So let’s get started! Tell us a bit about yourself. For example, name, profession and personal interests.
If you don’t mind, I’d prefer to remain anonymous, so let’s stick with Modern Eremite.
My interests are broad, but time is limited. That’s what haunts me from time to time.
For a few years now, I have spent my days perfecting my knowledge in the field of finance and crypto. One cannot exist without the other. The rules of the financial world, the mindset of investors and the psychology, all those shady things you find in traditional finance are also present in crypto. To be frank, these shady things exist everywhere. That’s why we have so many derivatives in western markets – the idea is to speculate, but even speculation is knowledge-based, and the richer you are, the more access you have to inside knowledge.
The deeper you dig, the more you realize how much of a scam traditional finance is. There’s a reason people don’t learn finance in elementary school.
I guess I strayed from the main topic; Sorry. In addition to finance and crypto, I also really enjoy learning about geopolitics and human psychology – both are very useful in the world of finance, after all.
Okay, and biology too. Especially listening to Andrew Huberman’s podcasts and taking notes on how to make my body and mind more efficient.
And… Okay, that’s enough. 😀
Interesting! What was your last Hackernoon Top story about?
My last Top Story was about the Ethereum roadmap and where it may place Ethereum in the future. In short, there are five main upgrades that Ethereum will make that will significantly change the project.
This will not only change Ethereum technically, but also…um…let’s say Ethereum will come closer to where it’s supposed to be philosophically.
It will take a few years to accomplish – assuming nothing breaks along the way – but it will be an exciting time to see all of these changes implemented.
The more you understand crypto as an industry, the more you see how much of it resides in and depends on Ethereum.
Do you usually write about similar topics? If not, what do you usually write about?
I write primarily on topics related to crypto, finance, and the mindset of investors in general. However, I also wrote some philosophical pieces in the past – you can find them on my Medium if you want to know what Dokkōdō is.
In general, writing is great exercise for the mind. To clear your thoughts, get rid of all irrelevant or obsessive things. Also, it makes you more articulate and gives you a clear and precise idea.
The more you write, the better arguments you can create. If you think writing your thought clearly is easy, go ahead and try it.
Really. Take a piece of paper and write down what haunts you or any doubts you have. You can even try describing your day and see how specific you will be. Then read it and see how much of the message you wanted to convey is lost.
I digress again…
Great! What is your usual writing routine (if you have one?)
I don’t think I have a writing routine per se. It’s more like a “work“, because my articles are based on fairly extensive research that I do before writing. Excluding articles on the mindset and emotions of investors, these are just my thoughts.
The routine is therefore as follows. I get up and take a 10 minute walk outside to get proper sun exposure. Then I stretch and exercise – about 20-30 minutes and end with a cold shower.
I tend to skip breakfast because my thinking is clearer while I’m fasting.
After that, I’m ready to work. I do at least 6 hours of Pomodoro work time. If I do more, that’s great. Otherwise, I still have at least 6 hours of in-depth work.
Being a tech writer can be a challenge. This is often not our main role, but a complement to another. What is the biggest challenge you have when it comes to writing?
I guess the biggest challenge is to convey my thoughts as accurately as possible. It may sound cliché, but it’s a real struggle not to make thinking mistakes or to be sure that your thinking shortcuts won’t lead to misunderstandings along the way.
It’s like… I can write that X happened because of Y. But there are several things that happened along the way that you need to be aware of. Otherwise, you will see associations that are not there.
What makes sense to someone may not make sense to someone else because of those missing dots along the way.
What is the next thing you hope to achieve in your career?
It’s hard to say. My goal is to create value through writing. If I can do it, I’m happy with the result. Of course, the more people you can reach, the better – assuming your writing is valuable to others. So I guess being in a position where more people can hear me would be nice.
Patience is the key. If there is value in what I do, people will come. If there isn’t…well…I’ll try harder.
There is a quote that I remember. “The reason people don’t want your product to be free is that it has so little value to even take it for free and waste time.” It’s hard to argue.
Wow, that’s admirable. Now for something more casual: what’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
It will be playing games and listening to podcasts unrelated to my field, I think. When it comes to games, they are mostly strategy or RPG titles. Recently I’ve been into Cyberpunk 2077, and I have to say that despite all that initial hate it received, it’s a great game. It’s so much fun to play, explore and hang out in this world .
Do you have a non-tech hobby? If yes, what is it?
I would say it’s psychology. I know it can mean many things, but to be more specific, it’s a psychology of personality and the Jungian view of the human psyche. Reading Jung is like traveling to another dimension of how well educated people can be. It gives you the answer to questions you wouldn’t even understand. It is the highest quality food for thought.
What can the Hacker Noon community expect to read from you next?
Oh… The beautiful folks at HackerNoon can look forward to more deep dives into crypto, to elevate their understanding of the industry. I will not only cover Ethereum, but also other projects and trends that we may see in the future.
Also… I’m preparing something special for you all, but it will take time so stay tuned. I can only assure you that it will be top quality content, full of ideas…maybe not just mine…but let’s stop it there. 🙂
Thank you for taking the time to join our “Meet the Writer” series. It was a pleasure. Do you have any closing words?
I want to thank all of you who read my articles and left such kind words, not only here but also in DMs. I appreciate it very much! Also, feel free to share your constructive criticism. 🙂
I leave you with a quote that I personally appreciate.
“If you want the future to be good, you have to make it that way. Take action!”
Stay curious! Stay active! Be careful!
Until next time!
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