Get the scoop on “modern day recruiting” from a Secret Meeting…

Recently Ferny Ceballos was invited to speak at a secret meeting with top network marketing leaders.

What did Ferny talk about?

How to successfully build a network marketing business online TODAY.

You see, even though majority of highly respected old timers in our industry never admit this publicly, deep down inside they know this to be true…

Old school methods they’ve used to build their massive organizations with aren’t working as well anymore.

Including some of the social media tactics being taught today, which kinda worked a few years ago.

In this blog post, you’ll discover what Ferny revealed in this meeting about modern day prospecting and recruiting… and how it will effect the future of network marketing.

This email is from Elite Marketing Pro, and was not written by me. I may or may not earn commissions from products I promote in Elite Marketing Pro.

 

 

Passion or Problem? When Exercise Becomes an Addiction

Passion or Problem? When Exercise Becomes an Addiction

Greatist Op-Eds analyze what’s making headlines in fitness, health, and happiness. The thoughts expressed here are the author’s and don’t necessarily reflect Greatist’s outlook.

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Let’s not beat around the fitness bush here. There’s no denying I’m legitimately addicted to exercise. Yet few people (myself included) fully understand this “healthy” mania that researchers estimateaffects 0.3 to 0.5 percent of the population.

 When I acknowledge the ridiculousness of my gym schedule to others, their response typically involves laughter followed by some variation of, “Gee, if I could have any addiction, I’d want it to be that one!” I usually smile politely and internally seethe. But even I can’t deny the element of hilarity in how out of control my daily routines have become.

The many iterations of my rigid fitness schedule — including but not limited to two hour-long sequences of the same set of yoga postures every single day, to a minimum 400 calorie burn on an elliptical machine, or a twenty-five-minute hike up a Stairmaster followed by a thirty-minute session on a Cybex climber — has quite literally controlled my life for the past ten years.

I’ve ended relationships, left jobs, lost friends, not gone on vacations, alienated family members, significantly pissed off fellow gym-goers, and sustained some seriously un-fun injuries. And it’s all in the obsessive-compulsive interest of off-setting a neurotic hunch that my entire world will implode if I don’t complete some outlandish routine seven times a week, if not more.

How Healthy Becomes Harmful

Addict or not, exercise undeniably makes everyone feel better. Just ten minutes of physical exertion has been shown to reduce depression, improve our mood, dial down anxiety, make us less angry, relieve bodily aches and pains, and reduce mortality .

Improved physical strength, endurance, and a tighter waistline are additional pros of getting our gym on. And then there’s the ego-stroking thrill of broadcasting our fitness achievements via the web, around the office, or even over a few drinks with friends.

There’s nothing wrong with incorporating these dollops of “fit-spiration” into our daily decisions to be active. But problems arise when the pursuit of these awesome payoffs starts taking over our lives.

Exercise addiction often starts as a peer-encouraged means of achieving a happier state: It wards off tension A meta-analysis on the anxiety-reducing effect of acute and chronic exercise: outcomes and mechanisms. Petruzzello, S.J., Landers, A.C., Hatfield, B.D., et al. Sports Medicine, 1991. 11:143–182.. It dampens the impact of stresses at work or school. It takes the edge off self-consciousness. Or it kicks off that runner’s high, which makes you seriously think you just might be super(wo)man.

Gradually, these benefits become increasingly difficult to obtain from the initial amount of exercise you first engaged in. You begin avoiding other ways to manage icky emotions, feel okay about yourself, or find the motivation to work towards non-fitness goals.

Next thing you know, you’re regularly cancelling plans with friends to stay longer at the gym. The concept of taking a day off makes you want to cry, and you’re devoting so much mental energy to planning your next workout that your job performance is waning. You’re not sleeping well, your temper’s grown astonishingly short, and you’re desperately trying to ignore the achy requests from your body to chill the f*** out.

Meanwhile, everyone’s telling you, you look UH-mazing!!!

“When you start to lose control over a behavior — when you find yourself routinely exceeding a pre-planned limit or repeatedly spending longer than you intended doing it — that’s a key sign you’re addicted,” explains Marilyn Freimuth, Ph.D., psychologist and author of Addicted? Recognizing Destructive Behavior Before It’s Too Late. Not taking enough time off to heal injuries and being unable to keep exercise out of your mind during non-fitness engagements are additional signs the behavior is bordering on unhealthy.

Other indicators? Feeling guilty about how much you exercise, craving more and more exercise to achieve its initial effects, and attempting to exercise in the same way or at the same frequency day after day after day.

To make sense of it all, exercise psychologists Heather Hausenblas, Ph.D., (a Greatist Expert) and Danielle Symons Downs, Ph.D., designed an Exercise Dependence Scale to assess individuals’ risks for exercise addiction. Modeled after the Diagnostic and Statistic Manual of Mental Disorder’s protocol for identifying substance addictions, Hausenblas and Symons Downs’s “EDS” weighs seven factors:

  1. Tolerance: Needing more and more of the activity to achieve its initial effects.
  2. Withdrawal: Increased agitation, fatigue, and tension when not exercising.
  3. “Intention Effect”: Exercising for longer than intended on most trips to the gym.
  4. Lack of control: Difficulty scaling back the duration and intensity of exercise.
  5. Time Spent”: Funneling exorbitant chunks of our day and night towards fitness-related activities.
  6. Reduction of Other Pursuits: Avoidance of social engagements that don’t involve exercise, cancelling plans, or showing up late for work in order to exercise longer.
  7. Continuance Despite Injury: Not taking enough time off to heal despite your doctor repeatedly raising judgmental eyebrows.

(Curious readers may also want to refer to the Exercise Addiction Inventory, a shorter assessment tool designed by sports psychologist Mark Griffiths, Ph.D., that some experts believe is easier to administer.)

I am sharing a portion of this article on my website here. You can read the original and FULL article when you follow the link –https://greatist.com/fitness/exercise-addiction.

 

Top 10 Fitness Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Year

The Top 10 Fitness Trends You’ll See Everywhere This Year

From HIIT to yoga, here’s what the fitness pros are eyeing in 2018

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Fitness trends come and go every year, but we’re going back to the basics in 2018, according to a new annual survey from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) published in its Health & Fitness Journal.

For the survey, the authors identified 40 possible fitness trends for 2018 and asked more than 4,000 fitness pros from organizations like the American Council on Exercise and the National Council on Strength and Fitness to rank them on a 10-point scale, with 10 meaning it was most likely to be a trend this year.

The ACSM also distinguished the difference between a trend and fad in the survey. A trend was defined as having more lasting power than a fad, which is typically met with more enthusiasm but lasts for a shorter amount of time.

With that, here’s what you should know about the 10 fitness trends you’ll see everywhere this year.

The Top 10 Fitness Trends of 2018

FITNESS TREND FOR 2018: HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING

Looks like 2018 is going to be sweaty. A high intensity interval training (HIIT) session usually only lasts 30 minutes or less, but requires short bursts of (you guessed it) high intensity exercise followed by a slower-paced recovery period. For instance, you might sprint as hard as you can for 15 to 30 seconds and then walk for 45 to 60 seconds. You’d alternate between the two for a set amount of time.

There’s a reason people can’t get enough of it: The workouts are time efficient and effective if you’re looking to fry fat, research suggests.

One catch, though. Fitness pros don’t love recommending HIIT to their clients, since it has a higher rate of injury, according to the ACSM. Here’s the smartest way to do HIIT if you want to give it a go.

You can read the full article when you follow this link-https://www.menshealth.com/fitness/top-fitness-trends-2018/slide/1.

 

Tech Trends for 2018

Top 10 Tech Trends For 2018

 Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own.

As Nostradamuses everywhere whip out their crystal balls and begin their annual exercise, predicting the next Big Idea/Theme for 2018, we’re going to give you our Top 10 predictions, based on an entirely more rigorous and systematic approach.

Every year, an interdisciplinary team of futurists, analysts and consultants in Frost & Sullivan’s Visionary Innovation Group takes a pause from looking at 10-year horizons, and comes together to identify the trends that will make the biggest impact in the coming year.

So how did we score with our predictions for 2017? We hit a bull’s eye with our assertions regarding Data-as-a-Service, Connected Living, the AI Personal Assistant Race, Cognitive is the New Smart, and the Industrial IOT Ecosystem play. (Confession: We were not, alas, as successful in our predictions about what the current U.S. administration would say or do!)

2017 saw major advances in the Smart Home space that both our Connected Living and AI Personal Assistant predictions addressed. Google launched a smart home system, as we predicted, and smart home systems saw major leaps in terms of adoption and capabilities.

Data-as-a-Service was a huge theme for the year, one in which we saw strong interest from industries ranging from health wearables and auto manufacturers, to industrial solution providers. The conversation around how to take advantage of data you already own, and develop products that will generate increasing volumes of valuable data, markedly gained in intensity over the last year. This also closely tied into our theme of Cognitive is the New Smart, with all of this data serving as the foundation for AI capabilities.

One trend in which our outlier prediction prevailed over traditional expectations was about the trend of increasing insularity, nationalism and protectionism. At the end of 2016, it looked as though countries around the world were poised to turn inward and retreat from the global stage. While that did happen in isolated cases, for the most part voters (just about) rejected this continued sentiment in major elections in France, Germany and the Netherlands.

As we look to 2018, we see several common themes emerging: the rapidly growing and transformational nature of technology continues to dominate the conversation, but we can expect it to be paralleled by an increasingly passionate debate about the extent and degree of government and regulatory influence aimed at mitigating the growing power of technology. This will gain momentum as leading tech companies race toward a trillion dollar valuation, and scrutiny of and protection against misinformation and hacking increases. Further in the technology space, we can also expect to see the emergence of themes that were regarded as the preserve of science fiction, such as the testing of flying cars (truly, back to the future!) and the emergence of quantum supremacy. Less tech-focused themes include the rise of a new generation of political leaders and the growing adoption of behavioural science by enterprises, with a focus on optimising both employee productivity and consumer purchase patterns.

The Trillion-Dollar Sprint

2018 is likely to be the year that a leading Fortune 500 company (think tech titans Apple, Google, Microsoft or Amazon, with petroleum giant Saudi Aramco crashing the tech party) surpasses the trillion dollar valuation mark. The trillion-dollar question is which corporate behemoth will be the first to claim this bragging right? Attainment of this benchmark will highlight a new level of corporate power and influence but will also result in closer monitoring by competitors, regulators and consumers. These companies might become trillion dollar babies but key for them will be earning and retaining public trust the world over.

The Innovation Tug-of-War

Rising concerns regarding technology companies’ increasing power is driving pushback from government organizations, and we expect this trend to gain momentum in 2018. Greater government and regulatory oversight is likely to protect consumers and curb corporate overreach, but may also stunt innovation. Underscoring this trend will be the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into effect in mid-2018, as well as adjusted net neutrality rules in the US.

The Quantum Leap

Long the domain of science fiction and theory, quantum computing looks poised to outperform traditional supercomputers and achieve supremacy in 2018. Competitors in the space are aggressively racing to increase their qubit computing power, while minimizing the potential for errors. Experimentation of quantum computing in conjunction with encryption, AI, materials, and qubit generation will be key areas of focus in 2018. Be ready to hear “Quantum” as the next buzz word.

Flying Cars Reach for the Skies

Get ready to throw out the conventional road safety rule book. You might not have to check skywards just yet when you cross the road, but flying cars are getting ready to ruffle some feathers (and it’s not just birds we are talking about!). Numerous competitors laid the groundwork in 2017, testing their flying vehicle models, with more expected in 2018. The biggest leap forward in this space, and in the public’s popular imagination, will be the much anticipated launch of a flying taxi service in Dubai this summer. Expect more buzz worthy investments as awareness becomes more widespread.

Companies Listen In for Lucre

Fears over tech companies eavesdropping on consumer conversations have been inflamed with the rising adoption of Smart Home devices and AI Personal Assistants. This will be a hot button topic as capabilities and past incidents signal the high likelihood of conversations being illegally tapped. Gear up for intensified media scrutiny along with consumer and regulatory pushback in 2018.

Debunking the Fabricated

It’s not as if fake news is a novel idea. But, it hogged the headlines in 2017 as fact and fiction got completely tangled (or, do we mean mangled?). Governments, industry participants and citizen-focused initiatives are already coming together to identify, reduce and prevent misinformation strategies and fake news in 2018. In light of recent incidents, the focus will be on quelling interference in political processes and social polarization efforts. Developments may lead to the segmentation of social media based on verified identities, pseudonyms, and anonymous environments.

Embracing the Rise of Enterprise Behavioural Science

We expect to see 2018 as the year that behavioural science takes hold in the enterprise, with savvy companies embracing these economic and social science principles to increase worker productivity and nudge consumers towards desirable outcomes. Media attention on early adopters and Nobel Prize recognition of the discipline’s founder will prompt growing adoption in 2018. Brace yourself for a flurry of behavioural science consultancies, as well as more behavioral scientists in HR, strategy, and marketing positions.

Brand Youth as Politics Undergoes a Generational Shift

Justin Trudeau is perhaps the most recognizable among a new generation of political leaders from around the world—New Zealand to North Korea, and Austria to Saudi Arabia—who are redefining politics as usual. While some of these new leaders champion political views stereotypical of their generation, others have veered towards more conventional ideas. The emergence of these young leaders marks a watershed: it will signal either a rising tide of millennial leaders, or will relegate these early entrants to a short-lived experiment with change.

Managing Global Natural Disaster Strategies

Hurricanes, mudslides, earthquakes and floods battered the world with unprecedented frequency and ferocity in 2017. As the social and economic toll mounts, prepare for consortiums of businesses, municipalities and insurance companies working together in 2018 to take more aggressive steps and employ innovative strategies to minimize the impact of these natural disasters.

Platform-Only Business Models Cede Ground

In 2017, we saw some interesting developments at the world’s most notable platforms, Uber and AirBnB, which indicated a move beyond platform-only business models and into acquisition and partnership with asset providers. This underlined a need to differentiate and overcome some of the challenges that a platform-only model presents, with the objective of increasing the value of both digital and physical assets.

So that’s our list of top 10 big, bold predictions for 2018. And we’ll check back in a year’s time to see how we did.

This article was written with contributions from Lauren Taylor, a Principal Consultant in the Visionary Innovation Group at Frost & Sullivan, as well as the global Visionary Innovation Group at Frost & Sullivan. Research and analysis is developed in greater detail in the forthcoming “Top Trends for 2018” study.

You can read the original article on www.forbes.com.

Calling it a Dip-This Week in Cryptocurrency

This Week in Cryptocurrency – February 9th, 2018

The Grass is Always Greener on the Other Side of a Dip

Calling it a dip doesn’t really do it justice.  Even calling what we’ve experienced over the last month a correction seems to be in bad humor. How else do we justify crypto’s overall market cap going from $834bln at its peak in January to $282bln at its lowest point?  By holding on with iron hands, that’s how.

Now, we don’t know if it’s over yet, no matter how much we’re praying for the worst to be behind us. That said, the market is looking healthier than it has in a hot minute, and a top 10 smiling with green is something to be thankful for.

Bitcoin: Bitcoin has seen better days, that’s for sure, but all things considered, it’s doing pretty well.  Well, technically it’s still down 2% from this time last week.  But I think we can all agree that $8,400 is a lot better than the $6,000 rock bottom Bitcoin hit earlier in the week during the sell-off.

Ethereum: It looks like the marketcap’s runner up is in the exact same boat as Bitcoin.  Ethereum is also down 2% from its starting point last Friday, currently sitting with a price of $854.

Ripple: Ripple breaks the mold Bitcoin/Ethereum set, though, as it is currently up 6% from this time last week.  This is largely the result of some upwards price action last night that puled it up to $0.90.

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Honorable Mentions: No honorable mentions this week, as no coin has done much worth mentioning (except E-coin, which is reloading for its second pump-n-dump of the week, up 1,855% in 24/hrs).  No, we don’t have any legit honorable mentions, but rather, an honorable coincidence.  As u/steelflight84 pointed out on r/cryptocurrency earlier this week, Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Ripple followed closely at each other’s heels during this week’s downwards race.  So closely, in fact, that their prices mirrored each other by powers of 10.

Domestic News:

Forbes Gives Enthusiasts the Chance to Stalk Their Favorite Crypto Fat Cats: So stalk might be a strong word.  Regardless, Forbes has released the first ever “Richest People in Cryptocurrency,” the digital economy equivalent of of the “World’s Billionaire List.”  Topping the list include such figures as Ripple’s former CEO Chris Larsen and Binance founder Changpeng Zhao.

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SEC/CFTC Senate Testimony Gives Crypto Hope (and a New Mascot): Jay Clayton and Chris Giancarlo made the case for regulating cryptocurrencies before the Senate on Tuesday.  The meeting ended on a positive note, as legislators seemed open to the courses of action both the SEC/CFTC heads suggested.  This gave investors and enthusiasts alike a glint of optimism for the future of the space in a time when the market’s crash was leaving many in despair.  Giancarlo, who even told senators about the wonders of HODLing, left the meeting looking somewhat like a mascot for the crypto-sphere, and community members thanked him for his cheerleading by increasing his Twitter followers from 5k to 28.5k in under 48 hours.

Bittrex Turns Up the Heat on Coinbase, Looks to Add USD Deposits: First Robinhood announced that it would open cryptocurrency trading, and now Bittrex has announced that it will integrate USD deposits, while also opening up new accounts to welcome fresh users.  Should Coinbase be worried?  Like Bitcoin, it has first mover advantage, but it’s starting to see some competition enter the fiat-to-crypto marketplace.

Once Again, Goldman Sachs Says Most Coins Will Soon Be Worthless: Head of Global Investment Research Steve Strongin isn’t saying all coins won’t make it in the long run, but he is saying that most digital assets in their current form are worthless. In a “few-winners-take-most” market, blockchain technology will survive while  “the currencies that don’t survive will most likely trade to zero.”

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Credit Cards Companies Try to Fight the Rise of Crypto with Purchase Bans: Big banks like Bank of America and J.P. Morgan are starting to block purchases from known cryptocurrency exchanges like Coinbase. While the J.P. Morgan’s spokesperson Mary Jane Rogers says that the risk associated with cryptocurrencies is too high right now, it makes us wonder if the ban is an attempt to combat the success and rise of its competition.

You Can Now Buy GPU’s For Crypto Mining on Amazon: If you were wondering where to purchase your first mining rig, look no further…Amazon is now offering miners the ability to score their very own GPU through third-party vendor sales. If you’re looking for a bargain, you can even buy a 6-pack of cold-hard GPU’s (that is, until they overheat). Prices for these tools have skyrocketed in the past three months, moving from the low $200s to nearly triple this price.

Ohio Teen Becomes Millionaire After Purchasing Crypto With Entire Life Savings“I thought: ‘Wow, I just made a 10% return in a day. That’s crazy,’” said 18-year-old Eddy Zillan in an interview with Business Insider. Zillan started purchasing crypto at the young age of 15, 3 years beneath the required age to open a Coinbase account. But that didnt stop this opportune crpyto kid from joining in on the action, who now charges up to $250 an hour for his advising services.

California Crypto Enthusiasts Find New-Found Freedom in Puerto Rico: Living in a building they named “Sol”, a bunch of Californians moved to the Caribbean island not for its beauty, but to avoid capital gains taxes and federal taxes. Their goal is to establish a “cryptotopia” in the heart of the territory’s capital, San Juan, and they’re even saying that the government is allowing them to set up a cryptocurrency bank. Founder of Halsey Minor says while the hurricanes that wrecked Puerto Rico were awful, the low property costs and companies moving their headquarters to Puerto Rico is a “godsend” in the long-term.


What’s New at CoinCentral?

Behind the Scenes of Cryptocurrency Exchanges: Ever wanted to know more about of the secrets and strategies utilized by the world’s leading exchanges? Here, we highlight some of the insights gained at the 2018 Blockchain Connect Conference in San Francisco.

Off to the Races: The competition for the most popular decentralized exchange is underway, and we’ve compiled a list of the more popular DEXs out there so you can take your pick of the litter.

KuCoin Exchange Review: How does the KuCoin trading platform stack up against competitors? We’ll tell you.

NEO’s New Vision: The Moonshot: NEO DevCon brought together blockchain enthusiasts, developers, investors, and entrepreneurs from all around the world into an intimate environment teaming with information and enthusiasm. Come join us in learning more about what the NEO team envisions and where its going in the future.

What is Status (SNT)?: Want to know more about this mobile client reimagining the social network? Search no further.

What is Zilliqa?: This guide takes an in-depth look at a blockchain with a high-scalability solution.

What is MaidSafeCoin?: While the SAFE network is still in its infancy, its clear the many possible benefits that can occur through the project’s mission. Learn more about this game changing technology in this article.

Cryptocurrency Industry Spotlight: Tim Draper: A long-time advocate of Bitcoin and blockchain technology, Draper has attracted significant attention to himself and his activity in the cryptocurrency world. Find out more about this venture capitalist and prominent figure in the blockchain world in this industry spotlight. Draper University also launched a Blockchain Intensive course tailored around Draper’s and his network’s insights.

Growing the Blockchain Community was a Big Topic at NEO DevCon: In this article, we take a look at some of the biggest themes coming out of NEO’s DevCon in terms of growing the blockchain community.

You can find the original publication when you follow this link-https://coincentral.com/week-cryptocurrency-february-9th-2018/.

Crypto News on Peter Saddington

Crypto News Update – Feb 8, 2018

Crypto-millionaire Buys $115 Lamborghini

A 35-year-old coder named Peter Saddington used Bitcoin’s full potential after purchasing a 2015 Lamborghini Huracan worth $200,000. Interestingly, he paid 45 Bitcoins to get the luxury sports car.

BTC is equivalent to $8,200 at the moment of writing. But Saddington’s 45 Bitcoins cost him only $115 when he bought them in 2011. He adds that he has been buying Bitcoins every Friday over the last five years, making him a full-fledged “Hodler,” the community’s term for long-term crypto holders.

Forbes Releases List of Top Cryptocurrency Billionaires

Forbes is best known for its list of top billionaires. But it recently created an entirely new roster featuring the richest people in the world of cryptocurrency. Two of the most popular people on the list are the Winklevoss twins, who are currently worth around $1 billion.

There’s also Vitalik Buterin, the creator of Ethereum, who is valued at around $450 million, and Coinbase founder Brian Armstrong who has an estimated value of $1 billion. The list includes 19 people who have over $350 million of estimated net worth.

An interesting thing about this list is its average age of 42, which is a far cry from the 67-year-old average age of Forbes 400 wealthiest Americans. Perhaps the crypto world is for the young generation, eh?

Bitcoin Value Will Increase 40x, Says Winklevoss

Gemini Exchange co-founder Cameron Winklevoss is confident that Bitcoin’s value will increase by 30 to 40 times. This is after the cryptocurrency’s price swiftly recovered from the slump it had over the past weeks.

Winklevoss believes that Bitcoin is more valuable than gold because its supply amount is fixed, unlike the latter which has an unknown supply. He adds that Bitcoin is also more durable and portable, making it the ideal currency of the in the near future.

Bitcoin’s ‘Rainbow After the Storm’ Evident

Investors thought that Bitcoin’s “bubble” was already bursting — until yesterday.  The cryptocurrency’s value plunged to its lowest point over the last three months as it sat around the $6,000-mark on Feb. 6.

Surprisingly, the trend swiftly changed and it rose to $8,400 within just 24 hours. At the moment of writing, 1 BTC is equivalent to $8,200, which is 25% higher than yesterday.

However, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are very volatile, making them a somewhat unstable form of investment. Nonetheless, optimists don’t seem to mind as more people are starting to buy into the “hype” once again.

Steve Wozniack’s Bitcoins Sold, Says He Doesn’t Want to Worry

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak has just sold all of his Bitcoins in hopes of getting rid of the “stressful matter.” Wozniak started investing in Bitcoin when it hovered around the $700-mark.

But he decided to let go of his experimental investment due to the volatility. He even finds it to be too worrisome — so he got rid of it. Despite that, there’s no doubt that he made a small fortune in exchange for his worry.

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Cryptocurrency News and Market Overview-Ouch!

From time to time, I like to talk about investments and finance. Here is a bit of cryptocurrency news and some of the market overview as published on www.medium.com.

Cryptocurrency News — February 7, 2018

Welcome to the first weekly installment of Cryptocurrency News. Each week, we’ll gather interesting updates and trends from the cryptocurrency market to keep you in the loop.

What caught our attention last week? Calls for government regulation, government applications of crypto, and methods of protecting the public from risky or deceptive ICOs.

Market Overview

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has called for cryptocurrency regulation to be a topic of discussion at this year’s G20 summit, adding further weight to the growing pressure on governments to begin plans to regulate cryptocurrency.
  • Samsung has confirmed that it is now making cryptocurrency mining chips, further demonstrating the migration of blockchain technology to mainstream industries.
  • An Illinois government taskforce is exploring how it might apply blockchain technology to the state’s government operations, particularly concentrating on blockchain applications in terms of verifiable identity.
  • Facebook has banned ads for bitcoin and ICOs, citing a will to preserve Facebook user’s ability to view ads without fear of deception, and claiming that many cryptocurrency ads are from companies who are “not currently operating in good faith.”
  • Hong Kong authorities have announced a campaign to educate the publicabout the risks of ICOs and cryptocurrency investments.

SEC, CFTC Chiefs Set for Senate Crypto Hearing

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The heads of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (SEC) are set to testify on cryptocurrencies during a U.S. Senate hearing next week.

The Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs will meet on Feb 6. at 10 a.m. EST, with SEC chief Jay Clayton and CFTC chief J. Christopher Giancarlo set to appear as witnesses. The hearing and the appearances by Clayton and Giancarlo were previously reported by the Washington-based publication The Hill earlier this month.

The hearing – entitled “Virtual Currencies: The Oversight Role of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission” – comes amid a period of heightened activity at both agencies around the topic.

The SEC has filed a number of lawsuits in recent weeks against allegedly fraudulent initial coin offerings (ICOs), while, as reported yesterday, the CFTC has moved to scrutinize the activities of cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex and Tether, the closely-linked company behind the controversial USDT token.

Next week’s hearing notably follows the publication of a joint op-ed from Clayton and Giancarlo. The article, published by the Wall Street Journal, served as both a pledge to apply closer oversight of the industry as well as a warning to some – particularly those soliciting investments.

“Market participants, including lawyers, trading venues and financial services firms, should be aware that we are disturbed by many examples of form being elevated over substance, with form-based arguments depriving investors of mandatory protections,” the two wrote.

The Feb. 6 hearing will be broadcast live online.

U.S. Capitol image via Shutterstock

Get Your Customers to Fall in Love with Your Business

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Did you know that you can get your customers to fall in love with your business?

There are a lot of ways to ensure this happens.

It all starts with you being in love with your business. Rest assured, it goes much further than this.

How can you mesmerize your audience and get them to love you? How can you get them to love everything about you?

Today, I’ll share with you how you can keep engaging them, and get them to move to the next step without a fight.

 

Fall in Love with Your Business Before They Do

Do you love what you do?

If not, you’ll want to reconsider. You cannot expect anyone else to fall in love with your business if you aren’t in love with your business.

While running a business is nothing like a romantic relationship, it’s a matter of finding out what really makes your audience fall for you.

What is the trigger that can help you get your customers to fall in love with your business?

There are many ways, but I’ll share the top 5.

  1. Give your customers the royal treatment. Okay, so maybe you don’t buy them a throne, but what you can do is make sure that they understand how much you care through interacting with them. Always interact with your customers with a genuine level of interest and care. When you do this, magic happens. Should they have an issue with you or your company, work quickly to get it resolved. Trying to hide will make it worse, and it makes you look stupid. Be transparent, and treat your customers right. Always focus on out in the open interaction, and they’ll have a ton more respect for you.
  2. Be a good listener. Listening is a lost art, and no doubt that is what is driving people away from most businesses. Those who aren’t listening are losing. This is why it is important to not just “hear” your customer, but to “listen” to your customer. One of the ways to do this is by asking for feedback. Put up a survey or questionnaire. You can do this on your website, but you may also add this to your newsletter when you send it out via email. Take the time to read responses and get back to them. Listening is a great way to encourage customers to fall in love with your business all over again.
  3. Treat your customer like a partner, not like a number. Wow, this is a great one! This one goes hand-in-hand with number 2. It is wise to take the approach that you should treat them like a valued partner. If they ask you for something, respond quickly. Anytime a customer makes a reasonable request act on it as soon as you can.
  4. Build trust. People like to buy from someone they know, like, and TRUST.  Trust is hard to come by, and it has to be earned not given. When something is going to change, alert your customers in advance. Always let them know of changes large and small, so that you don’t lose them. Your customers do not want the shock factor, so don’t handle it that way. If you have messed up, be honest about it. Let them know when you fix it, and what you would like to do going forward. This is a great way to earn their trust.
  5. Transparency is king! One thing that seems to be in short supply today is transparency. Always be open and honest about things. If you sell chicken and it is truly “free range”, then source it. You cannot claim to sell “free range” chicken if it is raised commercially. Be open and honest about what you do, what you offer, and if someone asks you why then answer the question honestly. Transparency is king.

There are many ways that you can captivate the hearts of your customers, but it’s also a matter of being consistent.

If you would like to get your customers to fall in love with your business, be all of these things above and strive to remain consistent.

 

How to Love Your Life!

Do you love your life?

It’s amazing how many people respond with “no”.

God intended for us to live and enjoy our lives fully in all we do. Why is it then that so many do not enjoy even a small part of their lives?

God has called us to enjoy every day of our lives. A big part of that is living the way that God intended for us to live.

How can we turn what we do not love into something bigger and better?

Today, I am going to focus on what so many folks miss out on in life. I’ll share with you how you can love your life the way God intended, every single day.

Love Your Life Every Day

Did you know that one of the biggest reasons people fail to enjoy life is because they aren’t doing what they are supposed to do?

The key to enjoying the life God has given you is to fulfill your God given purpose. If you aren’t happy, you have likely not tapped into your purpose.

The first responsibility you have is to seek out what your purpose is, and then you must go and fulfill that purpose.

If you are unhappy it will be difficult to attract people to what you are doing. Just because someone tells you that you’ll be good at something it doesn’t mean that you should do it.

Following your God given purpose will bring you happiness beyond measure, and it will also help you live the life you were intended to live.

Marketing will become much easier, and it will be simple to translate that message to your audience.

If you are following your God given purpose, you will be able to love your life and put the negativity of the world aside.

There are a few other recommendations I have to steer you in the right direction.

  1. Give your life to God. Once you know what you are called to do, seek God’s wisdom daily on how to do it to the best of your ability. Give it all up to God, and it will prosper. Once you give it up to God, don’t pick it back up. Just tell God what you need and what you want. If you don’t ask he won’t answer.
  2. Do your absolute best. Each day is a gift, so do the best with it you can. Everyone has 24 hours in a day, so it’s up to you do what you can in that amount of time. Do your very best. If you don’t do your best, God will know. It is not pleasing to Him when He sees us doing less than our very best. Do all that you can every day all day.
  3. Always do right by others. Blessing others is a great way to love your life. If you have been blessed, make sure that you bless others in the process. So, in all you do, always do right by others. Don’t ever take the position that you can step on others to get to where you want to go. No one ever made it on their own. Everyone that is successful has had folks along the way that helped them to get to where they are.

Wisdom is the principal thing according to the book of Proverbs. Don’t make the mistake of not studying what this means.

If you follow the tips above and you seek wisdom continuously, you will become successful. Most importantly, you’ll know what it means to “love your life”.