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Pierre Hersant, Co-founder at Chaintrust

Learning Inspiration 🌈 #10

From the movie industry to the tech scene, there is just one step. Today in our learning inspiration, you’ll discover why Pierre Hersant chose to change his career path and why he’s obsessed with learning.

I went to art school. I worked in the film industry for ten years and then I started a film production company. In 2016, I decided to pivot by enrolling in a web development bootcamp at le Wagon. I was a developer for two years. Then, I joined forces with my best friend to start Chaintrust, an accounting automation tool focused on securely simplifying accounting data entry for accounting firms.

Pierre Hersant, Co-founder at Chaintrust

Who is your main source of inspiration 👩?

There are two prominent people: 

Paul Graham, he is brilliant, and his blog inspires me a tremendous amount. It touches the heart of how we feel as a company and how we feel about the business.

Nicholas Nassim Taleb, I’ve been an adoring fan for ten years. I’ve read all of his books. He’s also brilliant and a little crazy, but amazing.

There is also a French engineer that I admire: JM Jancovici. He is a member of the High Council for the Climate and mainly talks about energy, technical progress, and global warming.

I have a particular affection for Oussama Ammar, Co-founder & Partner at The Family in Paris. Watching his videos motivated me to transition by leaving the art world to join the startup ecosystem.
Joseph Campbell also inspires me a great deal. He is an anthropologist and historian from the 1950s. He wrote a book on human psychology and the great myths of human history. He visited eastern, western, and tribal societies and realized that the myth is a depersonalized dream. Every society has the same fundamental structure, and everyone needs to look for the same myths, the same stories. Honestly, it’s upsetting when you read it. He had a massive impact on storytelling and filmmaking. George Lucas mentioned this book as his primary source of inspiration for writing Star Wars.

How do you keep learning on a daily basis?

Two things help me learn: 

– First, it is a necessity. Many things I learn comes from necessity. For example, I learned Vue.js because I had to take over our site’s front-end development.

– Second, I learn because of obsession. When I am obsessed with a topic, I read everything I can find about it. These obsessions generally arise from my need to argue intelligently about subjects. For example, I am obsessed with global warming because specific people’s charisma prompted me to look closer. When someone’s eloquence inspires me, I dive into the topic to better understand their vision of the world. 

There are other subjects that I like to learn in my spare time, like music. My weekly goal is to play four times a week for thirty minutes.  When I get home from the office, I immediately play, which allows me to stick to the habit.  

I decorrelate the mental load from the action of the mental load. I note what I need to do, to learn, and practice. It only takes a few minutes, and then, I just do what’s on my list. This allows me to decorrelate the action of the mental load. For me, it’s the best way to learn. I also heavily use the Way of Life app, which allows me to check off my goals.

What are your favorite books 📚?

There are so many.

Ninety-Three by Victor Hugo impacted me for personal reasons.

– I learned a great deal from reading Histoire des Girondins by Alphonse de Lamartine. It’s a well-known book on revolution published in 1847, which deals with politics and psychology. It explains why people act and how they can be pressured into doing things they don’t want to do.  

Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham is a very brilliant book.

– And, I must mention one of the five books by Nassim Nicholas Taleb on uncertainty.

What is your favorite podcast 🎧?

I spend more time listening to music than podcasts, but I like Joe Roggan. He’s very entertaining.

If you were to stay alone on an island and would only be allowed to bring one item, what would it be ? 

It depends on the island. I will opt for a lighter or a pistol.

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