August 23

Second Nature | SL60-019


Second Nature, as the term suggests, revolves around behaviors that are habitual or automatic. Everyday tasks, like brushing our teeth or waking up at a certain hour, often happen effortlessly. But, the journey to these automatic behaviors is founded on understanding instinct and first nature. While instincts are innate actions we undertake without learning, first nature requires thought, practice, and often includes the experience of failure. For instance, tying shoelaces is not instinctual; it’s learned through repetition. Such repetitiveness is the key to integrating virtues into our character as second nature.

Jacob Niemeier, P.E.

Jacob Niemeier grew up in Indiana, graduated from Purdue University in 2012. In 2017, he Founded Vera Aqua Vera Vita, a nonprofit focused on clean water. He also owns a professional cleaning business. He and his wife have two children.

Darren Smith

Darren Smith is a native Texan and a graduate of Dallas Jesuit and Texas A&M University. Over the past 25 years, Darren has visited 35 countries and led 100 strategy programs. He and his wife have five children.


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