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Paul Jarvis is a web designer, author and gentleman of adventure. He’s founded several start-ups, toured the US and Canada in the band Mojave, self-published two books, and has worked as a web designer for almost two decades. Paul’s writing appears in Fast Company, 99u, The Next Web, GOOD, Elephant Journal, Design Taxi, Medium.com and many other publications. With an international reputation as the designer whose vision and web design strategy builds multi-million dollar businesses, he’s worked with Fortune 500 companies, best-selling authors and the world’s biggest entrepreneurs. Paul’s clients include Yahoo, Mercedes-Benz, Microsoft, The Highline in New York City, Danielle LaPorte, Marie Forleo and Kris Carr. You can find him on Twitter at @pjrvs. He currently lives in the woods on Vancouver Island with his wife Lisa and their two rats, Onha’ and Awe:ri.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: PAUL JARVIS; First Paperback Edition edition (November 18, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0991918614
  • ISBN-13: 978-0991918614
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (191 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Everything I Know is a fairly short read that reveals itself more like a kick in the ass than a fireside chat, which is a very good thing for those folks who get caught up in reading about getting work done instead of actually getting work done.

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.
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When I first bought this book I wasn't sure it be worth my read because I work in the same industry as Paul Jarvis. What more could I learn or what else could be said? I was totally wrong! I appreciated the down to earth and honest advice that Paul gives. He wrote things I knew, but needed to hear from someone else. His words are inspiring and filled with value. What I appreciate about this book is that it's not another "how to" book -- it's a story of a man who isn't afraid to be himself. I'll definitely read it again!
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A very solid book about creativity and art. It's the equivalent of sitting down for a chat with Jarvis while he gives you a hug and reassures you that the unpredictability of your work is to be expected. It reminded me of Jonathan Fields 'Uncertainty' and Srinivas Rao's 'Small Army Strategy.'

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
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This book is hard to get through because each page just makes me want to put it down and start down my path. This book is exactly the kick in the pants I needed.
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Paul is a refreshingly honest voice in a growing symphony of unoriginality. It’s nice to read something that just comes right out and lays it true with no promises or guarantees attached.

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.
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Paul's methods obviously served him well. He lets people know that it takes sacrifice to make something great. This is great advice, as so many people want to wake up tomorrow and have what they want. Any successful person has had to make some sacrifices to get what they have (unless they have inherited it!).

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...
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Paul writes a book that is a breezy, knowledgeable romp through the creative landscape.

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.
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