One of my biggest personal takeaways from this year is a much deeper understanding of cryptocurrencies, defi, NFTs, and DAOs (henceforth web3). I had essentially zero exposure to these ideas before 2021 and have come a long way in terms of knowledge and portfolio.
I wish I would have been better prepared for this raging bull market with much more dry powder and a better understanding of web3 concepts.
That said, I will take what I have learned this year and apply it in my continued pursuit of financial freedom.
With that in mind, here are some of my random thoughts, observations, and lessons learned from a year in web3.
My general philosphy on wealth creation has not changed since the “old days” when I was DCA'ing into Vanguard funds. "Buy quality assets and never sell." I do keep a small portion of the portfolio to scratch the trading itch.
I plan to keep accumulating what I consider to be quality assets, including BTC, ETH, and LUNA. Even near ATH's, I think these assets are dramatically underpriced compared to their potential.
Deep conviction is necessary to have the guts for the daily turbulence of the crypto markets. Conviction is made much easier by putting in the work to DYOFR. There is no way around this other than being completely brain-dead.
By firmly sticking to my philosophy of being a net accumulator with a low time preference, I only select plays with the utmost highest conviction.
Two helpful questions:
Naturally this leaves me with very few options. I'm a simple man.
Or in other words, try things! If this seems like a counterpoint to the above, it kind of is. Aping shortcuts analysis paralysis. Often it means you get in much earlier than you otherwise would have if you required conviction.
Aping is also the number one way to learn about a new technology or protocol. As in all of life, in web3 you learn by doing.
I learned defi by messing with small amounts. I learned NFTs by minting a couple. I learned about DAOs by joining and supporting some.
These have all proven to be worthwhile investments of time and money, even though I didn’t understand what I was doing at the time.
All of my biggest W's this year have been degenerate. Sad but true.
My hit rate is probably less than 10%, but that 10% has been astronomical in terms of IRR. And the 90% of losers have been worth the cost (if I re-frame it as "tuition").
I attribute the winners to the gut feeling effect. After many hours of diligence, my subconscious can often realize potential before I can rationally articulate it. I've learned to trust my gut more and throw a (risk-managed) bet on.
Simple questions to determine if you should ape:
I tend towards aping on the interesting. But there is certainly a lot of money to be made on the stupid (SHIB, FLOKI, many NFTs, metaverse tokens etc). To each their own.
Web3 is a beacon of hope in the corpo-owned land of web2. Understanding and practicing digital ownership will be fundamental to an individual or entity's success in the coming decade and beyond.
But web3 is about more than ownership of digital assets and personal data. It's about ownership of responsibility.
It's the wild west out here. No one is coming to save you - there are no bailouts, no subsidies, no FDIC, no insurance, no recourse for hacks or lost assets.
It is very apparent that you as an individual are solely responsible for your financial success or failure. This concept is a massive breath of fresh air in the modern age of entitlement.
I'm no expert on NFTs but I would like to share my philosophy on them. (which is really a bastardized version of punk6429's philosophy)
Fuck the Metaverse
I know this will likely trigger many of you neckbeards and shadowy super coders... but here goes.
Let's define the metaverse as being engrossed in the digital world. This, in my view, includes working on a computer, playing video games, texting/email/discord, coding, doomscrolling - anything you do on a screen.
In my own experience, very little real-world fulfillment comes out of the metaverse.
I estimate I spend 60%+ of my waking hours in the metaverse between work, web3, and entertainment. But in terms of things that fulfill me, things that I love, things that make me feel alive.. 90%+ of that is in the real world.
A common theme I see online is a growing excitement for a world where we all live, work, interact, and do business in virtual reality or similar digital spaces. This is terrifying to me.
It's the primal things, the human things, that bring joy to life. Immense physical effort. The company of great friends. Making music. Making love. Sunlight and fresh air.
The metaverse versions of these things are but cheap imitations.
So yeah, fuck the metaverse. The only purpose of entering the metaverse should be to extract information, relationships, or value that makes real life better in a tangible way.
I spend my time in the metaverse working towards a day where I can leverage capital, defi and code to produce income with very little screen time.
That day is close. I believe a few more years of investment will allow me to live a life where I rarely have to log in.
For me, the metaverse is a means to an end.
Thanks for reading! I wish you the utmost success and happiness in 2022!