Friday, November 14, 2014

You Can't Run a Company When You're Dead

5lb ain't nothin' to mess with!
As the founder of the next billion dollar startup, it can get tempting at times to just hunker down, dig in and pull out all the stops for the sake of a 4 month coding stretch. As the founder of a new company, myself, the temptation to just let everything hang out and grow out while I go for that 1.0 release is strong and sometimes overpowering.

Unfortunately this kind of activity does more harm than good. That diet of potato sticks, juice, water and fried chicken isn't doing ANYBODY any favours. Sure your code is lean, optimized and DRY but the body being used to create such a beautiful code base is slowly, but surely withering away.

As the title says, you can't run your billion dollar company when you're dead. Try as much as possible to keep a reasonably healthy diet. Nobody is saying to break out the dehydrated meat loaf and the soy milk, but keep things civilized. Also, make some time for exercise. I do a 30 minute jog then about an hour of some gym work at most 3 times a week. 90 mins out of your day every other day or so can do wonders for your health.

As a programmer, I'm all to familiar with the importance of that mental momentum. However, I've found that that a brisk jog and some gym time allows me to take a step back and clear my head for a bit. I may even use this time to think about the solution to a nagging bug that's been tormenting me all day. I've found that this works out better for me as opposed to sitting there and staring at code and hitting F5.

So take a break for the sake of your health. Lift your head up and see the beautiful sunshine, hear the birds and get that blood pumping. Your mind and body will thank you for it in the end, and the journey to 1.0 will be so much sweeter.
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