It’s Okay to Put Your Dream Job On Hold – Harvard Business Review

Thomas Northcut/Getty Images

Back in 2017, I held a senior director leadership position running talent management in a large company. The man in the role before me had a VP title, but I was not promoted to the same level after taking over, even though I was doing the same work, and even after the company began adding new responsibilities to my plate.

I led two international teams, and we launched an ambitious public project with the support of the Board of Directors. I spent a year advocating for myself and building a formal business case to show that my results deserved a VP title. The company denied my request, making it clear to me that my gender was the issue.

My work revolves around inclusion at the workplace, especially gender equality, and to have my performance overlooked made me realize it was time to move on. I was able to prioritize my principles over my income and resigned. Fortunately for me, we were working through transition details, and my boss did not immediately announce my resignation.

Three days later, Hurricane Harvey swept into town, dumping 51 inches of rain over Houston, Texas in just three days. It destroyed homes and businesses, causing billions of dollars in damage. My house was flooded with 7 feet of water.

With the speed of a hurricane, my priorities slid from my high-level pursuit of principles and career growth to basic survival. As the sole financial provider for our family, I had quit my job right when we most needed an income, health insurance, and stability. The day we waded out of our house, I stood in my parent’s spare bedroom — still wet from the flood water — and texted my boss. I asked to rescind my resignation and keep my job.

What happened to me three years ago isn’t so different from what a lot of us are facing during this pandemic. Some of us are worried about losing a job or internship, anxious about the limited opportunities in our industry or track, or experiencing a loss of income, bonus, or promotion.

I can tell you from experience, when a crisis hits, accepting your current circumstances is not a sign of weakness. For some of us, it might mean putting big career dreams on hold — though I got my job back, I never did get the title I deserved. But what you need to do to move forward will not always be what you want to do in the moment. That job helped me and my family get through some really tough waters.

From it, I learned that sometimes it’s enough to know that you are stabilizing your situation and putting yourself in a position to pursue a bigger, better opportunity down the line.

One tool that helped me then, and still helps me accept the situation at hand — no matter how challenging — is Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. Let me explain.

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

In 1943, Abraham Maslow proposed a theory of needs that states that people must fulfill their basic needs before they can pursue higher-level ones, such as seeking happiness and purpose.  Once basic needs are met, people are more equipped to strive to meet their full potential. Often represented in a pyramid, Maslow’s hierarchy has five levels. At the bottom of the pyramid are our most basic physiological needs: Think food, water, clothing, and warmth. At the pinnacle sits self-actualization, where people can pursue their life’s purpose and live by their highest principles.

Times like this pandemic can pull energy from higher-level needs back to the basics of survival. This can make us feel like we are moving backward. I call this feeling “the priority slide.” It happens as we speed down the hierarchy of needs from the top to the bottom, and it feels frustrating and a bit like a failure.

But in reality, it is not a failure. No one can pursue self-actualization — like getting their dream job or gaining financial freedom — when their priority is finding a job in a very competitive market, making enough money to meet loan payments, and pay for food and rent.

The priority slide starts when a crisis unexpectedly hits. It will not always be a shared global event like the pandemic. Sometimes, it is a personal crisis, like getting laid off or being involved in an accident. In moments like these, it’s normal to feel disoriented and wobbly.

How to Deal with the Priority Slide

To manage the priority slide, you need to learn how to re-group, focus on basics, and pause higher-level aspirations. It may sound counterintuitive, but “pausing” can actually be the best way to move forward.

Practice resilience. An outside crisis (the pandemic) may have shifted your career and life plans. Remember that you are not the cause of this crisis, and it is not your fault. At the same time, you are not powerless. I find that having a mantra helps. My favorite mantra is: “When things get tough, I like to remind myself that my track record for getting through bad days is 100%. And that’s pretty good.” In other words, you need to understand your new reality, take a deep breath, and start pulling yourself back up the slide.

Prioritize the basics. In the near term, you might have to choose practical goals (safety and security) over aspirational ones. And that’s okay. To pay your bills, you might need to find a short-term job, even if that job is stocking shelves in a grocery store, doing deliveries, or taking up freelance work. Get creative with your finances — take on a roommate, move in with your parents, and reduce expenses. Remember, this situation, albeit difficult, is a temporary one.

Don’t catastrophize. When forced to shift priorities, it may feel like you’ll get stuck at this lower level of the hierarchy and that all is lost. But this is a hiccup. Future employers will not judge you for taking a detour in your career progression. Finding short-term work to pay your bills shows resourcefulness and can provide interesting examples for future interview questions. Employers value resilient people who can adapt and thrive under tough circumstances.

Reset your career timeline. Don’t give up on your career dreams. Evaluate the likely timeline of this slide, so you can reset your career goals and expectations. For example, if you are currently employed, it might take you a couple of years to get a promotion due to the economic downturn. The climb back up could take longer than the fast slide down, but focus on what you can control and take it one day at a time.

Stay optimistic. I realize this won’t be possible every day. But, remind yourself that emotions are often transient. The sadness and angst you’re feeling occur in moments. Things might look bleak right now, but you’ll make it through this. On the other side, you will be tougher, wiser, and ready to face anything.

Take a deep breath and keep on going. Hurricane Harvey was my priority slide. I climbed back up, and I know you can too.

Cryptocurrency Tracer Could Give Cops an Edge on Cybercrime – GovTech

Digital intelligence vendor Cellebrite recently launched its new crypto tracer solution, a tool to help state and local police more effectively investigate cybercrime.

The company says its product will give law enforcement agencies the ability to better track illicit cryptocurrency transactions, the kind that are ubiquitous amongst ransomware hackers and other cybercriminals.   

The tool is powered by crypto intelligence vendor CipherTrace Inspector and is designed to give investigators visibility into the “lifespan of cryptocurrency transactions,” essentially mapping where the money went and how it changed hands through curation of large amounts of data points from both open and private sources. 

“The solution empowers teams to lawfully obtain evidence and trace criminals who use bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies for illicit activities, including money laundering, terrorism, drug and human trafficking, weapon sales and ransomware schemes,” the company explained in a statement. 

A source with some 20 years experience as a federal law enforcement official focused on digital investigations said that criminal activity involving cryptocurrency has escalated immensely during a very short period of time.

“Crypto has been around since about 2009 but it didn’t really come into play as a major part of financial crimes until around 2011,” the agent said. “Since that time, it has almost become a currency fiat to the criminal element. We see it in money laundering schemes, mortgage fraud, human trafficking and ransomware.”

Seeing as ransomware attacks against public agencies reached new heights last year, the dark side of cryptocurrency is well known to government leaders. 

Successful prosecution of ransomware hackers remains a rare occurrence. Computer Crime units within state police agencies will typically collaborate with the FBI and other federal authorities to investigate how ransomware attacks occurred, though even in the most high-profile incidents from recent years — say, Baltimore, for example — no arrests have typically been made.

While blockchain is open source, it is also pseudonymous, meaning the identities of its participants are hidden. Even when attribution is possible, and it usually isn’t, locating a cybercriminal can also be extremely difficult and involve jurisdictional challenges given that a hacker may be located in another country.

Still, Cellebrite’s solution seems to have made some promising advances in this area, too. In certain cases, the tool is able to identify the geographic address of a crypto-criminal’s Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP), the forum through which cryptocurrency can be translated into actual cash. 

“The most valuable information that we can get on the hacker is the transaction ID and name of VASP where the hacker is trying to convert their ill-gotten cryptocurrency into fiat. Sometimes we get their IP address,” said John Jefferies, chief financial analyst at CipherTrace. 

Looking for the latest gov tech news as it happens? Subscribe to GT newsletters.

“BE YOU”: Curso de Modelaje y Liderazgo organizado por Latino Art and Fashion – La Noticia

Latino Art and Fashion han organizado un curso de modelaje y liderazgo, BE YOU.

El curso comenzara – 2:00 p.m. en el South Piedmont Community College.

Curso de Modelaje y Liderazgo

El programa BE YOU cuenta con 8 expositores internacionales con 20 años de experiencia en su especialidad. Han alistado a Raquel Torres Hustad Miss Puerto Rico y Miss Internacional y a Gisselle Lamb, directora ejecutiva de liderazgo del equipo John Maxwell, para servir como co-instructores.

También contarán con Mnemosyne Studio Fotógrafo profesional galardonado con más de 20 años de experiencia en sesiones de fotos estilo revista y portafolio de agencias de modelos.

Después de elegir nuestro desfile de modas latinas durante los últimos dos años, nos dimos cuenta de que había una oportunidad de capacitación en liderazgo y técnica para las jóvenes de Charlotte, dijo la directora ejecutiva Lisvette Soto.

Nos esforzamos por aumentar su confianza y autoestima, y ​​ayudarlos a comprender que su verdadero valor y valía proviene de adentro.

Los estudiantes pueden esperar aprender lo siguiente de este curso

  • Herramientas de liderazgo,
  • Desenvolverse con seguridad,
  • A fortalecer su autoestima,
  • Educacion de tecnicas de etiqueta,
  • Postura y modelaje,
  • Y como manejar sus redes sociales como profesional al igual de como prepara su portafolio para presentacion de agencias de modelaje

También tendrán medidas de seguridad para la salud de nuestras estudiantes y expositores.

El curso contara de 8 semanas y hay capacidad para solo 8 estudiantes. Tendrán un plan de pago para el curso.

Para matricularse complete este formulario. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre el curso, comuníquese al 704-737-8419.

Para las últimas noticias locales y en español, visite a La Noticia.

Parity Upgrades Polkadot’s Underlying Tech to Make Customizable Blockchain Building Easier

Parity Technologies has released the second version of its blockchain building kit, Substrate 2.0, according to a blog post shared Wednesday with CoinDesk. 

The new release gives developers additional tools to customize a blockchain “precisely for your application or business logic,” the post reads. 

Parity Technologies is the developer of the Polkadot blockchain with ambitions for developing a Web 3.0, undergirded by a meshing of various blockchains.

The centerpiece of that multi-blockchain vision is Substrate. It acts as a tooling kit for developers making their own blockchains with Polkadot – also built on Substrate – working underneath as a communication and economic layer of sorts between Substrate-based blockchains.

For example, Parity Tech’s “canary” network Kusama and security token platform Polymesh are two Substrate blockchains. Both chains should be able to communicate with each other, if everything pans out as co-founder of Parity Tech Gavin Wood foresees.

The new release adds a few core functionalities as Polkadot continues rolling developments after its May debut, said Parity Technologies head of public affairs Peter Mauric to CoinDesk in a phone interview.

Most importantly, the code shipment includes 70 composable “modules” for blockchain architects to plug and play various design ideas. Parity developers call these modules “pallets.” 

For example, pallets exist for managing an on-chain developer treasury or for allowing smart contracts on a Substrate-based blockchain to speak with the Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM). 

Substrate 2.0 also includes modules for bringing off-chain data onto the blockchain using what it calls “off-chain workers.” These remove the burden of intensive processes and massive data sets from specialized nodes on the network, and communicate with the main chain to ensure all network participants are kept up to date automatically.

Addressing what is generally referred to as the “oracle problem,” these off-chain workers help bring data from the real world, such as prices or temperatures, onto a blockchain and are “ideal for Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices or real-world data inputs via oracles,” the blog states.


Cointelegraph Consulting survey: Mass DeFi adoption is 3–10 years away

The majority of DeFi projects believe the industry is far away from maturity, but they are sure that mainstream adoption is likely to occur. This was disclosed on Sept. 21 when Cointelegraph Consulting released the results of a DeFi survey in “DeFi Adoption 2020: A Definitive Guide to Entering the Industry.”

The survey showed that 48% of the top projects in the DeFi space expect mainstream adoption to arrive after three to five years, while 8% believe it might take longer than 10 years.

Picture 1

Of all the respondents, 89% agreed with the idea that DeFi is broadly scalable and would eventually achieve mainstream adoption, with another 8% answering that they somewhat disagree with the statement.

The idea that established projects are working under long-term timelines should ease concerns that DeFi is merely a temporary trend. Despite the many quick hard forks and opportunistic developers seeking to capitalize on the recent market frenzy, sustainable progress is still the focus for the larger players in the space.

To further illustrate the infancy of the industry, the survey also revealed that 32% of the DeFi projects earned less than $100,000 in revenue in 2019, with another 24% at a pre-revenue phase. This leaves room for growth as products and platforms become more user-friendly and efficient.

Picture 2

One more critical planning trend involves targeting B2B business models. Although the DeFi industry is mostly adopted by retail users in the current phase, 36% of projects believe institutions will be a crucially important segment for them.

While only a third of the survey’s respondents are planning to remain in the retail segment, other platforms are heading to launch services for institutions (48%), small and medium-sized enterprises (35%), and large enterprises (28%). Moreover, 30% of the DeFi projects are looking to offer services for several segments simultaneously.

Picture 3

The surveyed respondents were executives from the top 50 projects involved with lending, portfolio management, decentralized exchanges, wallets, synthetic assets and more. They were located in 11 countries with 38% in Europe, 33% in North America, and 29% in Asia–Pacific regions, showing a distributed growth pattern in the DeFi industry.

For more insights, download the full report here

The report also covered a number of aspects including leading use cases, platforms and key metrics to follow, helping to raise awareness and provide more educational materials on the emerging industry.