The start of the new year is always a good time for making resolutions. People often begin going to the gym more, eating more healthily, and trying to kick their bad habits. Usually these don’t last very long, but often some old habits are broken and new ones made. I think that maybe the cryptocurrency community could make a collective resolution: to educate, increase awareness, and promote the adoption of crypto.
How can we do this?
It will take commitment and deliberate effort at the beginning, but like all habits, my proposed new year’s resolution will become second nature for us. While I can’t promise these efforts will make 2018 the year crypto is widely adopted, it definitely could not hurt.
1. Try to speak to as many people as you can about cryptocurrency on a daily basis
Try to talk about cryptocurrency on a daily basis with people, especially those who are not already familiar with it. I think this is massively important for generating wider adoption; people need to know about it.
It is also important to leave the echo chamber of the cryptocurrency community. Preaching to the choir still has value, and is a great reinforcement of the community, but we also need to bring new people into the community. In short, we need to evangelize.
I’ll be posting small updates about my conversations weekly, and I suggest that if you take on this challenge you do the same on whatever platform you use.
2. Try to learn something new about cryptocurrency every day
One of the most exciting things about cryptocurrency is that because it is so new, innovations are happening daily. This means that no one person could ever know everything about it, and there is always more to learn. This should excite the hell out of you – it does for me at least.
In those same updates on the new people I’ve spoken to about cryptocurrency, I will add the latest I’ve learned and the coolest pieces of information from the week. Again, I encourage you to do the same (if only to spread the word about this new year’s challenge) on whatever platform you have available to you.
Knowledge (in crypto) is power in 2018.
3. Be generous, and use your coins
No one will be willing to adopt something more widely if they’re using it as a speculative tool. There is an argument for speculation in this new asset class, but at the end of the day, I think use as an actual currency is what will take cryptos from “nerds and libertarians” to everyone. That’s good for all of us, even speculators.
By sharing your knowledge – hell, maybe even some of your cheaper coins – you can help increase mass adoption. Though adoption doesn’t require knowledge of how it works (think of how few people really understand how the Fed works), it does necessitate use.
I hope all of our readers have a happy new year, and I invite you to adopt this resolution and participate in this challenge with me. Let’s make 2018 the year of cryptocurrency, together.