Accidental Genius

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What’s up ? This is THE stephane ANDRE !!! I heard Olivier Roland’s tips and I learned some good stuff.

There is an interesting book by Mark Levy named Accidental Genius . This book explains a method to unleash your creativity and brain’s power to find solutions to your problems.

This book doesn’t speak to the fact that supposedly we use only 10% of our brain but rather that we underestimate an important thing, write what we think. When we think without written support, we deprive ourselves of an enormous source of structuring thoughts. Our thoughts go further and more structured when we think in writing than when we think in our head and we forget those thoughts very quickly.

Unfortunately, there is a difficulty. It’s that we write very slow compared to the speed we think. But Mark Levy has a method to overcome this difficulty, it’s free writing.

Free writing

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Choose a problem that takes your head, take a piece of paper or open a document on your computer and start writing all that happens in your head.

For exemple, if you wan to start a company, the problem can be : « how can I start a profitable company as soon as possible ? ». Like a brainstorming, you write a maximum of idea in a minimum of time. To ease this process, ,you write without paying attention to grammar, vocabulary, syntax, punctuation, etc. You write with lots of mistakes to make it fluid. Anyway, you don’t write for someone, you write for yourself so you can let go, write whatever you want.

When you have a moment where you block, keep writing. You can write 40 times the same word, it doesn’t matter. As you continue to write, you will force your brain to find other ideas and to return to the flow of thoughts. It’s advisable to do this for 10 minutes.

I tested this method and it’s surprising but I have to use it more often to develop this skill. What I like with this method is that I can use it for all areas of my life and it takes 10 minutes in the day.

My question is, are you also going to test this method or are you one of the people who reads my blog to make yourself feel good ? What are you doing ?

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-Steph

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The Only Thing To Be Successful In the Long Term

 long term success

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

Sir Winston Churchill said : « Success is the ability to go from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm ».

I’m sure you’ve heard this quote . But there’s something that nobody told you about that quote. This thing is the « GRIT ».

What’s this

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The meaning of the word « grit » is : « passion and perseverance for a long-term goal ».

We discovered after several years of case studies that intelligence wasn’t the most important element to have success in school, at work and in life.

The most important element to be successful is grit and personality. It’s essential to have the courage to go through all the challenges and failures to find a new solution to achieve the goal.

Psychology Professor at University Of Pennsylvania, Angela Duckworth shows in her studies that   :

« Smarter students actually had less grip that their peers who scored lower on an intelligence test. This finding suggests that, among the study participants – all students at an Ivy League School – people who are not as bring as their peers compensate by working harder and with more determination. And their effort pays off : The grittiest students – not the smartest ones – had the highest GPAs ».

And  :

« At the elite United States Military Academy, West Point, a cadet’s grit score was the best predictor of success in the rigorous summer training program known as « Beast Barracks ». Grit matter more than intelligence, leadership ability or physical fitness.

At the Scripps National Spelling Bee, the grittiest contestants were the most likely to advance to the finals – at least in part because they studied longer, not because they were smarter or were better spellers ».

These findings suggest that the achievement of difficult goals entails not only talent but also the sustained and focused application of talent over time.

There is also this article by Thomas Friedman in New York Times: Need a job ? Invent one .

In this article, there is a quote from Tony Wagner, Harvard Education Specialist : « Today, because knowledge is available on every Internet-connected device, what you know matters far less than what you can do with what you know ».

As you can see, it’s not the amount of information that is important to be successful but what you do with this information. It’s the same principle to have a healthy body. I know people who know a tremendous amount of information about how to lose weight and how to build muscle. But there is a problem, they’re all overweight and from year to year, they take on more weight and they need to take more medicines.

What is necessary is to use the information that you have every day. It’s useless to know all the answers and look for the perfect workout. Start with what you have now and day after day, you’ll improve your knowledge on the field.

How do I do

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Here is my case. As you already know, I plan my workout program throughout the year to gradually increase the difficulty (periodization). I have failures (very often) and I adjust. Every week I search for small changes and tactics.

Tracking my workout helps me tremendously to adjust the difficulty without creating any injury. I use an application on my smartphone to track my workout, it’s Jefit.

I know that all my life is going to be like that. Learn more, have more failures and find new tactics to progress.

It’s true that says it like that, you think it’s boring but it’s very motivating to see progress made week after week. Small details are important to your body. Often the people around you don’t see you making progress. They don’t see that your body is changing but you know you have more strength and better health.

What looked annoying is actually motivating. I like to see small changes on my body because I know that the accumulation of small changes make a great transformation. It’s the same principle as a video game, the main character is gradually becoming stronger and stronger.

When I look my workout’s tracking over several months or several years, I see that I have done great transformation. The amount of weight lifted has increased and my endurance has increased.

When I check my workout’program of the day, I stop to day to myself : « It’s going to be painful today, oh no ! » but « Mmmh, it’s going to have a little new record today ! ».

That is why I began to « document » the evolution of my body. If you watch my videos every day, you’ll not see any difference but when you watch the videos I made 6 months or 1 year ago, you see that the differences are really visible. And it’s the same for you.

Build the grit

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For several years I had several (one ton) failures and I searched to find small changes and new tactics to change my body little by little, week after week. I did all that to create « my new standard » and « my new identity » to have the best possible future in my life. All these small improvements on my body have developing more grit and perseverance.

Here is how to build your grit yourself :

  1. Determine your new « identity ».

    The more specific your new identity, the easier it will be to prove it to yourself. For example : « I’m the type of person who never miss a workout » and « I’m the type of person who always eats a healthy meal at lunch » and/or « I’m the type of person who works on his own business as soon as I have free time ».

    To always have these identities in mind put post-it in several places in your house like on the calendar, the phone and the mirror of your bathroom. You can also have it in the wallpaper (lock screen) on your smartphone.

  2. Have small victories every day to prove it to yourself and motivate you to do that

    Follow your evolution and highlight your small victories to see that you are in the right direction. Make a daily challenge that takes you between 5 and 15 minutes. Once this challenge is successful, it’s a small victory in addition.

  3. Increases the difficulty of your challenges every 30 days

    For a month, for 30 days, you’ll have small victories. Once you have 30 small victories, make a party to celebrate these victories and increase the difficulty of your challenges for the next 30 days.

    Attention, our will’s strength is limited so use all this will to build this new healthy habit.

  4. When you have created you « new standard », it’s time to improve it.

    Improve your « new standard » by making small adjustments. Make slow and steady progress to win. If you make drastic adjustments, you will have more failures than small victories and this will make you want to give up.

  5. When you fail in something , be sure to fail differently next time

    Failure doesn’t mean that you have a bad or a weak personality. It’s just mean that you didn’t have all the knowledge and experience to succeed. Learn and practice more on the field to continue towards the best.

It’s not important where you’re from, where you’re going that’s important.

I warn you already that this a path with more that 1 billion challenges but it’s the price to pay for a better lifestyle. To achieve the lifestyle of your dreams , you will create 1 billion versions of yourself, all better than the previous ones (it’s like an update).

The most important thing is that you shouldn’t let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish anything in you life (this also includes you parents).

If you know you can do it, do it !

What is the little victory you have recently made, and what the next ?

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-Steph

No One Around You Understand Your Passion

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

I think once you found something and you found it so cool that you got excited about it. You found it so interesting that you talked about it to all your friends, family and so on. And unfortunately, quickly, you realized that everyone didn’t care.

Don’t worry, it did the same with me. In fact, several times already and I know that it will happen to me several times until death.

The passion

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For example when I stopped Taekwondo because my teacher returned to South Korea, I was out of sport and I was missing. I tried courses in other schools but the timings and location didn’t help me. After being at a 50 Cent’s show (the show was crazy, there was a lot police cars around the stadium, 50 Cent frightening everyone), I enrolled in a small gym in my hood and I really thought it was cool.

Having a flexible schedule to train really helped me manage school and little jobs. After a few weeks of training and reading books and website about fitness/bodybuilding, I talked about fitness to all the people I met. But people weren’t motivated to do sport and when I offered to train with me, they found excuses.

I was really trying to convert everyone to playing sport regularly, no matter what sport. it was important for me. All my family works in hospitals. My family , my uncles, aunts, cousins in Haiti, Switzerland, France United States and Canada and (I just realizing writing this article), I have a lot of friends in medical field. If you know the number of patients stories I know, you go crazy and every dinner it’s the same (even when I’m on vacation with my uncles and aunts).

I can tell you that it’s obvious that if the patients did a little more sports, they would have had better health and they would have avoided the hospital. It’s better for their health and their wallets because once you’re sick, the money from your bank account, pffff, disappears. I’ve seen people make credits in the bank to pay for medical bills and medications. When you see that, it hurts !

Despite my motivation, I couldn’t motivate the people around me to play sports.

Express yourself

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After analyzing all this, I felt lonely. It was as if my speech was just an entertainment. Looking at fitness youtubers like Marc Fitt , Jamcore DZ , Steve Cook  or Christian Guzman , I found out that they also went through this type of problem. Everyone made one or more videos about their debut and difficulties, it’s motivating.

Documenting what I learn and what I do has given me a source of motivation. I’m a human being and sometimes I don’t want to write an article every day (especially when I see my friends partying) but with the internet, the whole world can see what I do and that, is a pressure of another level.

By creating my blog, every day I can build an international community of people who are as passionate as I am by fitness and blogging.

This blog created me 2 incredible opportunities :

  1. Do you like look stupid in front of others ? I think it’s NO and I’m the same. When you have a blog, a Youtube channel or a podcast, you tell the whole word that you are going to improve your physique and improve your content on the internet, this will create an external source of motivation.

    Imagine that a person asks you at what level you are in your evolution ? Can you answer that it’s been 6 months since you did nothing out of laziness ?

  2. My blog allowed me to create an international community of people passionate about the same thing as me and it’s very motivating because I didn’t find it in my entourage.

The most impressive thing is that my blog motivated me to learn something else than fitness like social media, entrepreneurship, learn other programming langages, data science, anatomy, biomechanics and I’ll learn several other skills. At school I didn’t like to learn but with my blog I want to learn and it’s mainly things I can use right away to improve my content and my relationship with my community.

Create your own media

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If you feel that people around you don’t care about your passion, don’t be depressed. You just need to increase the number of people you can talk to using the internet. Internet allows you to easily touch people who are passionate about the same thing as you. These people will understand you , accompany you, motivate you and give you challenges to continue.

That’s why if you have not yet created a blog, a Youtube channel or a podcast about the thing you passionate about, it’s time to do it because it’s an excellent source of motivation. The bonus with this is that it could become a long-term company.

The funny thing is that you will see people who criticized you at the beginning, change their mind and encourage you by telling you that you were right.

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-Steph

Protect Your Idea

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

Many people have an idea to create a company but they’re afraid that someone will steal it. They don’t know when and who to talk to test this idea.

Protection

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The truth is that to protect an idea, we need to test it on the field as quick as possible. The world is huge and several people in the world have the same idea than you in different countries.

Every great companies that you admire went through this phase. There is several people who had the idea for Facebook, Uber, Airbnb, etc.

I will not to lie you, it’s possible that a person steals your idea. Facebook is a good example. In the movie « The Social Network », Mark Zuckerberg hired by 2 students (2 brothers) from Harvard to code (create) a social network for the university. Mark Zuckerberg found the idea great and created his own social network without speaking to 2 brothers.

After Mark Zuckerberg’s social network became a world success, the 2 brothers had about $60 millions damages and interest. The 2 brothers tried to have more because compare to the Facebook’s value, this isn’t huge. But the judge told them that they had to be satisfied with $60 millions they had because nothing proves that the 2 brother social network would have had the same success as Facebook, it was just an idea.

Risks exist, on other hand, have an idea on paper for 3 years and suddenly see a person execute this idea with customers is extremely frustrating.

The good method is to seek how test this idea as quick as possible on the field. It’s obligatory that somebody in the world has the same idea as you. Those who make the difference, the winners are the people who have the fastest and most relevant performance.

Legal

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There are several legal protections and the most use by startups is Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA). Before to share your idea with someone, you have him/her sign this document where he promises not to share your idea for several months. It’s a document you can use.

NDA doesn’t guarantee everything so the safest way to protect your idea is to test it on the field and adjust it.

What idea you got on paper and you saw another person make this idea a business ?

-Steph

Beginners Errors

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I read a Nerd Fitness article  and there is good stuff.

Chasing the illusion

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« This training shocks muscle », « it’s a training from army » or « this diet work without change what you usually eat ». You have already heard these slogans several times I think.

This type of advertising always encourages us to look for the last training program, last supplement, DVD,etc.

We’re happpy, we can have an athletic body in 3 weeks with a training program. We believe it but after 3 weeks, we have little result, we stop and we depress. It was an illusion.

All the year, be consistent and patient, this is the solution. 2 elements are enough to be healty : diet and exercices. Matrix’s companies sell us illusions like « this training program target the belly’s fat ». These illusions have as objectives to incite us to buy them and not to help us to be healthy.

Select a simple training program and use it all the year. I offer simple and free training programs for all body muscles. Test it.

Remember, the body need a maximum of 12 weeks to be accustommed to a new diet and a training program. Once your body is used to it, you have to wait several years to have an athletic body (3 years). Day after day your body improves but it’s first inside and after outside. Your internal organs have priority.

Emotion

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Our emotions prevent us from being in good health. Do you don’t believe me ? Here some exemples :

  • I did my training session today, I can eat cookies
  • I eat a cookie just one time. It’s good, another one
  • It was hard today at work, I need to eat it

We need to learn to control our minds by associating positive emotions with exercices and healthy diet. It’s important because we can have some cases where we eat 1000 calories of cookies and we burn only 300 calories during a training session. These emotions These emotions make us make exceptions and if we do them more often, we risk doing no training and healthy meals in the week.

Do meditation and follow a personal development’s program are great to reprogram our minds.

Tips to start

  • Use calendar’s alert in your smartphone for your training session

  • Cook your healthy meals of the day ahead

  • When you’re hungry between meals, drink water

  • If you want watch TV, do bodyweight exercices before

Pleasure

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Often people think that do physical exercices isn’t fun. They imagine that to be in good health, it’s eat salad and run for hours or be on a bench surrounded by athletic people. This image is enough to discourage a lot of people.

I’m healthy and I don’t eat salad, I have my portion of vegetables. I run once a week and there is others way to do exercices like strenght training, gymnastics, frisbee, hike, etc. Find the physical activity you like. If you do a physical activity you don’t like, choose another. You need to have pleasure doing this physical activity. If you don’t have any idea, do a search on internet.

Bulk

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Women say often « I don’t want lift weight because I don’t want bulk ». Then women avoid dumbbells and run for hours and do crunchs. And if they use dumbbells, they choose the lightest possible.

Women have this behavior because in a women’s magazine, they read that to have a « toned » body, it’s necessary to make high reps with lightweight.

A « toned » body is a word or term create by marketing specially for women. Women can’t bulk up by lifting weight. To bulk up, it’s necessary to eat more calories than the body burn them. The truth to have a « toned » body is that you have to use heavy strength training with low repetitions

The most articles write in magazines, it’s the Matrix to ruin your life. It’s lies and the proof is that women are still looking for an effective training progam. Look, my sister still doesn’t listen to my advice and 4 times a year, she changes her workout.

A strenght training is great to build compact (or « toned ») muscles. Test a strenght training for a month, do a picture before/after and I sure that your pant’s size will change. Test it one time with a healthy diet.

Action

I know a lot of people that read a hundred of documents about fitness/bodybuilding and they don’t do a sport activity. Theory without practice is useless except to show off in front of friends. Einstein to validate his theories had to test them on the field. I don’t know, may be they’re afraid to choose a bad training program and diet ?

If you want my opinion, start today. Select a training program and follow it. The truth is that there is no perfect training program. And the secret of a perfect training program is to use it and adjust it month after month. Here are the steps of the perfect training program :

  • Select a training programme

  • Follow this program for 8-12 weeks

  • Track your progress

  • Look how your body change

  • Make adjustments

  • Repeats all these steps to infinity

Which training program you had the least results with ?

-Steph

P.S. Do you want a free training program ? Click here 

Smartphone apps :

To track my calories, I use MyFitnessPal 

To track my training program, I use Jefit 

Do The Inevitable

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As Agent Smith says in the movie « Matrix » : « Do you hear that Mr. Anderson ? That is the sound of inevitability ».

When a character from a movie ou comic says it, it’s impressive but it’s more than that.

Inevitability can manage our lives and become a self-fulfilling prophecy :

  • Person a

    Well, I will become fat and have blood pressure problems like my father. I will have a family and I will become like him. Not suprising that I fail everything.

  • Person b

    Well, I will break this circle. My children will be the first of the family to have healthy a healthy father. Children with parents who have healthy habits. This is what will happen.

  • Person A

    I will not succeed to lose weight like I did a lot of time. I can’t win against my genetics. Why continue ?

  • Person B

    I will be healthy. It’s a long journey and I will have difficult obstacles but it’s to me to take my success. I know that it will be long and I go forward step by step. I will go where I want to go.

If you look like Person a and A, it’s the moment to take the first steps to become like Person b and B.

Inevitability

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I remember in what state I was when I read for the first time « 4 hours workweek of Tim Ferriss.

I ask to myself for several weeks if it was possible to live this. I was doing a lot of research on internet to find evidence. After all this evidence, I said to myself : « If people can do it, I can do it ». I don’t know how but I will test the indications of the book.

After creating several blogs and websites, I created my blog THEstephaneANDRE.

After few months, I watched a Gary Vaynerchuk’s video  that proposed rather than to create content, document ma days about my training and my blog. Like a reality show. This concept make me change my mindset to reach my goals. I have more success and I start to have the mindset « positive inevitability ».

Relation with yourself

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Paolo Coelho said in this book « The Alchemist » : « When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it ».

You will tell me that you know this kind of story and I need a vision board, the book « The Secret » and wait that others people help me.

Ok,ok, remove the vision board and the book and ask yourself this question :

Are you the kind of person who look bad things go bad or wait that bad things go bad to say : « I told you ! ». Or you’re the kind of person who assume that things are going well and take step to make them better ?

Whatever you believe, it’s true. We know that pessimitic people always seem to have bad luck and optimistic people always seem to have good luck.

You work for the inevitability you want

We know what we want and we know we need to work hard to have it, so we do it. While other wait for luck to come to them, we create our own chance.

Winston Churchill say : « Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm ».

Each fail is an element that can slow us down to this inevitable success. Like scientists have wrong hypotheses, each fail is a chance to get closer to the goal. No reason to give up.

We expect to win. We hope to succeed. Break obstacles to prove that this possibility is correct. We have a responiblity to our inevitability.

Prove it to yourself

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I just understood that « expect to win » or « feel more positive about yourself » is the half of the equation.

Wait that good luck or bad luck come to me is the same result : nothing !

As say Andy in the movie « The Shawshank Redemption » : « Hope is nothing without action ».

In the book « Unbroken », Louis Zamperini endured incredible obstacles and he never gave up hope. He always did what he could to prove that he was fighting nonstop for a good reason.

The best way to prove to yourself that your success is inevitable, it’s to do small victories :

  • You want a better health ?

    Proves to yourself that you can change by walking for 5 minutes during 30 days nonstop.

  • You want have a company ?

    Earn 1$ or help a person. Then hustle and scale.

  • You want run a marathon ?

    Run for 1 minutes. Then, find a way to run more than the day before.

Identify the version of yourself at the level 50 and go forward step by step in this direction.

Make a change and it doesn’t matter if it’s small. By adding all these changes and each small victories, this future become more and more concrete.

Expect the inevitable

It doesn’t matter if you try to lose weight, run a marathon or gain muscle, stop to wait things go bad and start to expect things go good.

You know what you need to do and everydays you do a little step to be closer to your goal.

You deserve it, you deserve to be happy, you deserve to be healthy.

Each day is a chance to be closer to your success or a chance to simply delay your success.

Did you have to prove a win to yourself before you started to believe ?

-Steph

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