BSN01 – Let’s talk Strala Yoga!

Jo doing an headstand

Jo doing an headstand

This week on Becoming Stronger Podcast, I get to speak with Jo. Jo is a trained Strala Yoga instructor and she is very kind of share with us her thoughts on Yoga, what are the things that beginners should look out for and what are the yoga essentials you might like to consider.

Links

  • [jo_strala on Instgram](https://www.instagram.com/jo_strala/)
  • [Jo on Facebook](https://www.facebook.com/Joooolene)
  • [Strala Singapore](http://www.stralasg.com)
  • [Strala NYC, where Jo got trained](http://stralayoga.com)
  • [Sight to Sky Ladakh Trekking Eye Clinic Mission 2016](https://www.facebook.com/events/368983896605322/)

 

LB64 – How to become a better developer

This week we talk about how a developer can become a better developer. It is not all about learning new languages nether it is about working round the clock. We round it up with this motto:

  • Make it work
  • Make it right
  • Make it fast

Reference

Link

BSN01 – Becoming Stronger Now

Becoming Stronger Now! A brand new podcast featuring discussions on health and fitness topics that are important to busy people. Busy people like you and me who often get drench into our work and forget about our health. Hear from fitness experts on they manage their work life balance and also bite size fitness tips.

The show will be live on 03 Jul 2016 (Click the buttons below to subscribe!)

 

LB63 – Let’s talk about bots!

In this show we talk about Chatbots. Are Chatbots the future of Human Computer Interaction? Or is it just a pipe dream?

Reference:
Bots won’t replace apps

Moving Away From Chat: Hard-Earned Lessons

The Complete Beginner’s Guide To Chatbots

LB60 – Live Wisely

This week we read an article on New York Times that strongly provoked our thoughts. We thought it would be great to share this with everyone.

This is a quote from the article.

 Is it more important to you to have little, accomplish little, yet be relaxed and happy and spend time with family? Or is it more important to you to work hard, use your talents, perhaps start a business, maybe even make the world a better place along the way? via How to Live Wisely

So what do you think? Is it necessary to lead a life that create a dent in the universe?

LB59 A Year

It’s been a year since we did up our podcast and we are finally back. This is the start of Launchbyte 3rd series. The format is once again change 😛 like our lives always do. This time round we are doing like a talk show. We dived into a topic and we go deep. This time, we love you to join us too. (Check out the venue below)

This week we talk about why you might not need an app for your business. There are so many apps out there, by introducing another app, does it make any more sense to your business?

Also we look at #pap4sg, a new app by the People’s Action Party to engage the public during the election period. Is it worth it? Maybe they could have just use Facebook? We love to hear your comments.

Podcast Location

Blk 79 Ayer Rajah Crescent 

#02-23 S(139955)

Friday 9am. 

We talk tech in asia.

LB58 Reading is important

Reading is important we all know that, however many of us failed to read at least a book in a year.

Why is this so?

Simply because the Internet has taken over most of our times. Remember the times when Internet wasn’t so prominent, the leisure activities involves much more engagement and interactions. Playing over at the playground, just plain running around with friends, watching some TV and also visiting the library.

Furthermore, we are chasing after time now. We like to see results in the shortest possible time. We enjoy online articles because they are shorter and easier to consume. Article like “14 Things Every Successful Person Has In Common” in list form is better than reading any successful person’s biography that is 2000 pages long.

I’m not sharing that online articles are not good. I’m writing one now myself and hopefully you find it meaningful too.  However reading a book is different, it connects your brain. When you are reading, you are in full silence, giving the book your full attention rather than clicking articles. This silence makes your brain want more, it is clear and focus. You start to see the point of view from the author.

Sometimes, reading gives you new found creativity. When reading, you are exploring a different angle to see aching you known. For example, I’m reading Zero to One by Peter Thiel, who would have expected that monopoly should be something a startup aim for. I personally also thought that the bigger the market, the better is it.

I like to end this with a quote.

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. —Vera Nazarian

And we would love to hear what books that you might be reading now and suggests to us what books should we be reading next.

 

 

Here are 3 books that Chris and I are reading right now.

Zero to One – Peter Thiel (Founder of Paypal)

Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship – Robert C. Martin

 

Resources:

Image Credit

Quote in podcast was taken in the youtube video above

 

LB57 What Is Keeping You Awake At Night?

There are a thousand and one things for us to worry about but when you are an entrepreneur, you have to double that list because the business is you and you are the business.

In “How to startup a startup” Lecture 3, Paul Graham shared the following:

startups are all-consuming. If you start a startup, it will take over your life to a degree you cannot imagine. And if your startup succeeds, it will take over your life for a long time: for several years at the very least, maybe for a decade, maybe for the rest of your working life. So there is a real opportunity cost here. via Link

I can testified on it. Starting a company, be it a venture funded startup or a bootstrapped business. I believe that it would consume your life. The reason is simple, its like having a kid, you see the business grow and you are attached to it.

Ever work started a project that you put so much effort in it that when the project end, you feel sad about it?, that’s the kind of feeling when startup, however it is a much longer journey

Entrepreneurs are always under stress!

Before you launch a startup, you are thinking of ideas? Will this idea work or that idea work? If this idea solves a problem, does it a decent market to start a business in? If you are planning to go for VC money, how can I make it attractive for VCs?

“It never gets any easier.” The nature of the problems change, so you’re maybe worrying about more glamorous problems like construction delays in your new London offices rather than the broken air conditioner in your studio apartment, but the total volume of worry never decreases. If anything, it increases. via PG also shared in the lecture

You have an idea, you have a team and you start your company. The problems pile up even more. What is our cash-flow like? Will I be able to meet the payroll? etc etc.. Like PG mentioned there can only be more problems.

So if you are thinking of starting up, be ready for some stressful years of your life but I can assure you that it would be a wholesome one

Ask Chris why he wants to start company? You will be in a surprise with his answers.

How to cope with stress or sleepless nights?

This is how I do it.

  1. Exercise: Research shows that exercise reduces stress hormones and stimulates production of endorphins. These endorphins what runners often call the “runner’s high”, you feel extreme good and happy while cruising down the tar path.
  2. Do not read emails in the morning and before sleep: Reading emails right after you are awake is bad. Give your brain sometime to “wake up”, try this 10 minute yoga workout routine 🙂 . Reading emails just before you sleep is bad too, if you happen to receive a “bad news” email (maybe about certainly partnership not doing well) you mind gets active again and you disrupt your resting cycle.
  3. Read more books and not online articles: Maybe it is just me but I’m feeling that online articles, especially those with “click-bait” headlines does not have much substance in the writing. Good books on the other hand still gives more substance, they tackle into the specific topics in a deeper manner and they make you think.

As for Chris: he just stop working 3 hours before his sleeping time and watch youtube. (Find out what he watches, before he sleeps in the podcast)

Sleep is important, if your sleep is affected, you will mood and decision will be affected and in turn it will affect your business decisions.

Lastly, it is hard to start a startup. There are many things to an entrepreneur to worry about and it will not end. However, as entrepreneur we have to manage it.

We each shared a very personal problem in the podcast and we love to hear yours. Do not take on the problems on your own, there is always your team and you

Show links

  1. A group of youth making a difference in Singapore’s Tech Scene: If you are looking to learn coding, this event is open to everyone and it is free.
  2. How to start a startup

Resources

  1. Quote credit