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#PHWeb3Fest, Cryptopia, and beginner’s mind

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I try to cultivate a beginner’s mind. I have strong beliefs, but I’m prepared to change them in light of new knowledge and insights. I think that’s the way to remain idealistic without becoming ideological. Just my own point of view.

Now and zen

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A beginner’s mind is one of the things I talked about in an article written by e27 Editor Manisha Maity. This is part of new articles series focusing on work-life balance.

Here’s an excerpt from the e27 article. It’s my response to the question: How do you envision the next five years of your career?

“That’s a hard question. Zen has always resonated with me, and during the pandemic, I embraced meditation and mindfulness even more. So I try to cultivate a beginner’s mind, always trying to look at the world through a beginner’s eyes. I’m living in the moment, going with the flow, one day at a time.

That’s also how I see my career now. Don’t get me wrong. I love working for I believe in the Japanese concept of Ikigai, which means ‘“’reason for living”’.’ And I’m happy to say that joining has played an important part in finding my Ikigai.”

L-R: Enjinstarter CEO and Co-Founder Prakash Somosundram, Afante Studios Founder James Afante, the author, and CEO and Co-Founder Janze de Guzman. Image credit: Enjinstarter

Cultivating a beginner’s mind also helped me when I attended the Philippine Web3 Festival, where I was the moderator of the “Getting from Zero to One in Gaming” panel.

The speakers in that panel were Enjinstarter CEO and Co-Founder Prakash Somosundram, Afante Studios Founder James Afante, and CEO and Co-Founder Janze de Guzman.

To be perfectly honest, part of me was anxious to attend the event and terrified to go up on stage. It was my first time to attend a conference in real life again in the post-pandemic era, and to speak in public face-to-face, as opposed to virtual summits.

But I decided to not overthink. To cultivate a beginner’s mind and just enjoy the moment.

It also helped that I made new friends even before the main conference started, during the pre-registration party on Nov. 14.

A night with Cryptopia

With Gii Nuki of Zafe Deal Guild and Team Cryptopia’s Cysa, Pinky Prikwan, and Lauderic Labapis. Image credit: Cysa

It started out with a Space.

The very first Philippine Web3 Festival Space, in fact. I joined to listen in, and then asked a question.

After the Space, Cryptopia Community Manager Lauderic Labapis DM’d me asking if Playfix could be a guest speaker on their Space.

My boss, Playfix Co-Founder and CEO Tobias Abdon, and I guested, and that’s how we met Cryptopia CEO Sangho Grolleman and CMO Pichapen Sörum.

Later on, I met Ambassador Pinky Prikwan through Cryptopia’s FB posts.

I was so happy to meet the Cryptopia team (minus Sangho) IRL at the festival. And I’m grateful that they sort of adopted me and made me feel like an honorary Cryptopian.

The author with Crytopia CMO Pichapen Sörum. Image credit: Lauderic Labapis

It started out with a Space. Look how far we’ve come.

I had a wonderful time, in no small part thanks to the Cryptopia team. And I will always be grateful for that.