5 Personality Traits that Define a True Steemian (and why that makes you a Pioneer)

in steemit •  last year

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Have you ever tried sharing your excitement about Steemit with a friend? And if so, did you find it surprisingly difficult to make him see the life changing opportunities you so passionately described?

Do not despair dear fellow Steemian. You are not alone!

The reason why your friend does not see the light is not related to your abilities as a storyteller. He and you simply do not share certain personality traits and that is totally fine - He will probably join later on anyway, long after Steemit has evolved into a giant within the social media landscape and yourself enjoying the benefits of foresight.

But what constitutes a true Steemian?

On this page we will explore the common character traits of a true Steemit enthusiast.


First a little background


In writing this piece I have reached out to some of our most experienced users here on Steemit to ask for their insights on the topic. This has indeed given me food for thought. With their permission I will throughout the text share their thoughts as quotes to put the text into a little perspective.

It is, however, important to note that all quotes are taken out of context and that the following primarily is based on my own ideas and assumptions.

Thank you @sauravrungta, @surfyogi, @calamus056, @donkeypong, @katharsisdrill, @someguy123, @pharesim, @gavvet, @thecryptofiend, @firepower, @papa-pepper, @good-karma and @crypt0 for generously sharing your thoughts with me in the making of this story. It has been very insightful for a minnow like me, and I hope the Steemit community will find it equally inspiring.

Let’s get to it!


5 typical personality traits of a Steemit enthusiast


Steemit is still in beta mode and those joining today can definitely still be defined as early adaptors.

Today we are about 240.000 Steemians and that number is, if you ask devoted members of the tribe, expected to grow rapidly over the coming years:

I believe Steem is going to a 1 Billion Dollar Market Cap within 2-3 months, with evidence. [...] This project has legs for years and we won't see the growth stop for upwards of 5 years once it starts running, so keep posting, keep curating and just keep active, your future self will thank you
@decentralizd

I believe we could see a critical mass event sometime in the next 12 months
@hisnameisolllie

Steemit.com is pumping, usage is growing exponentially and the STEEM blockchain is demonstrating its potential to the world
@gavvet

That makes you, brave Steemian, a pioneer and here are 5 reasons why:

1. The visionary pathfinder

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Do you often find yourself puzzled by the lack of imagination among your fellow citizens?

The average Steemian might not be able to see into the future, but he sure does try to!

This visionary impulse can be based on different motivations. Some are driven by the need for personal development and expansion of knowledge, others by their desire to see human kind advance to even higher evolutionary levels while some might be motivated by profit potential.

Common for all, however, is an inherent attraction to progress and development.

The search for something new and shiny!

Open-mindedness and eagerness to learn new things are mostly common [among Steemians]
@good-karma

The wonders of the blockchain phenomenon are for examples not obvious to all. It takes a certain extent of vision to see how the blockchain can or will revolutionize our society. Steemians above the age of 25 were probably quick to adopt the Internet as well when that came out, and will be among the first to jump on the next revolutionary train of innovation.

There's so many people from all different backgrounds [on Steemit], but what unites all of them in my opinion is curiosity and open-mindedness.
@pharesim

The visionary Steemian is an early adopter when it comes to new technological innovations and welcomes change with open arms. Thus, he generally has a positive attitude towards technologies, believing them to improve the lives of humanity.

But,

In my opinion, what really sets the typical Steemian apart from the rest of the visionary dreamers out there is his willingness to act upon his insights and intuition.

A Steemian takes action!

A Steemian sees progress unfolding in line with his own ideas of a better tomorrow and cannot resist the opportunity of active involvement.

He refuses to sit passively on the sidelines while history is unfolding. He jumps right into uncharted territory, leading the way by example.

The Steemian is not afraid to invest his hard earned savings in a cryptocurrency he believes in. He becomes an active contributor sharing his ideas, knowledge, wealth, help and software developments with the rest of us.

Dear Steemian. You deserve full recognition for your decision to actively follow your heart and visions towards a hopefully spectacular future!

2. The passionate idealist

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To what do we owe your pleasant company here on Steemit? What brought you here and why do you choose to spend so much time on this site?

For the money?

For the fame?

Money and fame are all good and might also be contributing factors for her decision, but the main motive is perhaps not monetary gains after all. Studies have shown that extrinsic motivation like money is overrated as long as you have your basic needs met:

Money is important, but we all want and need more than compensation alone. Our work indicates that people also want to be recognized, contributing members of a winning team.
Entrepreneur

If it were for fame, then I would argue that Youtube or Facebook would be better alternatives with their huge userbases.

So what is in fact your underlying motive?

It seems like passion is a key motive behind many of our loyal Steemians.

I think Steemians are a totally different breed. They are passionate, friendly, cooperative and make this community really feel like the small town of the internet.
@sauravrungta

Many Steemians have found a platform in Steemit that accommodates their own interests and values. A place with no censorship based on the blockchain technology. Words and concepts like decentralization, community, cutting out the middleman, compassion, recognition, generosity, friendliness, idealism and hope come to mind when discussing the advantages of Steemit.

[The Steemian has] a sense of hope
@donkeypong

I think that originality and compassion are two of the character traits that I have seen stick out in this community, Somehow, steemit has attracted a lot of interesting and talented people that not only enjoy sharing what they are capable of and have been up to, but also are there to help others with advice, inspiration, encouragement, and even resources when needed. I'm glad to be involved in a community like that!
@papa-pepper

I am currently only buying Steem and investing in Steem going forward because I believe in the community of users of which I am a part
@jerrybanfield

The possibility of a rewarding community fully in line with her own sets of values and visions of a better future ignites a passion in the Steemian. This passion forms the basis of her desire to spend time and contribute here.

And as a bonus:

Earning recognition from like-minded and equally passionate people along the way.

3. The brave adventurer of modern times

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Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

It surely takes some guts to invest your hard earned FIAT money in a highly volatile cryptocurrency outside the top 5 crypto market cap!

Do you consider yourself a courageous individual?

If not, then listen here:

Bravery is defined as a willingness to confront potential pain and hardship.

When you bought and/or held some Steem in your account, you did it knowing that it involved some measure of risk.

If you ever follow the daily prices of the crypto market you will surely have felt pain and hardship on several occasions. You would have encountered “fear”, the opposite of courage. You would also have encountered the dreaded FOMO!

Since you are reading this, you likely stood ground though, not bending to fear.

What made you endure the hardship?

Passion and belief which we covered in the sections above were probably part of the equation.

When facing severe adversity you are much better positioned when you wholeheartedly believe in the course. It will calm your nerves and help you endure pain more easily which in effect improves your chances of success.

Steemitusers are soldiers of fortune with a slight hint of underground sectarianism. But also firstmovers that are as exited by the idea as they are with the gain - believers, or pretending to be - and enthusiastic builders of a new community: frontiersmen.
@katharsisdrill

Perseverance and Consistency are two of the biggest traits that I think is common amongst successful Steemit users, something everyone on the platform must strive towards.
@firepower

Do you believe in Steemit?

If so, you are in fact a brave man/woman.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Nelson Mandela

You will not regret your courageous moments on your deathbed. Failed attempts make you wiser, fear based paralysis leads to regret. So take pride in the fact that you courageously joined something you believe in - The Steemit revolution!

4. The independent money counter

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This might or might not come as a surprise to you, but money seems to be a central theme among Steemians.

[A Steemian has a] love of money
@gavvet

Among the top 12 tags on Steemit, 4 of them are about finances (Steem, Bitcoin, Money and Cryptocurrency). For comparison none of the top 12 subreddits is about finance and the same goes for Twitter #’s and Instagram.

Financial topics

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The average Steemian tends to be very occupied with having his money multiply while not being wasteful in his daily spending habits. That might sound like we are a cheap and greedy bunch, but that postulate should be firmly put to ground right now:

I think a lot of Steemians have generosity in common. Many donate time and money to help others out, not just upvotes, they have changed other peoples lives for the better.
@someguy123

I'd say helpfulness is most common amongst Steemit users.
@thecryptofiend

Generosity is a core element of Steemit where users reward each others by upvoting content we like. Also, it seems rare to have users solely upvoting their own content. The upvoting economy seems to be working precisely because of human generosity.

Then,

Exactly what explains this counterintuitive coexistence of generosity and money fixation?

I might be going out on a limb here, so correct me if I am wrong, but I believe it has something to do with freedom and independence!

The decentralized model of the blockchain attracts people who do not believe in central governments and large corporate surveillance. People supporting the blockchain concept value their freedom and independence and are willing to put their money where their mouths are.

Living a free and independent life does require funds (of some kind), and that explains the Steemian’s fixation on money issues. Wasteful spending is part of the mindless consumerism taught by the politicians and the big companies. Breaking free of this mindless spending habit will help the Steemian quit the hopeless rat race with the ultimate goal of financial independence.

The site [Steemit] is both blockchain based and has attracted many freedom minded/libertarian/anarcho-capitalists
@dollarvigilante

How much would you be willing to give up on for financial independency?

I have a feeling that the average Steemian would be willing to make bigger sacrifices in order to reach the joyous land of financial freedom than most.

Just take a look in the travel section of this site, and you will soon find Steemians living a free life to their fullest!

5. The bright and creative contributor

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Do you often find yourself spending hours consuming what appears like a never-ending stream of quality content here on Steemit?

Sure we have our fair share of cat pictures as well, but the amount of creative and in-depth content is staggering compared to the current number of active users. Steemians really must have a lot of things on their mind!

On top of that, as seen in the daily stats reports by @penguinpablo, each post on Steemit receives on average 3,5 comments.

Steemians certainly have an opinion about many things and are not afraid to share their views and knowledge.

Users on Steem are some of the most positive, spirited, and insightful people in not only the social media/cryptocurrency community, from diverse backgrounds, offering free information in real-time
@crypt0

Luckily, in Steemit, they must have found the right place to hang out, a place where creativity and knowledge is rewarded in cold crypto.

So, naturally my next question to you is:

Do you do drugs?

According to science smart people tend to consume more drugs like cocaine and marijuana:

drugs-min.jpg

Intelligent people don’t always do the right thing, only the evolutionarily novel thing

The blockchain is an evolutionarily novel thing to adapt and it takes an intelligent mind to comprehend that before it goes mainstream.

Thus, I am sure you will agree that Steemians are indeed a very bright and creative bunch.

A bright, creative mind thrives in an environment like Steemit. Ned and Dan are my examples; I learn from them, and try to build community from there..
@surfyogi

Steemit mainly seems to attract people that want to make the world a better place
@calamus056

Conclusion - The modern day pioneer

Steemit pioneer.jpg

Steemit is the name of an early settlement found on the banks of Blockchain - the promised land of the future.

The brave and optimistic settlers of Blockchain are tough people who left the comfort of the old world in search of a new home based on freedom and liberty.

The Steemian will be facing hardships on his journey towards a better future, but driven by passion and belief, the city of Steemit will flourish and eventually become the super power of our dreams.

So, to sum it all up:

Steemians you are indeed pioneers of the digital future!

And you deserve full recognition for the energy you invest into building the foundations of our rapidly growing Facebook killer. I for one am very proud to be part of a social media revolution based on values like generosity, vision, passion, intelligence and courage.

Thank you very much for making Steemit such a wonderful place to grow!

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Extremely well done piece, Ronni! I found the evidence based parts, such as the chart on intelligence toward the end, to be quite thought provoking. Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you crypt0, your words are greatly appreciated! I have been following you on Youtube for quite some time now and count myself as one of your crypto fans :) So naturally I am thrilled that you like it!

Wow, yes... an excellent post @ronni! I see why you mentioned "pioneering" on my page!

As much as anything... I think what you've summed up here is what almost everyone here seems to believe: There IS a "better way" in the world, and we can make it happen. Steemit is an amazing community and "social experiment;" we're here, changing the way content is created, distributed and rewarded. And we're significantly part of creating better lives for people in parts of the world where incomes are low and resources scarce.

I'm excited to be here because of the sense of community we have... that's different from anywhere else. Sure, people have "1000 friends" on Facebook, but how much do we actually connect with them?

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Thank you denmarkguy!

Yes it is such a great feeling to be part of something you truly believe in, a place to change the world to the better. All that, while getting paid for it!

Steemit is all about connections, contributions, knowledge and creativity - What is not to like?

Take care
ronni

Yay, we're awesome! I've been here less than a week and I'm sold! Who knew there would be a place where finance and kindness could be so incorporated on a public platform. And don't get me started on how incredibly awesome this is/can be for artists. Personally, its given me a surge not just in creative ideas, but the energy to start pursuing them. That alone is worth loads, but to add a potential financial incentive, excellent, just freaking excellent. Good on ya Steemit.

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Hi busybuzzing. I've been here for just a little longer, but I can tell you that my excitement is still as strong as it was during my first week. Steemit truly is awesome in so many ways.

I do share your experience that Steemit gives one a surge of creativity and forms a platform to pursue those ideas. Thank you for putting words to those thougts - it is spot on!

@ronni

Excellent post man! Way to go!

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Thank you firepower, your praise means a lot to me!

I really enjoyed your wonderful piece on the positive aspects of our community and the thought provoking questions you asked. Thank you @ronni.
To leave a personal musical legacy is my true underlying motive. Forever on the blockchain and showcased on steemit, many more forward thinking artists/musicians/composers will soon join and contribute to the renaissance that is steemit.
Once steemit has it's own video platform, game over!
Zooming ahead with quality and positive content, catching up with steemit will become a real challenge for other content hosts.

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Thank you for your nice words bilbop and thank you for expanding on the post with your personal motives!

Steemit is such a revolutionary platform for so many niches, the creative niche is just one of them and if we can keep up developing Steemit to accomodate all those needs then I cannot see the limits of its future growth.

@ronni

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You are most welcome @ronni. I believe steemit can accomodate all the needs for future growth. Having an effective search function may smooth some of the growing pains too.

One of the best articles I've read on Steemit - upvoted and reblogged. Indeed, we are the pioneers of something amazing but we need to guard this treasure collectively if we want it to last and I believe we will have more people aware of the recent troubles and will offer solutions for fixing these problems. Anyways Steemit will stay awesome. Thanks for this article.

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Thank you so much freedomnation! Wow that was indeed some nice and encouraging words.

I obviously agree. Steemit is awesome and might soon grow rapidly, but as you point out we are still in the early stages and many things can still go wrong. Steem is a volatile currency and holding it involves risks. I am very upbeat about Steemit and I for one will do everything I can to see it succeed!

@ronni

Congratulations @ronni!
Your post was mentioned in my hit parade in the following category:

  • Pending payout - Ranked 10 with $ 101,86
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Thank you for your update arcange. I can see the story just made it in 10th place :)

Number two and five describe me...my wife keeps saying that I am too idealistic when it comes to 'possibilities' but at the same time I try to make it up with being contributor in one way or other and Steemit has definitely given me a platform to share...

upvoted!
Resteemed as well!

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Thank you for the upvote/resteem rkreddy. Glad that you could associate with some of the personality traits :)

Fantastic! I especially love finding out that more likely than not fellow steemians are advocates for the free and intelligent use of various psychoactive substances available to us from nature. I myself am really into the Stoned Ape theory promulgated by Terence Mckenna and use psilocybin mushrooms regularly to overcome fear, traumas, expand my mind, and occasionally go all the way with 5 grams of dried mushrooms to smash my mental models of reality totally. Cannabis also is a very welcome spirit for a tense mind stressed by thinking compulsively and ceaselessly. I love cannabis because it helps me meditate. And there is nothing I love more than meditation. To all of you out there in the world know the future is blindingly bright, there is nothing to fear, and remember your virtue going forward. Ambition without love will lead you to ruin. Anyway, I love the post, great job!

Impressive write up with good insights, well done!

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Thank you lakshmi, your encouraging words mean a lot to me.

Great insight! We are all pioneers. Risking our time and money for a vision of the future we have all glimpsed.

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Yes, we are living in a very exciting time right now! Being a first mover might turn out to be very beneficial

Wow, ronni, impressive research! Nice to see you posting!

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Thank you sizzlingmonkeys! I am also happy to be posting again. This piece certainly took a while.

Wow! @ronni, I got blown away by your pictures along with the fascinating write-up. I so much love them. Keep steeming it up 😉👍

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Glad that you liked the illustrations cryptheld. You are welcome to reuse them in case they fit your content.
@ronni

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Thanks for granting me the permission 👍

Excellent article. It's a pleasure to read. I love the way you presented the facts & the quotes. Nice artwork too. Resteemed!

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Thank you agilblade :) English is not my native language so I really enjoy that you think it is a pleasure to read!

Congratulations!

Great post.

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Thank you!

well written i like the content

Good post! Keep cranking them out

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Thank you mrtip365

useful, thank you.
can you follow back vote me and follow :D

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Thank you Willy hope it helped you feel even better about your decision to join Steemit!
@ronni

This artical made me feel good about myself, thank you about stepping into a brave new world. I love this community

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Glad it had a positive influence on your day crypt0ish :) I obviously love our community as well!
@ronni

Seems like this is the template for the "perfect" Steemit post! Thanks for your thoughts.

One of the reasons why I love steemit! Great community!

Very nice piece, Ronni! The qualities you outline in this piece define to a T the type of people I've come across during my limited time on Steemit. Be on the lookout for my Introduceyourself post coming soon. Keep up the good work and Steem on!

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Thank you killak! Glad you recognize the traits on Steemit. Feel welcome to reply here with a link to your introduction when you are ready.
ronni

im glad i found this post i feel that with peoples reaction to steemit and/or blockchain and/or currencies . i have to make a video now with such deep expression and much deep emotion

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Thanks troy! Glad the story inspired you and hope you'll make a great video

Well written! 😘

Excellent post!! So true, they don't understand that facebook make billions with their materia! so sad, they will come sooner or later haha. Any way if you don't know about the blockchain and the cryptocurrency it is hard to imagine how it ca be posible to be making money with your post.
Thanks for the post!

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The underlying finances of Steemit can be rather difficult to understand. I is a revolutionary model and if we can keep up the "steem" I am sure many users of Facebook will come our way.