Welcome to The Daily Kind, where we help you stay inspired to raise humans ready for anything.
I'm Kirk Wheeler. It's March 12th, 2021. I'm so glad you're here.
Every edition of our newsletter, The Weekly Curious, has a section called The Daily Kind Rewind, and today I'm going to go a little meta and do a rewind on our values on the podcast. So instead of talking about truth being the soil, we're going to talk about something I'm currently fascinated by, NFTs. Not sure what that is? More to come, but it has got me thinking about how some of the most valuable things in the world have failure as the seed.
Imperfection is beauty, madness is genius, and it's better to be absolutely ridiculous, than absolutely boring. - Marilyn Monroe
If I were to say Crypto Kitties, would you have any idea what I was talking about? (SFX: MEOW) Don't feel too far out of the loop if not, many people don't. It was one of the first experiments of a game on the blockchain by a company called Dapper Labs, and it allows you to buy, collect and sell virtual cats. (SFX: Huh?)
What it actually is though, is a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain. And the game became so popular that it slowed down the entire Ethereum network. So Dapper Labs took this failure and built a faster system called Flow to handle the volume and speed needed for a platform like this.
These kinds of collectibles are known as NFTs (SFX: Huh?) or non fungible tokens. It's a great word, fungible. If you saw something in the news about the artist, Beeple selling his collection called "Every Days - The First 5,000 Days" for a record $69 million, you were seeing the value of the blockchain.
And last year, our Crypto Kitty friends at Dapper Labs launched something in partnership with the NBA called NBA Top Shot, and it's built on top of Flow. And the easiest way to think about it is, digital trading cards with authenticity built in. They take clips from the NBA, call them Moments and package them in a pack that you can purchase. Each moment has a serial number and some are limited additions. And you might see where this is going...LeBron James Cosmic Dunk sold a few weeks ago for over $200,000. (SFX: Huh?)
But the point here is not to talk about how much value is being created. What I've been thinking a lot about in context of Kind and Curious is the way the team at dapper labs took the original failure, learned what needed to be built and moved forward.
And as I was learning about Top Shot, someone mentioned that there was a moment with a mistake and that it might become more valuable in the future because of it, think about the rare baseball or Pokemon card that's called a misprint and is deemed to be much more valuable than all of the rest of them.
As we do our best as humans responsible for other humans, it can be easy to overlook that perfect is the enemy. It is our flaws and imperfections that are uniquely our own, that we often wind up valuing the most. I would not trade any of the mistakes I've made, if it meant giving up the lessons I've learned, what we find valuable in the end is not often what we thought it would be.
Say like an NFT.
So what's the takeaway? (VO: I was hoping I could take away a LeBron Cosmic Dunk) How can you help the humans? You are raising understand that many of the most valuable things in the world are born from mistakes. Just remind them that from misprints to life lessons, it's the imperfections we value most because they are unique just like each of us.
And if you're wondering, yes, I did buy a pack of Moments on Top Shot and it was super fun. It was just like being an 11 year old again, coming out of the candy shop with my pack of cards and wondering what might be inside.
I hope you find this helpful. Be sure to take care of yourself today and drink some water. And remember there is no perpetual parenting playbook. We're all learning as we go. And with curiosity as our map and the willingness to value our imperfections, we can be ready for anything. So good luck. You've got this. I'm rooting for you.