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Fight With Us. Win With Us.
I've never been on a losing team.
In school my classmates and I always won academic awards. In sports my teammates and I always won championships. In the military my comrades and I always won training exercises. At my fiat firm my colleagues and I keep winning bigger accounts. In my family life my wife and I have created the most beautiful baby girl.
I don't know if my success in life has been luck or fate or chance. Although, I can tell you it hasn't come easy. It's not like I slacked off to arrive at these outcomes.
In school I was aggressively competitive to push my classmates. In sports, our teams were notorious for having the best conditioning. In the military I achieved my "voluntary" special job by lasting longer than many other worthy candidates over a years worth of grueling trials. At my fiat job, I have always been one of the first to show up and the last to leave for many years. And in my family life, I spent years searching for such a wonderful person to build a family (although she can be a pain in the ass sometimes 😅 - but don't tell her I said that!).
But this isn't about me. This is about a principle. A principle that has served me well all of my life thus far.
Apply yourself to that which you find interesting. With a little luck, and a lot of hard work, you will most likely be rewarded.
But it is also about more than hard work. It's also about the type of work.
Had I selected some other academic classes, or some other sports to play, or some other voluntary military job, or some other fiat career, or some other wife, I may not have had the same success even with all the hard work. So, it wasn't just the hard work that was the deciding factor, it was also the work I committed myself to.
In school I focused on math, in sports it was wrestling, in the military I was a survival instructor, my fiat job is accounting, and my wife is kind and beautiful and caring. So what do these things all have in common?
Well, I suppose they are all firmly based in things that have been around for a long time, with long traditions, have very little political capture, are hard to fake, and map well onto reality.
So, I suppose you could make the conclusion that if you want to be successful, if you want to win, you should focus your hard work on things that have long lasting staying power. And once you've selected the best option, you should work harder than anybody around you, and in the process lift everyone up around you. The rising tide lifts all boats.
So there I was, winning in life. But something was wrong.
The hard work, with the right choices, still wasn't enough.
Something wasn't quite right. It never was.
I've always been well aware of some hypocrisy in all aspects of life. I could never put my finger on it. I searched for it for many years, and eventually stopped my search, but I never lost the feeling of something amiss.
I concluded that the only way to right the ineffable wrongs that I felt in the world was to start a small farm, and become more of a producer, and less of a consumer.
One problem with this decision.
Although I was winning, I was doing it on my terms, without the Wall Street scams. In other words, I wasn't making the big bucks. And so to make the farm a reality, coming from a relatively poor family, I needed to make some more money.
So I turned to the stock market. How can I game the market and get the money I need for the farm, to change the world?
I went to work. Hard work.
Every weekend I was in the office running simulations that ate up a dozen computers running my trading models I wrote in excel's Visual Basic. After a two year rabbit hole, I was getting closer to achieving my goal based on back tested trading models.
But then something happened…
That summer into my second year of searching for a trading algo to beat the market, something caught my attention. I heard about Bitcoin.
Now accustomed to asset trading charts, I pulled up the Bitcoin chart.
My God! I don't need an algo. I can just buy this. Holy shit!
Why is the entire world not buying this thing!
Five years ago, almost to the day, I converted my entire life savings out of my 401k plan, took the 10% penalty, and smashed that fiat into Bitcoin. Pretty much at the all time high, around $20,000 per coin at the time.
But wait, it gets worse. I then learned about mining, the greed kicked into overdrive, and I spent the next three months selling my freshly bought coins at a loss to buy S9 miners like a psychopath at the absolute market top, like $3K a piece. Absolutely rekt! Lol.
Oh but wait it get's even worse. I then spent way too much money paying top dollar setting up a home mining operation. And guess what! The power company started increasing electricity prices on me. Apparently, when it comes to residential energy, you get charged more per unit the more you use.
Long excruciating story cut short, I absolutely evaporated my 401K into heavy S9 paper weights. I was mining at a massive loss over the next twelve months as the hash rate exploded.
So what did I do? Did I quit? Did I give up? Did I decide to lose?
Fuck. No. I told you already, I don't lose.
I brushed myself off. I realized mining was not for me.
Bitcoin, however, yeah Bitcoin was definitely for me.
I went back to work. I got to reading.
I read Mises, and Hayek, and Rothbard, and Hoppe, and the Bitcoin Plebs. I learned that Bitcoin was not about making money. Bitcoin was about fixing the Money.
And down the rabbit hole I went…and here I am more than five years into my Bitcoin journey.
The Orange Pill is one hell of a drug. There should be some kind of a surgeon general’s warning on this damn thing:
"WARNING: Do not consume Orange Pill if you are not prepared to turn your entire life and value system upside down and inside out."
But guess what happened? Yeah, the Orange Pill was tough to swallow. I paid my tuition. I had to reorient my values. Relearn everything that I thought to be true about politics and government and power and control and much more. And wow, what an absolute upgrade in my life.
My 401K savings has been made back plus multiples already, which never would have happened if I hadn't taken the leap and plunged myself into the deep end. But that’s not all. Its not just financial, its my physical health, my mental health, and even my spiritual health. My relationships are deeper and stronger than ever.
Everything about my life has 10X'd since Bitcoin found me.
The principles held.
Hard work + Long Lasting Time Tested Projects = A Winning Combo.
So if your thinking about diving into Bitcoin, it can definitely work for you, but you're going to need to put in the work. The Orange Pill is hard to swallow. It doesn't go down easy, and everyone's experience is different. One way or another you're going to experience some pain. But don't worry, that is just your brain reorienting itself to the new reality, to the Bitcoin value structure.
I cannot think of anything with more staying power than the monetary system that all of humanity will be transitioning to over the next couple decades, and operating on for the next ten thousand years.
Sure, the dimwit elites in power will try to stop us. Just one problem with that plan of theirs. I don't lose.
The moral of the story?
If you want to win, if you're looking for a winning team, it's team Bitcoin. If you put in the work, on this most excellent project, if you fight with us, you will indeed, win with us.