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Everything I Know Paperback – November 18, 2013
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Not everything in this book will work for you, but a lot of it will. Some of it may seem fresh and some of it may serve as a reminder; I experienced both as I read it. Paul Jarvis is a great writer and is someone who works very hard on getting better at his craft. If you're looking to get better at your craft and find yourself in a state of "stuckness" or in a recurring state of not knowing what to do now (and not next), then get yourself a copy of Everything I Know. Paul Jarvis may not know everything, but what he does know is valuable...and definitely worth reading.
The book isn't a manual and doesn't contain much in terms of strategy. What it does give you is an insight into Pauls creative process and his perspectives on creation. I really liked it
This book is not about what to do or how to do it. It’s about being unapologetically you and providing some guidance to help shape the journey to work that aligns with your values.
It’s refreshing in an age of experts to hear someone just say - “look, I’ve done it, but don’t just listen to me, listen to yourself.”
Read this book if you’re tired of formulas and just want some human added into the equation.
The other bit of great advice is that just because someone else failed at their "experiments" it doesn't mean that you should chuck the idea. Your results may be completely different. Again, many people look at someone who tried and failed, and then say, "Well, I won't do that, it didn't work for that person!" and they would be so terribly mistaken.
Another is the advice to "Stop chasing perfection." A lot of people make this mistake.
Ok, I've told you what I liked, now onto what I think is poor advice: #1 No Goals. Paul, if you needed to be in San Francisco for a business meeting by 2 PM, would you buy a ticket on a plane where the captain comes on the PA and says, "Folks, I've just read this book by Paul Jarvis and I've decided I am not going to have any goals. I know you were all expecting to go to SF, but ef it, I'm just going to fly around and see where the wind carries us. I don't have a bloody clue where we'll end up, so sit back, buckle up and enjoy the ride!"
Of course you wouldn't. We all need goals. Now Paul might give them another name, but let me tell you this: without goals, you are doomed to failure. You have to meet financial goals to pay your overhead and your own bills. Without a goal, you are nothing more than a wandering generality.
#2: He eschews promotion. He feels you should get good at what you do via iteration and innovation and not constantly promote yourself. That's great...Read more ›
This book is especially aimed at designers, which Paul is skilled at, but is valuable for any creative (writer, actor, etc...). What I found most appealing about the book is the "grounding" in real world experience. Paul isn't selling any extra courses, speeches etc... out of the back of the book. This book "is" Paul pouring out his creative expertise for you to enjoy.
Why not 5 stars?
1. This book isn't long enough. I think Paul has the depth of experience where he could have written an enjoyable 320-page or so book on these topics.
2. I wish Paul would have completed his Kickstarter campaign for this book. From what I read, he would have benefited from doing so, IMO.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good, sensible, succinct. Get going. Live by your values. Stop trying for "perfect", but keep trying. Read this and refer back often.Published 14 days ago by Nancie Lafferty
I really enjoyed this book. It's less a business book and more an inspirational motivational book. It had a lot of really great tidbits that were inspiring and great reminders of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
Good book with some fundamental and very helpful guidelines. He is an iconoclast and it breaks away from the guru model. It speaks to other ways you can change your life. Read morePublished 6 months ago by JK from the UK
I'm sure he is amazing...but the book only talks about why he snubs the world and why the world deserves him... Read morePublished 7 months ago by G. Roma
5 stars to anything this help in the short amount of time it took to read. That's all I have to say.Published 9 months ago by Michael C. Blackford