Why Entrepreneurs Need to Reconnect With Their Wild Side

Here on ActiveGrowth, I'm always looking for tools and strategies that will make you a better entrepreneur.

Note the emphasis, there: it's about you becoming a better, more focused, stronger entrepreneur. That's a key point. External things like technology and marketing tactics matter, but not as much as you.

The greatest tool you'll ever be able to apply to building a business is your brain. And today's episode is all about those two things: becoming a better entrepreneur by building a stronger brain.

Listen in to hear our unconventional, but highly effective approach to this.

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What You'll Discover in this Episode

Here's a good primer to the episode (we mention this video in the podcast as well):

  • Why sitting is the new smoking and what that means for your productivity.
  • The tricks we use to get our bodies moving more, without having to do more exercise.
  • Why "domesticated humans" will never be as effective as "wild" humans.
  • The tools, gadgets and apps we use to stay on the wild side.
  • Why the mind-body connection is far from trivial, for entrepreneurs and creative workers.

Resources

Here are the resources we mentioned during the episode:

Get Moving

What was your favorite takeaway from this episode? Do you have other tips for working like an animal? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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Thanks for listening!

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About the Author Shane Melaugh

I'm the founder of ActiveGrowth and Thrive Themes and over the last years, I've created and marketed a dozen different software, information and SaaS products. Apart from running my business, I spend most of my time reading, learning, developing skills and helping other people develop theirs. On ActiveGrowth, I want to help you become a better marketer and product creator. Read more about my story here.

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  • Caterina says:

    Hi Shane, I am a Feldenkrais practitioner and a movement expert. This was a great podcast with solid background theory, I am really happy these ideas are spreading into the world!

    • Thank you, Caterina! I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the episode. I hope we’ll see these ideas spread further and I think entrepreneurs are early to catch on to things like this.

  • Please add links to the TED talk on fungal networks that Matt mentioned near the end of the podcast, and Movement Matters by Katy Bowman. This was a VERY inspiring episode. At age 67 I have noticed that it has become increasingly difficult over the past few years to get up off the floor. This podcast episode has inspired me to do something about that! Also, I recently “fired” the other marketing gurus I was following. Your podcast offers enough for me to focus on, without being distracted by endless emails from other marketing types.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Thank you for your comment, Lisa!

      I’ve added a link to Movement Matters. I couldn’t find the video Matt was referring to, though. Sorry about that.

  • Hi Shane,

    don’t know if it’s true but a friend of mine told me that at Shell in the UK they found that smokers were actually more healthy than nonsmokers because they took more breaks and got more movement.

    Was not able to verify the story but she worked there so I guess it might be true.

    Another thing is to add regular breaks and stand up from your desk. Brendon Burchard recommends to take a break and move every 50min.

    That’s why I added a break reminder to the FindFocus Website & Distraction Blocker I developed. (https://findfocus.net)

    The reminder turns my screen black every 50 minutes. I can postpone the break 3min for 3 times but if I want to skip the break completely, I have to type a longer text that reminds me how important it is to take a break.

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      That’s a really interesting anectode. So, perhaps sitting is even worse than smoking?

      Regarding regular breaks: I find that’s something that just doesn’t work for me. I’ve tried this and I can’t stand it when I’m in the zone and get interrupted. I also notice that my deep work sessions usually last between 50 and 70 minutes. If I get stopped 50 minutes in and I’m 5 minutes away from completing my task, I just get frustrated.

  • Jim Pruitt says:

    I have an exercise cycle that sits under my desk. I take cycle breaks often, especially while listening to podcasts, videos, or webinars.
    desk cylce

    • Shane Melaugh says:

      Hah, that’s pretty cool!

  • Artur Zygmunt says:

    Shane, you should try hone fitness programe. I recommend especially Shaun T trainings (BeachBody.com). His FocusT25 and Insanity programmes are brilliant. The moves are all new. I do those 2 trainings for about 3 years. Highly recommend… it’s totally like running in the wild, but at home :)

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