Seeking Greatness #13

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What I Learned This Week

1) 👨‍💼Everything is an MLM

I was explaining how crypto technology works to a friend of mine and riffed on how the process of getting traction on your tech is very similar to MLM

  • You get the token (for example, $SOL)

  • You convince others to use that token so you can do transactions with them

  • They convince others to use the token so they can do all their transactions on one market

In fact, if you squint your eyes and tilt your head, America started as a MLM as well

  • colonists came America to escape persecution

  • there were stories about how great the colonies were that convinced others to come

  • once there were enough they wanted to break away from Britain

America - one of the OG MLM

2) 👩‍💻Sequences of training matters as much as content

I am learning how to code smart contracts thanks to buildspace.so courses

What I didn't realize was how little my Javascript class in high school really taught me about code

I rattled my brain for a while trying to figure out how to code a javascript run file, and then ended up seeing how to do it in the next lesson they provided.

When teaching or making courses you need to anticipate the prerequisite knowledge that others have. What is the base that you need? What common questions do you see when teaching this lesson?

Those are good indicators that your sequence of teaching might be off.

3) 🙋‍♂️Making Friends as an adult is hard, but it doesn't have to be

For the first part of my working career I moved every 6-9 months across the US. I didn't have friends moving to most of the places I worked. However, I did have a couple things that helped make the move easier:

  • a network of friends

  • outside hobbies (gym, baseball, music, dancing)

I had work friends as most people do, and was lucky that they shared similar outside interests.

You might not be so lucky and have work friends who love to talk about work, even outside of work.

So what else can you do?

Have outside hobbies to leverage

Chances are you have a vague interest in something not work related. Here's a list of mine:

  • NFT's/crypto/web3

  • Strength and Conditioning

  • Baseball and Soccer

  • Dancing

  • Trivia

Make a list of these and start searching for groups that come together for them

  • Trivia nights

  • Sports Leagues

  • Dance Classes

The hardest part about all these (for me) is actually going to the event. You then just do what you came there to do: dance, play, win, whatever.

While you might not be known by anybody, there's a high chance that you'll end up being approached by the coach or leader of a group. Be open, say why you wanted to come and ask them how they got involved.

Disclaimer

you don't have to make friends everywhere you go. If you don't like the vibe or the people there, find a new event or class using the same method. It may take some trial and error before you find a place where you fit. That's life. We all expect things to be perfect once we get there, and then get depressed when it doesn't come to reality.

I sincerely hope this helps someone in finding their tribe no matter where they are. If you have suggestions please reach out to me and I'll include them in the next issue

🛍Content Grab Bag:

Here are a few pieces I found interesting/entertaining from the web

  1. Bringing"Ask Amy" to newsletters

  2. How Immune Systems can change with your environment

  3. A Modular Laptop that you can build and upgrade on your own

That's it for this newsletter. Hope you enjoyed it!

Let me know what you think of this newsletter. What would you like to see me expand upon or explore? See you next week!

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