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Comment: "I have learned that my opinion has a multiplier attached (like -.5 perhaps)"

This comment by Chris was on "People tend to like their own opinion more than your opinion" - a bit of an older post, and a nice comment, I thought it was worth making sure everyone saw it -

Hey Sebastian, nice post and nice blog! I'm a new reader this week... As it happens, I am a single founder as well but already have some investors / experienced startup guys on board. And every time we have a difference of opinion, the scenario you describe plays out anew! I have learned that my opinion has a multiplier attached (like -.5 perhaps), and the multiplier is significantly smaller then theirs. :) Over the last couple of years I've really struggled with the line between listening to their advice and taking it even when I think there's a better way. One big example stands out where they thought I should do A, I thought we should do B, and I had tons of research to support my ideas. We did B, and when the dust settled I was completely wrong. In the end we learned from it and failing is where you practice succeeding, so I don't hold it against myself. You have to take risks and put yourself on the line. But the lesson reduced my stubbornness by a lot and these days I try harder to understand the voice of experience, and really question my ideas before I get attached to them.

Good stuff here.

Physical Fitness Friday

On Heart Of a Son

The Unforgiving Minute

There’s only one thing that parallels my affinity for alliteration, and that’s fitness. If your existence thus far has been on planet Earth then you know exercise, in almost any amount really, has a positive impact on both physical and mental health. This is why I’m not going to talk about the “7 Mental Benefits of Working Out” or “New Year’s Resolutions for Fitness”. Silly blogs and People Magazine have those topics on lock. Whether you’re looking to get swole, ripped, shredded, or yoked I think we can all agree that a well-rounded guy should strive for fitness and a healthy lifestyle.

Run 400 meters or for 60 seconds as fast as you can; whichever is faster. Do this at least once or twice a week. Why? Because it’s healthy to enter the pain cave…often. What’s so special about 400 meters or 60 seconds? First let’s look at 400 meters. No matter what kind of shape you’re in, if you run as hard as you can you’re going to hit a threshold of lactic acid, aka the sensation of your legs weighting 250 lbs a piece. Even Michael Johnson, who holds the World Record at 43.18 seconds, gets slammed with lactic acid around 320 meters. Basically, everyone is going to feel the same pain at some point in the run (fear bonding with your fellow man). Here’s a look at why 60 seconds is so special. Don’t worry too much about ATP or PC, just know they are forms of energy that the body creates to keep you going at 100% physical exertion. If you’ll notice, the body essentially runs out of energy ammo right at the one minute mark. At this point you switch exclusively to long duration energy systems.

To end, here’s a slick quote from the guy who wrote one of the manliest books ever written, The Jungle Book, you may have heard of it:

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