All My Blog Posts From 2017

I wrote 67 blog posts in 2017. They cover lot’s of different topics, but the two main areas of focus are work and cryptocurrency.

Here they all sorted by topic.

Books, Movies, Podcasts

1) Men of Opinion vs. Men of Action
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/01/men-opinion-vs-men-action/
The types of people who care about what others think, instead of focusing on what they do.

3) The Quality Without a Name
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/01/quality-without-name/
Christopher Alexander’s idea applied to people.

6) Re-Reading Harry Potter
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/03/re-reading-harry-potter/
I re-read all the Harry Potter books this spring and wrote out some of the ideas that stuck out.

12) Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield | Notes & Quotes
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/09/turning-pro-steven-pressfield/
The follow up to The War of Art is a fantastic read for anyone trying to do something hard.

13) The Fish That Ate the Whale | Notes & Quotes
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/09/fish-ate-whale/
The story of banana titan Samuel Zemurray.

26) The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz | Notes & Quotes
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/hard-thing-hard-things-notes-quotes/
Ben Horowitz shares the trials and tribulations of building a company.

27) Commerce Brings Light to the Darkest Places (Wonder Woman)
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/commerce-brings-light-darkest-places-wonder-woman/
Shining some light on an easy to overlook sign from the great Wonder Woman.

37) Masters of Scale Notes: Episodes 1-4
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/masters-scale-notes-episodes-1-4/
My notes on the first half of the Masters of Scale podcast.

Work

10) Sitting and Working
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/08/sitting-and-working/
A big part of getting things done is just getting started.

14) Commitment is Key
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/09/commitment-is-key/
Personal growth happens when you commit to something you don’t know you can do.

15) Self-Motivation and Commitment
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/10/self-motivation-commitment-obsession/
We focus too much on the idea of motivation and too little on commitment and courage.

20) Making Shitloads of Money
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/making-shitloads-money/
Effort does not equal value created, but to learn how to create lots of value you need to work hard.

23) How to Get a Remote Job
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/get-remote-job/
Jobs are dynamic.

24) Rationalize vs. Actualize
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/rationalize-vs-actualize/
You choose your future dozens of times a day.

25) Great Work Requires Courage
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/great-work-requires-courage/
Courage isn’t just for war movies.

28) Perspective and Digital Work
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/the-importance-of-perspective/
You control how you feel about your work.

35) Momentum at Work
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/momentum-at-work/
Doing small things well leads to big results.

36) Committing to Work
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/committing-to-work/
Don’t think of your job as continuing forever.

45) Forged Not Built
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/forged-not-built/
Don’t prepare, jump in and learn as you go.

47) Why Businesses Hire
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/why-businesses-hire/
Don’t get lost in the abstraction of a job.

48) You Don’t Like Your Job Because You Suck at Your Job
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/dont-like-job-suck-job/
Most negative feelings about work are driven by disatisfaction with your own performance.

53) Learning To Work and The Great Divorce
https://www.yours.org/content/learning-to-work-and-the-great-divorce-71f3ff193e3a
Learning hurts.

60) Creating a New Standard
https://www.yours.org/content/creating-a-new-standard–c877a981aa6c
When you make something great, people come to expect greatness.

64) Build Your Own McDonald’s
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/build-your-own-mcdonalds/
A lesson from The Founder.

Cryptocurrency

29) The Beautiful Chaos of Cryptocurrency
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/beautiful-chaos-cryptocurrency/
The awesomeness of a market for money.

32) What Is Bitcoin?
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/what-is-bitcoin/
Some thoughts about bitcoin.

33) Why Cryptocurrency Matters
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/why-cryptocurrency-matters/
Thinking big picture about cryptocurrency.

41) Culture and Betting
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/culture-and-betting/
The power of open prediction markets.

42) Cats on the Blockchain
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/cryptokitties/
Some thoughts on CryptoKitties.

49) Technical “Analysis”
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/logic-technical-analysis/
Technical Analysis is dumb.

52) Don’t Let Crypto-FOMO Ruin The Revolution
https://www.yours.org/content/don-t-let-crypto-fomo-ruin-the-revolution–5d4d54e106a2
Don’t lose the forest for the trees.

54) Tipping For Everything
https://www.yours.org/content/tipping-for-everything-1b3e4f60cb63
How small payments can make the world run smoother.

56) Assumptions and Arguments for 1mb Blocksize
https://www.yours.org/content/assumptions-and-arguments-for-1mb-blocksize-3bcdf8612060
Thoughts on the block size limit.

58) Cryptocurrency Calendar Idea
https://www.yours.org/content/bitcoin-cash-calendar-idea–2d855039e06e

59) A Store of Value is Relative
https://www.yours.org/content/a-store-of-value-is-relative-b509706079f1
Thoughts on the BTC is a store of value arguement.

61) For Cryptocurrency Marketing is Overrated and Underrated
https://www.yours.org/content/for-cryptocurrency-marketing-is-overrated-and-underrated–a154a18cec0c

65) Which is Bitcoin?
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/which-is-bitcoin/
What is the true bitcoin.

67) The Nights Watch | Trusting a Network with Fewer Nodes
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/the-nights-watch/
Solution to the risks that come from node centralization.

Liberty

2) Freelancing and Immigration
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/01/freelancing-and-immigration/
How the future of work is making borders irrelevent.

40) Uber Heroes
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/uber-heroes/Uber-Heroes
Uber drivers are heros.

44) A Generation Without Borders
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/generation-without-borders/
The internet is disolving the borders between nations.

Personal Development

7) Human Being Owners Manual
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/05/human-owners-manual/
Books that have changed my life.

8) Travel and Learning What You Like
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/06/travel-learning-like/
How travel helps you learn what you like.

9) Becoming Who You’re Meant To Be
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/08/becoming-youre-meant/
Self-improvement means leaving part of your old self behind.

16) Old Rules vs. New Rules
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/old-rules-vs-new-rules/
What different generations are optimizing for.

18) Making Good Decisions
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/making-good-decisions/
Not being afraid to make a choice.

19) Gaining Perspective
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/gaining-perspective/
You have the power to change how you interpret a situation.

22) Empathy as a Superpower
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/empathy-as-a-superpower/
People misunderstand the value of empathy.

30) Patience + Persistence
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/patience/
The two keys to success.

34) Taking Education for Granted
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/taking-education-granted/
It’s easy to overlook what you are learning.

38) Three Morning Actions to Make Your Day More Productive
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/three-morning-actions-make-day-productive/

39) The Labour (or Wordcount) Theory of Blogging
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/labour-wordcount-theory-blogging/
More words does not equal a better post.

43) How to Learn What You’ve Learned
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/learn-youve-learned/

46) Being Remembered Isn’t Worth It
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/remember-isnt-worth/
Live your life for enjoyment, not for history.

50) Gap and Gain
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/gap-and-gain/
Look at how far you’ve made it, not how far you have to go.

62) My Four Favorite Motivational Videos
https://www.yours.org/content/my-four-favorite-motivational-videos-bdff27efeb16

66) Easy Money is Never Easy
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/easy-money-never-easy/
The desire for results without work will leave you with poor results.

Other

4) Trump and Scapegoats
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/02/trump-and-scapegoats/
Rene Girad’s idea applied to how people view Trump.

63) Free Likes vs. Paid Votes
https://www.yours.org/content/free-likes-vs–paid-votes–3e607b15a3b5
How paying to vote on posts changes a social network.

55) Four Yours.org Use Cases
https://www.yours.org/content/four-yours-org-use-cases-f469870ef326

57) Three Unrelated Predictions for 2018
https://www.yours.org/content/three-unrelated-predictions-for-2018–61ce2682ea68

Updates

5) So Far This Year Update | Travel, Podcasts, Writing, Reading
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/03/far-year-update/
A scan through the first quarter of 2017.

11) Introducing: Game of Thrones Philosophy Breakdown
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/09/introducing-game-of-thrones-philosophy-breakdown/
I started a new podcast this year with my good friend James Walpole!

17) One Month in Mexico City
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/one-month-mexico/
Initial thoughts on our base for the next 6 months.

21) My Two Best Purchases This Year
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/two-best-purchases-year/
A laptop stand and an app.

31) 177 Episodes
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/11/177-episodes/
We’ve podcasted A LOT since 2014.

51) 12 Days of Yours.org
http://ryanaferguson.com/2017/12/12-days-org/
Recap of my 12 day experiment blogging on yours.org.

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