Episode 9

Season 2, Episode 9 - Building Innovation Without Limits With Paul Sparks

Published on: 20th January, 2023

Entrepreneurs talk all the time about doing their own thing and breaking the mold in their careers, but not everyone can manage both their resources and the trade-offs in front of them effectively. Let’s take a look at someone who’s learned to do both with incredible success.


Paul Sparks is a lifelong innovator with a background that ranges from engineering to real estate to the blockchain. Now, Paul is focused on bridging the real estate and blockchain worlds through The Whale Club.


On this episode of the Rigging the Game podcast, Dan and Paul break down how Paul came into entrepreneurship and why, the process of navigating trade-offs in your first couple of years in a new business and dealing with the urge to go fast and test out options, and how Paul used the barbell method to maximize the upside and minimize the risk involved in his projects. Join the conversation for an inside look at an entrepreneur who’s using the commandments we’ve covered to gain a massive advantage.

Key Takeaways


  • How the pandemic made Paul take a step back and reevaluate what he really wanted to be doing with his life.
  • How Paul’s family and social circle reacted to the biggest changes in his career (and how to manage the scrutiny and expectations you face when you buck convention).
  • What Paul’s natural curiosity and his time in CCA and around other thinkers and innovators has given him in terms of perspective and the ability to identify and eliminate his blind spots.

Favorite Quote


“There's a trade-off to growing your business, to doing all these types of projects that suck your time and your energy out. Because resources are scarce. And we can't now allocate those to the things that really get me excited, which is innovation, which is doing something that's going to impact the world in a massive way.”

-Paul Sparks



 Connect with Paul Sparks

Visit Dan Nicholson’s website - Nth Degree CPAs and the Rigging The Game to learn how he helps small business owners cultivate good accounting and tax practices to achieve their financial goals. 


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Rigging The Game
The Rigging The Game Podcast is the top resource for entrepreneurs who want unconventional strategies and tips to win at business and life on their terms.

Entrepreneurs who are breaking through barriers while setting new standards in their industry recognize that the cliché, cookie cutter, and conventional recommendations about finance and business don’t apply to them.

This podcast will release you from the “WHAT YOU SHOULD BE DOING” chains so you can massively win at business and life by playing your game.

Painful shyness intersecting with an insatiable desire to compete (and WIN) birthed a relentless curiosity to understand how to massively win at business and confront fears without conforming to a set blueprint.

This show is for the purpose-driven entrepreneur who recognizes that the cliché, cookie cutter, and conventional recommendations about finance and business don’t work because they’re playing a different game.

As a painfully shy kid, I often found myself on the sidelines quietly observing the game of sports, life and business until the flames of competitiveness grew to a bonfire and took over. From the ashes, birthed a relentless curiosity and drive to understand how to massively win at business and confront my fears without conforming to a set blueprint.

I share the unconventional strategies and tips I learned to make sure you win (get what you want) under your rules. Hear all the “a-ha” moments as a business owner, dad, exercise enthusiast and serial idea generator while interviewing other thought leaders who have developed their own strategies to rig the game to win.