Ep 11: How to Focus on The Things That Matter with Ben Parr, Cofounder of Octane AI

“We won’t change society today or tomorrow, but if you change a little bit of society here and there, it reverberates over the course of decades”
— Ben Parr

It’s empathy. It’s humility. It’s fear. It’s part of being human.

It’s empathy. It’s humility. It’s fear. It’s part of being human.

Today’s guest, Ben Parr, discusses the different reasons behind why we perceive people the way we do, how those unconscious perceptions shape our thoughts, and ultimately, how they affect the dreams we pursue.

Ben is the founder of Octane AI and author of Captivology: The Science of Capturing People’s Attention, making Ben no stranger to the way people act, react, and interact.

Since Ben has always had a heart for others, he created a system to make the lives of business owners just a bit easier. Octane AI allows business owners everywhere to automatically respond to their incoming social media messages with the help of a Chatbot. This helps keeps both businesses and their customers happy.

At the end of the day, it all comes back to the people. How they feel, what they think, and how small positive experiences can add up to make a world of change. As a successful investor, entrepreneur, and editor, Ben understands that the platforms he has built also come with the responsibility to speak up and provide hope for those who don’t have a similar advantage. 

“Empathy makes for great entrepreneurs.”

“We are defined by what we do.”

“We won’t change society today or tomorrow, but if you change a little bit of society here and there, it reverberates over the course of decades.”

“We are one. The world is smaller than you know. All the differences in the world mean very little in the cosmic scheme of the universe.” 
 

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In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • Ben’s fourth and final goal to bring space to the rest of humanity and his realization of combining the business and research ends of science to enact change (04:32)

  • Ben’s evolution of ambition through his college years (10:35)

  • How Ben is helping businesses (14:35)

  • The importance of keeping your mind refreshed by taking things one day at a time (18:27)

  • The difference of empathy and humility between female and male entrepreneurs and the unconscious bias we have every day (24:26)

  • More about Ben’s Book, Captivology (32:25)

  • How to prioritize your self-care and personal relationships (44:35)

  • Plus much more...

Some Questions We Discuss:

  • What did you dream of becoming as a little boy? (04:06)

  • What’s your focus?  (13:39)

  • Do you ever feel like the weight of all the things you have to do will ever be enough? (18:08)

  • What keeps you up at night right now? (20:44)

  • Do you ever feel like, as an efficient entrepreneur, you lose touch with your emotions? (21:35)

  • Do you think there’s a connection between humility and empathy? (24:09)

  • Are there any fears for you that remain under the surface? (38:54)

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