Emerson Spartz has hunted down and capitalized on patterns in business since he was 12 years old.

Fast-forward 18 years, and Spartz is the CEO of Dose, a digital media company that reaches 200 million Millennials every month with content designed to provide fresh ideas, knowledge and perspectives. Spartz is also one of the world’s leading experts on virality, having extensively studied its patterns and used what he learned to build his media company that was onced composed of more than 30 unique websites.

In our interview, Spartz lets me in on his secrets for effectively learning new information, his best strategies for negotiating deals, the power of doing “comfort zone challenges,” and of course, how virality really works. He’s an extremely well-read guy who’s practically bursting at the seams with knowledge, and I’m grateful that he’s more than willing to share some of his insights.

Head over to Spartz’s personal website to connect with him and learn more about his journey, and please enjoy the interview to learn about virality and the power of patterns in business.

In this episode with Emerson Spartz, you’ll learn:

  • The secret to making any business project a success (8:15)
  • How you can learn to be successful by studying the lives of successful people (13:00)
  • Strategies you can use to get better at learning (19:57)
  • The two best tactics for becoming a better negotiator (25:55)
  • Why doing “comfort zone challenges” will make you a better businessperson (27:14)
  • The art and science behind virality (33:36)

Please enjoy this conversation with Emerson Spartz!

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Emerson Spartz Quotes from This Episode of Powderkeg:

“It turns out, if you work on any passion project for eight hours a day over an extended period of years, it will probably, eventually, not suck.” — Emerson Spartz

“If you understand people, and why people do what they do, then you understand half of everything else.” — Emerson Spartz

“I believe learning how to learn is literally the most important skill that you could possibly develop.” — Emerson Spartz

“Most people think of virality as something that just comes from scratch, but it rarely ever comes from scratch. Almost everything that you see that’s viral has already been on the internet before.” — Emerson Spartz

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