TMBA 457: Why Does Everyone Talk About Revenue and Not Profit?

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A few weeks ago, Dan and Ian published an episode of this podcast about The Peter Principle, which is the idea that everyone will more or less rise to the level of their own incompetence.

Today, we are talking about a different principle. This one comes from a great 19th century book, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain.

This episode begins with an excerpt from the book, where Tom is forced to paint a fence and convinces others to help him, eventually managing to get them to paint it for him.

On today’s show, we’re sharing our thoughts on how entrepreneurs can use this same philosophy to lead a great team without working in their business day-to-day.

We’ll also be talking about the progress we’ve made with our new business venture – Dynamite Jobs, and why many entrepreneurs spend so much time focusing on top-line revenue rather than profit.


Listen to this week’s show and learn:

  • Why the story of Tom painting the fence is ultimately about leadership. (3:05)
  • The difference between managing people and inspiring people. (5:43)
  • Why it’s important to provide people with a sense of purpose. (8:10)
  • An update on our foray into the world of remote jobs. (17:10)
  • The answer to one of the most common questions that we receive. (24:45)

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Published on 09.06.18

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