This is an opinion piece by Mickey Koss, a West Point graduate with a degree in economics. He spent four years in the infantry before moving to the Finance Corps.
Much like my role as a contributor to Bitcoin Magazine, I found Bitcoin indirectly and by accident. I was in a command position at the time, when one of my communications soldiers told me about a GPU miner he was earning passive income with.
I found a helpful eBay seller who pre-built GPU rigs and helped you set them up with profit shifting software – nice guy. Since then I have been mining shitcoins in the cloud in exchange for bitcoins with NiceHash.
Soon after, lockdowns and COVID-19 stimulus packages started pouring in. Overall, my wife and I went from zero bitcoin to basically all-in in about 3 months. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Take advantage of your boredom
For a while, I felt dissatisfied at work. I have a mostly bureaucratic job that tends to wear me out from time to time. So I decided it was time to have something to look forward to.
During my lunches and free time, I started browsing LinkedIn using Bitcoin as my search criteria. I didn’t know there were so many companies. Eventually, I came across one in particular that sounded interesting: Bitcoin Venture Capital (not the company name). Why choose just one company when you can work with many.
I sent them an email. Why the hell not? The worst they could do was ignore me. And to my amazement, they didn’t. Amazing considering what I sent them:
“Hey, I’ve been stuck in the military for a few years, but I think bitcoin is cool and would love to help out if I can.” (Not verbatim but you get the point).
I still speak with one of the guys there almost every week. He selflessly and enthusiastically connected me with all the Bitcoiner-related veterans in his Rolodex. I’ve spoken to CEOs, podcast hosts, founders, and other VCs.
Not only did I make a valuable connection with someone who wants to help me find a job when I get out, but I also made a friend. One of the few friends I have who understands bitcoin and shares common, deeply held values.
All because I got bored one day and decided I was sick of it.
I am not special. Just a normal guy who likes bitcoin. I actually stumbled upon it article submission link for Bitcoin Magazine when trying to find their customer service information. I took a chance and emailed, and a dozen articles later, here I am, still having fun.
I consider this my proof-of-work resume for a proof-of-work community. I’ll tell you it’s not easy, but most of the time it’s pretty much the case, because it’s fun and I like doing it. All but the first of my articles were written on my cell phone in the Google Docs app. A non-trivial part was written on the couch with the kids watching Bluey. Several were written in less than an hour. Some have taken days or weeks of thought to get them to the point where I want to submit.
I’ve had several rejected. The first time immediately after my first article. It’s not great, but I like the joint puzzle, so I continued. Why the hell not?
One article in particular even went a little viral on Twitter because apparently they weren’t too fond of it. I stand by my claims.
Ironically, the same article they shit on is the same article that got me an unsolicited job offer from a founder and CEO of a bitcoin startup. It’s crazy how the world works sometimes.
Everyone has a story to tell
One of my favorite quotes from Jordan Peterson is it if a conversation with someone bores you, it’s probably your fault. I find most people infinitely fascinating. I’m sure you do too. If you are unhappy or bored or ready for a change why not go for it. Email certain people. Write a few articles. You can’t change your life if you don’t make a change. Put yourself out there and create your own proof-of-work portfolio. What’s the worst that can happen?
This is a guest post by Mickey Koss. The opinions expressed are entirely their own and do not necessarily reflect those of BTC Inc. or Bitcoin Magazine.