It’s been years since I’ve published my thoughts and essays on a regular basis. Here’s why that’s all changing.
The world has changed BIG TIME since I started writing online in 2010.
What Is The New Wave?
The New Wave Entrepreneur Podcast EP002: What is Web3.0
I get too so mad looking at this graph! Fuck me!!!
One of the key features of Network Effect models is volatility within a logarithmic trend. The vol is a feature not a bug as it is more than compensated by the returns over time.
As long as the participants in the network keep growing over time, the value of the network rises exponentially.. Generally speaking, the more volatility the price has, the higher the return over time IF the network grows.
Considering the chart above assumes a slowdown in adoption as more people come in, the only question you really need to ask yourself is whether adoption is going to slow massively or not. Even if we slow to 63% per annum, we still get to a billion users by 2026.
Every dollar, euro and yen you’re holding in your accounts right now is losing value by the day, backed by institutions which are becoming weaker.
The government reports how many jobs they “create” for the economy on a monthly basis, but the gag is that massive inflation is making cost of living so expensive that many Americans need two jobs to keep up.
Crypto is not just beating inflation, it’s spanking it. Even with the volatility.
We are still at the beginning of this boom, but if you don’t begin putting systems in place to take part in this financial revolution, you will get left behind. And there will be nobody to blame but yourself.
I went deep on the basics of crypto on Episode 7 of my podcast The New Wave Entrepreneur.
3. Personal Sovereignty: Self Defense, Home Defense and Emergency First Aid
Times are stranger than ever.
For the last 2 years, there have been riots all over the country and all over the world. No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, there has been something to riot about — and things have gotten downright scary in some places.
Where I live in Portland, they breed the most aggressive type of liberals you’ll ever meet. They love freedom so much, they’re willing to kill for it you for it.
Hey wait, that sounds like a conservative value!
Well, now I’m all confused. The lines are blurred. We are truly post-politics.
Downtown Portland during one of many recent protests. Gotta love the transparency, lol.
In my opinion, now is a critical time to learn self-defense, home defense and emergency first aid. These are vital skills which are agnostic of political belief. They are essentials which we typically outsource to other “more responsible” parties.
CNN reports that violent crime is on the rise in America due to police walkouts and other fallout from the 2020 riots across the country. Whether or not that narrative matches with your personal experience, the truth is that you’re ultimately responsible for protecting yourself and your family.
I’d recommend first learning the basics of hand-to-hand combat, beginning with jiu jitsu. This will teach you what it’s like to fight under pressure.
Speaking for myself here: one of the biggest causes of insecurity in men is that most of us never receive any real training in self-defense. This creates a hole in our identity which we try to fill with external indicators of power, but never actually solves the problem: lack of true self-knowledge.
Many of us who were raised by single mothers were taught to be complete pacifists who avoid confrontation. This leads to a deep subconscious fear that any altercation could become physical and we wouldn’t be able to handle ourselves.
Even worse, many of us learned the idea of fighting through watching violent movies, which creates a distortion of what dangerous confrontations feel like in reality. Martial arts solves these problems by healing the wounded little boy who is afraid of the unknown.
It teaches us to think clearly in uncomfortable or dangerous situations. And it shows us who we really are underneath it all. These skills transcend fighting and bleed into all areas of life. That’s why it’s called The Tao which literally means “the way.”
Once you understand these concepts on a core level, they show up everywhere. The self-confidence is transferable. I’ve found my greatest moments of peace and revelation on the mats in the midst of struggle.
Over the years, I’ve healed the hole that came from not knowing who I was or what I was capable of in a dangerous situation. I wish the same for others reading this. I think it would make the world a much kinder place.
Learn more in my episode 6 of The New Wave Entrepreneur.
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I’m not shy about expressing my love for jiu and it takes a lot of self-control not to make every podcast about it.
Next, I’d highly recommend taking some handgun glasses. Learn the laws in your city and state — and get very familiar with operating a weapon for the protection of your home and family. Getting a concealed carry permit is never a bad idea.
I didn’t grow up with guns in the house. But I did grow up in Florida and I’ve always felt it was completely reasonable to use deadly force when protecting yourself in your own home, given life-threatening situations. I don’t play.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures:
Self-defense laws in at least 23 states (Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee West Virginia and Wisconsin) provide civil immunity under certain self- defense circumstances.
Emergency First Aid
If you’re going to learn how to defend yourself and your family, you’d better learn how to patch them up, too. There are classes you can take to learn basic first aid in serious situations where a calm mind and quick response can make all the difference.
Sometimes life and death comes down to a single decision made within minutes of an injury. Don’t be caught trying to look up basic shit online when something goes down.
Here’s a great video you to give you an idea of what I’m talking about:
They say it’s better to be a warrior in a garden than a gardener in a war.
I take this to heart.
4. Mental and Spiritual Sovereignty: Meditation, Therapy and Psychedelics
Now is the time to elevate your mind and spirit.
Now is the time to develop practices that will bring you closer to personal perfection and focus on your mental health. For me, that includes meditation, breath work, traditional therapy and using psychedelics as a medium of expanding my consciousness.
I very strongly believe that everybody who is medically able should experience a psychedelic journey that shatters their personality (aka “personal reality”). Specifically, tools like 5MeO DMT, psilocybin mushrooms and LSD have had profound effects on my life.
These sacred medicines can heal trauma, cure depression, provide incredible insight and frankly, be a lot of fun. They have changed my personality forever. I’ve had many interactions with these medicines and I’ve even taken both of my parents into ceremony. This stuff works.
I recounted some of my experiences in my extremely well-received podcast episode What It’s Like To Die.
This is what it’s like to die.
Imagine your spirit, woven into the collective spirit of every other being that has ever lived or ever will live, instantly endowing you with the knowledge of every word that’s ever been thought, said or written — now and in the future.
Once you move beyond the self, all fear dissolves.
And just when you think you can’t take any more, you’ll break into a trillion mirrored pieces and shoot through to the other side of infinity, down the spiral, radiating white tube.
You emerge on the other side into what I can only describe as a divinely loving, celestial void. Except there is no you. There is the presence of God, with no form. It knows you, because you are it.
It’s a homecoming. It’s looking in the mirror. The entire act is self-referential.
You will realize that you are God.
These medicines are powerfully healing. If you can medically handle them, you should absolutely try.
If this is an area of study that interests you, I highly recommend you check out EP005 of my podcast with Paul Austin:
Come to think of it, they should pass a law that requires all Presidents to consume a gigantic dose of LSD after they take the oath of office. Pretty hard to drop bombs on other countries when you realize we’re all one, isn’t it you lil bitch?
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I’d love to hear from you!
If you got through this dreadfully long “welcome back” post, I love you.
I hope that this makes it very clear why I’ve decided to enter back into the public arena with my thoughts. We on the precipice of a great change and I don’t want to miss the opportunity to share this time with you.
This is how I’m preparing for The New Wave.
What do you think about the big changes we are going through right now as a collective? How are you preparing yourself and your family?
Please leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you.