This Is The Gut Check.
I am writing this today because many Steem Hodlers are powered up and couldn't get out of their positions now even if they wanted.
You go on, and you see tweets about Steem about to go belly up, how the "Ponzi" is coming unraveled, the herd of "I told you so's" are feverishly retweeting every FUD article out there.
It's times like this where communities break apart or cement together. I see nothing but like-minded people all willing to find a way. There isn't even an "if" on the table. The leaders see this as a growth opportunity, a method for Steem to truly separate itself from Steemit. The responsibility has grown to be too much for Steemit alone to handle. Right now, what matters the most is those who step up. Those who continue to fight and secure the chain. This isn't just an investment or an experiment; this is a movement. This platform stands up for our voice, and our voice has value damnit!
The more lightweight and durable we become the easiest it will be to ride out bear markets. Bull markets bring excessive rations. Bear markets make you thankful for those rations. Growing a big community isn't always going to be about good news. Blame can go around, but who is really to blame in a decentralized platform? Isn't that the point? Do people bitch at Satoshi for leaving bitcoin? So what is the difference with Steem? I am investing more and more into Steem, the platform and projects coming on the platform. Whales attract whales, and I plan on going sonar.
Pick a lane, stick to it. Steem isn't a short-term game, powering up proves that very fact. I have been in this position many times in my life. A place where my decision isn't immediately reinforced with certainty. A place where the footing may not seem so firm. A place where others can easily judge and point fun. The I told you so's are always temporary, for those that really know are too busy building and have no time to prove anything to anyone except themselves.
I leave you with perception:
You wake up; the year is 2025. You look at coinmarketcap, and the price of Steem is 100$. You go back to sleep, you wake up and the year is 2018. You look at coinmarketcap, and the price of Steem is .30 cents. The mindset you would have, a feeling of relief. The funny thing is, with this relief comes improved focus and positivity. Merely having this certainly makes you accumulate more Steem each day happily. It is all of course just a mindset. Certainty is a lie. What isn't a lie is the mindset. The mindset is now, what you do now effects 2025. Whatever the price of Steem is will be out of your control for the most part. Only through collective effort as a community can Steemians come together and make 2025 be the year everyone wakes up to 100$ Steem.