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The Insightful Optimist - Nº8

April 15 · Issue #8 · View online
The Insightful Optimist
Heya! So this week I’ll be covering the importance of passion in startups, importance of electrolytes when on a low-carb diet (or keto) and in basketball I am looking into the art of the pass.
Let’s get into it!

The importance of passion
Passion is one of those intangibles in business where you can’t really measure it, but know is important. But why is it so important? (at least in my book)
First of all, the most obvious reason is the fact that startups are hard. Like, really hard. And especially as a founder with employees, you are the one that’s responsible of motivating, inspiring and getting others around you excited about your vision. To do that without having passion for what you’re building would be close to impossible.
That’s why you see quite a few early stage startups fail because their main driver and passion was money, status or something within that area and that is simply not enough. If your passion IS money, then possibly something like stock trading might suit better than founding a startup business.
Aside the fact that passion helps get through tough times, it also is important to not get fatigued long-term. If you’re not truly passionate about what you’re building, you might get excited in the beginning, but in 3, 5, 10 years it will show whether you’re truly passionate about what you’re building or not. And if you aren’t, you’ll get fatigued in the long run and lose the drive to go the extra mile, which a lot of the time is the key differentiator. (now Twitch) is a great example. The founders were on the brink of calling it quits even though had thousands of users and brought in revenue. Main reason? They didn’t really care about the community and the content that was being streamed on their platform. It was all random, uninspiring and even had very NSFW content. However, one of the main founders, Emmett Shear, was greatly into gaming, loved the community and was an active member himself. or not, he’d always be passionate about it. You see where I am going with this, right? was born, it blew up, they got rid of what they didn’t want. 9 years later, in 2020, was acquired by Amazon for US$970 million in an all-cash deal.
Passion pays off.
“You can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.” - Jim Carrey
It’s quite simple really, we either do things because we love to or we have to, and I honestly don’t think you can consistently excel at something unless you love it.
Importance of electrolytes on a low-carb diet
In the context of nutrition, electrolytes are essential minerals that carry an electrical charge. The most popular being sodium, magnesium and potassium.
Essentially, electrolytes communicate with the rest of the body using an electrical charge and play a vital role in supporting cell function, producing energy and stimulating muscle contractions. 
They literally keep the human heart beating.
I’d highly recommend follwing Thomas Delauer when it comes to anything low-carb diet and her has a great video explaining Electrolytes here:
Ultimate Guide to Electrolytes- Minerals to Pay Attention to
I only learned about eletrolytes whilst being on a keto diet as I started feeling fatigued. That’s because one side-effect of a keto diet is the loss of fluids, which then triggers the release of stored glycogen. So what do we do? Drink more water. Then what happens is because of the excess of water, your kidneys start flushing our increased amounts of electrolytes, including sodium, potassium and magnesium. This causes an imbalance of electrolytes in your body and that’s when you start getting symptoms that I had, such as fatigue, brain fog, cramping and headaches.
So to avoid that, here’s what I do and it works wonders:
  • Drink 1-2 pinches of Pink Himalayan salt per day
  • Magnesium malate & threonate
  • Potassium citrate
I used to suffer from leg cramps, twitching eyelids and other minor symptoms of magnesium deficiency when I started a low-carb diet. However, all of these symptoms went immediately away after I started paying attention to my electrolyte intake.
As a good recent example, now that lockdown is eased in the UK I went back to playing more outdoor basketball and going to the gym, so of course I started to sweat more and as a result, started getting cramps and having low energy again. The only thing I needed to do is increase my mineral intake and I am good as new.
The human body is astonishing, isn’t it?!
The art of the pass
The thing I like about any sport, but especially team sport, is that it can teach you multitude of things, from mindset, to skillsets and attributes. Basketball is very much a team sport, and the art of the pass is something that is very dear to my heart.
Yes, scoring the basket or making a dunk is awesome, but there’s something about getting an assist that has its own beauty.
In order to make an assist and a great pass, not only do you need to be skilled at making the pass itself, but also have the vision to see things before they happen.
The only way to do that is by knowing your teammates and opponents better than anyone else on the court. It’s non-verbal communication, and when your teammate makes a basket off your assist, it creates this connection and a feel of accomplishment. It’s brilliant.
You can make it flashy like Jason ‘White Chocolate’ Williams did or simple but effective one’s like Jason Kidd. At the end of the day, learning to be a great passer is something that will teach communication, leadership, accountability and other ‘human’ skills.
That’s something I see been developed in myself to this day all thanks to a simple action of passing a round ball to another person.
Best Passes in NBA History
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