Entrepreneur loneliness

entrepreneur loneliness

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

Many entrepreneurs experience this loneliness. It’s not the loneliness type: « I have no family and I have no friends ». It’s a loneliness type that there is no one in the family or friends who is also an entrepreneur. Because of this, it’s difficult to share the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial profession.

When an entrepreneur shares his/her problems with a person who is not an entrepreneur, here’s the answer he/she often hears: « Oooh no, you’re crazy! Stop being an entrepreneur! Find yourself a quiet job and like that, you’ll don’t have this kind of problem ».

And when you’re an entrepreneur, it’s real, it’s really not the answer you want to hear. An entrepreneur has chosen to be an entrepreneur, it’s simple.

Solution

solution

I think you imagine it’s complicated but it’s so simple that most people think it’s complicated.

Metting with other entrepreneurs

Meet people who live the same thing as you. You’ll understand what they’re going through and they’ll understand what you’re going through.

To find them, you can go find them in the entrepreneur’s associations, the chamber of commerce of your city, training for entrepreneurs, etc.

There are also events in your professional field. Usually, in these events, there are hundreds or thousands of entrepreneurs (you can also find potential partners or customers)

To break this loneliness, it’s up to you to act. Inform yourself to the entrepreneur’s associations, the chamber of commerce of your city, training for entrepreneurs and events of your professional field and meet entrepreneurs. If you’re shy, it’s not an excuse. Be afraid and do it, you’ll see. You are not the only shy entrepreneur in your city.

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-Steph

Dropshipping

dropshipping

I watched an Olivier Roland’s video and I learned good stuff.

To start, a little explanation of dropshipping. Dropshipping is to entrust most of your logistics to an external service provider or to make it simpler, you outsource your logistics. For example, you sell fitness accessories on the internet. Everything concerning the reception of the product, storage of the product, packaging of the product and sending the product to the final customer is managed by the service provider. This is a concept proposed by Tim Ferriss in his book « 4 hours workweek ».

Amazon

amazon fulfillment

The most famous dropshipping provider in the world is Amazon with its service « fulfillment by Amazon »  Here is how it works, you reference your product in Amazon’s catalogue, you order your product from your supplier by telling to your supplier to send the product to an Amazon’s center.

As you see Amazon takes care of the storage of your products. Now when a person buys your product on Amazon, it’s Amazon that handles delivery to the final customer and billing. Of course, Amazon takes a commission that is about 30 % of the sale price. Yes, that’s it, so you have to pay attention to your profit margin.

Today there are more and more people who create dropshipping companies to buy products to import on Alibaba. They do market research on the internet, they do tests and sell these products on Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Amazon Germany, etc.

it’s possible to earn tens of thousands of dollars per months with an excellent profit margin.

A dropshipping company is interesting because there are fewer constraints than the classic e-business. But there are always risks. You have to buy a little stock (so the stock is at home) to your supplier to see if you can make several sales on Amazon before outsourcing your logistics to Amazon.

Make your first sales

first sales sold

There are several ways to create a dropshipping company, it’s up to you to find the one that fits you. Do your best to minimize risks and a plan B if things don’t go well.

To minimize risks to the maximum, you need to train yourself about dropshipping. Read books about dropshipping, do your own research to try to figure out what products interest people and buy a small stock of products to sell them yourself. The best scenario is that Amazon takes care of everything including find customers. But for this to be possible you have to make marketing efforts to have the first sales. Once you have made the first sales, you have launched the machine.

Once you have made the first sales, an Amazon’s algorithm will help you. Yo know when you see a product on Amazon, at the bottom of the page, you have a « customers who bought this item also bought » zone. When your product is on this list, Amazon helps you find new customers and it’s cool.

Make your own marketing

marketing digital social media

Amazon helps you for your logistics and find new customers and it’s really cool but don’t be naive. If Amazon changes its algorithms, your sales can decrease. To avoid this situation, you have to do your own marketing. An excellent strategy is to create content with a blog, a Youtube channel or another social media.

The idea is to create content to create a community. For example, if you sell fitness accessories, you create content about fitness to create a fitness community. Content allows you to have fans. You build a community and your mission is to help people in your community to reach their goals. And that makes the difference between you and your competitor.

If you’re interested in creating a dropshipping company, the first step you need to do is to train yourself by reading books, watching video on Youtube and participating in online or offline training. Here, now it’s up to you to hustle.

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-Steph

How To Do T-Bar Rows

t bar rows

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Podcast:

Lying on the belly on the inclined bench and take the handles with a pronated grip :

  • Inhale and brings the bar to your chest

  • Exhale at the end of movement

This exercise is similar to the barbell bent rows but it allows a better work of the back muscles because there is less need to focus on the body’s positioning.

This exercise works latissimus dorsi, teres major, posterior deltoid, arm’s flexor (biceps, brachialis, and brachioradialis), rhomboids and trapezius.

The machines with a belly support allow to focus less on the positioning, abs and spinal erectors don’t work. When there are very heavy weights, the rib cage can be compressed on the ventral support and this hinders breathing. When it’s difficult to breathe, doing the exercise is unpleasant.

Note

With a supinated grip, this exercise especially works the brachialis and the upper part of the trapezius at the end to the pull.

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-Steph

Stop Procrastinating On Your Project

procrationation

I watched an Oliver Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

At the beginning when I started my blog, I had difficulties to be regular in writing articles. I wasn’t productive. But procrastination is often a big problem for entrepreneurs.

Here are some strategies that help me and will help you to evolve your project every day. These are strategies that you can use today, they’re simple

Everyone must know your project

everyone everybody

Talk about your project to all people you know, even people you meet from time to time. A maximum of people needs to understand your project. Talk to your family, friends, schoolmates, co-workers, employees of places where you go often, your cat/dog/red fish, etc.

Talk about your project in your social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. In this way, people from different countries will know that you’re working on an important project for you.

What will happen is that when you meet these people, they’ll ask you how your project is progressing. At the beginning, you’ll probably find excuses to explain why your project doesn’t advance but you’ll quickly realize that it’s embarrassing to invent excuses.

It’s normal to have that feeling because no one wants to look stupid in front of people. Now that you don’t want to look stupid in front of people, it creates a new external motivation, a positive external pressure that will help you to evolve your project.

Make A Challenge

challenge

You can find a friend who also wants to create a blog or a company and both you make a challenge. Make a prize for each challenge. For example, the first who publishes 4 articles in his/her own blog, the loser must pay a restaurant or a concert (showcase) to the winner. Regularly each one checks the evolution of the other and once the challenge is over, you make another challenge.

A regrettable donation

donation

You make a check or fill out a donation form for an association or a political party that you don’t like at all. You really have to hate the beneficiary of the donation. You give the check or the donation form to one of your best friend. If at the precise date you didn’t make your project evolve as planned, your friend sends the money to the beneficiary. It has to be minimal $100.- because it has to be painful. You want to do everything to avoid this.

These strategies allow you to have something more in your state of mind to realize your project. A plus to boost your will effectively.

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-Steph

How To Do Stiff-Legged Deadlifts

stiff legged deadlifts

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Podcast :

Standing with your feet slightly apart. The barbell is on the floor in front of you :

  • Inhale, bend your torso forward with your back arched. If you can keep your legs straight or slightly bent.

  • Take the barbell with a pronated grip and straighten your body with your back rigid (your back is not more arched than the starting position). It’s at the hips level that the tilt occurs. Exhale at the end of the movement.

  • Returns to the starting position without the barbell touch the floor and do it again.

To avoid to have injuries, keep your back straight, it’s important.

This exercise works all the spinal erectors, it’s the muscles that run along each side of your spine. These are the muscles that allow you to straighten your spine.

When you straighten your torso, during the tilt forward of your hips, this exercise works the gluteus maximus and hamstrings (except the thigh biceps short head).

This exercise stretches the back of your thighs when you return to the starting position.

It’s possible to raise your feet compared to to the barbell (with a plate weight or a step) so that the exercise is more effective.

Note

This exercise can be used as a stretching movement for hamstring with light weights.

The heavier the weight and the greater the gluteus will work compared to the hamstrings to straighten your hips.

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-Steph

Make A Totally Innovative Project

innovative project

I watched an Oliver Roland’s video  and I learned good stuff.

Often we have a totally innovative product or service and it’s so innovative that we don’t know if people will buy it. And it’s normal that an entrepreneur to think about it because to create a product/service, it takes a lot of energy, time and money.

The problem is to know which is the most profitable idea. It’s an important skill that an entrepreneur must have to know how to minimize risks. No one can be sure of the product’s success at 100 % but we can reduce the risks enormously.

To reduce the risks enormously, it’s necessary to test the product/service to the reality of the market. There are several ways to test your product/service on the market :

  • The Lean Startup’s method  allows you to create a prototype ( the Minimum Viable Product) quickly

  • You can make ads on Facebook

  • You can create a blog to see if you idea interest people to make it a community

  • You can go on a Crowdfunding’s platform, explain your idea and see if people are willing to invest in it. Your product/service is in « pre-order » mode.

  • You can do a webinar where you explain your idea to people and see if they’re ready to pay you in advance. Your product/service is in « pre-order » mode.

Sell before create

sell before create

The principle of these methods is to sell the product/service before creating it. With it, you can minimize the risks. You can do it, it’s legal and ethic provided you’rae transparent with your community or your prospects. You have to tell them that the product is under development and that they will be able to use it as soon as it’s ready.

I think we all already bought a pre-order product and we were satisfied.

With these strategies to « sell before you create » your product/service, you avoid wasting months or years of work to have an unsaleable product/service because nobody is interested. And unfortunately, it happens extremely often. A lot of entrepreneurs lose their time creating something that nobody wants to buy.

Test all your ideas in this way until one of your product/service interests people. And you do this every time because there is always a difference between what the entrepreneur wants and what consumers want. And the way to find out if a product/service is successful is to test it on the market right away.

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-Steph

Data Science Underrated Job

data science

I have just enrolled in a Data Science course on Udemy  and I learned good stuff.

I know you’ve heard many times « Look this one, this is the job of the future ! ». The simplest thing I can do is explain why it’s interesting to learn about Data Science. This is extremely useful skills for the future.

The principle is that the more data there is, the more work there is for Data Scientists. Let’s look at the amount of data created in the world in the past, present, and estimate for the future.

130 Exabytes have been created by humans since the beginning of humanity until 2005. Ok, you didn’t understand. Don’t worry, it was the same for me. Let’s go back to the source.

Measuring data

measuring data

The source, it’s 1 byte (1B) and 1 byte is the necessary place for a hard drive to hold a letter. For example, the letter « S » = 1 byte (1B).

You go to the next level and you multiply 1 byte (1B) by 1000 which gives you 1 Kilobyte (1Kb). A book’s page contains between 2000 and 5000 letters so we can say that a half of page of text is about 1 Kilobyte (1Kb).

You go to the next level and you multiply 1 Kilobyte (1Kb) by 1000 which gives you 1 Megabyte (1Mb). A 500 pages book is about 1 Megabyte (1Mb).

You go to the next level and you multiply 1 Megabyte (1Mb) by 1000 which gives you 1 Gigabyte (Gb). A human genome (coded) can be contained in 1 Gigabyte (1Gb).

You go to the next level and you multiply 1 Gigabyte (1Gb) by 1000 which gives you 1 Terabyte (1Tb). If you take an HD camera and take a picture every day, every hour for 80 years. All videos can be contained in 1 Terabyte (1Tb).

You go to the next level and you multiply 1 Terabyte (1Tb) by 1000 which gives you 1 Petabyte (1Pb). If you take all trees of Amazonian forest to make paper and you write text on both sides each paper, all this paper represents between 1 and 2 Petabyte (1-2 Pb).

You go to the next level and you multiply 1 Petabyte (1Pb) per 1000 which gives you 1 Exabyte (1Eb). All existing data on planet Earth is contained in 1 Exabyte (1Eb).

More more more data

more data more problems

I think now you understand better how we measure the amount of data in a hard drive. At first, I told you that 130 Exabytes (130 Eb) created by humans from the beginning of humanity until 2005.

In 2010, this increased to 1200 Exabytes (1200 Eb). In 2015, this increased to 7900 Exabyte (7900 Eb). The forecast for 2020 is that this will increase up to 40 900 Exabyte (40 900 Eb).You see how data creation is growing in the world, it goes very very fast.

With a graphic, it’s easier to visualize all that.

data science forecast graph

The blue line on the graph corresponds to the quatitiy that machines (computers) can sore. You see, there is much more data than what computers can store.

The red line corresponds to what Data Scientists can process as data. You see, there is much more data than Data Scientists can process.

Another important point is that the gap between the machines and the Data Scientists will increase over time.

There are very few Data Scientits in the world and because they’re rare, they’re expensive or their salaries are high.

As companies increasingly seek ou Data Scientists, universities and engineering schools are beginning to offer this type of trainining.

The fact that the number of data increase, the companies demand to have Data Scientist to proccess data also increase. This demand is so enormous that it’s expected that in dozen years, everyone will know the Data Science’s basics as the programming now.

I advise you to do research on Data Science, you’ll see, it can be used in any industry, it’s really interesting.

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-Steph

From Beginner To Become Your Own Personal Trainer (Part 1)

become your own pesonal trainer

I read a Nerd Fitness article  and I learned good stuff.

Before to read this article, I advise you to read Find The Gym For Your Goals Part 1 et Part 2; Back To The Source Of Equipment Part 1 et Part 2; Back To The Source Of Human Strength Part 1 et Part 2.If you already read it, continue and have fun.

A strong body is a healthy body, you have heard this many times but it’s not easy to do. Starting a new workout can be intimidating. It’s, for this reason, a lot of people fail.

How you will train

gym training

To start, you have to find out what kind of strength training you want to do. It depends on the equipment and your goals. Here are several types of training programs :

Bodyweight

With a bodyweight training, you need little equipment (or not at all) and you can train everywhere (home, hotel, playground, workplace). As long as you have room to move, you can train.

If you like bodyweight training, take a pull-up bar and a set of gymnastics rings. If you’re really a beginner, an exercise band  can assist you in the movement like pull ups and dips.

If is that you can do bodyweight training without equipment, the disadvantage is that you need to constantly change exercises difficult to be sure to progress.

Dumbbells

Dumbbells are excellent for starting a workout with weight for several reasons.

First, gyms always have a good set of dumbbells. If you want to train at home, you can buy a set of adjustable dumbbells (that’s how I started in my bedroom).

The second reason is that dumbbells allow you to add a small amount of weight to do an exercise and exercise with dumbells are less intimidating that exercise with a barbell. For example, if you’re a beginner, starting with a 20kg (45lbs) barbell is a bit too much.

Dumbbells also allow you to work your symmetry and allow you to balance the strength of your right side and left side of your body. It’s ridiculous to have an arm or a leg extremely bigger and stronger as the other.

If you can’t finish a repetition, it’s easy to throw dumbbells on the floor compared to a barbell. For a beginner, it’s excellent for learning movements.

The disadvantage is that to evolve, you need to buy new dumbbells and this can be expensive. A gym membership is handy to avoid this problem.

Barbells

If your goal is to gain only strength, this is the recommended option. Barbell allows you to progress cleanly and quickly by adding a small amount of weight each week.

A barbell is really stable because you use your 2 hands instead of 1 hand for dumbbells so it’s easy to lift heavy (especially for the lower body like squat of deadlift). For exercises like the squat or the press, you can use the rack to load and unload weights safety.

The disadvantage is that to do this at home, you need to have a squat rack, a barbell, a bench and enough weight plates in your house or in your garage. A gym membership is handy to avoid this problem.

What’s the best way to train?

The barbell is optimal for gaining strength. Bodyweight training is good but you have to seriously motivate you to train at home.

Sometimes you have to adapt to the situation to be able to do your training. When I travel a bodyweight training is perfect if I don’t have access to a gym.

But the best workout is when you lift heavy. Nothing can replace squat, deadlift and body weight pull up.

There are also other ways to have a strength training like rock climbing, yoga or parkour.

Choose the program to follow

gym training program

Never go to the gym without having a plan. To get results, it’s necessary to have a plan to track your progress.

For to make a lot of progress, a beginner can have a full body program of 3 times a week with a day off between training days. Be sure that the program you choose matches your goals, A powerlifters will have a different training from a bodybuilder or an endurance athlete.

In my article Back To The Source Of Human Strength Part 1 and Part 2, I talk about numbers of repetitions and their goals :

  • Reps in the 1-5 range build super dense muscle and strength

  • Reps in the 6-12 range build a somewhat equal amount of muscular strength and muscular endurance.

  • Reps in the 12+ range build muscular endurance and size

Many beginner strength training programs say to do 5 sets of 5 repetitions to optimize progress to gain strength.

With a circuit or superset, you do a set of each exercise in an order and you repeat the process.

For example :

  • 20 bodyweight squat

  • 10 push ups

  • 20 walking lunges

  • 10 dumbell rows

  • 15 second plank

  • 30 jumping jacks

  • Repeat all these 5 times to do 5 sets

In traditional strength program, you do a complete set of an exercise, you rest and you do another set of the same exercise and so on.

For example :

  • 10 squat

  • Rest

  • 10 squat

  • Rest

  • 10 squat

  • Rest

  • 10 squat

  • Rest

  • 10 squat

  • Next exercise

If your goal is to be healthy and lose weight, you don’t need to focus on strength, a circuit (superset) is perfect.

This allows you to spend less time at the gym and to make up your high heart rate longer.

If your goal is to have more strength and have more muscle, choose a traditional strength training.

One important thing, your diet corresponds to 80-90 % of your success or failure. The quality of your diet will help you gain strength and lose fat.

When you choose a workout to develop your strength, be sure to increase the difficulty over time. To become stronger, you need to write a plan. This can be to do one more squat, lift 2kg (5lbs) more or do your circuit (superset) 10 seconds faster.

The main goal is to always be better than the last time, this is what ensures the continuity of being stronger and faster.

You can write your own training program or fortunately, there is a lot of excellent beginner program.

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-Steph

How To Do Deadlift

deadlift anatomy

I read a Frederic Delavier’s book « Strength Training Anatomy » and I learned good stuff.

Made Podcast :

Standing in front of the barbell that is on the floor with your legs slightly apart. Your back is motionless and slightly arched :

  • Bend your legs so that your thighs are about horizontal. This position may be slightly different depending on the morphology and the flexibility of your ankles. For example, a person who has short arms and short femurs will have the thighs to the horizontal. A person who has long arms and long femurs will have the thighs a little higher than the horizontal.

  • Take the barbell with your arms outstretched and with a pronated grip. Your hands are spread to a little bit more than your shoulder’s width. You can also have a hand with a pronated grip and the other with a supinated grip to prevent the barbell from rolling and lifting extremely heavy weights.

  • Inhale, block your breath and squeeze your abs and your lumbar region. Lift the barbell by straightening your legs and lift the barbell in front of your shins.

  • When the barbell comes to your knees level, you straighten your bust completely to finish your legs extended. Exhale at the end of the effort.

  • Keep your body’s extension (all your body is straight) for 2 seconds. Then go down with the barbell while you squeezing your abs and lumbar region to control the movement.

deadlift anatomy

It’s very important not to round your back during the movement to avoid injury.

deadlift anatomy

This exercise works all the body’s muscles, especially the glutes and quadriceps. This exercise builds solid hip, lower back, and trapezius.

deadlift anatomydeadlift anatomy

Deadlift is part of the exercises carried out during powerlifting’s competitions with squat and bench press.

Note

When you’re doing an exercise with a very heavy weight, it’s important that you do a « blocking » :

  1. You fill your lungs like a balloon by taking a deep breath and blocking your breathing. This allows you to avoid your torso leaning forward and this stiffens your rib cage.

  2. You squeeze your abs to stiffen your stomach and increase your intra-abdominal pressure. This prevents your bust from sagging forward.

  3. You arch your lower back with a squeeze of your lumbar muscles and extend the bottom of the spine.

« Blocking » is these 3 actions. When you do these 3 actions simultaneously, this allows you to avoid rounding your back. Lift heavy weights with a rounded back cause the famous injury called slipped disk.

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-Steph

Body Under Construction 2017 07 30

the stephane andre body under construction

Each month I do my body check to track my body’s evolution with photo, measurements and body fat(%) to reach my Golden Ratio.

I take my results in the morning with my stomach empty or just a glass of water.

I calculate my body fat ( %) with the 1 site skinfold (fat caliper) and I use the caliper’s chart.

Current

  • Height : 175 cm (5ft 8.8 in)

  • Weight : 76.7 kg (167.55 lbs)

  • body fat(%) : 8.1 %

  • Waist : 82 cm (32.28 in)

  • Chest : 98 cm (38.58 in)

  • Arms : 33.5cm (12.99 in)

  • Forearms : 28 cm (11 in)

  • Shoulders : 116 cm (45.66 in)

  • Hips : 92 cm (36.22 in)

  • Thighs : 57.5 cm (22.44 in)

  • Calves : 39 cm (15.35 in)

  • Neck :38.5 cm (14.96 in)

Goals (Golden Ratio)

  • Height : 175 cm (5ft 8.8 in)

  • Weight : 80kg (176.37)

  • body fat(%) : 8 %

  • Waist : 75.07 cm (29.55 in)

  • Chest : 107.25 cm (42.22 in)

  • Arms : 39.93 cm (15.72 in)

  • Forearms : 31.63 cm (12.45 in)

  • Shoulders : 121.47 cm (47.82 in)

  • Hips : 91.16 cm (35.88 in)

  • Thighs : 61 cm (24.01 in)

  • Calves : 39.61 cm (15.59 in)

  • Neck : 39.68 cm (15.62 in)

Websites where I found my Golden Ratio. Here  and there .

Websites where I calculate my body fat(%), here  and there.

And you? Have you set your goals?

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-Steph