I’m different. And I’m not being cliche when I say this. When I held a secular job before I applied, I would research the company background, look up the employee satisfaction rates, and I knew my goal would be to move up in 3-6 months.
When I found myself no longer satisfied with what I thought the job was initially offering, I made an exit plan. I researched similar positions that paid more, as well as higher positions I could be hired for based on my credentials.
Being self employed is not for the faint of heart. Heck, truthfully, being an entrepreneur isn’t for everyone. But if you are looking to step out on faith and work for yourself plan it out in a calculated manner.
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In a move that could bring digital currencies one step closer to the mainstream, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee’s fintech task force has introduced a bill to create a new sort of digital currency called “E-Cash.”. The United States Department of the Treasury is required by the Electronic Currency and Secure Hardware Act to “develop and test digital dollar technologies that have the same privacy-protecting characteristics as physical cash.”
It is still unclear how exactly the E-Cash digital dollar would work or what it would look like since the proposed legislation provides a few clues. However, the bill states that transactions would be settled without the need for a blockchain or internet connection. This suggests that E-Cash would not be based on blockchain technology.
Additionally, it will not have the same features as a central bank digital currency (CBDC), according to the bill. Unlike CBDCs, the E-Cash digital dollar would be a different sort of technology stack and solution.
Moreover, the legislation directs the Treasury to “explore the full gamut of potential designs” and to “simultaneously test with a variety of pilot ideas.” This suggests that the digital dollar would be developed through a process of trial and error. The Treasury Department would experiment with different designs and technologies before settling on a final product.
According to the E-Cash website, the currency is “designed and administered to replicate to the greatest extent feasible and practically possible the anonymity and privacy-respecting characteristics of real cash.” Moreover, according to its supporters, it is a digital currency that may be used for anonymous, offline, peer-to-peer transactions.
The escalating prices at the pump are causing a lot of angst, so I’m going to do that annoying thing that older folks do when someone younger is complaining about a hardship: Tell you that it isn’t as bad as you think.
Back in the day, during the gas shortages and surging gas prices of the 1970s, I remember sitting with my grandmother for hours in a line that snaked around the gas station to fill up the family station wagon. Big Mama could buy gasoline only on odd-numbered days of the month based on the last digit of her license plate. To save money during the gas crisis, my grandmother rarely drove anywhere except to work, the grocery store and church.
People are looking for ways to spend less at the gas pump. No, having your food delivered to avoid a trip to the restaurant doesn’t necessarily save you money when you factor in a service fee, a delivery charge, a possible surge charge and a tip.
West Virginia was the top state searching for “Gasoline” as of midday Thursday, followed by Idaho, Indiana and Alabama, according to Google Trends. People are also searching for answers to how long gas prices are expected to be high and what’s causing the spike.