This afternoon I was tired and unfocused so while I was drinking a cup of coffee I listened to a presentation regarding yet another accelerator program targeting companies who “want to grow fast.” This programs unique spin is that it prepares you to join more prestigious accelerators and unlike other presentations that I’ve listened to figures of 1-4-10 million dollars were thrown around. Though it might be hard for some to believe, I’m not against making money, but the whole culture of devoting your life to the pursuit of more and more wealth never jibed with me. Of course that also has the effect that I shop at noFrills, while others at SuperStore, or why I will never drive a Benz unless I become a chauffeur.
I’m quickly reading through Paul Jarvis’s “Company of One,” and I like some of what I am reading.
A company of one is simply a business that questions growth.
A company of one resists and questions some forms of traditional growth, not on principle, but because growth isn’t always the most beneficial or financially viable move. It can be a small business owner or a small group of founders. Employees, executive leaders, board members, and corporate leaders who want to work with more autonomy and self-sufficiency can adopt the principles of a company of one as well.
Paul Jarvis. “Company of One.”