The Four Currencies Model

Core principles from my book Gateless

November 2014
Lots of insightful writing. Clear discussion on abstract concepts like meaning and motivation. It was very illuminating for me, really helped me to take a look at why I do what I do.— Huan, reviewer

"Hey, do you want to write a book about this?"

Sebastian and I had spent the last two hours discussing life strategy to the backdrop of a trendy Taiwanese cafe. And we were just getting started.

In the decade after dropping out of university and charting my own career path, I had built up a unique personal framework for measuring net worth. This went well beyond money — taking into account many intangible factors that influence our lives.

Over our many conversations, we dubbed this the Four Currencies model:

  1. Capacity. The ability to produce deliberate results. Effectiveness, domain skills, and raw potential.

  2. Network. The reach of your relationships and their inclination to help you reach your goals.

  3. Signal. Reputation and the snap judgments other people make about you.

  4. Assets. Cash, tools, investments, operationalized businesses, and other tangible resources.

Gateless covers these topics in detail, combining perspectives from two very different authors and personalities. Thanks to Sebastian's unique writing voice, these ideas came together with rich stories from history, philosophy, culture, and science.

This is the book I wish I had when I first stepped onto my own path, and I hope that it helps many others as they navigate their own.