How’s the grind feeling for you this week? Is it exciting and life-giving? Or is it feeling more overwhelming and stressful? In the midst of the busyness and endless to-do’s of the workweek, and it can be easy to lose track of what is actually the ultimate goal that we’re …
“We see purpose as a transformational element that is defining the identity of a whole new generation. Young people are aware of the importance of social and environmental impact and see them as existential topics. They define their identity through purpose and authenticity, and this will change global economic frameworks fundamentally. We are passionate by the possibility of building viable financial products for this generation. Investment products that are underwritten by impact. Not by impact narratives or theoretical models. But by real, verified events. Both of us had various attempts at defining such models in the past. The emergence of blockchain technology provided a technical solution to some of the structural problems that come with this model. We could now use impact verification as a proof of work for a new type of financial asset. The timing was perfect, so we pulled the trigger and embarked on this wonderful journey.”
Is there is such a thing as being too open?
“I believe there is a difference between being vulnerable and being open. To me being vulnerable means allowing yourself to have a human connection, being open means over sharing. I do think there is such a thing as over sharing, especially in today’s social media era. Ironically there are many people being open but not emotionally connecting. I do not however believe that there is such a thing as being too vulnerable because having human connections with each other is why we are here.”
I’m discovering an utterly fascinating dynamic. As I return to the business world from my 2+ year global odyssey of self-transformation, I’m finding that the success lessons taught by many eminent business leaders are the very same principles I’ve learned my spiritual journey simply distilled into a different language and …
“I focus specifically on the North America market and for me it’s important that women of color not just feel included but to also feel a part of, feel a sense of belonging, feel truly seen. Everything I do is led with that being the priority. I want to continue to see beauty brands move far beyond tokenism, I want to see women of color also be known and seen as the standard of beauty, I want to see representation across ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, body shape, all of it. I want to see women of all backgrounds celebrated, their differences and cultural nuances understood, their beauty put at the forefront.”
My experiences with the shamans of South America, the mystics of India, and my continuing meditative practices have shown quite clearly that thought patterns function in a very similar way to our physical muscles. Just as muscle groups used in certain ways consistently over time build strength and memory, the same holds true in our mental structure with our consistent thoughts. The science of neuroplasticity aligns with this understanding as does research on affirmations from leading institutions.
“I think it is important to talk about mental health and even more important to normalize it in daily conversation and life. We’ve become so used to hiding it from the public sphere that it’s become something negative and shameful, and as a result, it’s hard to get better and hard to achieve wellness in that sense. For me, sometimes saying this is easier than doing, especially when it’s about myself (read: this interview was a little difficult), but I think it’s necessary. It’s definitely something I’ll be working to improve on.”
Mental Health, How Comfortable?: “It’s something I feel comfortable talking about to a certain extent. I still feel the judgment when I openly talk about mental health with others and that part makes me feel uncomfortable. However, I know how imperative wellness is, so I push through and embrace difficult conversations. I enjoy making my writing vulnerable.”
Jeremy Gardner became a self-made multi-millionare before the age of 25 by investing in cryptoassets and co-founding Augur, a blockchain-based prediction market platform. Before Augur, he founded the Blockchain Education Network, a global educational nonprofit, and afterwards founded Distributed magazine, SAAVHA, an enterprise security startup, and most recently MadeMan, a men’s skincare startup. He continues to advise and invest in startups in the blockchain industry as the co-founder of Ausum Ventures, a hybrid venture-hedge fund comprised of startups and crypto-assets for social good.
Your speech can be your greatest ally or your most treacherous enemy.
We know that others can inspire (or demoralize) us with their speech.
But, when you think about it, who exactly is really speaking to you all day?
Consciously or unconsciously, you’re employing this dynamic tool of speech on yourself every waking hour, 365 days a year via your thoughts. Thoughts are essentially the stories we tell ourselves in an attempt to make sense of the world. Our thoughts have the power to moves us towards higher possibilities or to destroy us completely.
So how are to speaking to yourself?