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Web3 Gaming and Essentialism

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Greetings all,

In this week’s episode of Ventures, my guest Billy Schautz (https://www.linkedin.com/in/bschautz/, https://mythicalgames.com/) and I discuss Mythical Games’ new NFT drop and upcoming game, NFL Rivals (https://nfl.rivals.game/). We discuss Billy’s background in gaming, NFT market conditions, Mythical’s tech stack and NFT dynamics, and the future of Web3 gaming.

Check it out: NFTs, NFL Rivals, Mythical Games, and the future of Web3 gaming :: with Billy Schautz


I’ve been hearing people talk about this book for the last eight years or so since it came out. I’m finally listening through the audiobook version of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown.

I remember listening to Derek Sivers talk about the axiom: “If it’s not a hell yes, it’s a no.”

As simple as it sounds, it’s incredibly hard to practice. There are so many good options in front of us that it is difficult to discern how to fill our time. More than that, we are being constantly bombarded with brands/ads/emails/etc… that try to fill our time for us.

One key thing I have found helpful in this book is the reality that essentialist thinking actually does involve surveying LOTs of options (!). However, an essentialist is extremely careful to commit time.

There is a whole section of the book devoted to saying “no” as gracefully as possible. Saying no is foundational to living an essentialist life, of course, but the trillion dollar question comes down to purpose and mission. If you don’t know why you are doing something, or where you are heading, then saying “no” becomes impossible.

This is a book I’m going to come back to year after year, and I would highly recommend it.

Have a great rest of your week!