A Rare Habit To Have To Be Successful

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

The most successful entrepreneurs are those who are the most curious. It has an extremely simple habit that the majority of the population doesn’t have. This habit is to ask questions but be careful, they’re use 2 way to ask questions :

  • By curiosity to try to understand the history, the motivation and the methods of a person or a company.

  • To question things that everyone agrees with. Are these things that everyone takes for granted true or not ?

It may be trivial, but how many people have met athletes, entrepreneurs or others great people who have just said : « Wow, that’s amazing what you did ». Then they could ask : « What motivated you to do that ? » or « Do you have a piece of advice that helped you on your journey ? » or « Do you make a stupid mistake that will stop you ? ».

When you ask questions about things that everyone takes for granted, you can sometimes find gold mines. What I means is that there are things that many people think is true when it’s wrong because they didn’t verify the information. So, this may be a gold mine that can make you rich at all levels.

It happens because we, human beings, have an imperfect representations of how reality works. That is, we’re like prehistoric explorers with rudimentary maps. The closer your mental map is to how the universe really works, the more likely you’re to do relevant actions, so to be more successful in your life in all areas of spiritual wealth (being happy, living long, create value, etc) and material wealth.

Ask to understand

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For example, Erico Rocha ( ooh, read this article ) is a Brazilian entrepreneur who has an incredible success in the information field in Brazil and he’s someone very curious. When you tell him one thing, he’ll understand that you have implicitly accepted that as a truth and he’ll question you on it.

You can do that too, and that opens doors that you never imagined.

Here is a concrete example. Many people think that handwork things are better than industrial things. This is a truth that most people have accepted without verified the information and this will influence their thoughts, decisions and words. Now let’s ask ourselves : « Is something handwork automatically better than an industrial thing ? ».

It’s true that there are some handwork things that are better than industrial things, but is a handwork book better than an industrial book ? We can ask the same question for a car, is a handwork car better than a industrial car ?

Analyze around you people who think that handwork things are automatically better than industrial things. Be careful, these people aren’t going tell you that explicitly. They’re just going to say things like : « Did you see ? I bought this wooden spoon, it’s pretty, huh ?!? It’s a handwork thing ». In this case, you can ask the question : « For you, are handwork things better than industrial things ? » With that you can analyze the way of thinking of this person on this subject.

With this habit, you’ll change your state of mind. This habit of asking such questions allows you to find those unconscious acceptances that influence our thoughts, actions and words. When you use that, it gives you a lot of advantage in life to be successful compared to people who don’t understand that.

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-Steph

Be A Curious Entrepreneur To Boost Sales

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

I read an article about Otzi, a man who died about 3255 or 3300 BCE. It’s been over 5000 years. Otzi is the name given to a frozen and dehydrated human being discovered on 19 September 1991 at an altitude of 3210 meters nears Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. Otzi discovered with his axe in wooden handle and a copper blade. But why a copper blade because copper is soft ?

Apart from gold, the first metal used by men to make tools was cooper. It’s just because at the time, they didn’t know that by adding tin, it made a stronger alloy, bronze.

Now, it seems obvious to people with knowledge of metallurgy but for a long time nobody knew this alloy.

What I mean is that we’re all ignorant of something. This may be something that a small minority of the population knows or something everyone knows. I’m talking about it in a broad sense, it goes to confidential discoveries to widespread discoveries. We’re ignorant of many of these discoveries, no matter how popular these discoveries are.

Here is an example. Since 1977, it has been scientifically proven that when you make a request to a person (no matter the demand), if you touch the forearm or the shoulder of this person, you can even double your chance that the person tells you « yes ». There are still plenty of people who don’t know this and there are also people who know that but don’t use it. When you become aware of this, you realize that staying alone in you corner doesn’t help you to know the discoveries that there are in the world. And over time, you’ll become the last person to know what everyone starts to learn.

Stay in touch with innovations/discoveries

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What is important to understand for an entrepreneur is that it’s a duty, a philosophy and a way of life to always be in touch with innovations in the scientific field and also in other fields.

Today, there are many techniques or methods that have been used and proven in thousands of sectors to sell effectively on internet. What I find amazing is that there are still a lot of entrepreneurs who don’t know that selling their products on internet is possible. It’s almost a malpractice of theirs because they cut themselves off from an enormous potential for growth.

We all know people who have recently learned things that everyone knew. We have already discovered something and realize that everyone already knew that (or almost).

What is necessary for you to be successful in the long term and build your legacy is that you need to be constantly on a process of meeting people in your field and outside of your field to learn all the time from new things. Which means that you have to read books, follow trainings, follow Youtube educational channel. You also have to go to place to meet people who inspire you and people who motivate you.

Think about it : « If you’re always in a room where you’re the smartest person, you’re in the wrong room ». It may work for a while, but soon you will not evolve and during this time, the world is moving very fast. Be part of the people who take a few steps forward to learn and execute new things and let others stand-still.

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-Steph

Blog content (Part 3)

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Asymptote

Attention, if you didn’t read from the beginning, click Part 1 and Part 2.

With this writing and reading cycle, you discover your potential asymptote. When you begin a process of excellence and knowledge because you read all the articles, all the studies about your subject, you build a quality knowledge. You discover within yourself that you are good at something. Because in the world, everyone, without exception, is good at one domain, you just look for it.

Vulnerability

Being vulnerable when we begin to write about a topic. When you go to publish your articles, there will be experts who will read you and ask « But he thinks he’s good ? ». It will always happen here and be vulnerable and willing to be vulnerable, is to accept to have nothing to do with that. Being vulnerable because we’re judged but to continue to be in action. It’s like the Theodore Roosevelt’s speech « Man in the Arena ». Life is like an arena. The majority of people watching gladiators fight and critics but there are very few people in the arena. Create content, this is the same context, it’s a window to the brain and to the heart, it’s stronger.

Not alone

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You’re not the only one wanting to build something, to want to express yourself. In the current economic context, there have never been so many people educated in the world. Today, there are more living mathematicians than in the mankind history, therefore to study and have a degree isn’t enough. We must do things by creating content. Write or make videos on a topic you’re passionate is the smallest step towards action and excellence. The action and excellence a little more every day, a little more every day and so on. This isn’t something that is done in 24 hours.

In this world where there are more mathematicians and other scientists, you must become an expert. Everyone becomes an expert in a field. It takes 10,000 hours to become an expert, not everyone agrees with this principle, but it takes time to become an expert. We must begin as soon as possible to become an expert on a topic and it isn’t because you’re an expert on a subject at a time that it will remain your expertise all your life. But continuing this approach to search, explore, decant, produce, create, you’ll pass expertise, in expertise, in expertise. And what to keep in mind is that we live in a world where it’s hard to be successful in any field and you have to be a great expert to succeed.

Write to the outside

It’s good to write for himself for all the reasons I have explained but we also do it for the world. Because when you’re going to start writing, you will communicate with other people. You will meet people online that you would never meet, whether people like you who don’t have much knowledge but are enthusiasts or experts who are available on Twitter with whom you can talk about your blog. This is gold, so this is great start moving into the content creation and content publication, it’s fundamental.

This also allows you to pretend : « Fake it unitl you make it ! ». The idea is to sell to see if it works and then design and produce the stuff. It’s selling something that doesn’t exist to see if people are willing to buy it like that we have no need to produce it and see that it doesn’t work. You need to train yourself to pretend to save time and to pretend playing excellence. Albert Einstein said : « Genius is 1% talent and 99% hard work … ».

Even if you’re competing with yourself (the hardest competition), imagine that there is a person twice as smart as you. If you work twice as that person, you have twice as much chance to succeed that person who is twice as smart as you. When you’ll start to interest about your topic in extreme and passionate way and you’ll enter in a virtuous circle, you’ll start working hard. You’ll be able to get more things before most people.

Your blog could become a startup

There are many companies that began as a blog. There are articles on internet which list it and we see that it all began with a passion. Groupon, the huge site with limited reduction in time, started with a blog.

Self-defense

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When you gonna write about your passion and get better, you’ll create your headquarters (HQ). In all conversations you’re having, you know that there is a subject where you’re super good. That’s the headquarters, it’s a place where you are well. You can go places where you don’t feel safe but once you’re in your headquarters, it’s you who are in a dominant position. And when we have something like that, that create tremendous confidence in us and it allows us to do many more things.

Luck surface

Post articles outside can increase your « luck surface ». A « luck surface » of 1, for example, is to write a letter in a bottle and throw it into the sea to find a soul mate. This is « luck plan : 1 ». Tinder, « luck surface : 10 000 ». This is the « luck surface », it’s to increase the friction ratio with the world to be able to create the chance. There will haters that say : « Yes, but he was lucky, he had a blog, it’s why he found this job, blah, blah, blah ». But no, it’s not luck, it’s just increase the « luck surface ». Increase the « luck surface » with people who share the same passion.

Asynchronous connection

This also allows to make asynchronous connection with people. When you publish articles in your blog, typically, there is the No. 1 network that will work, people who read the article on the day of its publication. But this article will also be referenced in Google and people will read it, 1 year or 3 years after and they will contact you.

It was the last part of « Content blog », I hope that you’re motivated to put you in action to make your passion your profession.

-Steph

Content Blog (Part 2)

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No inspiration

Attention ! If you didn’t read the Part 1 click here

Wait for inspiration to write is like waiting for inspiration to speak. If every time we needed to be inspired to speak, we wouldn’t say a lot.

Just do it – Start before you feel ready because we’re never ready. « Being ready » means what ? It’s not ready, it’s « I’m preparing ». This isn’t a state, it’s a movement. When we understood that wasn’t a state, we have to start.

Fail

People are afraid to fail for two reasons :

  • Being ridiculous – The article is published, it’s embarrant because maybe it isn’t good, blah, blah, blah. Ridicule doesn’t kill, it’s not an excuse.

  • Fail – It’s a shame because the risk is so low and so inexpensive. It takes a little time to write and published. Before to publish an article, you should have seen a person in a suit and convince him to publish in his newspaper to have an audience. Now we can have a audience in 2 minutes even if it’s 2 people and it can grow to millions. There is no risk, the investment is low, the price of the blog hosting (EUR 35.-).

No time

« The problem is not the time, this is the priority ». When we’re students, the only thing that is important is the exams ! True, stop saying bullshit. If we had the answers to all exams, classes would be empty except for exams. Writing is a priority because writing, it’s become everyday through articles, the best version of ourselves. Becoming better is a priority because when we write, we are seeking the gold that is within us. Gradually, we find it. This thing don’t come at the first time. Discover this potential is a priority !

Why

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Write allows to decant our thoughts. It’s like an old wine of 10 years. We open and we wait 1-2 hours he decants for it to open, for it expresses all its potential to be enjoyed at its true value. Our mind is like it. It’s like wine, we must decant our minds. They need our minds step down for things that express their true potential. Today we’re all time connected. In this world of constant connection, there is no time when we can observe our thoughts, observe what we want to do. Write allows to do that.

Write to build something. We must build something, anything, that is fundamental. It’s to build an audience but also build in the head, it’s a reflection constructtion, build expertise. It’s to build something strong and will become stronger with time. Build with the words.

Write allows to become a better reader. Better life’s apprentice. At school we learn to know and then tell to everyone what we know. And when school is finished, we stop learning. When we begin to write, of course we read what others have written about our subject. We read, we read, we read and we have a cycle of reading and writing.

In doing this we’re developing « mirror neurons ». The principle of « mirror neurons » is that every time I look at a person to do something, I have exactly the same part of my brain that is activated as the person who is doing it. If you look at me plant a knife in my hand, your brain will think that this happens to you and the same parts of your brain will activate. The only difference is that your skin will tell to your brain that it’s not you. This changes everything (empathy), when I look at a person to do something, I have the same parts of my brain that are activated and so I learn by seeing. That’s the way the prehistoric men shared their knowledge. It’s the same writing by reading other articles.

And you ? You hesitate to create your blog ?

To read the Part 3, click here

-Steph