“You Were Right”

I get this a lot and I’m tired of being right because I don’t care about it nearly as much as you not being wrong.

I got this note from a friend last night when I shared this in our BTC CLUB:

I hate being right. Seriously.

The reality is that I don’t need to be right anymore. What I care more about is that my friends and my family have financial security (and peace!) and that they can get to a place where they are spending more time helping others do the same.

You see, when you have most of what you need you can spend the majority of your time giving back and helping others achieve similar outcomes and results. This is my greatest ambition now which seems to pair quite nicely with altruism.

I saw this in my inbox literally this morning:

Tension, balance, direction, outcomes.

This is pretty accurate as to where I’m at, to be honest.

There are just a few things in life that you really need to get “right” — things like your faith, your finances, and your fitness (psychological + physical).

And, like most things, it pays to be right but not always on the timeline that you want and it’s vastly better to be right earlier than later, although it doesn’t hurt to be right even near the end of things. I mean, it’s just better to be physically fit now than when you’re dead because at that point…

To make things even more challenging is that being right almost always requires you to be — and live — in a way that is both counter-cultural and counter-intuitive. This means that you will necessarily “go against the grain” and that your journey is going to be a much more lonely one because these are the roads less traveled. I learned this early in life because being right doesn’t mean that you’ll be popular; in fact, you can bet that you’ll have to give that up to a real (and growing) degree.

Tokyo synergistically-combines all 3. Yes, I used that word.

I tell people all the time that life is about 3 things: Energy, engineering, and economics. If you can figure out these things for yourself then you’ve figured out most of life and you’re on your way.

You have to decide where you’re going to spend your literal energy in both your personal and professional life and you have to figure out your own finances, for you and your family. Your energy will be invested (or diluted) by the work that you do and my hope is that every second that you spend building meaningful things will create outsized, net-positive returns — this is, of course, the engineering part.

But first you need to make sure that the underlying systems are proper, correct, empirically-tested and thus proven. No one can do this for you; it’s up to you.

And over the last 40 years I’ve discovered and test-driven many of them but only a handful seem to prevail during times of feast as well as famine, a necessary litmus test for any system worth spending your life on.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is absolutely fucking crazy and more than half of the time it doesn’t make any sense, at least in one’s day-to-day exercises. I know I’m not selling this very well but I honestly don’t have to because the system fundamentally answers some of the larger questions that every human must wrestle with (to the ground). Regardless, the meta is more than believable, at least for me, especially when compared to other world religions (and I’ve studied and test-driven the majors).

I could speak for ages on this topic though but I’ll just posit this: There’s something important about a “system outside the system” because if your solution is part of the problem then that’s no real solution at all. You can accept this on your death bed or today or sometime in-between but all I can say is this: Knowing the absolute “end game” is the ultimate cheat code. It is for freedom that we’ve been set free and operating in this way is like having a “super star” on final boss.

Bitcoin is a monetary marvel, something that blew me away when I first really understood the fundamentals and, like the Gospel, has only become more real and more beneficial over time. All good things are like this, by the way, and it’s not about the price but the systems that you can build with it. An unbelievable gift that no one really, rightly, deserves. You may not agree with most of it (or understand it) but history is impossible to argue with.

Here are the historical prices of bitcoin on September 7th, 20XX:

  • Sep 7, 2010: $0.06
  • Sep 7, 2011: $7.00
  • Sep 7, 2012: $11.00
  • Sep 7, 2013: $120.00
  • Sep 7, 2014: $480.00
  • Sep 7, 2015: $240.00***
  • Sep 7, 2016: $615.00
  • Sep 7, 2017: $4,639.00
  • Sep 7, 2018: $6,397.00
  • Sep 7, 2019: $10,489.00
  • Sep 7, 2020: $10,165.00
  • Sep 7, 2021: ~$50,000.00

If you remember, I got my start in 2015 and I’ve been enjoying being on the right side of history ever since. I have tried and tried and tried to convince folks, even and especially those that I love the most, that this is worthy of their time and attention but ironically the things that we need the most often get pushed to the bottom of the priority list, especially when it just sounds too good to be true.

This is one-hundred percent of the reason why it’s important to not only tell people about it but also model it because there are few things more powerful than witnessing a transformed life (although for most it will never be enough).

Lastly the metaverse is just as transformative and similar as the other two because engaging with “it” is more of a decision and worldview than a technology or implementation. This is impossible for most folks to understand because they are stuck in a deprecated modality despite having amazing options to release and free them from the bondage of Web2. In time I know that many will find their way but they won’t be able to profit nearly as much as they could have if they jumped into it earlier.

But, this is as it should be because the price of being right means that you have to admit that you were wrong which, for most folks, is too steep a price, especially if your financial, fiat-based system depends on you continuing to live the lie.

Those that have the most to lose will fight the hardest, to their own detriment. Being able to change one’s mind is a real superpower which, counter-intuitively, allows you to truly think long-term and helps your narrow your focus and energy.

Real, meaningful progress is impossible to measure.

Strangely but not unsurprising is the fact that all three seem to share consistent properties and ideals; systems of thought and perspective that require you to take the “red pill” time and time again. All of them require more than a pound of pride (and flesh) but the payoff is legendary and worthy of being pursued. A single decision point followed by many more to come.

I hope you choose rightly the systems in your life and that you trust them and allow them to govern your life thoroughly because although all systems work not all of them will give you the results that you ultimately want (and need).

And you’ll need community for the journey because it’s just too dangerous to go alone.

Good luck friends and godspeed.