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Jeddi Mees, Fellow ODF7 & Host of the podcast The Farmspot
Learning Inspiration 🌈 #59
What inspired you to create content?
My relatives, friends, and former colleagues encourage me a great deal.
They felt it was a shame that the subjects we discussed stayed between us when they might interest other people. That’s the beauty of the internet; a private conversation can turn into an article read by hundreds of people.
I fumbled around a fair amount when deciding on the best format. I think that in the end, you have to choose the format that best matches your personality. I started by writing, I even launched a newsletter on personal finance (The Incerto), but I realized that my thing was audio. With audio, I find that it’s more spontaneous. We intellectualize less and get straight to the point.
What are the tools you use to create content?
We got down to the basics and bought a good quality mic, a Yeti Blue brand. High-quality audio is essential. I will probably switch to a tool like Supercast, but this configuration suits me very well for the moment.
How do you prepare your episodes?
Not many people believe me when I tell them that I don’t formally prepare the episodes of The Farmspot in advance. My preparation is the daily job of keeping myself informed about new companies, new businesses, etc.
Before each episode, I spend thirty minutes reviewing my Notion page, where I take notes on my discoveries of the week about topics such as startups and articles on entrepreneurs that I like. I select three keywords. François, my co-host does more or less the same, and then we start recording. We talk about our three respective subjects, the rest is a digression, which I prefer. The idea is that it sounds like a heartfelt exchange between two friends versus a structured conversation.
What is the most satisfying thing when you produce content?
Positive feedback from listeners. It’s pretty crazy because, for me, this podcast is a banal conversation between François and me, just with a microphone. You have dozens of people who listen to you, reflect with you, and thank you.
The Farmspot helps me to express all the ideas and hubbub that I have in my brain. I have a million ideas, and I see business opportunities everywhere. I write them down and always tell myself that I will get to them later, but I never have enough time.
Now, this podcast allows me to talk to François and our listeners about them, and I tell myself that someone will run with the ideas presented. It takes a burden off me because I tell myself that a person listening will seize these opportunities. For example, I discovered Zip School, which produces videos for curious children aged six to ten. It’s thirty-minute classes with the CEO who is a real entertainer. The teacher will dress up as a pirate and explain the physical principles inherent in the moon landing or how rockets take off.
I had the idea to do it in French, and started, but I didn’t persist, which I regrets. In an episode of The Farmspot, I spoke about it, people contacted me about, and then Theo gave birth to The Moko School. This firm is starting to grow and is in the process of raising funds. I also like to watch the latest YC batches. There are some cool companies.
Who are the persons who inspire you the most?
I am inspired by great entrepreneurs or people who have made history rather than people around me. Somehow we are more galvanized by the extraordinary than by the ordinary. My daily behavior, the way I prioritize things, are strongly influenced by what I have heard or read from Naval Ravikant and Tim Ferris.
I find Marcus Aurelius incredible. I love the way he led the Roman Empire while keeping his dignity and bravery.
What are your favorite books and why?
I have rather spartan reading habits. I don’t think I’ve ever finished a book other than those by Nicholas Nassim Taleb, which I particularly like. He is a statistician, economist, and philosopher who based all of his studies on risk management. He wrote a series of five books: The Incerto. He taught me how to understand risk, avoid it, and play with it. I also read Meditations by Marc Aurelius, which is a book that continues to inspire me. Otherwise, I only pick the passages that interest me. I don’t see the point in forcing myself to read an entire book.
I mostly read books with quick, actionable advice. I read few novels. I think I haven’t read one for five years.
What are your favorite podcast episodes, and why?
My favorite is My First Million, a podcast created by Sam Parr, CEO of The Hustle (a popular paid newsletter in the US), and Shaan Puri Senior Product Director at Twitch. This podcast is a wealth of information.
The Farmspot is also inspired a lot by this podcast, where two friends discuss their ideas and discoveries for an hour.
I loved How to Get Rich (without getting lucky) by Naval Ravikant. He discusses his tweetstorms, where he defines how to accumulate richness via audio in small segments of ten to fiftteen minutes. It’s incredible.
How do you remember what you learn?
I find it hard to write what my brain absorbs on paper or digitally.
Obviously, to increase my productivity, I will have to discipline myself. I should use a tool that allows me to sort ideas and use mind maps. My Notion is quite messy; it’s a page with connected keywords, links to articles, and tweets. I sometimes connect the keywords to links.
I tried Roam Research, but it is impossible for me to use. I have the impression that it complicates my life. My brain is doing fine on its own at the moment.
What would you tell the 18 years old version of yourself?
I always tell myself when I decide what needs to happen, it will happen. I was very anxious when I left college, I didn’t know what to do, but everything went well in the end. We must have confidence in the future.
What is the most important thing you learn over the last 12 months?
I have learned to take a step back from institutions,not because of mistrust, but because something bigger can emerge.
We see it in decentralized finance (DeFi) what is happening and developing, and one day I hope it will overtake the existing institutions. It’s funny what happened with the Gamestop action stirring up existing financial institutions.
I spend two to three hours a day reading up on the DeFi. It is incredibly fascinating. We find there the beginnings of democracy. When you hold part of a token, you have the right to vote on a project. You can bring a project to life with your voice. There are some deviations, but something good will emerge; I am convinced of it.
What is the biggest challenge you had to overcome this year, and how did you do that?
It’s quite strange because I’m a homebody, and I’ve always been a loner, but it’s hard to stay home all the time. However, I speak with many people via social media, but I need to move. I thought I could live as a hermit, but I need to get out of my house, if only to walk a little.
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