Everything I Know
I appreciated the straight talk and real examples provided. I was looking for a swift kick to get me off the "perfectionist" path and on to creating something that represents ME and this book fulfilled that need. I also live in fear of being judged by others but this book made me realize I'm being judged whether I take action or not...so why not do what I really want to do. I've worked in the corporate world for 35 years, it's time to start being ME!
Paul has a unique ability to get you pumped and inspired to get things done. His sound advice comes in clear, concise thoughts and extremely short sentences. This is "everything he knows" but the book is very easy to read and it's definitely something I'll read again later this year.
After reading it, I feel like I don't have any excuse not to pursue whatever I may want to pursue in life. This may be seen as a book targete ...more
I think this may be one of my favorite books out of what I have recently read. This book goes right to the point, it motivates, and at times opened my eyes on different things. This was an easy read,also, a good page turner. The author has a way with words that would get me to read more of his books or future books.
“Everything I Know” is the kind of book that any creative type should read (or reread) at the beginning of a new endeavor—not to get any kind of step by step instruction or an “action plan” but to get inspired, or to be reminded of why being self-employed is so rew ...more
1. Be yourself and be authentic.
2. Find the intersection between your passion and what people are willing to pay for.
3. Follow your values and treat everything as an experiment to pursue your values. Hence, don't be afraid to fail; they are just experiments.
4. Work super hard and be extremely focused.
I like this book a lot, and I highly recommend ...more
I enjoy this little book a lot - Paul carries that WTF attitude of a confident creative.
You'll learn a lot of stuff about what it means to create 'your' authentic work, how to deal with clients and keep
developing your style.
Lots of his advice may seem counterintuitive, but being an artist is all about keeping an open mind.
I read it twice already and will surely go for a third run.
If you're a creative, you should devour this book like ...more
Down to earth, connected to the soul, free and real ! That's how ...more
I found it to be a professional and business-y, practical, version of the lyrics to Firework (Katy Perry). I like that song.
Unfortunately, my problem is not "going for it". My current problem is that I can't figure out what I want to go for.
Paul breaks down everything do you can do everything you know better. it's really am incredible blueprint to those who want to pursue their dreams. And it's also said very easy to read book with no fluff...just pure quality content.
Everything I Know is a no-rules guide through uncharted territory. It's a swift kick in the creative ass without fairies, unicorns or new-age cliches. Paul Jarvis is the strategic and design talent behind some of the world's most successful entrepreneurs and online businesses - including Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo, Yahoo, The High Line and Mercedes-Benz - and he's learned a thing or two about forging your own path in life and work. Instead of offering one-size-fits-all advice, Paul provides...more
His no-nonsense style and his honesty make it easy to relate to his struggles and his tactics of pushing through fear, imposter syndrome and the excuses we make for ourselves to not do the work at hand.
Each small chapter made me want to get down to business and focus on what I want to build, which is exactly what I did in several points of the book.
Paul champions a very practical, down to earth way of approaching life a ...more
- it doesn't hurt to be imperfect
- it's more productive to be driven by values rather than goals; and your goals should be value-based anyway
- learn by doing as well as by listening and learning; balance them consciously; put time into learning and practicing your craft
- when stuck, don't press on blindly, take a step back and don't be afraid to try a new approach
- understand your values, set corresponding goals and prioritise your activities accordingly
- take the ideas of ...more
It's not always fun to work and hard to find motivation but just to show up and do the work will make you better and build a habit to accomplish things in life. To be good at something you just need do the work and following in love with the pro ...more
It's great when a writer on the whole isn't really saying anything you don't already know deep down but he still manages to deliver the subject in a way that makes you feel you're learning a lot. One of the more helpful things I got from the summary is to remember to focus on your values in every thing that you create and every decision you make..
Today, he teaches online courses, runs several software businesses and hosts a handful of podcasts from his home on an island on the West Coast of Canada.