Why Live With Your Passion

I love my job

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

We hear every day that it’s important to do a job that fascinates us. When you do a job that fascinates you , you will never work again but if you don’t do that, you will miss your life and so on. We hear that all the time.

To be passionate

 

 

everyone passionate about something

Now, let’s look at it concretely. Look at the people around you and you don’t need to do a deep analysis. You just have to ask yourself this question : « Are the people I know passionate about the work they do ? ». The answer is : « It’s a tiny minority that does that ». There is often a big gap between theory and practice.

I encourage you to dare to realize your dreams. I encourage you to take baby steps forward everyday to live your dreams. Realizing a dream is not just about being fulfilled. From the moment you do a job that your are passionate about, you have automatically and mechanically by a pure leverage effect, bring more values to the world.

Having the skill is very important and we can have people who aren’t passionate about their work but who are very competent. But between 2 people who have the same skill, it’s always the person who is the most passionate who will succeed to transmit the flame, to make you have sparks on your eyes, to make you dream and maybe to motivate you to do a project that you hesitate to do that will change your life.

It’s this passion that will create maximum leverage on the rest of the world and bring something beautiful, new, artistic. It’s important and we need to do something we’re passionate about. I can even say that it’s a duty for the rest of humanity and I will explain why.

Don’t be passionate

 

 

hate my job

Everyday we see people who are passionate about their work and people who aren’t passionate or who hate their work. When we meet people who aren’t passionate or hate their work, it is felt in each of their gestures, in each of their eyes, in each of their words. Everytime we meet people like that we feel a bit sadness, disappointment and frustration.

These people don’t like their work but the problem is that these people don’t like their work so much that they make us hate this job. We all had teachers at school like that. This teacher who doesn’t like his/her job and perhaps also the subject he/she teaches and the consequence is that the majority of the class hate the job of teacher and the subject he/she teaches (and it’s hard to have a good grade with these teachers). Do you remember those teachers ?

Struggle

 

 

passion struggle fail job

I know that isn’t easy. It’s always difficult for me today but instead of staying with your friends complaining about injustices in your city by drinking alcohol and smoking weed after school or work (yes, I was like that), use this time to take a step towards the realization of your dreams. What’s cool with internet is that we can easily do a lot of things like learning a new skill , get a freelance job online , having a blog, a podcast, a Youtube channel or selling things on Amazon , eBay  or Shopify .

If you hesitate to create your dreams, say to yourself it’s not a question of being happy and being fulfilled. It’s about bringing value to the world, bringing a smile, a spark, an energy to the world.

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-Steph

Understand How Your Workout Works In Your Body (Part 2)

body anatomy workout organs

I watched a Jamcore DZ’s video  and I learned good stuff.

If you didn’t read the Part 1, click here.

Knowing your type of morphology (ectomorph, mesomorph or endomorph) helps a lot to select a training program.

Morphology

morphology endomorph ectomorph mesomorph

Ectomorph

An ectomorph tends to be thin, and struggles to gain weight as either body fat or muscle. They can eat piles of food and stay looking the same, even when gaining muscular weight is their biggest goal. People who battle to gain muscle are often known as “hardgainers.”

Ectomorphs tends to have a lean build, long limbs, and small muscle bellies. Even if an ectomorph manages to put on weight, they may still look skinnier than they are, particularly in the calves and forearms.

Being an ectomorph doesn’t mean you’re doomed to be weak, though. You can still get remarkably strong, and you can be every bit as fit and healthy as someone who looks larger and more muscular. But if you want to gain weight, you’d better be prepared to eat like you’ve never eaten before.

Mesomorph

The mesomorph has a middle-of-the-road build that takes the best of both worlds. They tend to have wide shoulders, a narrow waist, relatively thin joints, and round muscle bellies.

In short, if you’re a mesomorph, you have a natural tendency to be fit and relatively muscular. Does this mean you can do nothing, eat everything, and get away with it forever? Definitely not—and you’re not necessarily healthier than the other two types, either. But you may be able to “bounce back” from being out of shape more easily than the other two body types, gaining muscle and burning fat with comparative ease.

Endomorph

The endomorph tends to gain weight and keep it on. Their build is a little wider than an ectomorph or mesomorph, with a thick ribcage, wide hips, and shorter limbs. They may have more muscle than either of the other body types, but they often struggle to gain it without significant amounts of accompanying body fat. If you ever feel like you gain 5 pounds simply walking by a donut shop, you may be an endomorph.

This definitely doesn’t mean that an endomorph can’t be healthy. They can be every bit as strong, healthy, and capable as the other two groups, and may actually have some strength advantages due to their additional muscle mass. But if and when they decide to lean out, it’ll take hard work!

If you don’t know your morphology type, you can click here .

It’s important to understand that our body is changing all the time due to the environment, age and food. That’s what this theory of Ecto, Meso and Endo is important for me to have results. I know there are people who don’t believe in this theory. My advise is to test this theory about yourself and see if it works or not.

There is also the skeleton and muscle genetics that influence muscle development.

You know, when I started to train seriously, my body responded well to exercises in the first year. I was happy, my body changed quickly. And all of a sudden BOOOOM, my body’s evolution stagnated. I started to worry and I think you know what I’m talking about.

Muscle mass

body anatomy workout muscle

Your muscle mass is decided by the stress that you will give to your muscle. The more you stress your muscle, the more it will respond. The more you rest, the more your muscle will respond. When you rest, your muscle recovers and your nervous system recovers. Understanding how much stress you put on your muscles is as important as knowing the difference between a set with high reps or low reps.

Look this example in my gym, click here.

You can’t walk around and talk to everyone in your gym like you’re in bar. The gym is not a bar ! When I started using the intensification methods, that’s where I really gain muscle.

Many people ask me if it’s possible to gain muscle and be shredded at the same time. The answer is that the first year of training, yes. In the beginning, you will gain muscle and burn fat, because you’re doing more intense physical activity than the year before.

But when you stop to train for more than 2 weeks , you have muscle atrophy and you start to store more fat.

If you spend several months without training, your muscles will turn into fat. The muscle is a tissue (soft tissue) and the fat is a tissue (adipose tissue). You understand !?! I know, I lost you and it’s the case for many people. The muscle and the fat are both cellular tissue.

It’s for this reason that you always need to continue to train because the more you train, the more you will gain muscle mass. And to gain muscle mass, you need to pay attention to your diet and recovery (sleep).

That’s the basis for gaining muscle. I know that on internet, there are several influencers like Christian Guzman , Steve Cook , Marc Fitt  who can say things that others dispute. But if you look deeper, there is only one way to gain muscle (regular training, diet and sleep), influencers explain only variants so don’t panic.

Conclusion

To explain it simply, you have your muscle and behind your muscle, there is fat. Fat is all the time waiting for the muscle works less to cover the muscle. The less you work on your muscle (muscle atrophy), the more the fat will cover your muscle. After several months without training, you will see in the mirror that you have lost your muscles. And you’re going to say : « Shit ».

Use a simple training program to understand the process for an effective training. It will be long. The 12-weeks training program is only a program that starts the process for your body to change, you need to train regularly all year long.

Stop listening to conflicting advice (it’s just for buzz), it’s the best way to stop you to have a better body. Choose a simple training program, adapt it to your schedule and use it all year long.

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-Steph

Improve Discipline

discipline

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

Here is how I worked, a few year ago. I had a project that I really wanted to do and I thought to myself : « When I come back home tonight after eating, I work on it ». And after eating, I preferred to play video games or watch a TV show until sleep. I think that situation has already happened to you.

Regret is a poison

regret

Now I realize that if I had done these projects, I would have had more fulfilling lifestyle, I would have leaned to manage my money earlier and I would have interesting contacts earlier. Maybe I wouldn’t have had it all earlier but in any case a part, that’s for sure.

Discipline and productivity are important skills to create and evolve a project. I did project but these weren’t my most ambitions projects. These weren’t projects with big risks, so I dissatisfied inside of me. The problem is that all this insatisfaction transformed into frustration.

There are a lot of things I wanted to do in theory and that I never did.

As you know on my blog, I mainly talk about fitness/bodybuilding and I notice that many people enroll in a gym with a 3 months subscription and go to the gym only 2 times. This is a classic case.

Know that there is a solution because before I had very little discipline and productivity and now it’s improving more and more.

Track you progress

track progress

To have more discipline and productivity, you need to make sure that this is a long-term goal. This requires several years to have concrete results like for sport. We would like to have results right away but the best things take time because it’s an exploration in yourself.

This is not going to be Disneyland every day because there are times when you’re going to tell yourself you’re not going get there. That’s why you need to keep track of your results. It’s interesting to note why you’re less motivated to continue your project to better understand yourself. You’ll read books on personal development, follow training, meet people who have the same goal as you. With this methods you’ll build your own toolbox to improve your discipline and your productivity.

What is cool when we keep track of our results is that we can see our evolution from month to month, year by year. It’s funny to see your results 2 years ago to really realize your progress.

Increase your success

increase success

To find a way to improve my discipline and productivity, I read on internet that enrolling in a group of people who shared the same goals as me could be extremely motivating. So I looked for websites and Facebook’s groups. What is interesting in groups is that every week a person offers a challenge. Then everybody share their results and everyone shares their impressions.

It’s also possible that you find a person in your entourage who has the same goal as you. I find it really cool to put people around you into groups because the more people there are the greater the motivation.

You see, the fact of telling everyone that you are challenging, force you to be disciplined and productive to complete the project. And there were always funny punishments for people who didn’t show their project. And little by little, you improve and often you have proposals to make competitions.

I used to do this for sport at first but this concept is used in all fields such writing, photography, dancing (I like dance salsa), cooking, etc. And in all these field there are competitions several times in the year. Here is an example that astonished me, watch the paper airplane world championship .

No need to be a shaolin monk

shaolin monk

By tracking your results, you’ll find ways to boost your will without it being painful. You know, you don’t have to work to have the discipline’s level of a Shaolin monk, you just need to have a discipline’s level that allows you to make your projects a reality.

Several scientific studies have made an important discovery in order to better understand human beings. This is because the will is an element that trains as a muscle to develop. Which means that to develop your discipline, you have to train it like a muscle and it doesn’t happen overnight.

Here are resources, this article. Kelly McGonigal’s book « The Willpower instinct ». Viktor E. Frankl’s book «  Man’s search to meaning »  on attitude and discipline in the worst circumstances.

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-Steph

Know How Much Weight To Lift (Part 1)

how much

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

When we’re beginners and we have studied the theory well, the first time we train in a gym, we have this kind of questions :

  • What weight should lift to begin with ?

  • If my program tells me to do 5 sets of 5 reps at 80 % of my 1 rep max, how do I get to know my 1 rep max ?

  • In my program, there isn’t this notion of percentage and 1 rep max, how do I know the weight I have to lift ?

Here are some tips to start your program with the right amount of weight.

Bodyweight

bodyweight exercice

The fist step of your workout is to do bodyweight exercices to learn how to do well the bench press.

This may sound odd but I really advise you to take your time to learn to perform well without weights or with a very light weight. Imagine that you can’t climb stairs normally, What happens when you have to climb stairs with bags of supermarket ? Yes, you’re going to hurt yourself.

Here is how you can learn a movement without barbell, dumbbells and weights :

  • To learn barbell’s movement without barbell, you can take a broom stick or a PVC pipe.

  • To learn dumbbells movement without dumbbells, you can take 2 sections of PVC pipe or 2 bottes of water.

It’s true that it’s not the same sensations that with weights but it allows you to learn a movement without risk to hurting you.

With this method, you can train at home alone. No one looks at you like in a gym so you’re less nervous. What’s cool is that yo can film yourself with your smartphone to compare your videos with tutorial videos that you can find on Youtube of elsewhere.

To learn in depth how to move, I recommend the book Starting Strength .

Once you feel confortable with movements, you go to the next level.

Barbell

barbell

For your first training with the barbell for the bench press, you’ll use the barbell without weights to be comfortable with. As you read in my articles Back To The Source Of Equipment Part 1 et Part 2 , the barbell i’m talking about is the Olympic barbell 20 kg (45 lbs).

If you have difficulty with the Olympic barbell, here are some alternative.

A lighter barbell

Look in your gym if there are lighter barbell like the « women’s bar » 13.6-15.87 kg (30-35 lbs) or the « training bar » 6.8 kg(15 lbs). EZ curl bar isn’t designed for the bench press.

Dumbbells

You can use dumbbells. It’s true that isn’t really the same movement but it will help you to build your strength to be comfortable with the Olympic barbell.

Bodyweight exercices

Continue to do bodyweight exercice as squat, lunges, pull ups, push ups. This will help you to build your strength to be comfortable with the Olympic barbell.

That may be the opposite. For you to use the Olympic barbell without weight is easy. I still advise you to continue your first training with the Olympic barbell without weight. In this way, you can concentrate for each repetition to have the best technique possible. Wait the next session to add weights.

There isn’t ego in a gym. Unfortunately in gyms we often see people lifting very heavy weights with a poor technique and this happens more and more often. I have 2 friends who have dislocated their shoulders with the bench press and now they can no longer develop their chest and their shoulders.

One of these 2 friends showed in front of me who his shoulder dislocates when he do bench press and he regrets a lot of having lift too heavy with a bad technique. Since I’ve seen this, I prefer to lift lighter with a good technique and I advise you to do the same.

If after your first training with the Olympic barbell, you’re still not comfortable with. I recommend you to continue to train with the Olympic barbell without weights until you’re comfortable with. If you need to do this for 10 sessions, do it, there is not problem.

I’ll tell you something, Listen carefully. If you get hurt, it’s not because you body isn’t ready. It’s because you don’t trust in you under the Olympic barbell. Self-confidence is the most important element to lift heavyweights and heavier. It means knowing when you can lift and when you can’t lift. An athlete train his/her body and mind.

If you have planned to use dumbbells as your main lift (like me) and don’t use Olympic barbell, stat with 2.2-4.5 kg (5-10 lbs) dumbbells to work your technique.

Add weights

weight plate

Most beginners workout programs are 5 sets of 5 reps, 3 sets of 8 reps or 3 sets of 10 reps. For this example, we’ll use 5 sets of 5 reps.

Your workout should always begin with a warm-up routine. Then you take the barbell without weights and you do the repetitions number of your program (for our example, it’s 5).

Yeah, yeah, I know. You thought that after the warm-up routine, you could lift heavy but you have not quite prepared your body yet. For each exercice, you need to warm your body with lightweights. It’s very important to do this because it allows your body to warm your nervous system and the muscles needed to make the movement.

For beginners, it’s really important to learn the good technique right away.

Increase gradually

Once your nervous system and your muscles are ready, add between 1.1 kg (2.5 lbs) and 4.5 kg (10 lbs) on each side. Do a set of 5 reps with this weight.

Note : If your strength training is based on dumbbells like me, starts with 2.2 kg (5 lbs) dumbbells, then 4.5 kg (10 lbs) dumbbells for example.

If you can do 5 reps without degrading your technique and without slowing the speed of the barbell, you can add weight. If it’s really light adds 4.5 kg (10 lbs) on each side or less like 2.2 kg (5 lbs).

Continue to do this process until the speed of the barbell or you technique begins to deteriorate. The weight you lifted before your technique deteriorates is the starting weight on which you will base all your future exercises.

The basic weight for your workout

If you thought you could lift more, don’t panic, that’s the right number. You’re not in a gym to impress someone. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or your 1000th workouts. It’s better to start too light than too heavy. The goal is to do quick reps with a good technique. When your technique deteriorates, you have reached a limit with your body, too much will create an injury.

In this process, you’re trying to lift the heaviest weight you can so use collars for your safety. When it becomes difficult, ask someone to be your spotter to avoid an injury.

This is the end of the Part 1. In the Part 2, I’ll talk about what to do after several workouts, find your 1 rep max and what amount of weight is respectable to lift.

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-Steph

Being An Entrepreneur Is Being A Student

entrepreneur student entrepreneurship

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

I see a lot of entrepreneurs make this mistake. They create their companies based only on their technical skills. A good baker who create his/her own company is a excellent start but we must not forget the second part of the equation. When you create a company, you need to learn a second job, entrepreneur (CEO and manager).

Technical skills aren’t the same as the entrepreneur’s skills. A person can be very good technically in his/her job and bad as an entrepreneur. It’s important to spend time learning entreprenarial skills needed to avoid bankruptcy.

To be seriously trained as an entrepreneur is important. I think in your country there are mandatory training course for business start-up. Unfortunately, these courses last only a few days and it’s not enough.

It’s true that it’s complicated because there are no good academic trainings on entrepreneurship. By example successful business rate created by business school students is about 10 %.

Books

book

I think it’s possible to train ourselves at the core of entrepreunarial skills with books. The Personal MBA’s list  is a good start.

Did you see, the list is long. I advise to read these 3 books to start more easily.

« The 4 Hours Workweek » is a way of seeing entrepreneurship in another way. This book breaks the codes and allows you to have a more open mind to have more opportunity.

The Personal MBA is a summary of the essentials of what you need to know to build your company. The book is excellent but the problem is that it lacks coherence, which makes is a bit difficult to imagine how to use these concepts in your company. But don’t worry because with this book you’ll have the theoretical knowledge that 90 % of entrepreneur don’t have.

« The Ultimate Sales Machine » explains how to set up an effective system for sale in your company.

With books, you can have acces to the best brains for cheap, it’s cool.

Meet others entrepreneurs

meet people

To create opportunities for you, I advise you to meet creation of company’s organizations in your city.

The ideal is to make a combination of books, training (online and offline) and meet entrepreneurs. It’s a mix of theory and execution. You know, you can have all the theory of the world, if you don’t act, you will not able to change things. This is why that it’s motivating to meet entrepreneurs, precisely entrepreneurs who are more successful than you so that you can always remain motivated despite obstacles.

It’s like in sport, all athletes want to become world champion or Olympic champion. Having this state of mind in entrepreneurship is excellent. I hope you want to become the best in your market.

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-Steph

Free Content and Paid Content

content

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

Free Content

free content

People when they start to create content on their blog, YouTube channel or Facebook page, they’re afraid to give good quality content for free. Now, it’s normal to give free content so that people get to know you and analyze your expertise. Lets people decide if they like or not your expertise. This is how you build your audience by sharing your knowledge and your expertise. Give something free is the first step to give something to pay.

Don’t hesitate to give the best of your content. If you keep the best for you thinking you can sell it later, you make a huge mistake. The only way to show to the world that you’re one of the best in your field is to show for free what you can do.

There is a lot of free content on internet, the competition is so aggressive that it’s quality that makes the difference.

Paid Content

paid content

The free content you have, you can use it in a different format by adding value. Here are some example :

eBook

You can sell a digital book with the best content of your blog/youtube channel (free content). The main thing is that you have to be transparent about the content of this book. The value that this eBook has compared to your blog/youtube channel is that it gathers content of your blog/youtube channel in relation to a theme in a format easy to read (PDF or Kindle). You can also add exclusive content.

Grouping content around a thematic in on place can have an added value of $10-$15. For many people, it’s more convenient to pay for this eBook than spend several hours looking for content in your blog/youtube channel.

Online training

It’s the same thing, you use the free content you have but you present if with videos. The video’s value is greater than the text’s value. Oh yeah, podcast audio is between the 2. It’s better than a text and less than a video.

Look, a Harry Potter’s book is cheaper than a Harry Potter’s DVD/BluRay. It’s the same content but formats are different.

In an online training, people don’t want only content well presented, they want an efficient tracking, an interaction with the community and a network to meet other people with similar interests. An online training also has a pedagogical curriculum that is nonexistent in the free content.

Olivier Roland have an online training of 9 months with more than 140 videos organized in 7 modules. By example if it’s a blog’s training logically blogs participating in training are evolving during online training. This is not just theory, at the end of the training, each blog will have achieved its goals. This is the true value brought to people.

Content

Content is just a part of the equation of what people want. We can recycle content in different ways. But beware, nothing prevents us from putting exclusive content in our eBooks or in our online training.

Yet another way of giving content. Make a workshop in « LIVE » with Facebook, Youtube or Instagram. It’s a way for you to meet your audience and make people meet.

Different format

different digital content

Did you ever see a movie at the cinema and after you bought the DVD/BluRay ? I think « yes » (I also do this). It’s the same content but in 2 different format.

Did you buy an album from a music group that you like and then you go to see their concert ? I think « yes » (I also do this).

We do that because the experience is different. So don’t be afraid to give free quality content. This is the only way people have to see if your work is of good quality.

An example with 2 entrepreneurs :

  • Entrepreneur A : He said : « Hello, I’m the best personal trainer of the world, it’s me the best ! ». On his website, we can watch only one trailer of his training program that lasts 3 minutes.

  • Entrepreneur B : He said : «  Hello, I’m a personal trainer. I have a blog and a youtube channel, you can see my programs ». On his blog and his youtube channel, there is a lot of free content to lose weight and gain muscle.

Which entrepreneurs will have a growing audience ? Entrepreneur B because he share his knowledge and his expertise.

Give free content means that this content doesn’t have a pedagogical curriculum. People who come to see free content have all different goals and this allow to the content creator to have a lot of freedom of expression.

A paid content need to have a pedagogical curriculum to reach a specific goal. The organization and consistency of content must create a value that goes beyond simple content.

-Steph

3 Things To Be More Productive

more productive

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

There 3 things to boost your productivity

Mirror

mirror

Have a mirror on your desk. Some scientific studies show when we have a mirror next to us, we have a greater probability to take good decisions to reach our goals. For exemple, if you want to lose weights, you will eat healthy foods rather than junk foods when you have a mirror in front of you.

In fact, we don’t know why it works but there is a theory like what we have more conscious of ourselves and we have more guilt and shame when we didn’t resist to a bad temptation.

Have a productivity system

productivity sytem

Like in every domains, there is methods more efficient than others to be more productive. It’s better to have a productivity system than noting, really. A productivity system is a way of organizing.

The most famous method is « Getting things done ». This book is a little bit complex but there is good stuff inside.

It’s possible to make a mix of serveral books about productivity system like « Zen to done ». This book is a simplifiction of « Getting things done ».

The concept is to have a Word files or another word processor with your goals of the week. These goals must be done this week. Then you set your most important tasks of the day, max. 3 per day. These tasks must be done at the end of the day. It means that if it’s 19h or 7pm and all tasks haven’t been done, I stay at work to do it. I stay because it’s the most important tasks of the day and these tasks help me to reach my goals of the week.

Have a Word file or a word processor file help you to see what are your priorities. When you determine your most important tasks of the day (the day before or in the morning), they must help you to reach your goals of the week. When everydays you do some tasks that help you to reach your goals of the week, it’s really really cool.

Once you have done your most important tasks of the day, you do the rest by trying to group them.

Take breaks

take a break

It’s useless to work 4 hours non-stop without take a break. This decrease your productivity. The ideal is to have a method like the « Pomodoro », it means tomato in italian. This called « Pomodoro » because it’s a kitchen timer. For 25 minutes of work, you have 5 minutes of break or for 50 minutes of work, you have 10 minutes of break.

All 4 « Pomodoro », around 2 hours, you will take a break of 20-30 minutes. During this break do a meditation or play a musical instrument or walk in the nature to get your head out of the work. Don’t use this moment to make phone call or check your emails. Do something really different of your work to back to work more productive on current tasks.

Do you have some tips to be more productive ?

-Steph