02 September 2014

More freedom, options, and control of our $$$$$$$$

I'm very much looking forward to the positive disruption of traditional banking and financial institutions by innovations and alternatives such as Bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies, systemic decentralization, and many more. 

These aren't just "cool" or "hip" - they are necessary and incredibly important to empower us with options and freedom from the stranglehold of exorbitant fees, unnecessary limitations, and financial slavery that the embedded institutions are imposing on us through the current power structure and their legally granted mandate over this fundamental domain of our lives. 

Yesterday, I experienced a small yet frustrating example case when a bank transfer was delayed until Tuesday because Monday was the Labor Day holiday in the USA. There's absolutely no reason why the bank's digital systems should not be able to proceed with transferring my money except that they want to keep it in their coffers for one more day to profit from the interest. 

I encourage everyone to learn more about and support financial innovations and alternatives, such as Bitcoin, to promote the evolution of our monetary system and empower us with more freedom, options, and control of our money and financial well-being. 

30 May 2014

Who cares about who wins the World Cup 2014?

I don't care who wins the World Cup for the sake of sport, but I am extremely curious to see how the mega event will impact the social conditions of Brazil. 

Is it best for Brazil to win? Or maybe it's better for them to lose? If losing is better, should it be early on or later in the tournament? 

There's no question of whether or not protests are going to happen, it's how and what will be the government's reaction. 

The world is already watching, Brazil will be full of tourists, and they don't want to lose the 2016 Olympics - so the government is more accountable than any other time in history. 

My wish is that Brazil, the country, wins
much more importantly than who takes home the trophy.

06 May 2014

What is essential?

A friend recently sent me Greg McKeown’s article The Difference Between Successful and Very Successful People which resonated, piqued my curiosity, and led me to buy his new book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less to dive deeper.  

What is essential? That’s the key question the book explores, along with strategies to eliminate what is not and how to focus on what really matters. (Most things don’t matter!)

We live in a world of abundance, with more choices than ever before. How do we manage this positive dilemma?   

I remember going to the library, using the card catalog of course, to see if there was a book about a specific subject. Now, we run a quick online search and are presented with an overwhelmingly array of results. What is signal and what is noise? (Most of it is noise!)

We humans like to focus on technology and innovation, but are those really the most important factors influencing us and the world we live in today? ...or is our ability to choose? McKeown quotes Peter Drucker:

"In a few hundred years, when the history of our time will be written from a long-term perspective, it is likely that the most important event historians will see is not technology, not the Internet, not e-commerce. It is an unprecedented change in the human condition. For the first time - literally - substantial and rapidly growing numbers of people have choices. For the first time, they will have to manage themselves. And society is totally unprepared for it."

Are you prepared?

Think deeply about what is important to you, what is absolutely essential. Once you are clear about that, it becomes much easier to make choices.  

Say “yes” to the things that are essential and really matter to you. Don’t feel bad about saying “no” to the things that don’t. It’s your life. The choices are yours.  

Making choices can be challenging. Perhaps the only thing that is harder is to not make choices, because then they will be made for you. 

Make choices.