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For newcomers to a young, disruptive industry, but also for those that have been around for a while, as they wander about and wonder about their purpose and place in the space, the people they meet will sort of naturally settle into a number of categories.

 

The name card printers that cut straight to the chase – no handshake, no small talk, here’s my card, here are my achievements, here are my companies, acknowledge my superiority. Please, I need you to understand that I am somebody.

The storytellers that have seen at least two of the past hype cycles, that have lived in a time where there was no internet (and they don’t shy away from telling you repeatedly that they have), that have lost more money in speculation than they earned, but since they eventually made a fortune, it doesn’t really matter. They don’t know you, but apparently you are trustworthy enough to hear about their journey as you find yourself in a speakeasy somewhere downtown at 2 am upon your very first encounter.

Then there are the quiet achievers that seem to blend into the background, but when they do comment, it becomes clear: they know what they’re talking about. They prefer to speak about the industry’s disruptive nature rather than about themselves, and they have a repertoire of Twitter-appropriate 280-character-statements that are so deep they keep you busy the entire day.

There’s also the ones that come in for the quick money, that will stop at nothing to get their slice of the pie, be it deserved or not, but they are not relevant for us today (or ever).

 

Obviously, there are more, and obviously, these definitions are a little overstated. The point is: the diversity of a community is its engine, it keeps it running, it makes it interesting, it helps it move forward and evolve. It doesn’t matter who fits into what category and which type might be better than the other. What matters is that you, as someone that wants to get somewhere and accomplish something in the industry, find yourself facing the same problem over and over again:

 

You have no idea how they did it.

 

How did they get to where they are now? How did they become experts, successful entrepreneurs, beloved personalities of the region?

If you could copy somebody’s success story just by looking at it, we would all be Michael Jackson. Success, however we define it, comes to us as something surreal and intangible. Some people have it, some don’t. Sometimes we label it luck, sometimes we find a person has successful parents or siblings, sometimes they are called “self-made” so we call them “genius”.

Success easily intimidates and urges us to come up with excuses as to why we cannot be successful. We do this for a simple reason: we know that, if we start searching for the secret to a person’s success, we will fail. There is no such thing as the answer. So we would rather save ourselves the headache and frustration.

What we often fail to see here is that most likely, the person we perceive as one of the most admirable and accomplished people in the space would never dare call themselves successful – because they don’t think they are.

In our video series “Behind the Disruption”, we want to meet the people that are building their future and that of others in the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry. We follow them as they go about their day, we learn about their past, we try to understand what motivates them, but also what struggles they face.

We try to quit isolating “success” as a differentiator between ourselves and the people around us, and instead meet them as the people they are, seek to learn from their experiences, and possibly find that we have much more in common than we thought.

BlockChats meets … Peter Ing:

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