A lot of "ETH killers" seem to be focused on creating a scalable system, with zillions of transactions per second while "not sacrifying decentralization". Which is absurd when you think about it, because the more nodes you have, the slower you system, that's just logical. So how can you have a more scalable system, while remaining as decentralized as you were before? It's just not possible. What projects need to look for, is the right path, which is in the middle, as always. You don't want to be too decentralized, but not centralized. You don't want to be too scalable, but not unscalable. And you don't want to be too secure, but not insecure. If you are too decentralized, scalable or secure, your system will be dramatically slow. But if your system is centralized, unscalable or insecure, your system has a point of failure.
The more I think about it, the more confident I'm getting with the idea that true helpfulness is certainly one, if not the ultimate marketing strategy.
Before explaining why I think so, let's clarify what I mean with true helpfulness. A lot of companies are using content as their main marketing strategy. And that's certainly not a problem, but the problem is the way they do it. You aren't being helpful to your customers by creating a "Top 10 of...", or the usual interview with a happy client. That's not going to change positively the lives of the people consuming your content. But it needs to. Your content needs to be literally life-changing. Positively, of course. You need to provide knowledge, which no one else is providing. Because then, you have a monopoly, and a monopoly, that's true power. Though, you will tell me there are a lot of companies providing "life-changing" content, but you have to pay for it. That's the catch. What you want to do, is to create life-changing content, without asking ANYTHING in return. Don't ask for likes, comments,... don't ask for money, don't ask for advertisers. Just shut up, and create life-changing content.
Why? Because it's when you are providing high quality content, which no one else provides, that your audience will start trusting you, and becoming slowly but surely a fans of you. But if you ask them constantly things, that trust will die.
Recently I discovered personal tokens. And I'm getting more and more excited about the idea behind it.
The core idea behind personal tokens is that you create a token where one unit represents one hour of your time. Someone who wants to have a one hour session with you, will need to buy one token on Uniswap for example, and redeem it in a smart contract after which the token will be burned.
That's the current vision. But my vision is more expanded. Why couldn't you organize a small ICO to sell your tokens to your family, friends or even people willing to "invest" in you? The core idea being that you are able to raise something like 1k to maybe even 10k that way, and on top of that the market decides how valuable your time is. If someone sells your tokens 10$/token, it means one hour of your time is worth (only) 10 bucks.
The interesting thing is that if you provide a really good service, a client might want to buy a few more tokens at the current price, to make sure he will not have to pay more later, driving the price up.
Besides, every time a client redeems a token for one hour of your time, it's burned, meaning the supply decreases massively with time. So after the initial ICO, your time might only be worth 10$, but after three months, it might be worth 50$, who knows?
You may ask why an ICO, well the core idea is to allow people to kick-start new activities. Want to become a cryptocurrency advisor, lawyer, or trainer but don't have the required funds to pay for the initial costs? Well create your own token and raise money through an ICO. This way, you will allow people who believe in you to invest in you.
It's funny to see how, all these ETH killers, are slowly but surely getting more and more useless. EOS was promising unlimited scalability, which it never reached. Block.One, the company behind EOS, isn't even building its flagship product, a social media called Voice, on their blockchain. Ridiculous. And I'm not even going to cover Tron, because I would simply be losing my time. Tron being a Chinese marketing scam, I doubt it's worth your time and especially your money.
Let me tell you something: no one will take the place of the Caliph. No one. Like no one will take the place of ultimate Caliph, Bitcoin. That's just how it is. There are currently more than 150 developers working day and night on ETH 2.0. Do you really think your little independent team with less than 10$ million of funding can compete with that? The answer is obviously no. Whatever you think about Ethereum, it's not going away. What a lot of people fail to understand, is that, the power of Ethereum is not its "first mover advantage", it's the ecosystem.
Currently on Ethereum, if you want to bet on the future, you can use Augur, or Gnosis. If you want to borrow or lend money, you can use Maker, Compound, InstaDapp, dYdX, bZx,... You want to trade derivatives? Fine, you can use Synthetix for that. You want to try alternative ways of trading? No problem, use Set Protocol. You don't want your old crappy token and want to participate in the DeFi revolution? What are you waiting for? Uniswap, Kyber and all these platforms are out there to help you out with that!
I have only been covering the financial ecosystem of Ethereum here, but there are also the nascent gaming, NFT, art and real estate ecosystems.
What you need to realize, is that to recreate the ecosystem Ethereum currently has, it would take something like two years with hundreds of millions of dollars. And on top of that, you would need to develop the underlying platform of course. So, if you want to invest in other platforms than Ethereum, you shouldn't be looking for "ETH killers", but for "ETH alternatives". What I mean with "ETH alternatives" are platforms taking a RADICALLY different approach. Not just forking ETH and tweaking some things like Tron basically did, but building from the ground up a platform which is focused on different things than Ethereum, which is focused on different regions of the world than Ethereum (currently) is, and which has been designed in a different way than Ethereum has.
So instead of trying to find or even create the next Ethereum, well, just focus on Ethereum, and look for platforms which aren't trying to become the Caliph instead of the Caliph, but platforms trying to become Caliph, besides the existing Caliph.
I wanted to write a whole, lengthy blog post about this, but instead I decided to make it as short as possible. Because of that, I have written several "laws" to massively improve your health. Please keep in mind I'm not a health expert, and you shouldn't rely solely on a stranger's advice like mine. This works for me, but we are all different. What works for me may not work for you.
• Get 8 hours of sleep every single day, whatever you are doing. Not 7.9 hours, 8 hours. Every minute counts.
• Go to sleep at the same time every single day, whatever happens, this will allow to sleep much faster, and you will be much more fit the following morning.
• Wake up without an alarm, even during the week, an alarm causes a spike in blood pressure and accelerates the rhythm of your heart, every single day. Stop it, and destroy that "snooze" button.
• Don't sleep longer during weekends, it's like having a jet lag twice a week.
• Never eat in the morning, intermittent fasting is incredibly beneficial for your body.
• Only drink water during the morning, and avoid taking supplements at that moment, it will break your fast
• Eat a salad with 5 different vegetables and some proteins at noon, basically you just need to follow the keto diet
• At noon,eat one fruit, then eat plenty nuts, and then you are allowed to eat a little desert, it's important to get that little desert, otherwise you will be more likely to want to have a sugar rush during the afternoon. After all, you have to enjoy life.
• Drink a whole glass of juice every day at 4PM, because you need these vitamins!
• Eat just eat enough during the evening meal, not too much, but don't go to bed while being hungry. Too much, and you will feel tired during the following morning, too little, and you will wake up during the night because of a low sleep quality.
• Eat foods or drinks containing caffeine at least 8 hours before going to sleep, because caffeine is the devil and stays up to 8 hours in your body.
• Avoid eating ice cream during the evening, it slows the release of melatonin.
• Try to eat healthy during the evening, if it's possible.
• Try to stop eating 3 to 4 hours before going to sleep, to allow your body to digest well.
• Don't go to the gym, it puts too much tension on your body
• Exercise every single day, even during the weekends, because you don't build a business by going on vacation twice a week, so why would you do it when exercising?
• Do every day one exercise in the morning right after you wake up, that way, you won't forget it, nor will you find excuses.
• On Monday do push-ups, on Tuesday do squats, on Wednesday do pull-ups, on Thursday do push-ups, on Friday do squats, on Saturday do pull-ups and on Sunday go run a few miles. Do every day three series of exercises and do them very slowly, you should try to take 15 to 20 seconds to do one push-up or one squat and 5 to 10 second to do one pull-up. When you are exhausted, do one more, and stay 10 seconds in the most uncomfortable position, for a push-up it will be just above the ground for example.