Bitcoin Is Really about the Community

27.12.2017 |

Episode #10 of the course The basics of Bitcoin by John Saddington


My friends, we are at the very last lesson of the bitcoin course! I can’t believe we’ve made it, and I’m glad to include you as a fellow bitcoiner and blockchain enthusiast.

Today, I want to leave you with the most important lesson of all, one that will ensure your continued progress and education in this exciting world: Bitcoin wouldn’t be anything without the community that powers it. Neither could it have been invented without the combined efforts of inventors and creators of the prehistoric technology, nor it could exist without the open-source philosophy that holds it together without the miners who are validating the transactions and being compensated through their service to the bitcoin network.

The point is this: Motivated, passionate, and driven people have tasted the unique qualities that bitcoin intrinsically holds and have seen opportunities to solve problems that were once deemed impossibilities (like the computer science problem of the Byzantine Generals).

Consequently, your lessons and growth in the world of bitcoin have just started.


Keep Learning with the Community

Thankfully, there are a bunch of great communities online that are happy to assist with your growing knowledge and wisdom around bitcoin and blockchain. As they say in Japanese, kaizen (“continuous improvement”)!

Some, like BitcoinTalk Forums, already have millions of registered members who are actively investing time learning together. Here are a few more additional resources and communities that have incredibly active (and helpful) members:

1. The Bitcoin Pub has some informative videos for beginner and provides you with the opportunity to share and discuss news or just your thoughts about Bitcoin.

2. The Bitcoin Reddit (and BTC subreddit) is where you may find some interesting content about Bitcoin, discuss most recent news, and other Bitcoin-related issues.

3. Bitcoin Stack Exchange is where you can ask about everything you always wanted to know about Bitcoin, from most basic information to advanced technical questions (and you’ll receive an answer!).

4. This Facebook Group is where you can find other Bitcoin enthusiasts.

5. Bitcoin Meetup Groups will help you meet those enthusiasts offline.

Remember to be respectful and always helpful, as you now know a lot about bitcoin and can most likely help others learn from you.

My friends, you’ve spent the last ten amazing days with me. Thank you for your time, and I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures in bitcoin and blockchain. If you’ve received value from this, then I’d just ask that you send it to your friends, family, and anyone else you think would appreciate this material.

Good luck and take care!



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