"I'm so thankful that as [the] decades have passed by, the general public has started to believe in the motivation of our company and what we stand for," he says. "The fans and the public truly believe what we say. I'm so happy that they believe what we see. They don't think we're cheating. Because why? We did it right."
Park is adamant that all parts of a successful company should be held accountable and scrutinized by the public -- even its owner.
"That trust is everything," he adds. "Success is like having a bigger microphone. Even if you have a huge speaker that can amplify what you say, but your life doesn't back it up, they're not going to listen. No matter what type of beautiful message you say in that speaker, if they think your life doesn't back it up then you're just a hypocrite. The whole point of being successful becomes in vain. It has to be a clean, righteous, respected journey. Even if you become No. 1 in the world, your journey needs to be respected or they won't listen to your message."
Park published a book JYP Ways that details his company's vision, values and mindset, which is required reading for all employees.
"I founded my company as a group of people sharing the same values and the same goal," he says. "I was always curious about the definition of a successful company. What makes a company? A bunch of people on a payroll? If that's a company, then if anybody gives one of your members a little bit more money they'll leave, right? If the whole purpose was money and success, then your employer was a thief."
Park picks JYPE's recent partnership with Make-a-Wish Foundation -- and with a newly created joint project of Every Dreams Matters! (EDM) -- as his highlight of 2019 and talks excitedly about the company's plans to expand the collaboration. In addition to a percentage of JYPE profits going into the program, a new credit card will soon be introduced for fans to have a percentage of their spending go towards granting the dreams of kids facing critical illnesses. Park sees this type of company initiative speaking not just for the business, but for its young artists too.
"Kids who get their wish come true, the ratio of possibility of their chance to be cured goes up dramatically," Park says. "[Something like this] can also help all of the mental problems that all these young celebrities and entertainers go through, you know? American, Korean entertainers when they achieve fame, money and stardom when they're young and they just lose focus and meaning of their life. Having them be part of these programs that are helping unfortunate people, that's when they can find a true goal of life instead of 'I want to be a star' or 'I want to be No. 1.' That can never be a true dream, that can never make you happy or be a motivation for the rest of your life. This is an education for our artists."