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I enjoy continuous learning, tech, run, being creative, and work with awesome people. So I build companies.

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The hidden benefits of giving advices

This post is a follow-up to "Express your uniqueness" There's a little principle I found not long ago. I call it the hidden benefits of giving advices. Last December, I was on a train back from Paris and decided to use this four-hour trip to work on a couple of blog post drafts. A few weeks before, I had a workshop with an entrepreneur in Sweden. We meet from time to time to exchange ideas about her strategy and business. With the end of the year fast approaching, we came to discuss the best practices on how to review the past year, and draw goals and expectations for the coming one. That's an important exercise I like to do, but...

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Express your uniqueness.

I love helping people build solutions for their problems. That's one of my favorite things to do in my spare time. It can be just in a few minutes on an online chat, on a Skype talk, or face to face. One shot or regular meetings over time. Or through EntrepreneurLoop. I'm lucky enough to have people asking for my take when they're struggling and, most of the time, I feel comfortable enough to give them that. But, this hasn't always been the case. I remember the first times I realized I was actually giving advice and not just having a conversation. I remember how I didn't fell legit at all. I remember thinking I was nobody to counsel. After...

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Entrepreneurship and the emotional fluctuations

I've been meaning to write about the roller coaster for a very long time. Obviously not the attraction at some amusement parks. The roller coaster is a metaphor used by some entrepreneurs to describe their journey of business creation. As you might guess, it represents the emotional fluctuations you are subjected to when trying to make a business succeed. A very steep slope to climb, a short time at the top, then a fast swoop, shorter (in time) than it took you to reach the previous peak. Repeat this sequence several times and it'll give you an idea of what entrepreneurship is, emotion-wise. It's tough. But, moments spent at the top make the whole ride worth it. There, you feel...

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My daily meeting with the writer's block

Lately, I've decided to start writing publicly again. I've been dedicating a lot of attention into creating new essays for this website. As an amateur writer, giving up on this effort is a daily temptation, and following a routine is the only way to prevent it. If you show up at my apartment's door in the morning, you'll find me on my couch, trying to align a few hundred words on my computer. It is the first thing I work on, right after chugging a breakfast that often take the form of a simple bowl of cereals. But, prior to the fun part of typing on the keyboard, I have to deal with the same fear over and over again....

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Building a new habit? A rule and a hack.

Have you ever tried to build a habit from scratch? It's tough. I guess authors who write about forming habits are successful for a reason. Obstacles and pitfalls make giving up on our initiative a piece of cake. Being an entrepreneur and working from home forced me to improve at building habits. Either to force myself out of the flat from time to time, or just to work when motivation eludes me. I wasn't good at keeping up with my goal-requiring habits right from the start. I did a lot of reading about this very topic and took the time to analyse what works for me and what hasn't really helped. The latter is a very important step that is...

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