What inspired you to get involved with Building Tech Products and the Blockchain Space:
There are many problems I've encountered, and it just so happened that the best solutions to those problems often involved technology. It was never "I want to get into tech," as much as "I want to scratch my own itch." Blockchain was initially interesting because it aligned with my values. Blockchain enables authenticity, efficiency and transparency, all of which I care deeply about.
You were chosen to be on ProMazo’s list of Most Interesting Students for a reason. Do you have any advice for other students hoping to create their own success:
Find ways to incentivize yourself to get things done. I always told myself, "If you work hard now, the long term fulfillment will be worth it." But hey, if you're driven by money then fine, just find something to keep you pushing regardless of the amount of work. Some of the smartest people I know are often stuck on, "Is it worth my time?" or "how do I choose what to do?" when in reality it doesn't matter what you do, but rather that you're committing yourself to something bigger than who you are today.
Secondly, create your own frameworks and stick to them. Think of a framework for a strategy to approach a specific scenario. One of my frameworks is around decision making. First, write down the information needed in order to make the decision. Second, get that information. Finally, don't think about the decision until you have both 1 and 2. Creating these little rules around your life lets you create powerful habits, and in the end we're just a culmination of our habits.
Be an independent thinker. Here's a piece I wrote on ways to become an independent thinker that starts a framework as mentioned above https://medium.com/@opensourcethoughts/let-me-borrow-your-body-for-5-minutes-6a618d7f9bb7
"We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one" - Confucius
Biggest role models or inspirations:
I look up to tons of people. Everyone has something to teach. I always admired my childhood friend, Matt, for his humility and thoughtfulness, and my brothers for their humor.
I started a new hobby recently where every month I choose a "person of the month" to research and learn as much as I can. Last month's person was Naval Ravikant who's an investor, founder, and philosopher. I wrote a piece on things I've learned from him as well (Link: https://medium.com/@opensourcethoughts/9-pieces-of-mind-i-stole-from-naval-c66136b5a87f). This month's person will be Ray Dalio.
Whenever my friend Aram sees a famous person, he gives their bodyguard $10 to give to that famous person so he can say, "(Famous Person) owes me $10."
I have an eye twitch, and when I get tired it makes me look like I'm freaking out!
Downhill longboarding is a big one. There's nothing like the freedom of wheels under your feet.
I want to run my own project full time. Until then, product management for sure!