Business Ideas From Abroad

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

It’s very interesting to be part of a group of entrepreneurs (mastermind or other) to see what they do in your country but also internationally. Being part of a group of entrepreneurs makes it possible to share good methods/techniques.

There is an extraordinary rewarding to be part of an entreprenarial group because there are people from all over the world. It’s true that often half of the people come from English speaking countries (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada ) but there are many people from different continents and that is a phenomenal force.

It’s a bit complicated when you start your company and you’re in an international business group, but it’s interesting to know what’s happening in your industry in another country. To start, you can be part of a entrepreneurs group who speak the same language as you but who live in others cities and other countries.

Once you master a foreign languange, you may be interested in seeing what is happenig in other countries.

Case study

Imagine that you have a turtle shop. You sell turtles, turtle accessories and you have a turtle blog. It’s interesting to see what happens in English speaking or Spanish speaking countries. Tu vas sur Google.com (United States verision) , Google.ca (Canada version), Google.co.uk (United Kingdom version ), Google.com.mx (Mexico version), Google.com.ar (Argentina version), Google.com.co (Colombia version). You write keywords related to your professional field and you look at websites,forums, social media. You look at what competitors are doing, but in others areas.

Language

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Despite the incredible progress of Google Translate or other translation tools, markets are very isolated. The majority of people are interested only in their own market and their own language. This is a shame because it means that good methods will be used in one country and these good methods will be completely hallucinating and innovative for another country. And because of that, there is a loss of knowledge because there is no exchange between countries, there is no transfer of knowledge.

We entrepreneurs, we are not artists. There is no point in saying : « I’ll be the first to invent the wheel ! ». Once the wheel has been invented, it’s done and you can’t do anything. On the other hand, you can bring the wheel in your country and improve the wheel to find other use with. There is no shame in seeing good ideas in other countries and bringing them to your country. It allows you to create opportunities.

It’s true that the first interesting market to see is United States. Often this country is 4-5 years ahead of other countries in several different areas. But beware, new countries that are very dynamic have interesting innovation like Bresil (Google.com.br)  or several countries in Africa like Nigeria (https://www.google.com.ng ), Angola (https://www.google.pt ), Algeria, South Africa (https://www.googl.co.za ) and Asia like China (a tool to translate Baidu in english => http://www.baiduinenglish.com ), Singapore (https://www.google.com.sg ), South Korea (https://www.google.co.kr ).

What I want to tell you is that there is a lot to learn from other countries in the world. You need do be curious and to meet entrepreneurs from other countries with an exchange of ideas or innovations to create opportunities.

Share this article if you think it can help someone you know. Thank you.

-Steph

All Food Will Kill Us

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I read a Nerd Fitness article  and I want to share this with you.

It’s true that life is simpler when we know nothing. We eat at fast food, we do exercises once a week and we’re going to work because it’s like that. Our existence is like « Ignorance is bliss ».

One day when I was talking with girls (it always starts because of a girl), I decided to have the 50 Cent’s physique. I was doing Taekwondo but I wasn’t paying attention to my diet so I started to study nutrition.

The food that kills

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That’s how I learned that fat and cholesterol are bad so I started to eat less eggs. But I didn’t understand why « Rocky » ate it every morning.

Later, I learned that the gluten was bad. As I haven’t gluten intolerant, I don’t pay attention to that. With all this information, I told myself that if I had a farm, I would eat better. But I’m a city boy, I don’t know if I could live a whole year in the country side.

Later, I learned that the meat was bad. There is a group of people in China who don’t eat meat and they have less risk of heart disease. The idea of living longer pleases me but completely stop meat. No ! And I tested tofu.

Later, I learned that fish had mercury and mercury kills people. Even Tommy Lee Jones use fish to create a bomb in the movie « Blow Away ». Don’t laugh, go watch the movie!

It remains fruits and vegetables with that we’re safe. Cool, 600gr of fruit’s sugar per day and it’s perfect. But wait ? Steve Jobs was a fruitarian, he ate only fruit at every meal and he died of cancer !

No fruit, no meat, no fish. Fortunately there are vegetables. Ah shit, vegetables are now genetically modified. Well, I’ll go live on another planet, people are crazy here.

What !?! Wine is good for health because of antioxidants and resveratrol ? Look, I live next to France and I live in Switzerland, here we are drunk with wine. At every meal, there is a bottle of wine on the table.

How to do

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It hurts the heart and gives headache to learn all this information. We have two choices :

  • Create an environment where all is sterile like a hospital room

  • Use common sense. Do your best with what you have and not take anything to the extreme.

I choose to use common sense :

  • Enjoy all in moderation

  • Eat more to gain weight. Eat less to lose weight

  • Drink mostly water and occasionally something else like rum.

  • Doing physical exercises several times per week

  • Don’t eat only one type or one category of food. Lot of vegetables, some meat, fruit, nuts

  • Focus on long-term goals and stop stressing about unimportant details.

And play video games or read manga if my mother said it rot the brain.

What is the craziest thing you have learned to be healthy and how you used it to extremes ?

-Steph

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Fitness History- China and India (2 500-250 BC.) (Part 2)

ancient civilisation

China

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In China, the philosophy taught by Confucius encouraging regular physical activity. It was recognized that physical inactivity was associated with certain diseases (organ dysfunction such as heart disease and diabetes) that were preventable with regular exercise. Consequently, gymnastics Cong Fu was developed to keep the body in good conditions. Cong Fu exercise program consisted of different poses and movements characterized by foot positions and imitating different animals fighting style. In addition to gymnastics Cong Fu, there were other forms of physical activities through ancient China such as archery, badminton, dancing, fencing and wrestling.

India

ancient civilisation india

In India, physical activity was discouraged because of religious beliefs of Buddhism and Hinduism who insisted on spirituality and neglect development of the body. Consequently, the importance of physical activity in society was really low. However, a similar exercise program to Chinese Cong Fu was developed and still comply with religious beliefs, it’s Yoga. The exact origins of Yoga have not yet been found. Yoga has exist for around at least 5000 years. Yoga word translation means union and refers to one of the classic systems of Hindu philosophy of bringing together all personal development of the body, mind and spirituality. Originally Yoga was developed by Hindu priests who had a lifestyle characterized by discipline and meditation. With the observation and imitation of animal movements, priests hoped to achieve the same balance with nature that animals seemed to possess. This aspect of Yoga, known as Hatha Yoga is the form with which Westerners are most familiar and is defined by a series of exercises with physical postures and breath control. Apart balance with nature, the ancient Indian philosophies recognize the beneficial health effects with a good organ function and well-being. These health benefits have also been known today to the United States with an estimated 12 million people regularly practicing yoga.

That’s all for today. Soon the rest of fitness history.

-Steph