fbpx
Connect with us

Entrepreneurship

A Passion For Optimization And Human Performance Is What Inspires Derek From More Plates More Dates

Passion For Optimization And Human Performance

Derek (more well known as “More Plates More Dates” on his social media platforms) discovered he had a passion for pharmacology, endocrinology, biology and human performance in his teens. He would spend hours each day digging through research, forums and clinical studies to learn as much as he could. 

“I’ve always been fascinated with optimization in all facets. I have a tendency to dive deep down rabbit holes and become consumed with learning as much as I can about whatever it is that I am most interested in at the time. This has stayed consistent since my teens and has essentially been how I’ve learned about everything I’ve published on my website and YouTube channel. My interest in cognitive enhancement is what eventually led me to starting Gorilla Mind in 2017. My interest in hormone replacement therapy is what eventually led me to starting Marek Health in 2020,” Derek explains. 

Gorilla Mind is a dietary supplements company and Marek Health is a hormone replacement therapy clinic that Derek started in 2017 and 2020 respectively. 

Both are aligned with the topics he often discusses on his blog and his YouTube channel. 

“My business strategy has been as simple as identifying a hole in the market and filling it, or creating my own version of a similar product or service I already pay for myself and perceive as valuable. If I deem something is valuable enough to spend my money on, the likelihood is high that those who follow my content will feel similarly, so it is pretty easy to decide what is a good or bad idea business wise,” Derek says. 

The biggest challenge for Derek when starting his first business was patience. You can’t build a successful business overnight, and you can’t build a dedicated following overnight either. When there are so many established entrepreneurs on social media, it is easy to start brainwashing yourself that you aren’t cut out for it, or that your products aren’t good enough if you aren’t getting as many views or subscribers as them. Derek’s YouTube subscribership has grown significantly in the past year. He currently has over 300 thousand subscribers and has over 70 million views. But it certainly wasn’t an overnight success, and he recounts how long it took him to really get traction online. 

“It took me years before I even passed 10,000 subscribers. I felt like a failure because I knew I had so much more to offer, but my rate of growth was much slower than I wanted to see. It snowballs once you start getting traction, but keeping my head on straight and focusing on the long-term growth potential I knew I had in me if I kept pushing is what kept me going. I also knew that the quality of products and services I was bringing to the market were second to none, and it all just felt like a matter of time. I truly knew that I had very high quality educational material that thousands of people would want to learn about, and it was just a matter of time before things picked up steam, and that those same people would value the products and services that I perceive as valuable. But, I had to stay mentally strong and just keep pushing through those years when I was getting no traction,” Derek says.

For those wishing to start their own business, Derek’s piece of advice to you is not to go out seeking to reinvent the wheel, rather he advises that you sit down and think about what it is that you are truly passionate about, and dissecting how you can monetize that. He often iterates that it is very unlikely that you will be both happy and successful in a business that you are not truly obsessed with. 

“I’m very passionate about the content I make and what I center my businesses around. I aspire to grow a much bigger following and educate at scale. When you’re making content about what you love, work does not feel like work. I believe I have found my niche and my path, and now I just need to push as hard as I can to grow my personal brand and my companies as much as possible. Instead of trying to build a business or a social media following around something you think would be popular and sell, I strongly recommend focusing on whatever it is that truly resonates with you and then building everything around that,” Derek explains. 

Julian Lim is a technology entrepreneur and researcher. Julian has graduated from NUS in intelligent systems and started his career pursuing data analytics and research. He’s also an editor and senior writer at Entrepreneur magazine, covering technology, startups, AI, blockchain and entrepreneurship.

Advertisement Become A Crypto Expert

Join Disrupt Magazine

Become A Crypto Expert
Become A Disrupt Contributor

Most Disruptive

Entrepreneurship5 months ago

Navy Veteran Davis Chris Takes the Music Industry by storm

In life, you need to break down anything that might be holding you back and change course if need be...

Entrepreneurship6 months ago

5 Disruptive Leaders Paving the Way in 2021

Where there is uncertainty, lies a whirlwind of opportunity. 2020 was the year that had entrepreneurs learn a great deal...

Politics1 year ago

Brock Pierce Wants To Disrupt The Two Party System And Be Your Next President

We don’t usually cover politics much here at Disrupt, but when Crypto billionaire and friend of the show, Brock Pierce...

Business1 year ago

John Mcafee – Predictions For The Future

John McAfee is a world-famous tech CEO, computer scientist, civil disobedience activist, privacy advocate, and pioneer of the commercial anti-virus...

Finance1 year ago

Gaby Wall Street – Teaching Latinas to Thrive During The Crisis

It’s no secret we are facing one of the most challenging financial times of the last few decades as we...

Entrepreneurship1 year ago

Tony Delgado – The #1 Entrepreneurship Movement In Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican online market is in constant progress. With many entrepreneurs who are coming here to start a business, it...

Entrepreneurship1 year ago

Elena Cardone – The 10X Ladies Conference Is Declaring 2020 The Decade For Women

The next ten years are meant for women to continue growing their potential and succeeding in multiple areas, including business....

Marketing2 years ago

How Josh Elizetxe Built Snow Into a $40 Million Dollar Business

There is nothing quite like an entrepreneur’s determination when starting a business. That’s my original quote by the way (pun...

Entrepreneurship2 years ago

How Jason Capital Became A Self Made Millionaire By 24

Have you ever wanted to earn the respect of everyone who ever looked down on you at some point in...

Entrepreneurship2 years ago

Sam Bakhtiar On His Way To A Quarter Billion

Dr. Saman Bakhtiar, who prefers being referred as Sam, lives in an 8200 square foot $5.2 million house, Sam is...

Trending

Copyright © 2020 Disrupt ™ Magazine - Disrupt is a Minority Owned Privately Held Company

Disrupt ™ is the voice of Latino entrepreneurs around the world. We are part of a global movement to increase diversity in the technology industry and we are focused on using entrepreneurship to grow new economies in underserved communities around the world. We enable millennials to become what they want to become in life by learning new skills and leveraging the power of the digital economy. We are living proof that all you need to succeed in this new economy is a landing page and a dream. Disrupt tells the stories of the world top entrepreneurs, developers, creators, and digital marketers and help empower them to teach others the skills they used to grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose. We recognize the fact that most young people are opting to skip college in exchange for entrepreneurship and real-life experience. This Podcast was designed to give them a taste of that.