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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.

Project Cape Town

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If you could live in major world capital for one month, what would you do?

About two months ago, I was in Spain (read my previous blog post) giving graffiti workshops to Belgian teenagers. This sparked an idea in my head. If somebody is paying me right now to be in another part of the world to do what I do best. Then I can replicate that and move all around the world while people pay me for it. Genius!

Here's the plan. I pick a destination that I would love to explore. By exploring I mean, living in that area for a period of three to four weeks so I know all the ins and outs. Once I picked my mark it's time for research. I google for potential clients, lay down a database of contact information and contact them. This technique is called shotgunning, I approach a huge amount of people, hoping that a few fish will bite. Once I've gathered a few customers I can start calculating and measuring my budget. If I reach a certain amount of revenue, I'm able to buy the plain tickets,book a room somewhere and off I go!

My favorite big city at the moment is Stockholm. But since it is fall right now and I'm planning to leave in a few months, Stockholm'll be freezing cold! So I pick a more sunny destination. Within seconds, Cape Town pops into my head. It's almost one of the most distant destinations I could pick! I hear my head thinking . 'Dream big, or stay home.' So I start working on it.

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