#Introduceyourself: The most honest, non-bullshitting intro I can give you - Hi Steemit!

in introduceyourself •  2 years ago 

Hi Steemit community! You guys are awesome.

You guys are super smart, driven by the right values and ad Or are you? In fact, I have no idea. 

How could I? 

I just joined this awesome-sounding platform and this is my first post. I've done some research, I've read some posts - but to be very honest, I just don't know if this community is as awesome as people telling me it is. And I am really skeptical about many newcomers here posting about how awesome and inspiring and world-changing this platform is. I mean, can you tell after browsing around a bit? After reading a few posts out of hundreds of thousands? 

Like, really?

Personally, I simply know too little about you guys. And about how all of this works. And I don't understand too little of what the exact incentives driving the most popular creators here are.

But here's the thing: 

From what I do understand, this community has amazing potential. Potential to be a real positive influence on how people interact. On how information spreads. On what we care about. On how we navigate the bullshit-laden world around us - especially the digital one that's becoming bigger and bigger.

That's why I decided to be a part of Steemit. And I am extremely committed to contributing as much as I can to help Steemit become this loud and positive voice. To actually being part of this voice.


I will do my best and play my part in sharing good ideas. And separating them from bad ideas. Or at least, suggesting my views on how to separate good from bad ideas. Because ideas spawn action. And good ideas spawn good action. And good action leads to good lives. It's that simple (at least I like to think so).

I view it as a major problem that we, by default, are neither skeptical enough nor curious enough. Not skeptical enough in that we tend to believe too much of what sounds or, worse yet, makes us feel good in the moment. Not curious enough in that we tend to only follow the well-trodden path that's right in front of us. Both physically and mentally. And thereby missing all of the amazing opportunities life has in store for us, being blind to the non-obvious that requires some conscious effort.

And I think that communicating good ideas, as well as motivating people to search for, interact with and act on good ideas, can help overcome this problem. It sounds very simple. And I think it is very simple. It's just not easy, in fact, it's really hard. But Steemit could be a powerful new tool in communicating good ideas effectively. That's why I'm here.


I'm Phil. 28 years old, living in Munich, Germany. Currently, though, I'm traveling the world (yes, I quit my job to do just that). 

As I'm writing this, I'm overlooking a beautiful garden in the front of my guesthouse in Luang Prabang, Laos.

The title photo was taken at the Kung Si Waterfalls near Luang Prabang. If you ever get to Laos, don't miss this beauty of nature!

Previously, I've been with a digital fitness and self-development startup called FREELETICS for 4 years. I've seen the company grow from five people to more than 150, and from 500k to over 25m users, serving first as Head of R&D and later, Head of Product Strategy. I was leading a team of 8-12 people most of the time - while learning how to actually lead a team.

I've spent a lot of time researching and learning about human motivation, behavior change, persuasive communication, mental development, personal growth, as well as about fitness and nutrition in a broader sense. That is why, most likely, you will see me post on all of these topics.

Before that, I studied Business Administration, majoring in finance. I wanted to become an investment banker. I know, not quite the same direction. Hell, I even went to New York City to take part in seminars and trainings in trading. Here's a photo of me being a cute 21-year old kid with a baby face who dreams of working at Wall Street one day.

However, at one point I just realized that the things important to me have changed. And that I should take action and change my own life's course. Which I did.

I've always had a passion for complex things. Or, as I like to put it, non-trivial things. Before the investment banking thing came, I wanted to become an astrophysicist. Study black holes and all that. I still find that fascinating today, and sometimes I geek out on a documentary on quantum mechanics.

But anyway, who I am today probably matters most.

And that guy tries to help people live life on purpose and not by accident. That guy is open towards people, places and ideas - but skeptical by default (which is why I don't celebrate Steemit quite yet). I really like having my perspective challenged and changed - but I never hesitate to call bullshit.

I would describe myself as highly curious about and interested in (almost) everything life has to offer.

I'm super active, workout a lot, and love a good long hike. Here's a pic from last summer when I hiked in the Acadia National Park in Maine, USA (mind-blowing nature!).

I read and meditate regularly to train my mind, and write and create a lot of content on Instagram (@fitphilh), trying to inspire people (the life on purpose thing).

I try to understand cryptocurrencies and the blockchain but, to be honest, didn't fully get it yet (besides that it could transform a lot). Didn't stop me from investing a bit (BTC, ETH, XRP, LTC, ADA, XLM, XMR, TRX) - for better or for worse.

There are two things I believe in very strongly.

And these beliefs guide what I do and especially influence what I try to communicate.

First, I believe that we all can live a good life. In fact, a great life.
A life full of growth and achievement, wonder and astonishment, joy and satisfaction. A happy life. Regardless of what we have and haven’t done in the past, of what has and hasn’t happened, irrespective of who we are and what we think we can and can’t do right at this moment. 

Second, I believe that building and living such a life is our own responsibility.
Ours alone. Yes, things and people influence our lives. In both good and bad ways. That’s a fact. But the responsibility to put ourselves on the right path, to learn how this path looks like, to advance regardless of obstacles on that path, and to thrive regardless of what life throws at us, always remains with us. Our responsibility lies in our choices, decisions and efforts. Whatever circumstance we find ourselves in. As soon as we deny responsibility, we throw away power over our own lives. Period.


Okay, enough said, at least for now. This intro has been long enough.

Let me end with this:
I will put in a lot of effort to help Steemit become a strong tool of communication, interaction, information, and inspiration. I will do my best in sharing good ideas and enriching perspectives - thus, helping this community stand up to the expectations it has raised in so many people already.

I would love for you to be a part of my journey, and for letting me be part of yours. Never hesitate to comment - I love a good discussion!

And, of course, I would appreciate an upvote! :)


P.S.: If you want to get an impression about what my mind revolves around, you can check my Instagram profile @fitphilh.

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Welcome Phil, inspiring story and great intro ;) Resteeming you for some extra publicity!

Du hast Glück, die deutsche Community ist hier relativ stark, @neuvorstellungen wird sich gleich bei dir melden! Falls du was brauchst, kannst du dich gerne melden ;)

Vielen Dank! Freut mich :)

Hallo @fitphilh, herzlich willkommen auf Steemit.

Wenn Du Fragen zu Steemit hast, oder Dich mit anderen deutschen „Steemians“ austauschen magst, schau einfach mal auf unserem Discord-Server https://discord.gg/g6ktN45 vorbei.

Unter dem folgenden Link findest Du einige Anleitungen, die Dir den Einstieg in das Steem-Universum deutlich erleichtern werden: Deutschsprachige Tutorials für Steemit-Neulinge: Ein Überblick

Vielen Dank!! Werde ich die Tage mal machen :)

Hello, welcome to Steemit!

Thank you!

Welcome to the community

Thank you!

Welcome to Steemit @fitphilh!

I wish you much success and hope you find Steemit to be as rewarding and informative as I have.

Here are some links you might find useful.
Your stats on SteemNow
Your stats on SteemWorld
Your stats on SteemD
How to use Minnow Booster
How does Steemit actually work?

Let me know if I can help.
Many blessings! @bycoleman

Awesome, thanks! I appreciate the richness of information :)

Great introduction @fitphilh! Thanks for the tip about Kung Si Waterfalls in Laos. Haven't been to Laos but it suddenly looks more enticing already. For me, you're one of the newcomers to watch, so I've resteemed your post and followed you =) Be sure to check out @newbieresteemday (and tag your posts with the hash-tag) to increase your viewership as a new starter!

Thanks for that @wilfredn! I appreciate it :)

I'll for sure check it out! And yes, Laos is worth a visit for sure!

Welcome to Steem @fitphilh.

Do read A thumb rule for steemit minnows - 50:100:200:25 for starter tips.

Spend time reading Steem Blue Paper to know how Steem blockchian works and if you still have any queries ask them on our Ask me anything about Steemit post and we will try to answer that.

All the Best!!!


One of the best introductory posts I've seen. I think you will be very successful, if you continue to write great articles.

Thank you! I truly appreciate this!

It's hard to make money on here, but you do get to meet a lot of interesting people.

Great introduction Phil! Love your honesty and your way of thinking. I'm also trying to cultivate an internal locus of control mindset and I can feel there is much to learn from you. Followed & liked :)

Thanks for your response :)

Much of what I ponder, and therefore will post about, is related to an internal locus of control mindset. I like to call that "living proactively" (sounds less sciencey). Looking forward to your comments on my content, always feel free to add your thoughts in the future!

Thanks again and greetings from Laos. (Refollowed!)

Thanks for following! I saw you are already posted new content, keep up the momentum. Will check it out :)

Welcome here Phil. If you haven't heard of the discord app, you'll want to sign up for a discord account. You might be a good fit for the Alliance. Check out this explanatory post and hit me up for more info https://steemit.com/thealliance/@thealliance/eyes-on-issue-3 Good luck on Steemit!

Welcome to Steemit! Nice intro, which isn't easy to do. Haha that you're right, what would you know if this is a great community. From my experience it is and I hope that will be the same you. Hopefully you see this platform grow as much as the company you worked for. Best of luck, followed and resteemed!

Thanks! And thank you so much for the resteem. I don't quite understand yet how cool this is, but I get the feeling it is kind of cool... So thanks!!

Hello and welcome! Happy steeming!

Thank you!

Welcome to Steemit!

"Our responsibility lies in our choices, decisions and efforts."

I like this sentiment a lot, glad you have it.

Welcome to Steemit!

Thank you!

loved your style @filtphilh :)
i'm sure you'll add spice in this platform. i'll be looking forward to your future posts and welcome to Steemit community! Have a great day ahead! 😊

Thanks, I appreciate the kind words! Have a great day, too!

you're welcome :)

Hi Phil, wilkommen bei Steemit. Coole story auf jeden Fall. Sehr mutig von dir, alles aufzugeben und deine Träume zu leben. Viele denken an diesen Schritt, aber trauen sich nicht. Vielleicht kannst du die Leute hier mit deinen Abenteuern inspirieren. Viel Glück auf deiner Reise. Freu mich mehr von dir zu sehen.
Grüße aus Stuggi

Vielen Dank!

Ja, es erfordert Mut. Aber letztendlich besteht das Leben ja aus Entscheidungen und Erfahrungen. Und die Qualität letzterer ist strikt abhängig von der Qualität ersterer. Und Qualität in Entscheidungen gibt es oftmals nur durch Mut zu kaufen.

Liebe Grüße aus Laos (bald Cambodia)!

Nice detailed intro and thanks for the two verification photos. Looks like you will be doing some good here on Steemit. I’m looking forward to seeing what will be your next post

Thanks for your reply, I appreciate that :)

I'll definitely give it my best :)

Servus @fitphilh, und herzlich Wilkkommen.

Wenn du nach wie vor an Wissenschaft/Technik interessiert bist, solltest du unbedingt @steemstem abchecken, da ist die STEM community zu Hause. Und ja, wir haben auch Astrophysik, @lemouth postet recht viel in die Richtung.

Ansonsten kann ich dir diesen guide empfehlen, den ich vor ein paar Wochen mal aus dem Englischen übersetzt habe (kannst ihn natürlich eh auch im Orginal lesen), und der Anfänger ziemlich gut über das System Steem ins Bild setzen sollte.

Viel Spaß, und man liest sich!

Vielen Dank für die super Empfehlungen, klingt spannend!
Habe allen (inkl. dir gefolgt) und freue mich auf die Inhalte. Danke für den Link zum Guide, wird sicher sehr hilfreich sein. Ich weiß dein freundliches Willkommenheißen zu schätzen! :)

Hey man, I'm Oatmeal Joey, and I love your photos and love for life for trying new things and I love potential things too. Steem has potential. You are right about that. I like Bitcoin. My ancestors might be from Germany.

Awesome! Thanks!

nice man Welcome to Steemit! Great introduction post :)

Thank you, happy to hear that!

Welcome! It's refreshing to see an actual introduction in this #introduceyourself LOL
Anyway you had an interesting life Thanks for sharing!
Enjoy your next adventure.

Thank you! I appreciate the comment :)

Nice intro, I appreciate your honest tone and share some of your initial impressions, concerns and curiosity. Look forward to reading more from you on here! :-)

Happy to hear that! Looking forward to your comments! :)

Willkommen Phil! Lustig, abgesehen davon dass ich auch aus München komme und ähnliche Reisepläne verfolge, hab ich wohl (in dem großen Modesuche-Startup) neben dir gearbeitet :D Bin gespannt auf deinen weiteren Weg und deine Posts. Erfolgreichen Start hier! :)

Haha, echt lustig :) Danke und ich freu mich auf gegenseitiges Folgen und Austauschen! Viel Spaß auf deinen Reisen!

Welcome to Steemit ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ
Haven't been here for long either, but I think you'll find out for yourself whether this community is great or not. (Your honesty is refreshing.)
Good luck, and most of all, have fun on your Steemit journey.

Thank you! I think I will :)

solid intro man ! like it that you are just being yourself, will surely follow you and keep track of your progress ! keep it up

Thank you! I appreciate that! Followed back!

Welcome to the community @fitphilh. Cheers!

Thanks man!