I Am Zach Imholte

I Am Zach Imholte

JANUARY 16TH, 1994

Zach Imholte


Zach Imholte


How would you describe yourself in 60 words?

I try to be the best friend, colleague, and husband that I can be. I enjoy connecting with others through deep conversation and shared vulnerability. I have worked hard to gain some semblance of financial stability for my family. Now I am trying to define a “good” life – one that I will be content with finishing in 80 years.

What do people not realize about you until they’ve known you for a while?

This was extremely hard to answer. I came up with a ton of options, and none of them seemed right: my insecurities, my desire to solve problems as soon as they present themselves, my desire to be a thoughtful and caring friend… but that indecision gave me my answer. I’m a type-A person who can over-analyze simple problems (hence my over-analysis of this question).

What is an unusual habit or an absurd thing that you love?

I take apart my sandwiches and eat them layer by layer.

What new belief, behavior, or habit has most improved your life?

The realization that no one is obligated to be my friend, treat me well, or enjoy being around me. It’s my job to be the kind of person that people want to be around.

Are there any quotes you think of often or live your life by?

“What’s your goal?”

This simple question guides me every single day in making every seemingly difficult decision. It provides rails around: dealing with difficult customers, fostering my relationship with my wife, etc.

For example, if I have to choose between spending time working or spending time with my wife, I can ask myself what my goal is.

My goal is to create a life for me and my wife that is happy, healthy, and productive. If not spending time with my wife detracts from that, then the choice is obvious.


What is the book you’ve given most as a gift, and why?

Black Swan by Nassim Taleb. It changed the way I think about the world. Specifically: arrogance of knowledge, over-optimizing systems so that they’re no longer robust, and the extreme version of the Pareto principle (maybe the 99/1 ?).

What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life?

How to Win Friends and Influence People. This book opened my eyes to how negative I was all the time and how this was impacting my ability to create meaningful relationships.

What about the Junto excites you most?

I am excited to learn from a group of people that I wouldn’t otherwise have the time, space, or opportunity to learn from.

If any of my answers resonated, I’d love to hear from you. You can shoot me a note here.

Zach Imholte