truly wonderful post (and equally wonderful comment
section discussion) on LessWrong titled “Why
startup founders have mood swings (and why they may have uses).”
The authors describe the mood swings startup founders tend to go
through, vacillating between euphoria and despair.
I can certainly relate; in the course of running startups (such as
Girls Chase), I’ve had plenty of opportunity to sit at both points on
that spectrum. It’s kind of a taboo topic (nothing to make you sound
unmanly like talking about mood swings), but hey, let’s tackle it.
The authors of the post above point to other examples when people are likely to experience similar mood swings:
Early on in their first ever romantic relationship
When deeply invested in furthering a devoted cause
Whilst struggling to create a first great work of art or achieve something notable
And it stands out to me there’s another place endeavor I’ve experienced these same mood swings I’ve felt during my startup career, and that was during my first two or three years actively seeking improvement with girls.
I know a lot of other men go through this too, especially the men who have a burning desire to become ‘great’ with girls... or at least to improve their prospects markedly.
Yet many more men wash out of the seduction game early on, when the lows of the mood swing prove too much for them.
What I’d like to discuss in this article is why the mood swings get you, what you can expect when you apply yourself to improving with women, and how to stack the decks in your favor to prevent yourself from ‘washing out’.