Confused About Cryptocurrency? An Introduction to the Basics

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Cryptocurrency is something that is widely spoken about nowadays, but for many people, the term ‘cryptocurrency’ is something of a mystery. Cryptocurrency may seem like a new concept, but it has been around for over ten years and first became available to the general public in 2009.

What Makes Cryptocurrency Different from Regular Money?

Much of the mystery surrounding cryptocurrency is caused by the fact that it exists online and doesn’t conform to many established ways of handling money. Cryptocurrency’s most significant difference is, for many, its most appealing feature. Rather than being centrally controlled in the way that banks are, cryptocurrency does not need financial institutions and is entirely decentralized. No one person owns or controls cryptocurrency. If you start to trade in cryptocurrency, you do not need to provide identification or prove who you are; you can remain entirely anonymous. This means that you won’t receive an account number or any of the other recognizable conventions involved in dealing with traditional financial institutions.

Quotes And Leadership Lessons From The Social Dilemma

A Reel Leadership Article

The Social Dilemma is a Netflix original documentary. It’s a startling tell-all expose on the dangers of social media. It’s eye-opening and a documentary everyone should watch.

I sat in stunned silence as I watched the documentary roll in front of my eyes. It made me sad, mad, angry, and reflective. I have some things to think about with my social media usage from now on.

You will too, once you watch The Social Dilemma.

Scene from The Social Dilemma documentary. Ben surrounded by social media imagery

The Social Dilemma features the tales of the people who worked to create facets of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more. Their stories are scary. They reinforce the idea that we’re being led down a path we don’t want to go.

These social media mavens are:

  • Tristan Harris – Google, Former Design Ethicist / Center for Humane Society, Co-Founder
  • Jeff Seibert – Twitter, Former Executive / Serial Tech Entrepreneur

5 Things To Consider When Making A Major Decision

Many readers have written in and requested more information on how to make better decisions. Over the next month, we will look at ways you can make better decisions and feel more confident in those decisions.

Every leader constantly makes decisions. From who to hire or fire to where to spend money in the business to how they will approach their team members, leaders lives are about decisions.

People sitting around a brown, wooden table

Photo by Thomas Drouault

The failure to decide on a course of action will derail a leader from making an impact. Leaders have to make decisions.

But what do you need to consider when making a decision? What thoughts should a leader think when deciding on a course of action?

Today, we’re going to look at 5 things to consider when making a major decision.

How to Avoid the 5 Most Common Leadership Mistakes

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Being a successful leader isn’t easy. If you find yourself being promoted to a managerial position, the new responsibilities can be overwhelming. You need to equip your team with the tools and knowledge to get their work done, resolve workplace conflicts, listen to their problems, and maintain effective communication throughout.

There are many mistakes that leaders, both experienced and new, fall into, resulting in reduced productivity, poor communication, and tension amongst the team. And it doesn’t matter whether you’re the CEO of Apple, owner of Swyftx Crypto Exchange, or team leader at Burger King, the foundations of leadership are the same. If you would like to improve your leadership skills, you must avoid these five common mistakes.

How To Stand Out As A Young Professional

Today, I have the pleasure of sharing with you an interview I recently did with author and leadership expert Nathan Magnuson. He recently released his new book, Stand Out. It’s a book I can’t recommend enough and believe you will get a lot out of it.

Red piece standing out from the white pieces

Stand Out by Nathan Magnuson

In today’s interview, we discuss portions of the book. I think you’ll enjoy it.

How To Stand Out

An Interview With Author Nathan Magnuson On Stand Out

1. I love how you dedicated the book to Mark Miller. He’s an absolute beast in the leadership world. Can you share an example of how he has inspired you to lead better?

I met Mark Miller when I was a college senior doing a research project on how Chick-fil-A inspires others. He had recently published his first book The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do. Taking the time to meet with our team was a big inspiration for me to pursue a career in leadership development and contribute as a thought leader as well.