Mark and Scott talk with Paul Jarvis—a designer, author, teacher, software creator, and podcaster. He’s written 4 books and is currently working on his fifth book called, Company of One which is due to be released early 2019. It’s about how companies can be better without being bigger.
Paul has built several software companies, and has taught over 10,000 students through his online courses—Creative Class, Chimp Essentials and Grow Your Audience. He hosts two podcasts: Sunday Dispatches and Invisible Office Hours and has worked with big companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, and Warner Music. His work has appeared in Fast Company, CNBC, Forbes, Newsweek, BuzzFeed, Lifehacker!
Paul believes that bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to business growth. He explains that there is a balance that needs to happen and you shouldn’t try to grow if it doesn’t make sense.
Growth is fine as long as it’s questioned. As long as it makes sense, like the checks and balances of growth. If that makes sense to you, then grow in whichever means necessary.
How do we step back and figure out individually what makes us happy and what is enough?
It all comes down to introspection. Paul explains that it’s the most important thing. “Introspection comes from looking at consistency because that’s where the truth lies.”
Paul digs in and shows us why we should grow our businesses better, not bigger. Plus, we explore:
- The truth of suffering
- The lost art of the ability to focus
And is there such a thing as an overnight success?
Paul explains that we typically don’t see what led up to that success story. It could have taken 15 years of fails before finally getting that one big win and we shouldn’t compare our own success to that one tiny spec we see.