How to End the 40-Hour Work Week: Part 1 – Ian LeViness

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8 hours a day, 40 hours a week, quickly becomes the hamster wheel that drives most of us to the edge of madness.

It’s easy to agree with this, right?

It’s a lot less easy to figure out how to do it.

Sure, numerous pundits and subsequent guides from these pundits exist, most of which have now chosen to follow short term methods of publishing their content, like as Youtube videos with lots of fancy, luxurious settings in the background and little substance. In other words, with most of these experts on entrepreneurship/remote living/ becoming a millionaire/ starting a passive income stream, show us how they’re living and don’t really tell us anything of substance on how to get there or how to get somewhere similar.

For me, even though I’m still in the first stages of my career, one true signal can be found in all of this noise.

To understand what this is, take the crypto space for example. What are we all about? What are we driving at besides the widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies and blockchain projects?

On the most basic level, we want to show people that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can help them break free of the socially acceptable “full-time” lifestyle. I can say, from personal experience, that this works.

No, I’m not a crypto millionaire or anywhere close to it, at least not yet(I haven’t given up hope). What I am is someone who has learned a lot about the value of owning some sort of equity in a short amount of time. In truth, I’ve only been working the equivalent of full-time a year. Before that, I was finishing my Master’s in Management, and before that, I was teaching English abroad after finishing my Bachelor’s.

To understand what I’ve learned in my crypto journey, it’s necessary to quickly circle back to the moment in which I truly dived in to the space, which was November 2016,before Bitcoin’s most historic rise thus far. I was living in a small town in the north of the Czech Republic with my partner and we had just decided to stop at the local public library. I wasn’t looking for anything really specific, but I remember chancing on Nathaniel Popper’s, “Digital Gold.”

In two nights, I devoured the book and, for reasons that I still can’t explain, quickly signed up for a Coinbase account and made my first crypto investments. From there, my crypto journey became quiet for a while and I became a HODLER, until November 2017( a year later). If you’re wondering why, I can’t really explain that either, beyond the fact that I was teaching a lot and letting the crypto sit.

Like many of you, once December rolled around, I joined the rush(before the ATHs), and became a truly “invested” investor in the space. From there, I began listening to industry podcasts every day(Crypto Basic was one of them and I recommend it) as I walked to my Czech language classes at Charles University.

Each blustery morning, I learned something new and felt as if I had leveled up as a participant in the blockchain industry. By the time that we hit March 2018, I was ready to become an active member of the space. I wanted to share my knowledge. I wanted to contribute to what was both the most explosive and the most interesting movement that I’d ever been involved in.

I signed in to my Upwork profile(that I confessed had been so unused, so left by the wayside that I was grandfathered in from the age of Odesk), and began looking for entry-level content writing positions in the blockchain industry.

Before I successfully landed any sort of position, I leveraged a contact I had made on Linkedin and wrote a free article on the Crypto Recruit blog, which was a simple primer on IOTA.

From there, like all things we’ve all experienced as Bitcoin continues to rise, my life hit lightning speed. I used that article as my first portfolio. I soon had two gigs writing articles for small crypto blogs, both of which would largely end up defunct but gave me invaluable experience articulating myself on such topics to a wide audience. On top of this, one of said blogs compensated me in Ether, which helped me grow my crypto holdings to give me more of a stake in the success of all things blockchain.

With my now expanded portfolio, by April 2018, I had two new gigs, one of which was a job as a blockchain news aggregator for an investor newswire, while the other allowed me to write for both a crypto and an AI blog simultaneously. Neither of these were Coindesk, but I quickly learned that sometimes, the brand name matters much less than the drive you put behind what you do. Over the course of my short career, I’ve sent out hundreds of applications to get the jobs I’ve actually landed.

After becoming an almost daily listener of the Off the Chain and WhatBitcoinDid podcasts as well as a daily Twitter presence, I also decided to leverage the experience that I’d gained in both crypto investing and my Master’s degree into traditional investing, at the same time.

For now, it’s with that, that I leave you.

To make a change in your life and start doing something you’re passionate about, be willing to put in the time, the effort, and be willing to join a niche that might take a lot of research to become a knowledgable participant in.

While following your path with all of these things in mind, invest. Invest in anything and everything you’re interested in, while carefully researching all of these things before doing so, because, going back to the title above, owning a bit of equity(stocks, crypto, etc..) is really the only way in my mind that you can break away from the hamster wheel. By owning equity(again, also crypto), you’re giving yourself a chance at increasing your wealth in a much quicker fashion than being tethered to an hourly, or even a salary position with no investments to speak of.

In my next post, I’ll jump further into why I believe this is the case, while taking into account the opinions of several people that I believe are thought leaders on the subject (even though I confess, I hate the term “thought leader”). For now, if you haven’t already, take a look at this interview, in which Naval Ravikant expounds on the idea of breaking away from the “societally acceptable working life,” which is what I’ve been referencing this whole time, and as always, let me know if you enjoy my content!

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