and again.
What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?
I don’t have too many new beliefs, behaviors, or habits.
Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?
Extraordinary people are not free to live ordinary lives.
— Tom Burish
You’ve got a gift, Roy, but it’s not enough. You’ve got to develop yourself. Rely too much on your own gift, and you’ll fail.
— The Natural
What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?
Eudora Welty’s Delta Wedding. It is a classic, deeply Southern narrative written about a big family across multiple generations. All of these facets touch a certain part of my life, but I like it most because of it’s charming & genteel honesty, which I like sharing with others.
What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?
Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead.
What about the Junto excites you most?
I am most rejuvenated by people, and all the more so by truth-seekers of the highest caliber. By connecting with others whose lives are lit to run and reach and strive, I hope that I might refuel my own motivations and enhance them through the guidance of other perspectives.
If any of my answers resonated, I’d love to hear from you. You can shoot me a note here.