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Energy 🟡 > Time ⌛️
JamBlog by Mychal Culpepper, Founder at Pinview
For you physics nerds out there I understand this is roughly the same thing (time is just the measure of motion in a particular vector). However, I am speaking in a much more colloquial sense. We often think of time as the most valuable asset a startup can have; and globally it is the most important any human can have. However, the more I meditate on this idea, the more i realize this is simply a fallacy, and I can prove it with one simple question/trial ANYONE can answer!
Q: How long does it take to snap both of your fingers together?
A: No Time at all.
Why? Because you have enough ENERGY to execute both simultaneously. From such a seemingly simple experiment so much can be gleaned about the physical world around us, but I think the most important conclusion is this; when enough energy is present in a system, time becomes negligible.
Energy vs. Time
As stated before, time is merely the measure of energy in a particular vector. If we use time as the ultimate measuring stick, it fails an innumerable amount of tests. Let’s say identical twins are raised in 2 different styles, one is encouraged to take up sports while the other is encouraged to focus on academics. They meet up 20 years later and test their skills in both arenas against one another. It should come as no surprise that one excels in academics and the other in sports. This is because the energy (charge) you’re exposed to is far more important than the time you spend in a system. Time only becomes important when spent in the RIGHT field.
Free Particle Behavior vs. Field Particle Behavior
We know by virtue of physics that a field is largely determinate for how a particle will behave. When enough particles of like charge occupy a fixed space, a field is created. When particles of similar charge enter this field, it results in a net gain of momentum (the momentum of the particle + the momentum of the field they entered). Inversely, particles who are of opposite charge experience a sharp decline in energy to near zero, and either exit the field or have their charge converted.
In this person-particle analogy, the field represents a network. When we are around people of like interests, we experience a boost in energy, we feel like we can conquer the world. However, when we’re around people whose goals oppose ours, we feel extreme isolation, and can’t get out of there soon enough.
It’s not only important to avoid people who are misaligned with you, but to join a network where you can benefit off the free energy created by the network effects of the group. Even as a particle in free space, you can only sustain yourself through the energy your vessel can occupy. If you are not increasing that energy, it will be lost to free space.
Net Positive Energy
Most of us inhabit fields that are either in opposition or neutral to us, and thus, we must accrue charge from other sources to mitigate or overcome our environments while we search for other more hospitable places. Here are some ways I keep my energy levels (over 9000!) up to combat the constant draw that takes place:
DRINK MORE WATER!!!
I understand this may seem trite but it cant be more accurate. I saw somewhere that you should consume 1 fl oz. per lb. of mass. Obviously we’re all busy running our respective companies so I would say drink as much as you can and supplement the rest. What I do is go to the gas station and drink 4 gatorlytes (2 AM , 2 PM) to help w/ the rehydration I need for the day.
500 mg of Magnesium
You can get 100 , 250mg/tablet at walmart for less than $10. This helps with water retention and you wake up with alot of the latent energy that is generally lost early in the morning. I would take these an hr or so before bed and ONLY after you’ve had AT LEAST a full glass of water/ are fully hydrated.
6–8 hrs of sleep
This one may not be as feasible but try your best to hit this target. For me, I like to wake up around 4–4:30 AM. I feel like this gives me a competitive advantage on my competition and course corrects for my day, as I feel as I can leverage the additional time to my advantage; so I generally crash around 9–10:30 PM.
Make it the 1st thing you do when you wake up, before social media, before anything else; meditate ( unless you feel low on energy, I recommend keeping a coffee near your bedside for an instant energy boost. Consume water or electrolytes immediately after though).
If you don’t have something like the Calm app, they have a youtube channel that has a ton of their 10 min guided meditations on there, which is what I use.
Pure Information Diet
Cut the bs to a minimum. 80% of your Information Diet (ID) should be geared towards what you aspire to , while 20% can be geared towards fun trash that stimulates your amygdala (still v important but must be closely moderated). For me, I subscribe to podcasts like This Week In Startups, Acquired and All-In Podcast. This, coupled w/ audiobooks helps keep my information diet free of toxins so I can be sure I am preparing myself to have the right charge to enter that field.
Capital is the closest approximation to energy reserves that we have. The reason we’re lazy isn’t because we don’t want to achieve more, but rather because energy is precious, and thus we must conserve it whenever possible. Similarly, using the 80/20 rule is applicable here (for every $2 you spend, save $8),
If you cant find people in your immediate radius that share your passions, search message boards for communities who share like interests. If you are capitalized enough, move to a place where people of those communities congregate. For me, I was lucky enough to find JamPad, but that luck was also dependent of the free energy the Phoenix Field had created. While you’re looking for a field of liked charge, ensure that you can fortify yourself as particle in free space