Bitcoin is a revolutionary kind of currency that was introduced in 2009! It functions by enabling transactions to go through without the need for the middle man. Therefore no banks are required.
You also get the benefit of no transaction fees and no need giving out your real name. With such flexibility bitcoin has become widely accepted by both consumers and merchants. It also can be used to purchase web hosting services, foods online, and just about any service you can think of online.
Bitcoin has impacted much on the currency arena. It can be easily utilized to purchase merchandise anonymously. It also provides the benefits of easy and cheap international payments and is not subjected or limited to any country or regulation.
Some people see Bitcoin as a vehicle for investments and buy Bitcoin by trusting that they will increase in value.
To get Bitcoins, you can purchase on an Exchange marketplace that allows people buy or sell them, utilizing other various currencies.
The transferring of Bitcoins is easily done by forwarding Bitcoins to one another person utilizing mobile apps or their PCs online. It’s just like sending cash digitally.
With Bitcoins you have a currency value that can be stored in what’s called a “digital wallet,” which subsists either within the cloud or on a computer. This digital wallet is like a virtual bank account that lets account holders within it send or receive Bitcoins, purchase goods and services or store them.
Although most bank accounts are insured by the FDIC, Bitcoin wallets are not, yet they are safe, secure and have payment flexibility benefits.
Unlike the US dollar, gold, silver, or some other precious metals, Bitcoins are scarce and this scarcity is algorithmic.
In terms of international remittance Bitcoin is a winner. There is no worry about fraud or security. At some money exchange businesses for instance, migrant workers could utilize Bitcoin to send payments from one nation to another via email.
On the 27th of June in 2014, the US Government was scheduled to auction off about 30,000 BTC that was confiscated from the shutdown of Silk Road, an online black market operation. At that time, the value of Bitcoins was 633.84 dollars. Today, one Bitcoin is worth about $655.48 US dollars around the time that this article was written.
If you take a good look at some the local merchants downtown, the inner cities or online, you will see the Bitcoin logo acceptance in the window or on the door.
Bitcoin is still maturing and is making a tremendous progression towards being one of the most sensible currencies ever created.
My work involves a lot of travel and I fly regularly. Some weeks, I’m on a plane every day! I have a favourite driver who picks me up from the airport after my return flight. The driver’s name is Bruce. Bruce is a unique person and I like having him pick me up for a number of reasons, but particularly for the type of bloke he is.
Bruce is a semi-retired pilot. He lives on a boat and does a lot of charity work. In fact, he uses his own plane to help Angel Flight Australia, a not-for-profit organisation. Angel Flight provides non-emergency flights to people living remotely who need access to specialist medical treatment. It does not receive any government funding to provide this vital service, which is often used by families with children undergoing cancer treatment.
What I didn’t know was that the pilots who fly for Angel Flight do so out of their own pockets. They pay for the fuel and maintenance of their planes. One of the reasons why Bruce drives a taxi is so he can earn enough money to pay for his plane’s fuel so he can fly kids from properties in the middle of nowhere to Brisbane hospitals.
Bruce used to have a friendly Chihuahua called Harley. Harley used to fly with him everywhere. Whenever Bruce had to fly a child to hospital, he would dress Harley in a nurse’s uniform, complete with a little white nurse’s hat with a red cross on it, to brighten the child’s day. Harley helped keep the child’s mind off what was happening. She helped them enjoy the trip and, in some ways, the kids even looked forward to their flight.
In September 2015, Bruce told me about a little 10 year old girl he had picked up called Sarah. Sarah lived west of Longreach and was in the advanced stages of leukaemia. In the days before Bruce was due to fly Sarah to hospital for one of her treatments, Harley passed away. Bruce knew Sarah would be looking forward to seeing Harley and telling her that she had passed away would break her heart.
When Bruce arrived to pick her up, Sarah asked for Harley, and Bruce said: “I’m so sorry, darling. Harley’s passed away. She’s gone to heaven.” Sarah replied, “Well, that’s OK. I’m going to see her soon, then, aren’t I?”
Bruce told me that was a very hard day to get through.
I love working with Bruce. I love his energy and who he is and the contribution he makes to the world. I have a choice when I get off the plane: I could stand in the taxi rank; I could choose another drive. But I choose to be picked up by Bruce because I reckon he’s a good bloke. He’s doing something meaningful and the bit of extra money I give him is worth it if it helps him do what he does. I feel like I get to contribute in some way too.
Bruce humanises the taxi experience for me. I know that if I gave my money to Uber or Black & White Cabs or Yellow Cabs, I would become a commodity. I would not feel that same connection as I do with Bruce. To create a business that survives in this world, we must humanise the experience we give to our connections and customers. The more we humanise the experience for them, the stronger their emotional connection will be and the stronger the likelihood that they will want to work with us.
I think it is the same situation with LinkedIn. One of the problems with LinkedIn is that it has commoditised networking. All I have to do is click “connect” and suddenly I have connections. Suddenly I have networks. My LinkedIn profile tells me I have 500-plus connections, so the currency becomes the number. It’s easy to focus on the numbers rather than the people. In a digitised world, where we sit in front of a computer with no face-to-face interaction, it’s easy to hit “connect” without any emotion involved.
In a digitised world, the opportunity is there for you to stand out from the crowd. First and foremost, you need to maintain your ability to connect on a human level. As Victor Hugo, French writer from the Romantic movement, said: “To divinise is human, to humanise is divine.” I think he is absolutely right.
When you’re on LinkedIn, it’s important you ensure your interactions are humanised. Simply using the templates LinkedIn provides makes others feel as though they’re a commodity to you. As a result, you commoditise yourself, and when you’re commoditised, you end up competing on price, which is how Uber entered the taxi market. The industry shifts focus so that it’s not about the experience or the customer; it’s about price. When I work with clients to build their personal brand and grow their business, their job is to differentiate themselves from their competition. Their personal interaction is what makes their customer experience different.
My question to you is: what can you and your business do to humanise your connections on LinkedIn?
Be a Bruce.
You don’t have to fly planes, and you don’t have to have a nurse dog called Harley. But you do need to find a way of personalising and individualising the experience you give others.
Be present. If someone approaches you to connect, ask, “How are you? Thanks so much for offering to connect. Is there something I can help you with?”
Based on my experience working with clients, about 50% of people who offer to connect with you on LinkedIn want your help – if not immediately, then at some stage in the future. You need to set up a system so you don’t lose these connections. Once your LinkedIn system is in place, it doesn’t take long to keep on top of your connections – you can do it in less than seven minutes a day.
By humanising your connections, you will inspire your audience. Your connections will be engaged by what you have to say and will be more inclined to want to work with you. You’ll be helping the people you know and like, and making the difference in the world you were born to make.
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You can help our planet by using green energy sources, such as DIY electricity, as well as other alternative energy power systems. Why does our planet need help? The answer is pretty obvious. Depletion of our natural and non renewable resources still goes on, and toxic gases are causing climate changes now more than ever. The ambient temperature of the planet is getting higher, causing all kinds of problems. The warmer ocean temperatures are making the ice caps melt. Permafrost areas, as well as many glaciers are quickly receding, causing a rise in the oceans themselves. Natural habitats are disappearing, and animals like the polar bear are facing extinction.
You may be asking with all this going on, how can you help? Green energy is the solution. All you need to do is use DIY electricity, instead of using power from plants that are still using fossil fuels from coal and petroleum products. You may not think that it will make much of a difference, but it will for many reasons. One, even small things add up to much bigger effects. You will save money on your utility bills, and in may in fact eliminate them altogether. Secondly, when you neighbors see what you are building, they are naturally going to be curious. Then they will find out how little it costs to implement one of these alternative energy systems into place and how much money you are saving. This is going to prompt them to build their own, and the news will spread, and soon your whole community will no longer need to draw from big business utilities!
DIY electricity is affordable and can be built by people with little or no skills. The kits themselves are under $100, and the materials needed to put together the solar panels are cheap and readily available. Even the most expensive part of these green energy systems have come down in prices, and you can buy the batteries for around $250, the inverters for just about the same. This of course really depends of the kind of output you need to run your home.
If you spent just $4000 on your DIY electricity, and had an average utility bill of $100 a month, you could pay off the whole thing in just under four years. If you were still tied into the grid, and made more green energy than you could use, it would feed back into the power system, and the utility companies have to buy it from you, giving you an extra income. This means that your system will pay for itself in even a shorter amount of time.
Look, there are utility companies that have started implementing their own alternative energy power grids. There are wind farms, and giant solar arrays in place all over the world, and if you draw your electricity from one of these green energy power plants great. Having your own DIY electricity will still help, by alleviating the extra draw from these plants. It will still save you a lot of money, and it will be your contribution to the environment. Our planet needs all the help it can get at this point, and any help, big or small, will have a beneficial impact.
My conscience has been gnawing at me. I think I may have inadvertently destroyed the CVS corporation. Yesterday, I popped into CVS to buy dental floss. Without bothering to read any signs, I stumbled across a display of floss. I vaguely noticed that there were no other dental products in the section. But, floss is floss, so I scooped the entire display into the crook of my arm. I paid with my debit card, disregarding the total amount and stuffing the unexamined receipt in my bag.
Upon my arrival home, I opened the bag and noticed the receipt. I had just purchased nearly $100 worth of dental floss! How could this be? I’m ashamed to say I had to retrieve my reading glasses to solve this mystery.
What I had purchased was a specialty item. It was a floss designed to not leave those pesky indentations in one’s fingers. Now, who among us has not been plagued with this problem? You want to conduct proper dental hygiene, but cringe at the thought of having your fingers briefly and painlessly reshaped at the last joint.
I had spent my hard-earned dollars (a small portion of which come from royalties) to buy a product designed for a niche of a submarket of a pigeonhole addressing a non-existent need. At that point, it was both my civic duty and personal fiduciary responsibility to return said floss. Being an aspiring author, I felt no need to expend calories. I kept the floss.
Here is what I reckon must have happened next. A marketing manager who had approved an R&D project to rid this nation of the blight of floss-induced finger indentations was leaning forward in his Osaki zero gravity chair, when, suddenly he saw a blip on his 32-inch HP curved monitor.
At first, he couldn’t believe his eyes. His mother had always told him an MBA would make him a slave to the system, that he should have joined the family crop insurance business. Finally, he had proven his mother wrong! The very first store he chose to test market had sold out all units on the first day!
He restrained himself from sprinting to his business unit manager’s office. When he laid the spreadsheet on his boss’s desk, the result was immediate. The boss snatched up the phone.
“Shut down all the floss lines! That’s right, I said all of them. Convert all floss lines over to the new, finger indentation free product. I want three shifts running seven days a week! Unlimited budget for overtime. I’ve discovered the goose that laid the golden egg!”
Of course, the business unit manager, initially claiming credit, would later lay all the blame on the marketing manager.
So, I think I may have caused an innocent man to lose his job, bankrupted a factory, and possibly financially decimated CVS. God only knows how many lives I have destroyed. I owe a sincere apology to all the sick people I may have sent back to the dark ages.
Yes! Damaged hair can be cured and that too with little effort and without using chemical treatments or spending loads of money.
Brittle hair, dandruff, hair fall, dry hair etc are all common hair woes in today’s age. Pollution, inadequate intake of protein, zinc etc. through our diet and the use of various chemicals on your hair are some of the reasons for this.
Everyone has their own hair complaints. Even men are suffering from severe hair damage and are opting for hair treatments now. The market is abuzz with products meant for curing almost every one of your hair issues and parlours are listed with an array of treatments to repair the harm that has been done.
Our nature is abound with herbs, fruits etc that can heal and treat many of your beauty problems. A little bit of patience is required to regain what you have damaged but it will be worth the wait and the effort. Any chemical treatment is bound to harm you in the long run but treating yourself with herbal and natural cures will bless you with beauty that is real and long-lasting.
This is a simple recipe of amla (Indian gooseberries) and coconut oil. Prepare this hair oil at home. It’s easy to make, doesn’t take much time and needs only two ingredients; coconut oil and dry gooseberries. Regular usage of this oil stops hair fall and gives you thicker and fuller hair. It cures premature greying and makes your hair darker. It even changes the texture of your hair giving you lovely, soft and smooth locks.
This recipe needs (mainly) only two ingredients; coconut oil and dry gooseberries. Coconut oil nourishes you hair and scalp and promotes hair growth. Gooseberries can cure dandruff and make your hair strong, thick and glossy.
Use plain, pure coconut oil for this recipe. If you are doubtful of the quality of your oil then make the oil at home or derive it by the cold pressed method by purchasing coconuts on your own and having the oil extracted. This will give you absolute pure oil that cannot be matched with any other brands that are available in the market. There are many methods given on the net that teach you how to prepare coconut oil on your own. You could choose the one that’s convenient for you.
Hair oil recipe
· 200 ml. coconut oil
· 25 gms. dry gooseberry pieces
If your hair is rather scanty and you suffer from severe hair fall then you could add the below given ingredients as well to the oil. Soak the fenugreek seeds with the gooseberries overnight and add the castor oil, once the oil has cooled down after being cooked with the gooseberries.
· 2 tsp fenugreek seeds/ methi dana (optional)
· 1 tbsp castor oil (optional)
Method for preparing the oil:
Soak the gooseberries overnight in a vessel. The next day, heat the oil along with the gooseberries and bring it to boiling point. Now, lower the flame and let this cook on a slow flame for about 15 minutes. The oil will have turned yellowish, by now. Shut the gas and let this oil cool down naturally. Strain the oil and store it in a glass container. You could even store it without straining for maximum benefits.
To use this oil, warm some of it and apply it on your entire scalp and gently massage with your fingertips. For optimum results, leave this at least overnight and wash off with a mild shampoo and warm water, the next day. Or then leave it for a few hours. Do this at least once a week.
This oil is a little heavier and greasier than the usual, plain coconut oil because of the infusion of gooseberries, so you will need some more shampoo than usual to wash off your hair squeaky clean. If you find the oil a bit greasy for yourself, add some more of the plain coconut oil to the gooseberry oil.
Those who suffer from severe colds should not use this oil as it is slightly cooling. If you suffer from any deficiency of vitamins, proteins etc. then merely using a herbal hair oil cannot cure your hair issues.