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History of Kung Fu

Sure, you may love watching the films, but do you really know what kung fu is and how it became so popular? It actually originated from the hunting and defense needs in primitive society more than 1.7 million years ago. Today, it has evolved to incorporate not just martial skills or physical movement but as a way of keeping fit, entertainment, self-defense and performance.

Check out Travel China Guide’s history of kung fu — guaranteed you’ll learn something new!

https://www.travelchinaguide.com/intro/martial_arts/kungfu-history.htm

Start Your 2019 Business Plan

It’s never too early to start planning for your business goals for next year. From incorporating key people into your strategy to building out a clear timeline, it’s vital to set goals for 2019 so you can hit the ground running once New Year’s Day arrives. Forbes has some great suggestions, such as:

  • Determine what you will accomplish
  • Compile resources and strategies
  • Keep track of your progress

Learn more here:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/louismosca/2018/10/08/get-started-on-your-2019-business-plan/#207e380653c1

Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald: Strong Opening

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Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald launched with a $31 million showing at the international box office. Today, it premieres in the U.S., which will only bring millions more. If you’re like me and the millions of people who love the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beast franchises, you are looking forward to seeing this epic sequel.

Eddie Redmayne reprises his role as magizoologist Newt Scamander, along with Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, and Johnny Depp as Gellert Grindelwald. Jude Law plays Albus Dumbledore in the days before becoming headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Are you as excited as I am to see this?

 

Luke Walton Encouraged by Double Digits

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Predicated by a season-high 44 points from LeBron James, five Los Angeles Lakers went on to score double-figures in a win over the Portland Trail Blazers. This is the team’s fourth straight win. In the previous two games, five players also scored at least 10 points against the Atlanta Hawks. Six were actually in double-figures when they beat the Sacramento Kings.

This has been a regular occurrence — something Lakers head coach Luke Walton is very happy about. He says it’s a goal that he wants them all to aspire to every time they play. Read more here:

https://www.lakersnation.com/luke-walton-encouraged-lakers-scoring-double-figures/2018/11/16/

What’s a Stablecoin?

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You’ve likely heard of blockchain and cryptocurrencies, but what’s stablecoin?  In essence, it offers the best of both worlds in regards to the cryptocurrency marketplace. This recent development tries to address one of the core pain points and issues that has prevented the widespread adoption of cryptocurrencies: price volatility.

Stablecoin is being considered as the missing link to achieving greater mass market adoption of cryptocurrencies. Stablecoins differ from other cryptocurrencies, including the popular Bitcoin, because they are attached to some type of existing asset such as a fiat currency or gold. This has the potential to be big, as the average investor or consumer is just not comfortable using something that can change in value by double-digit percentages.

Read up more here:

https://www.accountingtoday.com/opinion/what-are-stablecoins-and-what-do-cpas-need-to-consider

What’s the Definition of a Successful Business?

This can mean different things to different people. As a business owner, you can do a lot to ensure success by planning in advance. That’s why it’s so important to create a business plan as the first step. It’s also wise to know your customers and how to reach them. In the end, successful businesses are determined by metrics and measurements, of course, as well as their reputation and their ethical manner.

From loyal customers to brand awareness, check out these ways in which a business defines its success:

https://smallbusiness.chron.com/defines-successful-business-19029.html

Halloween Revisited

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Who’s going to catch the latest installment of Halloween? This one is special because it brings back Jamie Lee Curtis as Laurie Strode, who engages in her final confrontation with Michael Myers. He first went on his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago. Today, she’s back to settle the core.

I love Halloween. The movies are iconic, the decorations fun and it’s a great way to close out fall. The original came out in 1978 and I watch it on TV every year. Pretty excited to see the new one. Let me know what you guys think!

Is Youth Just a Mind Set?

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It would appear so. LeBron James of the LA Lakers says he feels like “just one of the guys” among all the new young players on the team this year. So..is age really just a number? I think as long as you take care of yourself and feel young inside, that’s all that counts.

LeBron says he prides himself on being a leader among all those young players, who just signed a four-year contract this off-season. Unlike in previous years, though, James isn’t surrounded by multiple other All-Stars. In fact, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart grew up watching LeBron in the league!

 

Personal finance: managing your money so it doesn’t manage you

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At first glance, personal finance looks to be primarily about money: getting rich and optimizing your investments. While it is about that in some ways, more importantly it may have nothing to do with money at all and everything to do with optimizing your values and priorities.

That’s why it’s important to learn how to manage your money so it doesn’t manage you. In the end, money is a tool, not an ideal. Use those tools to live your best life! Read more here:
https://twocents.lifehacker.com/personal-finance-has-everything-and-nothing-to-do-with-1766425829

Reasons to invest in your 20s

When you’ve finally emerged from college in your early 20s, you’re just ready to start making a living. And with that influx of money from (hopefully) a full-time job, you understandably want to start buying things — lots of things. These range from the large (house, cars, trips) to small (clothing, purses, shoes, furniture).

While these are all noble pursuits, it may be in your best interests to hold off on the spending and invest that money instead — while you’re young.

Unlike previous generations, this one has much more freedom to job-hop, going through four different jobs by the age of 32. This gig economy comes at a price. You’ll need to start a retirement fund from scratch.

There are many more insights into this at:

https://thenextweb.com/investing-2-0/2018/10/15/invest-in-your-20s-financial-security/