HODL BTC, ETH, XRP, etc.? But Need Cash Now? Get SALT!

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Sometimes in life you find yourself with some crypto, but you need some cash.

You know crypto is better and you don’t want to sell it, but that bill is coming due, or your car broke, or maybe you are just broke…

Whatever the case is, you could sell your crypto and get cash, but why do that when the coins keep going up all the time?

Why not instead use your crypto for collateral and get cash now ANDkeep your crypto!?!

Enter SALT!


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What is SALT? Besides a tasty food additive…

“SALT lets you leverage your blockchain assets to secure cash loans. We make it easy to get money without having to sell your favorite investment.”

I’ve signed up for SALT, but they are new and just getting the final pieces in place to be fully operational.

However, I am extremely interested in this concept because it provides a new
way for individuals to access the value of their blockchain assets that does not involve a liquidation of their asset.

Being a Member, I have access to the SALT Blockchain-Backed Loans™ Abstract
released on 08/09/2017 and want to share some of the more important points with you.


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From the Abstract:

“The system is designed such that, if you have an asset you want to hold on to, you can borrow the asset you want to spend, regardless of credit history or geographic constraints. The SALT Platform is automated, efficient, and cryptographically secure. It offers a compelling solution to the problem many consumers face when they need or want cash to make a purchase, but do not wish to liquidate their assets. Instead of selling, SALT enables the members of the SALT Lending Platform (Members) to leverage the value of certain digital assets, thereby giving them access to cash, offsetting tax events, avoiding exchange fees and maintaining their long position in the asset they hold.”

As a wanna-be savvy FinTech guy, who holds a MBA in Finance, I sometimes get the idea that I know a thing or two.

That usually passes quickly.

What I do know is how to read, and reading the SALT Abstract the SALT Team is working hard to find a way to bring financial freedom to an underserved group of people who usually do not have access to this type of lending.

i.e. – ME.

“At SALT, we believe that in the not too distant future, ownership of all assets will be recorded and transferred on various blockchains. The increasing recognition of personal assets, at low cost and in a secure and immutable way, will offer consumers greater financial freedom. The SALT Lending Platform is a system that seeks to give value to previously latent capital, unlocking the wealth within physical and social assets, providing a new source of money creation.”


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More from the Abstract:

“The SALT Lending Platform is intended to facilitate the creation of lending agreements, secure and monitor the value of the blockchain assets acting as collateral, and automatically enforce the terms of each smart contract credit agreement. This low-cost, efficient technology gives investors and institutions a way to lend against a new asset class, while addressing the needs of a massively underserved borrower base. It is also designed to provide a new way for individuals to access the value of their blockchain assets that does not involve a liquidation of their asset. Deficiencies inherent in traditional forms of collateral can increase costs to borrowers, decrease liquidity, and necessitate the need for income-based credit evaluation. SALT’s technology was built to address these shortcomings, while emphasizing the aspects of blockchain assets that make them a functional form of collateral – divisibility, fungibility, and transferability. With SALT, blockchain assets are transformed into collateral that can be incrementally liquidated in a calibration process intended to ensure overcollateralization in a fast, trustless, and secure process. Blockchain-Backed Loans™ offer a new mechanism through which lenders can indirectly gain exposure to digital assets in a regulated environment with sophisticated tools for managing the risks associated with lending.”


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This last part about “Liberty” is great too!

Check out the video below for more info and don’t forget to sign up today!


Sign Up for SALT Now!


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Feast Or Famine?


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Feast Or Famine?

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“While the righteous feed others fools starve themselves.” – Matthey Henry


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We have a choice when we wake up every day.

Are we going to look out for our own self-interest or seek to help others?

For myself, despite my desires to do better, I spend most days doing the former.

What can I do more to help others?

What one thing a day can I do for one other person?

What can I do to make sure I do this every day?

Why don’t I do this more?

Usually the excuse is money.


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When I try to imagine a life where money is not something I trade precious moments of my fleeting life for in order to pay for things, I struggle.

“What would I do instead with my time?

What would make a difference in other people’s lives?

What is worthy of pursuit?

What really matters?”

These thoughts were on my mind when I came across this article by @rok-sivante:

The Billionaire Game: What Plays Would You Make With a 10-Figure Net Worth…?

He had written these thought provoking questions:

“If you were a billionaire – let’s say the crypto markets exploded well-past the moon, granting you a 10-figure net worth – how would you manage the responsibility over this newfound wealth?

Would you selfishly focus on fulfilling your own needs for a mansion, collection of luxury cars, private jet, yacht, and all the toys?

Would you establish a private foundation to allocate that wealth towards projects and initiatives focused on solving global crises?

What business structures would you set up through which that wealth could flow to be put to constructive use?

How would your choices benefit the networks you plugged into and chose to support?

What ideas, talents, and visions would that wealth be directed to fund?

Would you invest in technologies that could help solve world hunger and provide access to clean, healthy water for every man, woman, and child on earth?

Would you support organizations working on solutions to clean up the environment and transform industrial processes to introduce sustainable practices conducive to this planet’s restoration and long-term wellness?

Would you back educational campaigns that empowered the next generation with entrepreneurship skills and foundational knowledge to make a difference in the world, that our generation were never provided?

What businesses would you grow that provided extraordinary value in the world?

How would you utilize your wealth to leverage others’ value benefiting society?”

Truthfully I wouldn’t really have a good answer, except I had been thinking about some of these Big Heroic Audacious Goals a few weeks before.


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In @stan’s recent article, Big Heroic Audacious Goals, he asked people to think up what they would want to see happen.

“Heroic Goals have the potential to inspire and unite all of humanity — and make a permanent global difference!”

At first blush, I didn’t have a clue…

Then I consulted my lovely wife who jogged my memory of what similar life goals we had previously discussed as possible BHAGs.

Given the chance we would like to see the following happen to help humanity:

  • Leveraging this technology to help charities, such as Makers and Means International, complete their missions at lower costs due to low transaction fees for sending money overseas
  • Build a resort property
  • Provided rest and rejuvenation programs to people doing charitable work so they can get a break when they feel they are on the brink of burnout
  • Develop a refuge center for women that will help them escape the traps of sex trafficking and the sex trade
  • Open a dog rescue or at least have some fun thing dog related 🙂
  • Own our own brewery and
  • Anything else we come up with between now and then!

So I guess I do have some ideas to feed others and I hope I don’t starve myself before I get the chance.

What would you do?


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Michael


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Avoiding Burn Out – All Natural: Being 100% You

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We’ve all been there.


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Catch up on All Natural:

Introduction to All Natural: Being 100% You
– featuring 
@sarahpaine and @strangerarrayWhat’s Good For Others Might Be Killing You
– Chapter One of All Natural: Being 100% You
Establishing Your Currency: Hint it doesn’t have to be money
– Chapter Two of All Natural: Being 100% You


Chapter 3 of All Natural: Being 100% You
– featuring @sarahpaine and @strangerarray

The other day I was sitting in a presentation and was zoned out.

People were discussing their thoughts on the topic at hand and I was just waiting to go.

My mind was elsewhere.

I was tired.

My brain just didn’t care and so I was unable to focus.

In this particular situation it wasn’t a case of “burn out”, but I was close.

Too close.


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At times we can get to this point in life because of the decisions we made.

The way we see it, when “burn out” happens, it is usually caused by one of two equal but opposite set of circumstances.

It happens when you are being a superhero (+) when no one asked you to or being a martyr ( – ) when nobody cares.

What do we mean by these terms?

The superhero tries to be everything for everybody in a positive manner. The martyr takes on responsibility that no one asks them too and then feels hurt when nobody notices.

Both are recipes for disillusionment.


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Let’s take a closer look at these two personalities and see where they go wrong and what to do about them.

The superhero:

Like we mentioned, the superhero tries to be everything for everybody.

This is usually done in a positive manner, but that doesn’t make it any less wearing.

The deal is that we think it is a wonderful thing to be able to help others.

However, the problem starts when someone tries to help people who don’t need it or don’t even ask.

Sometimes the superhero tries to step into a situation and provide a solution that is not needed or unwanted.

The superhero thinks they are doing a good thing, but they are not well received because they didn’t go through with the normal social avenues of providing positive help.

Another way the superhero comes to the end of their rope is when they try to do everything.

This can happen in a variety of ways.

The superhero may be masking their inability to say “no” with an overextension of their help.

Instead of having healthy boundaries, the superhero says “yes” to any and all requests and then tries to handle it all on their own.

Superheros have a tendency to not ask for help and this leads to having an undue burden.

Often, superheroes are good people who are well meaning and so they want to help.

But at a point, it is too much.

One person can not do everything all on their own.


The martyr:

Martyrs have done great things for causes in History.

But usually, these historical martyrs are standing up in the face of overwhelming injustice and taking the bullet for being in opposition to the oppressors.

In our day and age, there are not too many things that require such dramatic stands.

There are a few, but many people, especially people inclined to this type, take on responsibility that no one asks them too and then feel hurt when nobody notices.

The thing is that this too is a position of trying to help others, which is good.

But the martyr goes about it the wrong way.

Again, in their attempts to be helpful they may insert themselves into some conflict or other situation where their services are not requested or needed.

Instead of offering their help, they take it upon themselves to do what needs to be done.

Often these martyr types when taking on as much as they can and then some.

They will convince themselves they are doing good and that without them people would be worse off.

I think this is just masking insecurities and fear of not being valued by others.

Instead of having healthy relationships that have appropriate reciprocity, the martyr thinks they are able to give everyone their all and get nothing in return.

It is good to give without expectations for getting something back, but it is another thing entirely to refuse all attempts by others to repay you.

The martyr can not accept anything in return or they would no longer have their story of being needed to fall back on.

This also boarders on megalomania.


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The way out of both situations can be the same.

The first step is recognizing the tendencies and then taking steps to avoid the problems.

Helping others is great and should be done.

In the proper context.
Taking responsibility for everything, whether or not you should, isn’t helping.

Find ways to cooperate with people.

Do things with others instead of just doing them for them.

Taking time for yourself to get done what you need to be done.

Saying “NO” to people you care about for the good of everyone.

Don’t let your “default” answer be “yes” to requests from others.

Take your time in making decisions that commit your time or efforts and see if it actually makes sense for you to accept the request.

Saying yes, especially to things that stress you out, will stress you out.

So know your limits.

If you know something will make you stressed, find other ways around it.

But how?


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The best way to get around these sticky situations is by “Hitting the reset button”.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always get what you’ve always got.” – Unknown / Disputed

The above quote makes you realize that you need to make a change to get different results.

We think that the change that is best is to build margin into your life.

That might look like the taking of time to think about your answer before agreeing to something.

Or giving yourself a little extra time in the morning so you don’t rush out the door.

Whatever it is that is causing extra stress could usually be relieved if you had just a little extra time.

Our superhero and martyr or both usually stressed out because they don’t have the time to get done what they need to get done.

If they had some margin, some room for error, or space to take a break… then they could relax a bit and breathe.

“Nothing in life is as important as you think it is while you are thinking about it.” – Daniel Kahneman

When you realize this, then you can take your time to re-think about things at a slower pace.

Sometimes you may need an extra day or week, or maybe all you need is just one breath and heartbeat of pause before answering.

The point is to slow down.

And make a habit of slowing down.

All Natural people take the time to hit the reset button. This might be every morning for some folks. But for us sometimes it is several times throughout the day.

When things get overwhelming there is a choice how to proceed. Giving in and being upset is the easy way. Standing up for yourself is harder. But worth it.


Next week we will take a look at Playing Alone: Finding Individual Activities And Hobbies. Most all of us are busy and always up to something. Instead of relaxing and having margin in our life we go go go!

But what can we do about it?


Stay tuned.
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Stay Strange.


Michael


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Hope Beyond Hope

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I am always hopeful that there will be something there.


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Some people call this being optomistic.

I hope for an unexpected package on the front door step.

For a surprise letter in the mail.

For a little bit of water left in my drinking cup.

Nope… drank it all already.

But why am I so hopeful?

Ten times out of ten there is nothing ever there.

Eventually, it would be reasonable to assume that there is nothing there and to not get my hopes up.


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And don’t get me wrong. I’m not disappointed when there isn’t anything. Instead, it is the reverse. I hope well… maybe next time…

Why? Why! Why?!

I’m not entirely sure myself.

I like to view my life as an adventure. And as part of that adventure, I am imagining all the possibilities for good things to happen. I expect good things to happen.

Even when there are bad things.

But I hope against hope.

I have a fearless desire for something unexpected to happen.

Through all the ordinary and routine things in life, I am looking out for novelty.

Perhaps it’s that desire for the new that excites me.

Or maybe it is just that I want something worth writing about…

I don’t know.

The ordinary is everywhere. The extra ordinary, now that you have to search for!

You have to have eyes that see it. Ears that hear it. A mind that accepts that it could exist. A heart to long for it. In a world full of bad news and negative reviews, there must be something more…

We see the images.

We have the dreams.

We make the memories.

We hope for more.


Stay tuned.
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Michael


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OCASH – The First All-In-One Payments Card

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So I may be a little late to the party, but I wanted to invite you, in case you are too!


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So today I was browsing Coin Market Cap as per usual and I noticed the BTS is going up again too.

I wondered, any news?

And this thought sent me down a search that found this article on investopedia.

I became very familiar with Investopedia back in my MBA days and so I was comfortable trusting it as a source of good information.

The article was published back on July 6, 2017, so about a month ago, hence why I am a little late to the party…

But not too late.


From the above mentioned article:

“One of the latest of such projects is OCASH— the first all-in-one crypto-ready debit card. OCASH will bring the international card payments system to the OpenLedger network. This will allow token holders to use Stablecoins (SmartCoins), including bitUSD, bitEUR, bitGBP, and Rubles, plus other OpenLedger tokens, such as OBITS, BTC, and ETH, to purchase items anywhere major debit cards are accepted. The OCASH will allow the payment and withdrawal of any kind of cryptocurrency supported by OpenLedger, making currencies accessible anytime and anywhere.

OpenLedger ApS has announced that the new token OCASH (OCS) will be launched at the end of August 2017. The OCASH concept will be rolled out in two phases spread across a timeline of five months.”

See we are not too late!


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The Investopedia article helpfully pointed my to ocash.io where I was able to find the following information:

“OpenLedger ApS has announced its groundbreaking token launch for OCASH, the first all-in-one payments card. OCASH will launch its new token, called OCASH (OCS), at the end of August 2017.

OCASH holders will benefit from the many usage options offered in the form of monthly or quarterly sharedrops in bitUSD.”

This is great news!

Not only will we be able to use a card that makes transacting in cryptocurrency easy, we can also earn while we do it by holding on to OCASH tokens!

More from the OCASH site:

“The option to pay and withdraw any kind of crypto, anywhere and anytime, instantly from your payment card, is groundbreaking. Furthermore, the ability to manage transactions in your browser-based web wallet, and with no need for a bank account, is what will make crypto accessible, overnight and worldwide. Naturally, this will allow OpenLedger to stand strong as a platform, continue to innovate, and above all, give the 2 billion population who are unbanked an easy way to access an account and make transactions.”

More great news!

Pick your crypto and use what you are comfortable with!

No bank accounts needed and the ability to be used by people banks have neglected.

I am excited to learn about this and hope that you are too!

If you haven’t yet joined the OpenLedger/BitShares Decentralized Exchange, I invite you to do so now so you can be ready for OCASH when it activates!


Stay tuned.
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Stay Strange.


Michael


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Working For The Weekend

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We’ve all heard the song and could probably sing along if pressed enough.


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At some points in my life it feels like I am doing nothing but working for the weekend.

And if you know me, I don’t really do all that much on the weekend either…

So mainly I am working to pay bills and to eat.

And have a safe place to sleep.

Sometimes it feels like all I do is try to survive.

When you get down to brass tacks, that’s all most of us do anyways.


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Sure we dress it up and make it look fancy.

Some of the lucky ones of us get to do it more leisurely.

Others get the brunt of the work.

But at the end of the day, Everyone Poops.

We can strive for riches, or we can get by on scraps.

We can be happy, or sad, content or mad.

We can complain, moan, and cry.

We can wake up again and try.

What do we want to do today?

All the world’s a stage.


Stay tuned.
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Stay Strange.


Michael


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Embracing Uncertainty

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Few things in life are as exciting, anxiety producing, and exhilarating as the possibilities brought forth through uncertainty in the future.


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The truth of the matter is that humans like to think they can know certain things about the future.

In order to comfort ourselves we prepare ahead of time.

We make plans.

We try our best to control for eventualities.

Yet we cannot know for certain all possible outcomes.

This creates uncertainty.


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This uncertainty can cause anxiety, fear, and doubt.

To assuage these feelings we often times speak about what we think is going to happen.

Predictions are made.

Forecasts are set.

Hype flows.

And then we wait and see how it goes.

We can shrink from it.

We can hide from it.

Or we can stand up and face it and embrace it!


Stay tuned.
Stay interesting.
Stay Strange.



Michael


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