Down the Crypto Rabbit Hole

Samantha Standish
Nov 26, 2018 · 4 min read

I’m not supposed to be into cryptos. It wasn’t part of the plan.

I was coming off of a decade and a half of being out of the “workforce” when I discovered cryptos. In my last job, I was Deputy General Counsel for a company that developed software for currency trading. This isn’t to say that I understood anything about currency trading. Several people at work tried to explain how it worked to no avail. The eyes would glass over, and I’d nod my head, but there was no activity in the grey matter.

My specialty was contracts. If you wanted to put together a deal, I could make that happen. I was good at finding common ground so that people could do business. This is because I like people. To me, currency trading and the monetary system isn’t about people. It’s about accumulation. It’s about competition. I could never get excited about accumulation or competition. I don’t see the point.

I was hoping that by homeschooling my son, he could avoid some of the mistakes that I’d made, mistakes like a public education and a massive educational debt.

Thus, it may come as no surprise that with those priorities, I didn’t last long in law. Just a few years into my career, I quit the legal world, resigned from the bar, and stayed at home to homeschool my son. I was hoping that by homeschooling my son, he could avoid some of the mistakes that I’d made, mistakes like a public education and a massive educational debt.

To avoid that, I taught him how to research. By knowing how to find information and following his natural interests, my son ended up creating a career for himself. He created it, and he directed it. In other words, the homeschooling experiment was effective because he turned into a well-adjusted, interested, self-defined adult. During the time that I was home, I wrote a bunch of fiction and non-fiction to stay sharp because my son was doing all the heavy lifting when it came to his education, so I had time.

After the kiddo left home, I decided that perhaps I’d create a second career in writing. I thought I’d publish a bunch of the books that I’d written and then take it from there. I had this plan to publish ten books by June of 2019 and then run a marketing campaign to see if they’d sell. I’d just published three of the books and was in the middle of editing the fourth book when cryptos happened.

It started innocently enough. I’d published a chick lit novel titled “Dr. Fallon’s Soiree,” and it had been so entertaining to edit that one evening I decided to look at the second book in the series. While I was rereading the second book, I realized that I’d set up this problem in the first book that was unresolved in the second book.

Elie, the protagonist in the book, won the lottery in the first book, but she didn’t want to put the money in a bank because of some resentment over a banking issue.

Elie, the protagonist in the book, won the lottery in the first book, but she didn’t want to put the money in a bank because of some resentment over a banking issue. So, I wondered what I’d have her do with the money and began to do some research.

Enter cryptocurrencies.

Once I got into cryptocurrencies, it was as if I’d jumped into a parallel reality, and I have yet to return to the origination point. I stopped editing my book. All of my plans are on hold. I’ve been researching non-stop. It has completely taken over my life. It’s been fascinating. It’s been painful too. Programmers are an amazing, cutting-edge group, but they have a language all their own. I’ve spent more time looking up programming terms than I did learning legal speak. The learning curve has been steep.

For this reason, I feel that the cryptocurrency community needs more translators because what these programmers are doing can open the door to the unimagined. In other words, it’s important work, and regular people need to hear more about it. They need to understand it.

I’m going to get back to editing eventually. However, I have an intense desire to take some time and act as a cryptocurrency translator. I want to make this exciting and untamed arena accessible to people that have no interest in financial markets, technology, or regulatory systems. I want people to to see what I see.

What I see is a means to unlock a bunch of untapped potentials for the human race.

Samantha Standish

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I’m a writer. I focus on the why behind the what. www.samanthastandish.com.

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