Paul Jarvis shares why he believes building a business to provide you exactly what you need will give you greater freedom than focusing only on making as much money as possible.
He wants to give you permission to understand what is enough work for you.
He recently published must-read book, Company of One, lays out his argument for why keeping your business small can make running your business more enjoyable.
He’s also a podcaster and has developed several digital products to help solopreneurs run their businesses.
And definitely sign up for his thought-provoking Sunday Dispatch newsletter at pjrvs.com!
Lot of great lessons in our conversation including:
- Why asking for permission is sometimes a form of procrastination.
- Why defining what is “enough” is for you will make you happier.
- Finding the balance between scaling effectively and growing unsustainably.
- Why Paul doesn’t feel like he has no competitors.
Life Skills That Matter In This Episode
- Manage your energy
- Purge your life
- Reframe your mindset
- Align your habits
How Paul Works and Thinks
- Wake up time: 6:00 – 7:00 am
- Core work activities + habits: 1) Write. 2) Support. 3) Build relationships.
“Fear and action can exist in parallel and we should still move forward.”
“You vote with you wallet, everybody does, and that’s kind of how I want to vote, that’s how I want the economy to work.”
“I’m not in the answer business, I’m in the asking better questions business.”
Paul is a self-described introvert but understands outreach is a fundamental part of running his business. He shared this advice on how to reach out to others on your terms:
1) Accept your instinctive feelings about reaching out to people and work within those parameters. For example, he’s not comfortable in groups so he avoids networking groups and conferences in favor of doing things like one-on-one calls.
2) Observe which outreach activities that energize you and avoid those that drain you.