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Why I’m Just About To DUMP All Of My Bitcoin: I’ve Had Enough Of This Madness.

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Okay, this whole bitcoin crypto thing has got out of control. I’m completely sick of it.

Yes, there’s a need for blockchain and some sort of virtual currency, but until someone cracks the code and comes up with something that is scalable, secure, easy to use and performs some value-creating function, I’m telling you to run for the hills like the Wizard of Oz and not take your bitcoin with you!

This is what is making me dump all of my bitcoin:

Every day there is a new crypto.

First, it was bitcoin. Then it was Ethereum. Then it was NEO. That last one made me think I was in the Matrix. Geez, it’s now become like the stock market; there are so many options and so simply following the next new company will not work. You actually have to do research, and that requires passion.

People are coming up to me in the lobby with ICO pitches.

This bloke at work who’s in IT came up to me several times in the last week whispering things in my ear. It was like some secret society that was going to make us all rich.

He said to me: “My brother who is also in IT told me this ICO (Initial Coin offering) is the next big thing. You should buy some.”

When the IT guy and all of his mates started telling me to buy, I knew it was time to exit from bitcoin.

It feels like the dot com bubble all over again.

I’m ancient enough to have been around (all be it a kid) when the dot com bubble burst. I can remember everyone betting like crazy on companies that were making no money. Everything at the time defied logic. No one knew why and people would say “Just trust me, it’s the future!”

I’m hearing these same sentences again. You shouldn’t trust anyone with your money. Know what you’re buying and do the research. If it doesn’t make any sense, then revert to something you do understand.

“This bitcoin party doesn’t make sense. Time to take off the party hat and be smart”

Bitcoin doesn’t really perform any valuable function.

It’s not like anyone uses bitcoin to perform any valuable business function. The price rise has been driven by speculation. Speculation is a great way to lose money – if you like that sort of thing then go for it, otherwise, wise up my friend!

If you’re regularly buying, you’re gambling, not investing.

There’s heaps of day trading going on with all of these cryptos including bitcoin. This is not a good sign. Day trading is for people who know their stuff. Even in the long term, most day traders don’t win so you’re better off investing for the long run.

Day trading with no experience = gambling.

Don’t be stupid. Your life is not a casino and neither is your financial future.

What goes up, must come down Freddy.

People keep telling me bitcoin will go up forever. The truth is what goes up, must come down Freddy. Nothing goes up forever and that’s perfectly fine. What’s fuelling bitcoin is greed, not logic. It will come down. Trust me.

It goes against all investment philosophy.

Bitcoin and crypto go against every bit of investment philosophy for the last 100 years.

“Either the philosophy of investing and making a return is wrong, or bitcoin is pulling the wool over our eyes, and leading us down a dark and unknown path that leads to Jack The Rippers Basement”

It’s the same as buying a stock.

Price goes up; price goes down. Price is high today and price can be low tomorrow.

What’s new again about the bitcoin price going into the thousands?

It’s taken me away from my goals (using up valuable headspace).

The time I spend thinking about bitcoin takes up space in my mind that could be used for creative endeavors or things that give me purpose in life.

“My goals are more important than bitcoin. Life is more important than bitcoin”

Spam emails selling crypto trading advice.

Yes, that’s right. You can buy and sell bitcoin and never have to work a day in your life again. Seriously, who believes these stupid emails?

The moment you see lots of this type of spam is the moment to run. It’s starting to remind me of that stock people bought called Enron all over again.

I don’t know enough about how it works.

Good investment theory teaches you that if you don’t know enough about an asset, then you shouldn’t buy it, or hold onto it. That’s why I’m running a million miles from bitcoin.

So if you’re like me and don’t know enough, what do you buy then? Simple, if you don’t know squat then buy index funds. I personally like Vanguards Index funds and I spread the risk across multiple markets like the USA, Australia and the UK.

Index funds in layman’s terms are a low-cost way to buy entire countries top companies. Instead of picking stocks, you buy the 100 largest companies in that country as an example. That way growth is much simpler and you get to own companies rather than thin air like bitcoin.

That’s a much better strategy than buying something you don’t know jack about.

Index funds are zero maintenance.

Checking the price of bitcoin is addictive. Index funds don’t make me do this and that’s why I’m going back to them. Index funds are where the greats like Warren Buffet and Tony Robbins put a lot of their money. They’ve been proven over many decades, so there’s no guessing involved.

That’s why you should consider index funds instead of bitcoin. The whole maintenance side of bitcoin and the mental anxiety it gives you is not worth it.

Read these books instead.

These books taught me never to be short-term with investing, diversify my risk and ignore people’s investing opinions. Base what you invest in on the fundamentals of the asset. You can’t beat 100 years of investment history and the fact that the stock market is way better than bitcoin.

Here are the books that will teach you this:

1. Tony Robbins – Money Master The Game
2. Robert Kiyosaki – Rich Dad Poor Dad
3. Peter Lynch – One Up On Wall Street
4. Peter Lynch – Beating The Street
5. Benjamin Graham – The Intelligent Investor
6. Anything written by Warren Buffett

Cashing out is how you make money.

If you never sell, then you never actualize the profit you’ve made. Now is a good time to sell bitcoin with the price high, and a potential crash coming – it’s inevitable.

What’s all of this money going to do for you anyway?

That’s the question you need to ask. So what if bitcoin went up 1000%. Is all this extra money you’ve made really the key to life? If you gambled your way to this newfound wealth, you’ll gamble your way out of it too.

If you adopted a greedy mindset so far with bitcoin, you’ll use your profits for greedy, selfish endeavors too. Is that what we really want for the human race?

Well, I certainly don’t. That’s why I’m out. No more of this craziness, fuelled by greed.

In closing, I’m telling you to pump and dump.

That is: Pump your fist in the air and scream with joy, and dump all of your bitcoins and crypto in the sewer, and let the vermin waiting at the bottom buy them from you. It’s the best decision you’ll ever make. Then, with your profit, go invest in something real.

Like, say a company that’s selling products and services that create real-world value maybe? Until this whole thing matures, run for the hills.

Here is your new investing mantra. Repeat after me:

No cryptocurrency will define me!
I will not break the basics of investing that have worked for the last hundred plus years!
I will remain mentally strong and avoid the hype that this new crypto world has bought!

I use logic not chance.
I invest, I don’t gamble.

Who am I? I am an intelligent investor.

That’s enough from me. I’m out.

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Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.com

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10 Tips to Deal With Negativity While Starting a Business

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There are ups and downs in business but fearing failures can stop you from taking your first step towards excellence. With pandemic on tow, aspiring entrepreneurs feel a little stuck when ideating a business prospect. Here, we give you some actionable tips to deal with negativity while starting a business, even during situations like a pandemic. We also took the liberty to throw in some amazing book recommendations that’ll help you enjoy the process of being positive and achieving your business goals.

10 Tips to deal with negativity while starting a business in a pandemic

1. Get a mentor

The first thing to do as a new business owner is to find the right kind of mentor. That person could be someone in your industry or in general who you look up to. The guidance must be apt for your business, and it should be a mutual responsibility of sharing knowledge. 

2. Two big R’s – Routine and Refresh

Made a mess of something? Try to reboot the situation and make it work. Take a break once in a while and refresh yourself if you feel stuck or your ideas feel mundane. Plan a routine and stick to them – both personal and professional. Having a routine can increase productivity and engage in more activities apart from your pre-planned schedule. 

3. Inculcate problem-solving mentality

Do not panic once you are thrown a problem. Arrange a meeting with the respective party, listen to both sides of the stories, and make a decision that is more realistic and feasible. 

4. Hire half and half

Whenever you hire someone for your business. Make sure that half of the people contradict your ideas, and the other half have the same mindset as yours. The people who contradict can bring in more valuable points and their perspective might take the discussion to a whole new level.  Don’t take too much time finding the perfect one. Hire an apt person who can have the right attitude. 

5. Network, Network, and Network

Find like-minded people and mingle with them. Be more sportive in the learning process. Listen more and talk less – if you are a beginner. You can only be a constructive person who gives input to someone if you have listened to everyone’s point of view. If you feel down, your network might have something to uplift your mood and change your perspective on something. 

“Negativity, in general, is one of the things that holds people back, and you have to see what’s holding you back to get away from it.” – Lucy Dacus

6. Tech-savvy personnel

Learn a thing or two about the latest technology that you implement in your organization. Since the world revolves around technology, make sure your administrative authority knows as well.  

7. Don’t schedule a meeting, that could have been an email

Yes! I said it. Having unnecessary meetings will weaken the purpose of having a constructive discussion. Having back-to-back meetings drains the team members and yourself too. Always have a 10 to 15 minutes break between each meeting to feel refreshed and give your 100%. 

8. Have a pros and cons list

Always, I mean always have a pros and cons list. Let’s say one of your team members pitch an idea to improve the marketing strategies starting next month. Jot down the pros and cons before approving or rejecting it point-blank. It’s a systematic way of making a decision. 

9. Track your finances

Even if you have a team of accountants and auditors, make sure that you are present (both mentally and physically) – learn if you are not aware of it. Trusting your employees is a must, but not overseeing the records is a mistake that should be avoided. 

10. Remember your “why?”

At some point in your hectic schedule or not having ME time can get to you. During those tough times – ask yourself – “Why am I doing this?”. If you can answer this question with a valid explanation, you’ll feel energized. Because “A purpose drives you”. 

5 Best books to read to be more positive as an entrepreneur

Reading always puts me into perspective. Therefore, I took some liberty to give a sample of positivity and determination through words. 

These are the 5 books that’ll guide you to be a more positive and successful entrepreneur. 

  1. Attitude is everything by Jeff Keller – The decisions you make, the routine you set for yourself, and the affirmations you say to yourself every day are going to make a huge difference. If you feel tired, hopeless, and quitting – then this book is for you to boost you up!
  2. Mindset: The new psychology of success by Carol Dweck – You do what you think. In this book, the author talks about two mindsets: The growth mindset and the fixed mindset and what they’ll do to you respectively. She helps you recognize your mindset and change it for the better. 
  3. Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen – This book is about technology uprisings all over the world and businesses that adopted and implemented technology in their firm. The author teaches you that just because your competitors and others are adopting something into their businesses doesn’t mean that you have to as well. Make an informed decision. 
  4. As A Man Thinketh by James Allen – This book specifically is about the power of thought and how it shapes your life into a more meaningful and fulfilling one.
  5. The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle – The author talks about how people always keep thinking about what the future holds but then forget to live and enjoy the present. And also helps us understand how to make decisions more efficiently based on the present. 

Working towards inner balance requires consistency and perseverance. So does hard and smart work. Being negative is a part of our lives. It’s important to channel it appropriately and make things happen despite the roller coaster ride that is our lives. Hope you overcome your fears and negativity to shine bigger and brighter. Cheers! 

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