AskSteemit #4: Have you ever acted on a gut feeling? How did it turn out?

in asksteemit •  10 months ago

Hey everyone!

Of course with the question it doesn't just have to be about crypto trading/investing, although we know that those topics are still quite popular here on Steemit. Its more of a general question where you remember a point in your life where you weren't sure of the outcome of something and who you could trust and had to rely on your own "instincts" or "gut".

Having said that I myself could only think of crypto related stuff as I've been quite involved in this for the past 4 years.

I remember the day Ethereum started its crowdsale and sold 2000 Eth per Bitcoin which at the time was around $600. Which means 1 Ethereum was worth around 30 cents giving it a 100x increase to this day.

There was so much FUD and FOMO going around during that period it was crazy. The Bitcoin subreddit was of course censored as no altcoin discussion was allowed to take place there and most other subreddits were just deserted so you had to rely on information either from chats or bitcointalk which was the most popular forum at the time for cryptocurrencies. Even there though the altcoin sections weren't all that much moderated so they were spammed making any useful information as hard to find as it is nowadays to find quality original content posts in the "new" section on Steemit.

Worst part was that most people you had relied on this far to provide you with good information were conflicted. They were of course invested in Bitcoin and seeing as how Ethereum (which btw Vitalik Buterin wanted to create on top of Bitcoin at first) could be a competitor to it, you didn't know who to trust. Not only that but people were getting spammed in PM's on bitcointalk and Reddit, some messages were about how you should invest in Ethereum and how it will be revolutionary and do so much that Bitcoin can't, while others told you not to invest your precious Bitcoin in this outright scam as it was nothing but a moneygrab.

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I was still somewhat new in the altcoin world at this time and even though investing a little wouldn't hurt I decided to read up on its vision as much as possible and in the end just trust my own gut about it and placed half of the Bitcoin that I had at the time. Many would have called me crazy for that but in the long term it was one of the best decisions I ever made.

Ever since then I have been researching and getting involved with more and more so called "altcoins" and have not regretted the low amount of Bitcoin I held all this time considering its low gains since then compared to the performance of altcoins.

Another time I had this gut feeling was also when I stumbled upon Steemit. Even though prices were in a decline for so long I started to understand that this is just normal for cryptocurrencies and decided to trust myself to hang on to it and not trust FUD outside and on the platform. :)

When was the last time you had to trust that feeling and how did it go?

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This is a really interesting one!

When I graduated college I moved to Berlin with 3 other guys from my architecture program. This move was entirely, 100% gut. We had almost no money, zero other friends or family there. We didn't even have an apartment lined up (that was dumb). Why did we decide on Berlin? The four of us wanted to create art and design on our terms and avoid falling into a typical firm (farm?) job that would inevitably churn us up and spit us back out. We craved an artistic environment where we could experiment and live affordably. Berlin was a creative Mecca in our eyes (and the only place artists were talking about 8 years ago).

We succeeded, failed, fought, earned, worked hard and ultimately we made a name for ourselves as Hither Yon. That time in Berlin strengthened and challenged my abilities as a designer. I apply every lesson learned through that experience to my work today. The collaborative mindset we used to create art also helped me see the potential of Steemit when I stumbled into here last July.

Shout out to those three fellas @hansikhouse, @erb, @arete.


You lived in berlin too I lived in Berlin for 4 years lol !


I am born in South Berlin but living the last 4 years in Mauritius damn I miss Berlin and going back there soon :))


How funny is that? I am also from South Berlin and I live for 4 years in Costa Rica. I am from Tempelhof and you? :D

Hey, and it is my birthday today. Just looking at the clock, lol.



Happy birthday @flauwy all the best for you!!!

I am from Marienfelde how funny is that I have good friends in Tempelhof. Are you back in Berlin?

I am still in Mauritius but next year going for a few month back to Berlin and then moving to San Diego CA my bro lives there and need my help with his business.

Thanks for the cool picture :)


Alt-Mariendorf to be precise. :)

Your bro lives in San Diego? Lol, I have a freind from Berlin who lives in San Diego as well. He sells Speed Minton stuff there.


Ich machs mal jetzt auf deutsch das ist ja alles super witzig Alt-Mariendorf man wir waren ja Nachbarn wie oft war ich früher bei Eis Henning U Bahnhof Alt Mariendorf so geil. Und das mit deinem Freund in SD ist ja auch sehr geil mein Bruder verkauft Geräte und Zubehör um Wasser zu strukturieren und zu filtern. Die brauchen jetzt meine Hilfe weil sie eine Weed Farm aufbauen und ich bin ein alter Grow Master. Bist du wieder in Berlin oder noch in Costa Rica?


Hey man, I was born in Berlin and lived there for about 33 years. Love that place so much!


I follow you my South Berlin friend it is great to see people from South Berlin on Steemit :)))))


Great post @acidyo but I just saw your content for the first time here on steemit and I just couldn't ignore your acid melting social media gif lol! that made my day. Cheers!

I was the leader of a youth group. Was elected State Master Councilor for a jurisdiction in the United States. One of the jobs of the SMC is to appoint your appointed state officers.

There was this young man named Michael and he really wanted to be State Chaplain. Michael has some sort of mental disability, so writing prayers for hundreds of people to watch could have been a horrible idea. But when he asked me to appoint him that, I just felt like it was the right move.

Both my Executive officer and State chapter dad, advisors in charge of the State youth program, told me that it was a bad idea. But I stuck to my gut cause I just felt he was going to do great. He wanted to be it, and my gut and his want to be Chaplain was all I needed.

Needless to say, he was the greatest chaplain we had seen in awhile. He was always on time with his ceremonies, sent them in to me early, and had a very thoughtful message to each one.

He ended up being such a wonderful State Officer I made him State officer of the year, as is my choice as SMC, and I gave him one of the first Honorary State Master Councilor awards our jurisdiction had ever given out.

I personally felt amazing just giving someone else the ability to shine when others felt he couldn't.

His family cried at our end of the year celebration and thanked me for giving him the chance. His sister gave me this build a bear as a thank you for watching over her brother throughout the year. (My theme was super heroes and I was Captain America.)


I've got an interesting story about doing this, though it isn't crypto related at all.

Back when I was 15, I went over to my buddies house to spend the night one weekend. He told me shortly after I came over that we were going to another one of his friends house who I didn't really know. We ended up going over there, and playing guitar hero for a bit which was cool.

Then the dude says he wants to go out and walk around, when it's like 2am. I was kinda iffy on it, but caved in to the peer pressure. He ended up having us walk like an hour or so until we got to this crackhouse looking place, and then had us sit outside and wait while he went in. I started getting a bad feeling in my gut, and just decided fuck this, I can just walk to my house and deal with getting bitched at by my family. My actual friend decided he was gonna stay and wait because he didn't wanna leave the other guy, and looking back I'm also assuming he knew what the other guy went there for. So, I just said my goodbye and left.

Welp, that ended up being the wise choice on my part. As, apparently the owners of that run down house were drug dealers, one of them hooked on his own product and was fucking nuts. Guy was tweaking hard and apparently was threatening to kill my buddy for being too quiet. The guy had led us there so he could try to score some weed and shrooms, but didn't have enough money to get them. His bright idea after they left there and got away from the crazy guy was to go around breaking into cars that had their doors unlocked in the nearby neighborhoods, and see what they could find/steal worth something.

They both ended up getting busted by the cops and going downtown for the evening and got in trouble. I've no idea why the fuck either of them thought that was a good idea, or why it would be smart to go back to the drug addicted guy who threatened to kill one of them. But, yeah. Really glad I stuck with my gut and bailed out of there as fast as I could.


Damn, that's crazy! What people do when they are desperate for some drugs, heh.


Yeah, I was just amazed at how dumb they were that night. That was the straw that broke the camels back as well for my friendship with that kid. I realized he was a really shitty person/friend, and that he did a lot of shitty things.

He did something else that pissed me off like 8 or 9 months before that as well. We went to a local gas station, like 10 minutes away to get some snacks after midnight. Well, some cops ended up spotting us and instead of just walking normally he had us duck into an alleyway which confused me, until he pulled out a butterfly knife which isn't legal to carry with you in my state, and it's not legal to own if you're under 18. Then he handed it to me and wanted me to try and hide it, lol. Responded with something like, uh, fuck no and tossed it into some rubbish.

Then we ended up getting arrested because he made us look suspicious, and I got dragged into a holding cell for like 13 hours until my mom could come get me. Which was also thanks to him, because he decided not to ask his dad to take me home and just leave me there to wait on my own. I was stupid enough to continue and try to be friends with him until that other incident happened, but jesus, that dude was an idiot and quite a cunt.


Thats not a gut feeling, thats called being smart.


I guess, but there was a lot of peer pressure at the time since I was a loner/outcast kid at that age and I valued friendships quite a bit when I could find people who I got along with. Really was fighting with myself the whole time, but just felt this rotten feeling in my stomach about the whole thing.

I did a lot of stupid shit as a kid, but I'm glad I didn't stick around there for sure.

Hmmm, so one time I was a little kid. And I was in the back of a pickup truck and we were driving down the road. There was 4 of us back there, my mom included. I was sitting with the back to the tailgate and I got a weird feeling that it could crash open so I stood up to move away but I spread my arms as I got up and had one end of the blanket in each hand. The wind caught me and lifted me out of the truck and I slammed into the road. I got a good amount of road rash but was ok besides. That's where your gut feeling gets you into trouble. I have a crazier more legally complex gut feeling story that was a postive gut feeling story I will share sometime on chat if you ask as well lol

Mine is a non-crypto one.

My current (and fingers crossed, forever relationship)! I met her when I was in school. We both changed school and then met after 10 years or so at a play I directed. She had come to watch it with her boyfriend. I knew them both. Well, things didn't work for them and I had very strong feelings for her after meeting her and getting to know her more. A general norm in our society that mostly parents don't allow their children to marry outside extended family/caste. I'm sure you'll be surprised by that as it is very different there. Anyway, I knew it won't happen but my inner instinct told me to go ahead. As we speak, the debate is going on in my family and I'm standing firm on my stance. I hope we will tie the knot very soon :)


Good luck to you! :)

I am new to the subject of the criptomonedas, I am very novice in terms of investments.

Steemit was the first platform of which I have been part of those who handle the crypt, so I still do not know much about the subject of investment.

My first confidence is to invest in Steem, I certainly hope you will get a lot of value soon, I also intend to invest a bit in btc to see what happens.

I listen to advice!

It was on my last summer vacation , I realized that I was the only one in the museum gallery and all of a sudden I see a girl enter the room and doing my same movements around the art, walking to the same places and taking a similar time as myself on each work
I thought ¨mmm, this is weird should probably talk to her¨
Best gut feeling decision in my life

We hit it off immediately and we have been friends since then


Aww, that's a pretty sweet story! :D


It always shows to prove that following your gut sometimes its the best thing ! :D

I trusted my gut at the beginning of 2014 when I sold BTC for a nice sum and thought 'Hell Yeah!' - Looking back now my gut was a little too hasty...perhaps that's why I've been dealing with a stomach ulcer these past few weeks :/


Ouch! Yeah I've sold many altcoins way too early only to see them shoot up later.
When everyone else is celebrating their profits I sit there regretting my small profits I took. :P


:P Indeed - win some, lose some eh :)

My gut feeling was when I picked up about 200 ethereum when it was priced at about $20 a coin. I went ballistic when the price went from $20 a coin to $400 a coin. That my friend was a really sweet gut feeling I hope I get again.

my latest gut feeling is about entering steemit and making blogs. i dont know what the future holds for steemit, but i just focus on creating value to people by making blogs. i never knew i would enjoy blogging this much. and i can say that making blogs and providing value to people is my new-found passion!

At this time i have guts feelings about the steemit because steemit is a new platform me and i want to be in the top. i am working hard for it and day by day my interest or gut is increasing about steemit .
I read your post because i get it to learn from it.
Thanks for post

My last gut instinct was to get chinese food a week and a half ago. It was a great call. I even made a post about it lulz


Did your gut like it? :P


Oh yes. It did very much

Thank you for another AskSteemit. I am a software developer and most of the time, I use my gut feeling to make decisions when it comes to good design. Sometimes, other come to me for advise.

So to answer your question, yes I do act based on gut feel when the need for it comes. Most of the time, it's when others come to me for advise, and most of the time, I think it went well.

After traveling around the world for over 20 years, you really learn to rely on your gut instinct.
I listen to it now, above all things, and acting on it mostly turns out to be a correct decision.

I'm still alive! - is proof of that.

My personal opinion is, the more you listen to it, the finer tuned it becomes.
(absolutely no empirical evidence about this - just a gut feeling! lol)

I used to do two jobs at a time, worked almost 18 hours a day for five years but then I thought that this is not what I should be doing in my life. I am not born to make someone else rich. So I started learning some digital marketing skills, quit the first job in December 2016, second in April 2017 and started my own online digital marketing training center. It didn’t go as I expected, didn’t earn a penny but fortunately found steemit during those days.

Now I am back to my job again but now I am still trying, will never give up!

Están bien chidos tus gif

Dear Steemins! and @acidyo . As I see a gut feeling is in the middle of accepting INTUITION.and doing something that gets you out from the system. When we give it a serious look, we can realize that's our possibilities expands a lot. Hearing the intuition is to know oneself in a deeply way.

And when we encourage of doing something based on intuition and start to be empowered by that magic force three things could happen. First, everybody says you are crazy for thinking in that way. Second; If you made a decision in pro of what you want to do, you will start to feel a tickle in your stomach like when you are in love (that's the signal that you are doing right!), and third; your plan will be done in an excellent way with great results. Because acting with guts in the past used to be called survival. But systems just teach us to lost that feelings, just to obey.
We need more Guts, all of us, because having guts is a way of know yourself a little more.
And by the way answering to your question, I try to always see all possibilities before doing something in my life or in others, the normal/regular based on what we think in the -rational way- and the intuition way and choose the right one always Is hard.

Acting with guts in life makes us feel alive!

My gut feeling was happen last week of July this year. When BTC keep falling I sold them before reaching below one thousand usd. It is also my huge regret in life when a couple of week later after I sold mine its price rocketed to 4000 usd. That's why my stomach is empty while other is full. Lesson learn keep and HODL.

I love this post. It's awesome that you were able to run on an instinct and have it pay off. I was so inspired by your question I created a post on response to it. I originally wrote it in the comments but decided a linked post was easier.
Here it is
Hope you enjoy it as much as I did writing it. :)

excellent, acidyo!

One of my friends moved from Berlin to Dublin and after 1 year me and my bro was having a chill out at his place where he told me that he is going to visit our friend in Dublin I was very busy at this time with some project but my gut told me to go with my bro to Dublin and visit our friend. I stopped my project and 1 week later we where in Dublin the funny part is that it was my bros and my birthday in that week so we had a good time and 1 day before we had to fly back home to Berlin my gut kicked back in and told me to stay or come back to Dublin and live with my friend. I went back home with my bro but my gut told me to go back to Dublin 1 month later I had stopped my project I had given up my apartment and moved to Dublin. After 2 weeks in Dublin my friend and me went for party in a club where I meet a girl from Mauritius and we both fell in love. My friend left Dublin 6 month later moved back to Berlin and I moved together with that girl. 18 month later we got married in Dublin. We stayed 2 more month in Dublin and moved then to Berlin we stayed in Berlin for 4 years and moved then to Mauritius. 10 years after my gut kicked in and told me to go with my bro to Dublin and visit our friend my wife Veenusha and me are still in a happy marriage.

It's interesting that you bring up this with gut and following your inner compass. I actually made a post about it a few days ago and I will share it here as well, because it's one of those decisions that definitely has changed the rest of my life. Just as in your case I think the key to the success of making this decision was to listen to my own voice as opposed to looking to others for answers. Below is my story:

Many times we are faced with a fork in the road. These moments are essential as we decide the next step of or journey.

Some decisions are of such importance that in the end it might control what possible final destinations we can reach. Faced with these moments it is common that our fear grabs ahold of us and tries to direct us along the road which we are more familiar with as opposed to taking that other road of exploration. So when faced with a fork in the road do you dare to take the lesser known path?

In 2007 I was faced with a fork in the road. I moved to China in 2002 because my father got a job in a Shanghai. After I graduated from High school in shanghai I decided I would study Chinese. 2 years later I was still not very good at Chinese and this was despite my goal to learn it in two years.

The environment was not good for learning Chinese. I was not integrating in the Chinese society because after Chinese classes I would hang out with other foreigners in Shanghai. When I would have the opportunity to speak Chinese with the local people they would be more interested in practicing their English with me...

Shanghai was eating me up. I was feeling like a tadpole in the Ocean and the feeling of alienation was getting stronger month by month. I had made a goal to learn Chinese, and I never want to give up before I reach my goal. Never would I know that learning Chinese was so hard and that integrating to Chinese society was so difficult.

I was at a fork in the road. I could choose to go back to Sweden and try to get on with my life there. It would feel like a failure though because it would be like I gave up. I could continue learning Chinese, however, time was flying by and I couldn't study Chinese forever, I would need to start University at some time.

After much contemplating and also many sleepless nights I decided I would take a step into the unknown. I would go big or go home. So I decided to kill 2 birds with one stone. I would study my bachelor in a Chinese University. I would be able to learn Industrial design like I always wanted and in the same time I would be forced to learn Chinese as my classmates would be Chinese and all the Classes would be completely in Chinese.

Pretty crazy idea, but I decided that I would rather know if I could do it than to not try it at all. There was actually a quote which inspired me a lot in my decision.

"To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself."

  • Soren Kierkegaard

Staying in China and going to Chinese university was one of the best decisions of my life . They say that fortune favors the bold. I really think it did in my case. I had 4 of the best years in my life. I was the only foreigner in my class but I felt right at home. I now know Chinese fluently. But more importantly I know that I can do anything I set my mind to. So next time I face a difficult decision I will atleast give it a try, because in the end, if you ask me, the worst that can happen is never trying - don't you agree ?

Listen to your gut feeling ;)

Hi @acidyo, If you had known about crypto currency in 2017, what would you be doing? Let me rephrase my question, what is the best place to learn about crypto trading and investing? I know you have learnt a lot in these past 4 years on this subject, yet you don't post about it on daily basis. But I still am no one to tell you whether you are an expert or not. You see my dilemma? :D

So far, I have invested my time in Steemit and money in another coin currently ranked at #12 at I want to expand my wings to take a flight with some other crypto currencies. So, any suggestions?

Great post like ever before.

Steem On! #asksteemit

Yeah, when I was 12 I broke my leg doing gymnastics. During that time, one night my father scolded me and I said I was leaving home. The cast reached my groin. I started walking away in the middle of the night using crutches. Not a block away it broke the cast and had to go back to my house and spend three additional weeks in bed.

Well thanks to my gut, I managed to be Executive Chef of world famous hotel brands like The Westin and St Regis mate!
I started as waiter in 2002 in the Hilton hotel. One day I heard the chef of the kitchens at that time talking about missing some people in his team to cook for a function that night!
I did not know how to cook an egg man...But i raised my hand and told him I wanna try and help him!!!
This was the start of a great adventure. The chef was so happy with my actions that he took me permanently in his team and developed me in a great chef!
12 years later, the dream became true : I became Executive Chef for the first time in The Westin Mauritius!
Gut made me realize my dreams!

I was a bit stupid in my crypto investment. I heard about Ethereum the very first day it was announced. I invested very very late. Anyway, I don't care that much. If someone makes money somewhere there's somebody else with less somewhere else. I have enough money for the time being and look forward to help everyone get prosperous.

Very good post @acidyo . .

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I once planned a trip to America without money because I had the feeling it was important. I will not go into all the details here but I basically followed the stars and on my second day I might my wife and we have a little daughter now. :)

I am glad I trusted my feelings!

I try to all the time, you learn early in school your first instinct is usually right. Having confidence to go with it is the tricky part.

For example, playing overwatch my gut said I’d wreck with Hanzo but everyone tried to talk me out of it. I stuck with it and absolutely wrecked.

Seriously thought, going with your gut avoids analysis paralysis. As a perfectionist I find it a constant struggle. You can get so much more done, yeah you fail a lot but they say to fail often and fail fast. Then you can succeed.