Ecuador & Longevity #3


Ecuador & Longevity #3

Some Ecuador valleys are famous for longevity because where you live has an important impact on how long you live.

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Vilcabamba an Ecuador valley of longevity is beautiful and…

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these remote Ecuador valleys can offer healthy lifestyles.

How you live, regardless of where you are, has an even more important impact on longevity.

The two previous messages at this site, Ecuador & Longevity and Ecuador & Longevity #2 look at several secrets to long life and good sun health.

The most important thing I have learned about health, wealth, longevity and fulfillment is to turn your passion to profit.

Many people are so miserable at work that they would happily abandon their jobs if they had enough money to feel rich.

In reality, money is not richness or wealth. This requires a state of mind instead. One way to develop this everlasting wealth is to create a PIEC experience.

PIEC is an acronym for “Personal Income Earning Corridor.”  This is the personal concept Merri and I use.

Traditionally people get jobs to create income. They work to live and support their lifestyle while attempting to spend less than they earn. Maybe the savings will bring, some time in the future, a lifestyle of doing something enjoyable without work.

PIEC investors reverse the priorities. Instead of working for money to save and invest. They focus their prime effort on doing something they enjoy right now. Then they learn how to enjoy the effort in some profitable way. They learn to create “Avenues of Abundance” that combine lifestyle with the necessary task of accumulating wealth.

For example, if a PIEC investor loves golf; instead of working six days a week, 50 weeks a year just to golf on Sundays and during short vacations, instead he’ll create a business in some aspect of the golfing trade.

In another example, a client of mine, who loved animals became a vet. But he learned that the vet’s lifestyle was not one he enjoyed. He wanted to travel and move around, which is difficult for a professional who needs to stay at his office and build a practice. So he built a business that prepares special animal foods for race horses. Now he travels globally visiting horse breeders and makes much more money as well.

PIEC investors combine money with time, energy and desires. They generate income doing something desired. Desire and fulfillment become at least as, if not more, important as the money.

Doing What You Love!

The reason PIEC investing works well is that when we love to do something, we do it better, for longer and with greater enthusiasm.

These are wealth building attributes that cannot fail. Yet PIEC investing does not mean we should suddenly abandon our jobs and try becoming golf pros, when we have never been able to break 100. Smart PIECS often require a gradual approach.

When  you make the decision to do what you love, keep physical activity in mind.

For example, as a writer and lecturer, I was never fully satisfied sitting behind a desk or standing on a podium all day long, even though I was making over a million bucks a year. I’m the physical, outdoors type and yearned for exercise and the wilds of the deep woods. “What good’s the money if this isn’t fun or fulfilling?” I often asked myself.

Rather than quit writing and teaching, I looked for ways to combine these professions with the outdoor life.

Through research I learned that many like myself yearn to be in the primitive outdoors. We bought an isolated farm high in the Blue Ridge Mountains and an Andean plantation high in Ecuador where we live and work.

Being in the mountains allows me to combine my writing with physical walks in the woods and the outdoor physical work that a farm requires.

For example to help our Land of the Sun foundation carry out its work in the Andes we often visit the upper villages. Here we are with a work party.

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This work requires us to do a lot of this.

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Uphill from our home down there…

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next to the Cathedral… requires plenty of walking…. uphill.

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A PIEC lifestyle allows you to incorporate healthy habits into your wealth building process.  Take exercise for example.

Malcolm Gladwell points out in his book “Outliers, The Story of Success” that for work to be fulfilling it must offer:

#1: Meaning

#2: Autonomy

#3: Complexity

#4: A relation between effort and reward.

If physical labor can be incorporated into this mix… so much the better.

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Western expats playing tennis at Club Hacienda El Atillo, Resort & Spa in Vilcabamba may not have the same longevity as…

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these potato farmers we met on one of our Andean hikes uphill.

In Ecuador valleys of longevity there is no such thing as  exercise as we know it in the Western World.   Long lived people do not discipline themselves to pack up everyday and go to a gym.  Their days are filled with meaningful activity, like climbing  slopes to harvest food.  They do not have formal exercise, but rather a life full of activity that creates meaningful reward.

On our Blue Ridge farm… improving the land brings financial as well as physical rewards. Turning this…

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to this…

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requires a lot of this.

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Taking this…

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and making…

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plenty of this.

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The physical activity feels good… is good (in moderation) for the body and is enhanced by the financial rewards of seeing the land’s value increased…. plus the joy of the beauty and seeing our friends enjoy the land.

Our crops require…

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hauling bags of dirt…. seed… hoeing, digging and brings rewards like this…

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Wonderful flower displays…. seeds to eat, plant and sell.

If a lifestyle has so little activity that it requires regular trips to the gym to maintain physical integrity, the only real reward from the exercise is the ability to do well in the gym… or to survive unexpected activity.  Often the exercises are related to pain rather than pleasure.  This diminishes the effort.

Activity that requires physical labor and brings “other” rewards is more effective.  The other reward creates meaning.

For example, when I am in Ecuador taking photos is meaningful to me, compliments my writing and creates physical exercise.

Most days I try to walk up a mountain.

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Plus having meaningful work enhances our importance to the world and this is of extreme importance because in Ecuador’s longevity valleys,  aging is seen as a merit.   People are given more respect and valued more as they grow older.

It is said that the Vilcabamba residents look forward to getting older, to become more mature as a person…. so they can share their experience and wisdom with the community.

How you live, regardless of where you are, has important impact on longevity and living your life to its PIEC.  This can add years to your life and enhance your health and wealth. Keep life simple by enjoying your PIEC system.

Gary

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