Building Valhalla

By Tom Littler

Coding, writing and thinking in the world of tomorrow.

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#56・

How to understand crypto, for people who don't understand crypto.

The first principles of cryptoFor so many people crypto and blockchain seems to be some ethereal technology, with limited real-world applications. A space where geeks hang out, buying overpriced JPEGs and getting overly excited about the largely unproven syst…

 
#55・

Blockchain will be bigger than the internet

Blockchain and governanceIt's my opinion that the consequences of blockchain technology will be more disruptive than those brought about by the internet.I believe one of the innovations to come out of an immutable, decentralised system is DAO's (Decentralised…

 
#54・

An open letter on buying a home

Home PrioritiesIt's no secret I hate admin tasks, and what is more adminy than looking at properties, weighing up pros and cons, dealing with estate agents, urgh.In an attempt to save myself time in the long run, I've put together a list of values when it com…

 
#53・

Now you know how to invest in the most exciting assets in the world

Early-Crypto InvestingEarlier this week I had a call with a friend of mine. He had a few hours a day free, and like a lot of my friends, wanted to know how I'd built decent wealth trading early-stage crypto assets. I sat him down and explained how to do it. A…

 
#52・

The day everything became an NFT

NFTsNFTs (non-fungible tokens) are having a moment. Camps are pretty divided on whether the surge in popularity of NFTs is pure hype, or whether NFTs will fundamentally change our world.I lie in the latter camp, in fact, I think NFTs will become the worlds bi…

 
#51・

A perfect approach to fitness, desire, optimism.

A Holistic Approach To Fitness When thinking about constructing a fitness plan, it can be tempting to structure it around the single goal of improving your physical health, or even worse, how physically healthy you look (not the same). This was my mistake for…

 
#50・

How I raised $500k from strangers through an instant messaging app

Wild SuccessOver the last month, I've raised $500k from strangers online. Half a million dollars, and nearly all of it through the social media app Telegram.The funny thing is I didn't even realise this milestone until one of my friends pointed it out to me, …

 
#49・

New skills, fat tails, myKanban production starts...

Learning New SkillsLearning new skills is one of the most rewarding, enjoyable activities we can engage in. The confidence boost that comes with becoming competent at something you had zero ability in, the stimulation that comes from seeing the nuances of a f…

 
#48・

The shadow self, human nature, the last week...

The Shadow SelfThis week I read Robert Greene's 'The Laws of Human Nature'. It's a giant text, that tries to summarise why people behave the way they do, taking countless case studies from famous historical figures, and theories to explain their actions from …

 
#47・

Controversial views, remains of the day, myKanban past £10k

What do you believe to be true, that others disagree with?In the USA 70% of people have less than $1000 in savings, 50% of marriages end in divorce, and 60% of the population is overweight or obese. From these stats, it's probably not too arrogant to think th…

 
#46・

Losing $100k, empathy through AI, milestones.

Crisis v EventThe last two weeks have seen me lose a lot of cash. I went heavy into crypto a few months ago, and the market has seen a much-needed adjustment. The first day was tough, I entered panic mode, and viewed the crash as a personal crisis. Some of my…

 
#45・

On a simple life, crypto projects, classics.

The Simple Life - Do We Overcomplicate Things?We live in a world with limitless options of potential lifestyles. We could be a digital nomad, a solopreneur influencer, people my age are even questioning age-old assumptions of 'what you do in life' such as mar…

 
#44・

I was wrong about so many things, kickstarter success, meditations.

Things I was Wrong AboutA few changes in my circumstance have had me reflecting a lot more recently. Reflection is key for growth, but when most people talk about growth they talk about refining existing beliefs, gaining new mental models and perspectives to …

 
#43・

2 days to myKanban launch, lessons learned

myKanban launches in 2 days. I'll be sending out an email on Tuesday with the Kickstarter link, there will be special early-bird discounts for the first customers!

 
#42・

myKanban Kickstarter page, learning from reading, near death experiences.

🚨We are getting close to the launch of myKanban. We have the first version of our Kickstarter page, with a first draft of our launch video! We'd be honoured if you would take a look and give some feedback before we launch at the end of the month!You should be…

 
#41・

When to go all-in, good explanations, lessons from history.

Going All In Generally, I'm a proponent of spreading your bets in life. Better to have a few projects on the go that have a small change of success, than 1 project that takes up every waking hour of your day. To every rule though, there is exceptions. This we…

 
#40・

Small bets > big bets, the creativity faucet, she walks in beauty.

Thinking in Small BetsSome people leave their mark on the world through a single vision. One company, product or idea that they work on for their entire life. For Phil Knight this was Nike, for Charles Darwin it was the theory of evolution, for Martin Luther …

 
#39・

WFH 1 Year On, Oatly, Launch Day Coming...

Working From Home 1 Year OnThis week Mykanbans head of marketing, Matilda, wrote a piece on her reflections of one year from home.Matilda discusses her difficulties and the steps she's taking to overcome them. I'm massively struggling with the monotony of wor…

 
#38・

Ego Development, Focus, First Principles of Power.

Ego DevelopmentI love mental models for human development. This week I've been brushing up on Susan Cook-Greuter's theory of the 'Nine Stages of Ego Development.I summarised her lengthy research paper in this article.At it's core, Ego Development Theory takes…

 
#37・

Buying happiness, bitcoin is killing polar bears, video ready.

Money Can Buy HappinessMoney, as a vehicle to solve problems, relieve stress, and improve quality of life, on the whole, gets bad press. Numerous studies are showing that earning anything above a fairly good wage (I think it was around £70k) will not improve …