Hobby Jam

What People Do For Fun

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Jacques Poujade

Jacques Poujade has spent his entire adult life in the working in different areas of the financial world. Currently, he is a managing partner at LendPlus, an alternative mortgage lender. Despite being in the mortgage business, he still has time for his favorite hobby, playing piano. Here is a closer look at what he loves outside of the office.

What is your hobby exactly?

Piano at first was looked at as something I was forced to do. I’m sure a lot of people have been forced to take lessons as a youngster. I soon realized though that it was very fun and enjoyable. I stepped away from it during my teenage years, but have been playing steadily since college.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

My inspiration came from my family, as most everyone is able to play at least a little bit. It’s a fun way to learn a musical instrument, and I wanted to be like everyone else.

What do you love about it?

When I look at the piano, I look at it as a frustrating way to relax. Most might not think that frustrating and relaxing go together, but it is a fun type of frustration. I’m constantly trying to improve, learn new songs and more, but it’s enjoyable. Since it’s a hobby, I don’t stress out about it.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I’m not much of a performer, although I will play in front of family and friends. I kind of like that part about the piano. I can do it on my own time. So I don’t really participate in groups related to the piano or anything like that.

Have you invested in any gear or equipment for your hobby? If so, what?

In the beginning, I pretty much just played on older pianos that I received for free. It wasn’t until I was established in my career that I started to invest a little into my hobby.

Currently, I have one main piano, and then a digital keyboard that can be packed up and stored away. I like to play both of them. The main piano sounds a lot better, but it can’t be played late at night. With my digital piano, I am able to plug in headphones and play at all hours of the day. Not only that, but it also helps to take the piano on the road if I am going to visit family or friends.

In total, I’ve probably invested a few thousand dollars into piano. That might sound like a lot, but anyone who is familiar with really nice pianos know that this hobby can get super expensive.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I haven’t made a purchase for my piano playing in a while, so I don’t necessarily have a go-to supplier at the moment. For my hobby in particular, it is best to shop online for new and used. A lot of gently used pianos are out there on the market for people to consider. If you can end up saving 50% off the sticker price because someone used it a few hours, it’s worth it.

Are there any good books for beginners?

There are so many piano books out there that it would be impossible to count them all! However, I will say, I think YouTube is perfect for people who are trying to learn. Seeing the hand placement and everything can help out a lot more than reading music. It takes a pretty advanced piano player to read music properly.

How has this changes your life?

I think that piano has really helped me relax in my job. I don’t worry about things when I’m playing piano. I really do get lost in the music.

Any advice for those trying to learn piano?

Like anything, just stick with it. If it is something you enjoy, eventually it will click. There is a learning curve, but the breakthroughs are worth it.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I like to run and stay active when possible. My favorite sport is probably tennis. I also enjoy traveling when I can.

How can people connect with you?

I have my own website at www.jacquespoujade.com. I am also active on Facebook, Twitter, and Medium.

Grant Lawson

Grant Lawson is a marketer, consultant, and coach with his current focus being the lead crowdfunding strategist at InventureX .

He attended California State University, Northridge where he acquired a B.S. in Computer Science. His expertise lies in product development and crowdfunding.

What is your hobby?
I like to perform different writing exercises to encourage the free flow of thoughts and ideas. I can put the best ideas to work. It helps me to pinpoint exactly what I want to execute.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?
I drew the conclusion that some of the most successful people in the world are authors, readers, or both. It’s less of a hobby and more of a way of life. The combination of being a writer and an avid reader is one of the ways that I can ensure my continued success. I’d like to think of myself as a machine that acquires and disseminates knowledge. I got started with this hobby because I needed a way to churn out ideas that solve problems. To validate that a product development idea is good, I take the best ideas I’ve written and discuss them with potential customers.

What inspired you?
I’m inspired by the work of some of the world’s greatest thinkers and writers. I also get inspired by the products that I’m grateful to have. I think “What is it that makes me grateful for this?”, and “How can I create products that other people are grateful for?”

Tell us what you love about it.
I love writing as a creative expression because I can have fun while being productive. That’s the sweet spot-working without making it feel like work. Writing allows me to access the imaginative part of my brain. I can take a break from being technical and logical. Also, there is something therapeutic and relaxing about it. I feel like a more balanced person once I’ve written that day or delivered some of my creative material to my video team at StudioX.

Are there any groups you’re part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?
Yes, Toastmasters. Being that I’m in product development, I often have to relay thoughts and concepts to other people. I’m a member of this speaking group to keep my communication and presentation skills refined.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.
I mainly invest in tools that augment my current marketing stack of tools. I have benefited from using tools like Clickfunnels, Crazy Egg, and wireframing tools. I use Aha! For product roadmapping and IdeaScale to gather opinions and gain feedback.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?
The vast majority of the tools I need to complete my work are online. Primarily, crowdsourcing occurs online. Therefore, the things that I need to get the job done can be found there as well.

Are there any good books for beginners?
Absolutely. You should be reading no matter what your level of acuity is. For marketers, I recommend Crushing It by Gary Vaynerchuk. I also recommend The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz.

How has this changed your life?
These books have taught me the crucial steps to take in order to build a thriving personal brand and maintain the motivation to achieve.Is far too easy to be thrown off of your path in life, even with an established direction and approaching goal. These books help me maintain the right state of mind to continue being a standout leader.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?
If you want to write or be a marketer, just do it. You can study something forever, you can have a mentor for years, but it all comes down to the moment doing. Set a clear goal and start going for it 100 miles per hour. No matter what your skill level is, as you continue to “Do”, you will get better. If you’re having trouble getting started, simply do something today and you’ve already begun. Approach each day with the mindset that you’re going to do 1% better than you did yesterday.

Are there any other hobbies you have?
I enjoy the adrenaline rush that comes along with working out. I’m not much of a runner, I prefer bodybuilding. I like to push myself to physical limits and lift as much as I can. It’s extremely encouraging. No matter what activity I do after I workout, I feel like I can dominate and conquer it.

Since 2012, InventureX has been helping clients jumpstart their journey into entrepreneurship. And since then, Lawson has continued to collaborate with innovators. The present and future of InventureX are looking bright with great reviews and positive chatter from seasoned entrepreneurs.

Arshad Madhani

Arshad Madhani is a digital marketing and consulting expert who specializes in helping clients, from expert marketers to novice entrepreneurs, create innovative and engaging marketing campaigns that redefine their brands. Madhani earned his MBA from the Texas A&M International University and is currently based in Atlanta, Georgia.

What is your hobby?

I’m a busy guy but I try to be consistent with my running. It’s the one thing that I try not to miss out on, aside from my morning cup of coffee.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I started running back in college. I was already juggling a lot of activities at that time, and I realized that I was burning out too quickly. I chose running to counter all the sitting down I was doing, and it has been a part of my daily routine ever since.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love how running gives me that time and space where my mind can just be blank. Most of time, my mind is on overdrive, thinking about strategies and new ideas for campaigns, and being on this mode for most of the day can be exhausting. Running is simple, it lets me breathe mentally and physically, and it allows me to clear my head for an hour or two. Also, running is great cardio.

If you read my article in Noobpreneur.com about how to unwind, I emphasized the need for physical activity. Running does it for me because it gets my blood flowing as I allow my mind to just wander. At the end of every run, I always feel refreshed and ready to tackle the next task on my plate.

Are there any groups you’re part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

Not really. I view running as something that is personal to me, that’s part of the time that I give to myself and no one else, so I prefer to do it alone, as opposed to doing it as part of a group. I have nothing against group runs, but with my schedule and the fact that I run anytime I’m free, the only option that I have is to run by myself.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

I try to invest in basic equipment, like a good pair of running shoes and a runner’s watch just to see how many miles I’ve covered. Currently, I’m using a Forerunner sports watch by Garmin. I usually buy running shoes from Nike, but I also use running shoes from other brands like Adidas and New Balance. As long as it offers good support and protects your knees, it’s a good running shoe for me.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I get my running supplies from your typical sports stores but I also buy online.

Are there any good books for beginners?

The Beginning Runner’s Handbook is the first book that comes to mind. This covers everything that you need to know if you are totally new to running, from safety tips to how to get the most out of every run.

How has this changed your life?

The book makes running easy to understand and actually encourages you to make the decision to run every day. Although I started running fairly early in my life, I admit that I really didn’t know how to run properly. If I had not read this book before I began my daily running routine, I’d be dealing with a lot of running-related injuries by now. If you don’t know the first thing about running, this should be the first book on your list.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Learn the basics before you run, especially if you want to make this a daily habit. Know the proper running techniques and take it slow to avoid injury. You will feel sore in the first day or two, but keep pushing. You will get better in time and the rewards will be worth it.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I like to listen to music. During short breaks at the office you will find me with headphones on, listening to a track on my playlist. Music is a great stress reliever and I can pop it in when I just have a couple of minutes free in between client meetings or calls.

Learn more about Arshad Madhani at www.arshadmadhani.com.

Bill Michelon

Bill Michelon is a leader in the world of entrepreneurship and digital solutions. His extensive background, both as an employee and now a business owner, has given him more than a decade’s worth of valuable experience that sets him apart from others in this field. Michelon’s recent forays into the world of cryptocurrency and tailored digital marketing strategies for clients are just two of the exciting new directions that his professional career is taking. Bill believes in mentoring students and those new to the digital marketing space, and has a special place in his heart for philanthropic causes, especially those that impact veterans and young businesspeople.

What is your hobby?

Right now, I’d say two: Traveling and immersing myself in the world of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin. But to be honest, the latter is really more work and career oriented, so travel probably is my actual hobby.

How did you get started with this hobby?

I took a trip to the Bahamas as one of my first major vacations and it really gave me the bug for exotic, unusual travel. I realize a trip to the Bahamas is not all that unusual, but it led me to literally fall in love with travel as a way to unwind and give my brain a deep rest from the rigors of a high-speed work life.

What inspired you?

Just watching other international travelers and seeing how much they enjoyed going to unusual, hard-to-reach spots made me want to see what it was all about.

Tell us what you love about it.

Traveling to little-known, interesting places takes you out of yourself, and helps you actually stand back and see your entire life in perspective. A trip to Iceland, for example, and getting to know some of the locals while spending time in the hot springs was an unforgettable experience.

Are there any groups you’re a part of or events that you attend related to your hobby?

I’m in a few travel clubs that offer discounts on tickets to exotic, relatively unknown or little-visited places.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought.

Quite the contrary, extensive travel teaches you how to get by on less, whether that means material goods, food, creature comforts, and all the typical consumerist stuff we tend to rely on in the industrialized world.

Where do you buy most of your supplies?

I either make or purchase travel-specific items. When I buy things that I can’t make, like rain ponchos, energy bars, or camping equipment, I look for bargains online, in local shops or in my closet.

Are there any good books for beginners?

“Video Night in Kathmandu,” by Pico Iyer is one of the best books on travel. Not only does Iyer convey the essence of what travel can teach us, but he is able to do so in a humorous, intriguing way.

How has this changed your life?

I think travel gives me a deeper perspective about live and makes me a better entrepreneur because my mind always feels so sharp and ready to work after a good trip.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

Research a few places that you’ve always wanted to go, and keep an open mind about the fact that your research might lead you to other spots.

Are there any other hobbies you have?

I am currently exploring how to become more philanthropic, and learn more about crypotocurrency and the best ways to invest.

Ali Mayar

Ali Mayar is a successful business owner and entrepreneur based out of Long Island, New York. As the CEO of Platinum Rapid Funding Group, he and his management team offer small to mid-sized companies working capital. Through his work of helping professionals and businesses succeed, he has become one of the leading figures in the merchant cash-lending industry, as well as a mentor for his management team.

Ali Mayar‘s entrepreneurial success is highlighted by his vast experience of working with businesses to ensure their financial success. As a business strategist, Mayar assists professionals and companies in their progression by working together to come up with strong business platforms. Mayor is known within his industry to share his strategies and experience of reaching entrepreneurial success; thus he exemplifies the mentoring ideal within Platinum Rapid Funding Group and is an ideal financial resource for businesses needing assistance in forming successful business strategies for the future.

What is your hobby?

Aside from the obvious answer of spending time with friends and family, I love music. I also love cars, cooking, and fine dining. As of the past few years I’ve taken an interest in boating and being on the water. Long Island is one of the most beautiful places to explore, especially on the South Shore. There’s nothing better than taking friends and family out on the water to enjoy a sunset.

How did you get started with these hobbies?

Music has just always been a big part of my life. I love how different songs start to represent different times in my life, bringing back memories and emotions. It’s nice to shut the mind off sometimes and slip into a good song, enjoy a quiet moment while you are listening and escape the stresses of every-day life. When it comes to spending time with friends and family, I have to wonder what I’m working so hard for if I don’t make them a priority.

What inspired you?

Friends and family are a priority in my life and always will be. They inspire me to help others and stay true to those who are there for you and matter the most in life. I’m the type of guy who believes if you take good care of the people around you, they will take good care of you. Much of my inspiration comes from the people around me and

Tell us what you love about it.

The strategies of helping businesses succeed and take steps toward financial success really fascinate me, but it also doesn’t completely define who I am. Music, cars, friends and family, and my fascination for business; all these things together define me.

How has this changed your life?

My hobbies have enriched my life because they have enriched who I am. I believe that what we do, say, and what we love in life all work synergistically to form who we are as a person and a businessman. I enjoy helping businesses get off the ground and find their place in their chosen industry. I advise people to follow their passions, whether in personal life or when it comes time for professionals to decide which industry will be their niche. You can have skills, but if you are not passionate about what you are doing, success is just not as attainable as if it’s in a field you are passionate about.

Dr. Lane Sebring

 

 

Dr. Lane Sebring is a fully licensed medical doctor operating a private practice, the Sebring Clinic, based out of Wimberly, Texas. While he began his career as a traditional doctor working in a hospital, he was soon considered an “alternative medicine” provider based on his reliance on the Paleo Diet, a diet modeled after what the earliest humans ate to remain healthy for the duration of their lives.

Today, Dr. Sebring operates his Sebring Clinic and an attached Paleo Pharmacy that provides everything his patients need to embrace the Paleo lifestyle. He recently sat down with us to explain why he finds fitness and nutrition so interesting.

What is your hobby?

I know it’s my career, but my greatest passion is the Paleo Diet. The Paleo Diet eschews modern dairy and processed foods in favor of natural foodstuffs available to ancient man, such as meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, and nuts. I firmly believe that switching to this diet can help millions of Americans increase both their life expectancy and quality of life, so I constantly advise my patients to embrace it.

How did you get started with this hobby? What inspired you?

I attended a medical conference in the mid-1990s where a bunch of nutritionists gathered to discuss alternative diet programs. Loren Cordain spoke about the merits of the Paleo Diet at that conference, and I immediately realized that I had found my medical calling.

Tell us what you love about it.

I love all the steak it lets me eat! (Laughs) Jokes aside, most fad diets expect you to eat bland cardboard or nothing at all to deliver the extravagant results they claim to offer. Paleo food can be absolutely delicious, so you don’t have to compromise flavor to live a healthier lifestyle. Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, fresh meat—the paleo diet is all about eating foods straight from the Earth and helps your body feel better almost immediately.

Have you had to invest in equipment and if so, please share some of the things you’ve bought?

Paleo is still considered a unique treatment method, so my patients were having a hard time finding the materials needed to follow my advice. I opened the Paleo Pharmacy to allow my clinic to serve as a convenient “one-stop shop” for both Paleo advice and supplies. I now sell a variety of Paleo-friendly supplements, including Patriot Power Greens and a digestive aid called Digestive Freedom Plus that helps the human stomach recover from all of the processed ingredients found in the modern diet.

Are there any good books for beginners?

Oh absolutely! Anything by Loren Cordian is a great introduction to Paleo, especially a book simply titled The Paleo Diet. That book reinforced everything I learned at that conference and more, giving me the guidance I needed to dedicate my private practice to the lifestyle.

How has this changed your life?

How hasn’t it? (Laughs) Like many other Paleo adherents, the diet gives me more energy and measurable weight loss results that other diets simply can’t measure up to. I also enjoy the food I eat, allowing me to live every day to its fullest. But most of all, I love the ability to help others and introduce Paleo to the masses.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

It might seem tough at first, but I advise everyone to stick with it because the benefits are life changing. My website, DrLaneSebring.com, includes tasty recipes and other tips that help make the lifestyle more accessible, allowing novices and experts alike to go Paleo and live longer, happier lives