A few simple realizations have changed the way I operate my life. 

First, I don’t know everything. (This took a shockingly long time to admit). 

Second, I won’t know everything. (Feeling exasperated seeing my pile of unread books).

Third, thankfully, realizing I don’t need to know everything. (The older Jawad didn’t believe that). It’s okay to say, “I don’t know.” I don’t need to form my own opinions and judgement on everything.

Fourth, there are people out there way smarter than me. (This is what made me lean on building a community).

Fifth, I can trust their experience and expertise. (I don’t need to do the work myself). I’m happy to surrender to their view. 

I find all this very liberating.

When it comes to bitcoin, I was a skeptic. What changed for me was getting to know Wences Casares. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. So, when he says something, I listen. I don’t need to use my own intellect. 

I’m happy to surrender to Wences when it comes to bitcoin—just like I’m happy to surrender to Iqbal, Rumi, Emerson, my grandfather and many others in different areas of my life.

This month, Wences joined us to share his wisdom about bitcoin. Here’s a pared-down version of our salon discussion.  

Where’s the Revolution? 

A little over 100 million people own Bitcoin at this point, which sounds like a big number. But any mediocre mobile game has more than 100 million monthly active users. Tha