Has fear, uncertainty, or doubt ever caused you to miss doing something you wish you had done?
It could have been that chance to snorkel with sharks, ask for that pay raise, or eat that sea urchin dish in Japan.
I resisted learning about Crypto for 3 years after first hearing about it in 2012. I said to my brother and others that it was too complicated and I will wait until someone makes it easy for me to buy. Finally, in 2015 Coinbase made it real simple for me to purchase and I bought a whole lot of bitcoin at $230 dollars. I regretted not getting into it when it was under $100 dollars, but it was too difficult back before Coinbase in my opinion. I also didn’t know enough about it from an expert. But in 2015, I got a chance to sit for hours with an expert and that was what I needed to make the purchase finally.
That same expert taught me about decentralized finance, or defi, early in 2021. This time I didn’t hesitate even a day to go all in. I have ridden the rollercoaster of defi for over a year. I have lost and I have gained. But most importantly I have learned. I have muscle memory now for this defi stuff.
I lived in the desert for half a year guiding youth through a wilderness program in Arizona. During this time I developed an immunity to iocaine powder (jk). During this time, I had to live off the land and make fires with sticks and eat minimal food and hike for 5-10 miles a day across the worst terrain with youth that didn’t want to be there. By about month 4 of this job, I was convinced that I was the happiest I would ever be. I had nothing, no money, no savings, no house, no girlfriend, and no college degree. But, in my state of nothingness, I was very content with life and who I was. I know that I was touching the edge of Nirvana during my months in the desert. I also know that I would try my whole life to get back to that peace and stillness from having nothing and being full of joy.
I share that story because it is why I risk everything. In a very strange and stoic way, I long to have nothing again. So when given chances to take risks with the resources I have and invest in things that could go 1000x or go to zero… I have no problem with it.
But with this risk-taking, I am not a gambler. I don’t enjoy games of chance. I love playing games where I can improve my odds with education. That is all crypto is right now. A game that can be played and you can do better the more you learn. I would say that all investing is just a game. Hell, life is one big game, and you can increase the chances of a good life with knowledge.
Or don’t do any of this because it’s risky and it could all be a scam. Or don’t do it because you have a good life and don’t mind inflation and you find peace in avoiding all the new innovations. I wish I was the latter. I wish I was so content with life that I didn’t need to learn new things and worry about technology. I have met a few octogenarians who just don’t care about new stuff. They smile and laugh when I say I will give them crypto for free. These people are either the wisest of us all, or they just don’t have time left to worry anymore.
So here is the next step if you want to know more. Come to Cryptopia on May 26th. You can virtually attend or be in person. You will get an NFT with the ticket and it will be valuable because it is a gift bag of goodies to come for years and years.
If you have questions just ask me on Volley at ChatScott.com
May 18 - Permissionless: Giddy Launch in Palm Beach. If you are in Florida come to see the Giddy booth and the Delorean we rented.
May 26 - Cryptopia: tickets are on sale, but they will sell out soon as they did last time. Use scottpaul22 for a discount.