Families Can Thrive On Hive...

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Story time once again....

I started my journey on the blockchain in December of 2017.

And what a journey it has been. I've been in love with everything about this place, from start to finish it's become a part of my life, my business and my career. I see a day where Hive and the layer two platforms on chain are the gold standard for Web 3 and so much more.

I've brought my business and community over to this tech and have no plans of slowing down :)

I was reading a post by @bitcoinflood earlier today where we made an amazing point...

We need to start treating these tokens that we are accumulating like assets. The post hit a chord with me because it's something I never really think about when I come and engage on the blockchain, but in the back of my mind...it makes sense.

What are we doing here?

Trying to change the world? Absolutely!

Trying to change industries? I know I am for sure!

But something else that is becoming a by product of our time here is that it's changing lives!

You read about it all the time, from people that are seeing entire fortunes changes because they showed up here and added value to the community. The hard work pays off for those that do, put Hive first!

So back to 'story time' I joined the chain and gave myself 5 years.

5 years to see how it went. I would put my all into this stuff, and focus completely on building my stake, my reputation and my influence on chain. Part of the 'deal' I made with myself was that I would never power down until at least, December 2022 rolled around.

Heck, to be honest, I never thought I would power down because again, I see a future where we all live off the amazing rewards we get not only on Hive but those awesome layer 2 communities and tokens as well.

But something has come up....

And I'm having a REAL hard time deciding what to do lol

I know, I know...It's my stake, I can do with it as I please but you have to understand the kind of person I am. When I say I'm going to do something, I stick with it. I'm stubborn to a fault, but here's the situation....

My family and I have an opportunity to secure something, 5 years ago, I would have NEVER thought could be possible because of the situation I was in. Long story short, in December 2017, I had next to nothing. I lost my business, lost my home, boo hoo , sad story everyone has them...In those (almost) 5 years now, I've literally...Been able to rebuild from scratch within this community! Rose from the ashes as they say and because of Hive, I'm slowly building back to 'normal'...Whatever normal is..lol!

But this opportunity, can really help my family fully recover from losing it all almost half a decade ago.

Hive SAVES lives. It really does. I'm living proof of it!

So I'm not sure exactly when, but there is a strong chance I will power down to get some liquid Hive for a week, maybe 2. This would allow my family to once again, get back to normal and after the journey we've been on...I owe it to my wife and kids, to get back on our feet!

On one hand...I'm feeling guilty. I promised myself and even the Hive community that I wouldn't power down at least until my 5 years was up...But @bitcoinflood 's post today really helped me with my decision. You see, what we are building here is meant to change our lives!

So on the other hand, I'm happy to think back of my journey so far and realize that the effort I put in, with the support of the community and my CTP partners...I am able to get my family back to 'normal'.

I guess I wanted to make this post for a few reasons...

First that people didn't think I was taking off if I start a power down for a few weeks.

Second, and more importantly, to thank each and every one of you that has helped me on this journey. My family and I are so grateful for all the support you have shown. I one thing I promise, God willing, I'll be here for another 5 years and more to tell the world how amazing this blockchain truly is!


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Back to normal after five years on hive sounds like an amazing success story is loading after another five. God bless you and you family and thank you for laying it out there. Dedication and hardwork pays

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I still remember in the old days we would have these posts where people showed what they were able to buy with the tokens that they earned. Powerful stuff back in 2016/2017 and a good reminder that this is all real.

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It seems crazy, but I still think we are sooooo early to this stuff!

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I know you have mentioned how Hive has changed your life for the better through some of your videos. So feel free to do what you need to smooth out your current real-life situation first.

!CTP

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Thanks! Yeah things are smooth, it's more of an opportunity that would have never arisen if not for Hive :)

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It is fascinating to see how Hive is changing people's lives. We are all together on this journey. I feel it is just the beginning, we have a long way to go. I do think we will keep hearing amazing stories about how Hive impacts our lives and find a way to move towards financial freedom.

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For sure. And as time goes on, I think we'll hear many more stories like this!

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Wow, your story for losing everything and building it back again thanks to the Hive network is brilliant! I remember registering here, back in 2017, and definitely I was not aware of the possibilities and future growth of the network. If I was more active during these years maybe my account would be a lot powerful now. I remember there was a time when I almost stopped writing posts and giving much attention to Hive, but in the recent year my activity here was huge and I’m really starting to see the “fruits” of this successful run.

Anyway, congratulations for your hard work again!

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That's exactly it...The effort we put in today, will pay big dividends down the road. We just might not see it day to day, but it does add up!

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You did great regardless, I also promised myself that I won’t power down my Hive till Hive gets to $5 or above but then, life can be unpredictable, nobody knows the future.

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Yeah and putting in the work today, for potential issues down the road that might pop up...Always a good plan!

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I feel your pain. I don't like delving into my crypto holdings at all. Im a hodl'er, lol.

Unfortunately, my business also fell upon hard times. We made it through Covid, then a fire devastated my raw materials supply. Like you've said, "boo hoo."

I had to cash out some, but as soon as it's back to normal, I'll be back on the 100% Hodl Train!

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Oh man, it just sucks. Sorry to hear it happened to you as well. But long term, we will all be alright :)

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I think that you work hard on Hive. Put in hours of labour, so you don't owe anything. You can power down whenever you need to !

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When opportunity knocks, I want to answer the door :)

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Thanks for sharing your story. 5 years is a heck of a time onCHAIN.

Good luck with the power down and I hope the opportunity will work out well for you and your family.

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Should be very good, and it's all because of this community I am even able to do this!

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I think you are doing right. What's the point of staking and holding forever if you can't use some in rainy days and emergencies? I feel in that context some of the time you have to take out to meet your needs. I would do the same if I had that scenario. I have to also agree that one has to put in effort to be in this position eventually.

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That's why Bitcoinflood's post hit me! What's the point....Are we just sitting here looking at things, and watching it grow...Or do we actually use it for every day life!

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Do anything for your family without hesitation, it's the most important thing. Hive will always be here and you can continue to do amazing work that you will be rewarded for.
!CTP

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Thank you sir!

Absolutely, I'm not stopping...As long as I'm breathing, I'm here :)

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You do what you have to do. I power down a lot. I basically lived off these rewards for about two years now. Every account has a story and this story is not predictable, thus sometimes you have to readjust goals.

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That is really cool to read...Every account has a story! So so so true!

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Really great news Jon that you can get back to where you were , I hope to be able to get back myself in another 8 to 10 months all being equal. Powering down is the way to go then start over and you will do it faster the second time around. I am very HAPPY for you!! You have earned it

!CTP

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Oh I'm not powering it all down. Just grabbing a week or two liquid...For 'just in case I need it' lol

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Well my friend and mentor. Do it! Family first. I don't care what anyone else says to you. You know what I went through last year. What I had to do. I am still here. I am still building. Or re-building.

FRACKING FAMILY FIRST.

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Thanks man, yeah that's the best thing about this place....Every new day, gives you another chance to crush it.

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Do what you need to do man! Otherwise, you might miss your chance. This kind of situation is where the HBD savings could help even more. Or pHBD-USDC. Or even pHIVE-POLYCUB, because it's liquid.

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That's also my thought...Taking some Hive and sticking it into HBD because at 20% a year...If you build it up enough, you can live off it.

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what got you all fired up in the first place? and why do you show up here every day?
Them!, the family so if you do things for their sake it's no probs it's what keeps you here and going
CTP!

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Fantastic point man. Yeah for sure, they are my reason for everything.

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Reading your story reminds me of that legendary phoenix that rose from the ashes. 😄

How I wish that in the near future Hive will be used to tell the world about many similar stories of rising from the ashes.

Blessings!

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I know I have said it before, but I think stories like this will become common place. More and more people will be 'living' off Hive and it's eco system!

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I'm not the one to advise anyone here, I'm not the one to say ... do or don't. But what I have learned in my journey it is;

We think about the future so often that we sometimes forget about the present. You live now, tomorrow is not a certainty. If you can secure something NOW with a small powerdown, then I would say to do it, because here too ... tomorrow is no certainty.

I believe in the long term of crypto, but I also definitely believe in making your life better now if you have the resources to do so.

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Fantastic point. Tomorrow is not promised!!

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My family are not actively using Hive, but I have set up accounts for my kids that are earning from curation. They can have whatever those make. It's more lucrative than any savings account. I just wish I could have done it earlier. Imagine what they could make from birth to 18!

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I actually did set up a few accounts for my kids and have been slowly putting some HBD in their savings...That's exactly my thought...Imagine what those accounts will be like at 18 years old lol

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I live with the mindset that working shouldn't be a sentence and that you should be able to realize dreams, goals, etc. for yourself and your love ones. I'm not telling you what to do, but whatever you do with a clear conscience should be alright.

Hope all is well 😊.

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Thanks for that :)

Yeah I have been leaning on the side of this decision for a while now, just because I knew this opportunity doesn't come by every day. I'm pretty excited to see it happen!

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that's why selling at the top is important so when an opportunity/emergency comes around you're not forced to power down. Don't feel guilty btw, you'll hit your goals regardless

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Oh no doubt, whether it's this year, next year or in 3 years from now...I'll hit them lol

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Best post ever for a number of reasons. People including myself have seen your dedication and passion along with your value you have brought to hive. Your asset growth as you built your assets and so yes you should cash out if something comes up you feel is the right move. I fully support that and that's why we do what we do here on Hive. We help it grow because we own stake in it but it's still gotta pay the bills and so forth.

The one thing I don't like seeing is someone that comes on to the platform and cashes out 100% or even over 80% of their earnings and just repeats doing it on every post. To me that looks like someone not really committed to helping Hive grow and instead they are simply recycling content to cash out and make a few extra crypto bucks. I've seen people with huge potential get upvoted like wild when they first come on but after they see they are cashing out everything it quickly stops.

I also thinks it's great that you made a point about why you power down. As for the community all we can see if your wallet and when all of a sudden you see a massive dump power down you go hhmmm lol But a post like this is a VERY powerful thing and it doesn't even need to go into detail about why. I also feel like that's what Witnesses should be doing, projects that run on hive etc. Instead of asking for tons of money out of the DAO write updates, progressions etc and have the community vote and help that project if they want through your updates. When it's radio silence you start to wonder. Keep growing, keep contributing but also take care of yourself and family first because honestly no one else is going to. As selfish as that sounds it's the truth of the world we live in but through hive we have a bit of transparency and can understand when things come up and why people do what they do and in that we can all support each other. Keep crushing it!

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Thanks man, yeah that was my thinking...I didn't want people to see my account power down and start asking if Jongo was fleeing the scene lol Literally just a week or two of liquidity to be able to get the funds I needed for this big move with my family.

Appreciate the post you made man, it really helped me make the final decision lol Cause wow, I was sitting here for weeks...Debating with myself lol

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Your story of how you rose back up is amazing. So no, don't be guilty of powering down. Life happens as they say and the fact that your Hive account that you worked on for 4-5 years can help you with something that your family needs, you should be proud and feel good about it :)

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Thank you so much for the comments! Yeah that's the end goal right...years of effort, to be able to provide something my family has needed since we lost it all :)

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It's inspiring and motivating :) Hive is literally changing lives of many. Cheers and do enjoy the fruts of your labour :)

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It's so inspiring that you did something like this in 5 years. But a man gotta do what he's gotta do sometimes and if you need it you should do it. Blessings to you and your family, hope things move in the direction you want it to. !CTP !PIZZA

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No stopping though!

5 more years and then another 5 lol I'm here forever lolol

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First, I am very glad to hear that you are going to be around another 5 years. You certainly deserve to do whatever it takes to get your family back to normal. All you have done to educate people and get them out of their comfort zones is incredible. Thank you so much.

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Thanks man, appreciate that! Yup, and what we've got planned for the entire CTP tribe...We're just getting started!

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In the "real world" (I use this with great hesitation because Hive for us is "real"), no one would bat an eyelid if you took some profit from your business after rebuilding it for 5 years.
The community knows you for the person you are. And this post proves it.
I agree with @bradleyarrow. Do it. Family first!

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Thanks for that :)

Yeah we've been able to build some amazing things here, and it's only just getting started!!

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You don't have to feel guilty. It's your work, and your money.
2 weeks of a powerdown is not too bad.
I had to power down due to the fact that
I quit my job and still had to pay the bills.
My original plan was a few weeks, and ended up taking more than
half of what I started out with but that's OK.
Because I know I now have the opportunity to put it back (with Listnerds
among other things).
Your story sounds very similar to mine.
You're a fighter and you got back on your feet, and then some.
Respect!

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Oh I don't know any other way. When we're kicked, that's when we get back up!

I'm not even sure if I'll use it. I just want to have the liquid there to help pay for it. It's pretty exciting to think about it. I just never wanted to use Hive for it...I wish I owned more poop coins that I could sell off instead LOLOL

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Oh wow! Well, I have found if what you are facing seems like a good idea yet it makes you a bit uncomfortable and a tad on the fearful side, then head right into it! I did that with Listnerds, and it's been amazing!

As a fellow stick with it stubborn-like creature, I so understand that sentiment. And furthermore, all this work is supposed to be for something. I am so excited to see how Hive is changing lives, so good luck with your new adventure sir, we'll all be here cheering you on!!!

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What we're about to do, falls right in line with all the content you create. I plan to pick your brain in the coming months LOLOLOL

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OOH! No I am beyond super excited for you all! Pick away LOL!

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I have known you for quite a while, Jon and I know how important family is to you. If you do not take advantage of your situation, then hanging on to your HP is meaningless.

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Thank you sir, appreciate all the support over the years...Errrr decades lol

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Congrats on getting back up on your feet. I'm new to Hive and I'm seeing people who see Hive for the value they can put in and not as a transactional platform. I guess its all about ones purpose and a balance.

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Welcome to the blockchain :)

Best thing about Hive, it can be everything!

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I see you are from Port of Spain....My wife is from San Fernando ;)

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Yea, I live in POS! nice to know your wife's Trini. When did you visit last?

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Would never doubt how you roll @jongolson - you have always backed up your talk with action and transparent even before HIVE; so it will always be family first. Also, you are #HIVE4LIFE and we all know you ain't going nowhere. Take care of your family and continue kicking ass on the chain!!

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Hive is indeed a life changer and many people have a testimony to share, i can also see we join hive the same year and month, the day might be different though, mine was dec 7... It is okay to take profit once in a while!

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In a few years from now, we'll be smiling from ear to ear!

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I really admire your journey here on Hive and I hope I will be able to do the same and that it will change my life too! I am very happy to hear that Hive helped you so much and you deserve it!

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Thanks Raven!

Appreciate the support and kind words!

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There have time times where I have sold HIVE and STEEM while it was high, now is not that time, it's grow time. Is it now or never? I don't think so, the best is yet to come.

My family and I have an opportunity to secure something, 5 years ago, I would have NEVER thought could be possible because of the situation I was in.

Sometimes those rare opportunities show up and you must jump on them right then. I hope you are able to leverage the "security" and that it's a blessing for you and your family for many years to come.

!CTP
!ALIVE

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Thank you sir.

Still haven't clicked power down yet lol We'll see what happens in the next few weeks.

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I think the fact that you built yourself up from losing a home and a business in 5 years to a position where you have 123k in HP is just gobsmackingly awesome!

I saw your post about your Hive goals and was very much inspired! I know I am still just a small fry, but my growth has been exciting. From 313HP at January 1st, to 400HP in 3 months, 500HP 30 days later and 600HP another 18 days after that, there is no telling what is next!

In that time I have also been able to save and invest in different things on the blockchain as well as help out the budget when we had a car breakdown.

Now I am faced with another of such months: My son's birthday as well as helping family that are in dire need. Could I do that with my day job? Nope!

Can I do it now? Indeed I can! Even if it sets my savings goals back a bit, I CAN still do it!

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Thanks :)

Yeah you will be blown away at how quickly it starts to snowball. It's one of the magical parts of this blockchain lol

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Family is why we do what we do. Power down without guilt--because you know how to rebuild over and over if necessary. !BBH

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Thanks for sharing. Hive has changed my life as well. I have learned new good habits and recognized some bad ones. I have also met some wonderful people here such as your self.
I think you deserve to reap the rewards when you need them. It is a blessing. go for it.
!CTP

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As you know, I lost everything too, and it took us about 5 years to recover from that as well. I have no shame admitting that for a long time I had to cash out a lot or everything even in my first year due to debts hunting us. I worked damn hard for those rewards though, I was VERY committed and I have no shame for those times I did it.

You, my friend, are adding value every day, and therefore you should never feel bothered to power down a bit when this is what your family needs. You aren't even speaking about a full power-down but just a few weeks. But even so, I know that you will get back into BUILD mode quickly even when you have to take out more than these few weeks.

Personally, I can't imagine starting a Hive power-down now as I have never been able to make it to dolphin hood and that's really my focus now, especially now I had the feeling of how it feels to be one of the top stakeholders in Listnerds.

But if there was ever the need to do so, I'd feel no shame for it, you know very well that you add value and are trying to make Hive better by doing so, therefore you are excused lol. Those are my two cents :)

!CTP

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Always do what is best for you!!

everyone with half a brain knows you have the chains best interest with all the work you put in.

!PIZZA

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