Bitcoin usage is free for everyone. Participation in the community is also open to all.
This opinion editorial is by Mickey Koss (West Point graduate with an economics degree). After serving four years in the infantry, he was transferred to the Finance Corps.
Like my role as a contributing writer at Bitcoin Magazine, Bitcoin was found indirectly and accidentally. When I was in command, a communications soldier told me about a GPU miner he was making passive income.
A helpful eBay seller helped me to find a pre-made GPU rig and set them up with profit switching software. Since then, I have been cloud mining shitcoins with NiceHash in exchange for bitcoin.
Soon thereafter, the COVID-19 lockdowns began and stimulus packages began flowing. In all, we went from zero bitcoin to basically all-in within three months. The rest, as they say is history.
Use Boredom to your advantage
For some time, I felt unfulfilled at my job. My job is largely bureaucratic and can wear me down from time to time. I realized it was time for me to have something to look forward too.
I started to search LinkedIn with Bitcoin as my search criteria during lunches and other free time. I didn't know there were so many companies. One company that stood out to me was Bitcoin Venture Capital. You don't need to pick just one company, when you can collaborate with many.
I sent them an email. I was shocked that they didn't respond. They could ignore me, which was the worst thing they could do. They did not, to my surprise. It's amazing considering the information I sent:
"Hey, I'm still in the Army for a while but I think Bitcoins are cool and would love to help you guys out. (It's not verbatim, but you get the idea).
One of the guys from there still speaks with me almost every week. He has connected me with every veteran Bitcoiner in his Rolodex, and he did so without hesitation. I have spoken with CEOs, Podcast Hosts and founders as well as other VCs.
Not only did I make a valuable friendship with someone who is willing to help me find a job once I'm out of college, but I also met someone who I consider a friend. One of my few friends who understands bitcoin and shares the same deep-held values.
All because I became bored and was getting tired of it all.
I'm not unique. I am just a regular guy who loves bitcoin. When I was trying to find customer service information for Bitcoin Magazine, I happened upon the article submission link. I decided to take a chance, sent an email and here I am, having had fun with the article submission link for Bitcoin Magazine.
This is my proof of work resume. It serves as proof of the work community. It's not easy. But it's often fun. Except for the first, all of my articles were written using the Google Docs app on my phone. While Bluey was watching, a nontrivial part of the article was written while sitting on the couch with my kids. Many of them were written in under an hour. Some took me weeks or days to finish.
I've had several rejected. I received my first rejection right after writing my first article. Although it doesn't feel great I love the puzzle of articulation so I kept going. Is it possible?
One particular article went viral on Twitter, apparently because they didn't like the content. My claims are true.
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Ironically, it was the exact same article they wrote that led to me being offered an unofficial job by a Bitcoin startup founder. Sometimes, it's amazing how the world works.
Everybody has a story to tell
Jordan Peterson's favorite phrase is "If you get bored talking to someone, it's probably your fault." Most people are fascinating to me. I know you do, too. You can change your life if you are unhappy, bored, or just looking for a new direction. Email some people. Write articles. You can't change your life if you don't make a change. Get out there and create your own portfolio of proof of work. What could be worse?
This guest post is by Mickey Koss. These opinions are not necessarily those of BTC Inc. and Bitcoin Magazine.
By: Mickey Koss
Title: Join The Permissionless Bitcoin Community
Sourced From: bitcoinmagazine.com/culture/join-the-bitcoin-permissionless-community
Published Date: Wed, 21 Sep 2022 00:30:00 GMT
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