The Plasm/Shiden ecosystem has raised incredible attention in the past few months, and this is just the beginning. Many individuals joined the adventure and set up their own validator node, which is great for decentralization. Running a validator on a mainnet is a lot of responsibility! You will be accountable for not only your own stake, but also the stake of your current nominators. If you make a mistake and get slashed, your money and your reputation will be at risk. However, running a validator can also be very rewarding, knowing that you contribute to the security of a decentralized network while growing your stash.