His response changed my life. It was a simple thing. He said “Man, give it five minutes.” I asked him what he meant by that? He said, it’s fine to disagree, it’s fine to push back, it’s great to have strong opinions and beliefs, but give my ideas some time to set in before you’re sure you want to argue against them. “Five minutes” represented “think”, not react. He was totally right. I came into the discussion looking to prove something, not learn something.
In our first Featured Blog Post (replacing the old Featured Wikipedia Article), Jason Fried of Basecamp goes over why it’s good to not rush to opinions on something without first taking a step back and giving an idea time to settle. Think about it, go into it, examine it and then come to your own opinion. Reactionary opinion making only leads to poor decisions.