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December 31, 2019

Unfiltered insights and actionable advice straight from the trenches of startup and business life. The show hosts, Steli Efti and Hiten Shah, are both serial entrepreneurs who have founded multi-million dollar SaaS startups. Being busy CEOs of fast-growing companies, they know the value of your time and make sure you get the most out of each 22 minute episode. Tune in for new episodes every Tuesday and Friday.



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In today’s episode of The Startup Chat, Steli and Hiten talk about how to consume opposing opinions.


Whether we know it or not, we are all stuck in our own little bubble. While this can be a good thing, to live a more balanced business and work life, it is a good idea to be open to views that are different from our own.


Tune in to this week’s episode to hear Steli and Hiten thoughts on how opposing views can be valuable, how you can be more welcoming to opposing views and much more.


Time Stamped Show Notes:


00:30 About today’s topic.


00:47 One of Hiten’s favorite books.


01:25 One huge value of opposing views.


01:54 How we are all, to an extent, living in our own bubble.


02:30 Why being aware is really valuable.


03:40 How thinking differently can help you understand others and their worldviews better.


04:27 How it can be very easy to get stuck in your bubble.


05:03 How listening to opposing views can help you get out of a sticky situation.


05:45 Some things you can do to help you consume opposing views.


06:50 How having an opposing viewpoint can be instrumental in living a good life.


3 Key Points:


Whatever you think, think the opposite.

Opposing views opens you up to possibilities and ideas you were not thinking off.

I think it’s arrogant to assume that one does not live in a certain version of reality that is not shared by everybody on this planet.


[0:00:00]


Steli Efti: Hey, everybody. This is Steli Efti.


 


[0:00:03]


Hiten Shah: This is Hiten Shah, and today on The Startup Chat we're going to talk about a longstanding topic. We don't have many of those, but it's a longstanding one which is I think, Steli, you said it as how to consume opposing opinions. Is that about right?


 


[0:00:19]


Steli Efti: Yeah. Even more specifically the value of consuming opposing opinions, or breaking through your echo chamber or whatever you want to call it.


 


[0:00:31]


Hiten Shah: I know we love books. One of my favorite books is actually The Five Elements of Effective Thinking. One of the tips they have in it, one of the five is actually whatever you think, think the opposite, and just play that exercise out. I think that I read that book probably once every nine to twelve months, nine to eighteen months depending on how I'm feeling. It's always got all those reminders I need to just think differently, all those reminders I need to have more effective thinking. One of them is this, so I think that there's a tremendous amount of value. One of the things I'll say first about it is the value of thinking about opposing views is highly based on what it does to your mind, and how it opens you up to possibilities and ideas that you are closed off to if you are not thinking about an opposing viewpoint or an opposing idea, or the opposite of whatever you're thinking.


 


[0:01:32]


Steli Efti: I love that. I think we all to a certain extent live in some kind of a ...


 


[0:01:40]


Hiten Shah: Bubble.


 


[0:01:40]


Steli Efti: Whatever you want to call it. A bubble. Some bubbles are bigger than others. Some of them are more solid than others, but we all do. I think it's arrogant to assume that one does not live in a certain version of reality that is not shared by everybody on this planet. The cultures we live in, the communities we live in, the people we surround ourselves with do shield us, do make us part of certain tribes and certain groupthinks, and certain ways of consuming information and certain leanings in terms of our thinking, and maybe instinctual make us reject other groups, other tribes, other ways of thinking about certain topics. I think that, A, being aware that that is happening is really valuable and that we're all to a certain extent "victims" of that. Then,

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