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About Stoicism

Stoicism is a very old philosophy, created in the time of the ancient Greeks (around 300 BC). But it became very popular in the Roman empire in all levels of society, from slaves to emperors. Some of the most famous Stoics are Cato, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius.

But 2000 years later, Stoicism is still popular, especially in Silicon Valley. Some of today’s well-known Stoics are Ryan Holiday and Tim Ferriss.

The basic idea

The basic idea of Stoicism is that you take the obstacles in your life and turn them into your advantage and the notion that you should control the things that you can control and accept the things that are outside of your control. This is similar to the concept of the circle of influence and the circle of concern, mentioned in 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. 

It all boils down to being in control of things instead of letting things control you.

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What is Ethereum?

On the one hand, Ethereum is a cryptocurrency like Bitcoin. But it is also very different.

Bitcoin is designed as a digital currency, with the specific purpose of exchanging money. All transactions are stored in the Bitcoin blockchain.

Ethereum also uses a blockchain, but it is designed as a platform to run decentralized applications. Continue reading

The Writing Challenge

There is a secret of achieving success. It’s all about taking action. Without action, there are no results.

I told a friend recently: some day I want to write a book. I don’t know yet what will be the topic of the book but for some reason, publishing a book is one of my life goals. But the problem is, there will never be ‘some day’.

But the problem is, there will never be ‘some day’. The only way to write a book is to start writing, write something every single day. It doesn’t have to be good, it doesn’t have to go into the book. Only a small percentage of what you actually write will be good enough to use later for a blog post or for a book. The rest is just an exercise in writing.

So this will be my new challenge. I should write something every day. Besides my daily journaling. I will start with this blog.  Continue reading

How to create a 5 year plan

In this video, Brian Tracy explains how to create a 5 year plan for your life.

It is better to have a bad plan than no plan at all.

He asks himself these 6 questions for every year in his plan:

  1. What do I want to change this year?
  2. Where am I living?
  3. How do I want to better myself this year?
  4. What steps do I need to make for financial security?
  5. What are some fun things I want to do this year?
  6. What goals do I have for my family?

I used to plan for at least 1 or 2 years ahead but I think there is value in planning a bit further away. In the end, it is just a plan. You can change and adapt when life gives you more challenges or opportunities.

Blockchain and cryptocurrency explained

I’m a fan of new ideas and new ways to adjust our society to the evolution that the Internet has brought us.

I’ve kept my eye on bitcoin for some time now. Not as a big time investor, but as a technology watcher. Although my little share of bitcoin has the biggest return I’ve ever seen. On paper that is, because I don’t want to sell it. Bitcoin is like digital gold. You keep it for a rainy day. I’m not a day trader.

But the blockchain technology behind bitcoin has so much applications than only being a digital currency. Blockchain is the future and it will change the way the world does commerce in the future.

Hate banks that make you beg for a loan and charge high interest fees? Blockchain will allow worldwide micro loans between individuals at much lower cost.

Hate the large fees you pay to banks, PayPal or Credit Card companies when you want to transfer money between people in different countries? Or hate being at the mercy of their ever changing rules, canceling accounts for no good reason, just to protect their own assets? Cryptocurrency solves this problem.

Hate lawyers, notary fees, expensive escrow services? Look into smart contracts build upon blockchain technology.

I’m fascinated by the evolution and the potential that blockchain and cryptocurrency will bring to our world and I plan to write more about it.

In the meantime, read this awesome article by Nick Szabo, one of the founding fathers of the concepts behind cryptocurrency:

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