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Success at What You Do Depends on What You Do

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Persistence, drive, and motivation are three key components in reaching your goal. Nothing is achieved sitting around and thinking about it.

Devise a plan, set goals for yourself and get started. No, you might not be able to get where you want to be as fast as you desire but taking consistent steps daily puts you closer and closer to achieving what you want.

Have Faith

Stop using the words, No and Can’t, yes you can and don’t procrastinate!

Find something your good at and develop it. What are you passionate about? Perhaps your beginning point can be in doing what you love. Many things start off as a hobby and the next thing you know you are consistently doing it. Sometimes we have to think outside of our comfort zone. Even if someone else is doing the same thing you are doing, so what. Each person has their own unique touch and personality. Put your all in it and let your light shine through your talent.

Share what you do with others, don’t be afraid to showcase your talent. Use your own judgment as to how much you want to show, a little at a time is OK. Create a blog or website and let people know a little bit about you and the talents you possess. When people get to know you they become more interested in what you are doing and the get a glimpse of the person behind the product.

Remember you are the face of your brand. Bees are more attracted to honey than vinegar so put on a happy face, be friendly and welcoming. Be encouraging as well to others who might be apprehensive about stepping out on Faith to showcase their own talent and expand their horizons. As you grow to know one another and each other’s talents lift each other up and encourage one another to keep pushing forward even when things might not move as fast as you like.

Be Patient

Nothing happens overnight, everything takes time. We have to be patient and trust the process in getting ourselves organized, products stocked for selling, advertised and sold. Take pictures of your finished work. Show before and after pictures to show how you turned much of nothing into something, people like seeing others creativity.

Marketing

Name your business, have business cards printed up with your blog, website or Facebook link on it so people can find you. Make sure to put either your email address or a phone number where you can be reached in case people have questions about what you’re selling. Decide what method of payments you will be accepting and be sure to list price everything and make mention if any shipping and handling charges apply. Be precise and specific when listing each item you plan to sell such as dimensions, colors, etc. Be sure to make mention of the length of time it will take for your buyer to receive your item and try to stick to that time frame. People like getting things in a punctual manner especially after they have paid for it in advance. Pack your items accordingly for safe transit to your buyer.

Keep reminding yourself that you must remain focused, persistent and determined to get where you want to be. It will be worth it in the end. Your hard work will pay off. Keep a journal of your progress. Make supply lists and wait for after holiday sales so you can get supplies at a deep discount. Most of the time you can get them from 60-80% off after the season has pass, there always more expensive when you try to purchase them in season or during that particular holiday. Remember one step at a time to success.

Stay motivated and keep in mind if first you don’t succeed, try again. You never know what you can accomplish if you don’t try. Stay motivated and keep your eye on the prize!

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What Is an ICO in Cryptocurrency?

ICO is short for Initial Coin Offering. When launching a new cryptocurrency or crypto-token, the developers offer investors a limited number of units in exchange for other major crypto coins such as Bitcoin or Ethereum.

ICOs are amazing tools for quickly raining development funds to support new cryptocurrencies. The tokens offered during an ICO can be sold and traded on cryptocurrency exchanges, assuming there is sufficient demand for them.

The Ethereum ICO is one of the most notable successes and the popularity of Initial Coin Offerings is growing as we speak.

A brief history of ICOs

Ripple is likely the first cryptocurrency distributed via an ICO. At the start of 2013, Ripple Labs began to develop the Ripple payment system and generated approximately 100 billion XRP tokens. These were sold through an ICO to fund Ripple’s platform development.

Mastercoin is another cryptocurrency that has sold a few million tokens for Bitcoin during an ICO, also in 2013. Mastercoin aimed to tokenize Bitcoin transactions and execute smart contracts by creating a new layer on top of the existing Bitcoin code.

Of course, there are other cryptocurrencies that have been successfully funded through ICOs. Back in 2016, Lisk gathered approximately $5 million during their Initial Coin Offering.

Nevertheless, Ethereum’s ICO that took place in 2014 is probably the most prominent one so far. During their ICO, the Ethereum Foundation sold ETH for 0.0005 Bitcoin each, raising almost $20 million. With Ethereum harnessing the power of smart contracts, it paved the way for the next generation of Initial Coin Offerings.

Ethereum ICO, a recipe for success

Ethereum’s smart contracts system has implemented the ERC20 protocol standard that sets the core rules for creating other compliant tokens which can be transacted on Ethereum’s blockchain. This allowed others to create their own tokens, compliant with the ERC20 standard that can be traded for ETH directly on Ethereum’s network.

The DAO is a notable example of successfully using Ethereum’s smart contracts. The investment company raised $100 million worth of ETH and the investors received in exchange DAO tokens allowing them to participate in the governance of the platform. Sadly, the DAO failed after it was hacked.

Ethereum’s ICO and their ERC20 protocol have outlined the latest generation of crowdfunding blockchain-based projects via Initial Coin Offerings.

It also made it very easy to invest in other ERC20 tokens. You simply transfer ETH, paste the contract in your wallet and the new tokens will show up in your account so you can use them however you please.

Obviously, not all cryptocurrencies have ERC20 tokens living on Ethereum ‘s network but pretty much any new blockchain-based project can launch an Initial Coin Offering.

The legal state of ICOs

When it comes to the legality of ICOs, it’s a bit of a jungle out there. In theory, tokens are sold as digital goods, not financial assets. Most jurisdictions haven’t regulated ICOs yet so assuming the founders have a seasoned lawyer on their team, the whole process should be paperless.

Even so, some jurisdictions have become aware of ICOs and are already working on regulating them in a similar manner to sales of shares and securities.

Back in December 2017, the U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC) classified ICO tokens as securities. In other words, the SEC was preparing to halt ICOs they consider to be misleading investors.

There are some cases in which the token is just a utility token. This means the owner can simply use it to access a certain network or protocol in which case they may not be defined as a financial security. Nevertheless, equity tokens whose purpose is to appreciate in value are quite close to the concept of security. Truth be told, most token purchases are made specifically for investment purposes.

Despite the efforts of regulators, ICOs are still lingering in a grey legal area and until a clearer set of regulations is imposed entrepreneurs will attempt to benefit from Initial Coin Offerings.

It’s also worth mentioning that once regulations reach a final form, the cost and effort required to comply could make ICOs less attractive compared to conventional funding options.

Final words

For now, ICOs remain an amazing way to fund new crypto-related projects and there have been multiple successful ones with more to come.

However, keep in mind everyone is launching ICOs nowadays and many of these projects are scams or lack the solid foundation they need to thrive and make it worth the investment. For this reason, you should definitely do thorough research and investigate the team and background of whatever crypto project you might want to invest in. There are multiple websites out there that list ICOs, we recommend checking this ICO calendar if you’re interested to invest in a crypto project.

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Crooked Hillary Clinton switching votes on voting machines

Crooked Hillary Clinton has rigged the voting machines.  Switching votes from Donald Trump to her.  Read this post and like and share.  We can’t have a crook like this in the White House.  Needs to be in the Jail House.

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-10-25/texas-rigged-first-reports-voting-machines-switching-votes-hillary-texas

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