“It will pass. Just let it.” When we surrender to our feelings, we are accepting the uncontrollable nature of the future. Whatever’s gonna be, is gonna be. Surrendering isn’t failing. Holding on to emotions that aren’t serving you anymore and letting them control you — is failing. It will pass. Just let it.
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I highly suggest consuming the full piece here (15 min. read time)
“The energy and time we once spent in ‘optional’ community interaction – chatting with the neighbors, attending church services, joining local clubs, going to the movies, volunteering – has forked off and largely gone virtual. It has morphed into a vast network of online ‘scenes’ where people gather to talk, play, create, collaborate, and share their experiences.” — Tiago Forte
The realness of virtual: “Even when we meet people in person, the conversation cannot help but wander to the latest Netflix show, social media controversy, or trending meme. Virtual events are now as real as anything that happens in the physical world. Increasingly, we have to designate courses and meetings as ‘offline” or ‘in-person’ because the default is virtual.” — Tiago Forte
Getting left behind: “What has changed in just the last year is that if you don’t know about the virtual scenescape, or don’t know how to navigate it effectively, you’re increasingly going to be left behind. You’re going to have fewer options, fewer ways of understanding how the world works, fewer sources of leverage, and fewer enriching relationships based on something other than physical proximity.” — Tiago Forte
Find your niche and flourish: “You have to find a smaller niche where you can show up as a human being, develop a reputation as a giver and not a taker, and build a critical mass of trust that will encourage people to pay attention to what you’re working on and give you the benefit of the doubt.” — Tiago Forte
My two cents: Are we currently part of the 2nd Renaissance? Tiago seems to think so and he makes a compelling argument as to why. It’s hard to imagine this “Renaissance 2.0” happening without the pandemic occurring. The pandemic accelerated trends that were only supposed to (potentially) happen 5-10 years from now. Whether you’re a part of it or on the sidelines, it will be so fascinating to see how things play out.
I highly suggest consuming the full piece here (12 min. read time)
“…progressive decentralization — a process in which founding teams relinquish control by degrees, over time.” — Jesse Walden
Successful components: “…any successful application running on a blockchain computer will feature these three components: Product/market fit, Community participation, and Sufficient decentralization (community ownership)” — Jesse Walden
Focus still matters, maybe even more so: “Another way to get stuck is to aim to do all three things at once. Lack of focus is the death of most startups, and the same is true for crypto applications.
Why fake it till you make it won’t work: “Faking autonomy is a quick way to undermine trust, whereas transparency is a way to build it.” — Jesse Walden
Alignment is everything: “…user-owned networks can benefit from a cooperative economic model that helps ensure crypto services remain better aligned with their users, even as they scale.” — Jesse Walden
My two cents: If the barrier to entry for starting traditional companies is already pretty high, building crypto applications seem even higher. However, it means having the skills necessary to build crypto applications is even more valuable. And it also seems like user trends are pointing towards all of the things crypto applications stand for (decentralization, transparency, and alignment).
I highly suggest consuming the full piece here (5 min. read time)
“Hearing other people’s uncensored opinions of you is an unpleasant reminder that you’re just another person in the world, and everyone else does not always view you in the forgiving light that you hope they do…” — Tim Kreider
The reality of friendships: “Just as teasing someone to his face is a way of letting him know that you know him better than he thinks, making fun of him behind his back is a way of bonding with your mutual friends, reassuring one another that you both know and love and are driven crazy by this same person.” — Tim Kreider
Controlling your personal P.R.: “‘What other people think of you is none of your business.’ Like a lot of wisdom, this sounds at first suspiciously similar to idiotic nonsense; obviously what other people think of you is your business, it’s your main job in life to try to control it, to do tireless P.R. and spin control for yourself.” — Tim Kreider
Unconditional love: “THE operative fallacy here is that we believe that unconditional love means not seeing anything negative about someone, when it really means pretty much the opposite: loving someone despite their infuriating flaws and essential absurdity.” — Tim Kreider
My two cents: Tim tells a story of a dream a friend of his had about a staircase that “could descend deep underground, in which you heard recordings of all the things anyone had ever said about you, both good and bad. The catch was, you had to pass through all the worst things people had said before you could get to the highest compliments at the very bottom.” I would like to believe I’d be able to handle it, but realistically I probably couldn’t…what do you think?
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