My global investing and business began 44 years and 13 days ago ago May 2, 1968 in Asia and eventually led me to Europe, Florida, the Blue Ridge and Ecuador.
My role as son of a zoo keeper did not give me any background for this.
Here is a newspaper clipping of my sister, Sandra, and me feeding a baby lion we kept at home… one of many lions and tigers we raised.
The goals of our websites are to help you prosper from the world’s increased pace of change. I am honored to share over 44 years of ideas that can help you have the lifestyle you desire by looking at important facts that Merri and I have learned about earning all these years via a micro internet business.
I arrived in Hong Kong in the night, the tropical air so soft it was a velvet mist. Thick evening scents in the fragrant harbor and mellow insects purring in rhythm with the cacophony of the great city! What an exotic adventure.
Kai Tak was Hong Kong’s airport then and being American born and bred in the 1940s, I knew nothing about investing aboard.
That was my first airplane trip, first time out of Oregon. It was Portland to Vancouver, Tokyo to Hong Kong. I melted in my heavy woolen blazer, was weary and afraid but excited too. An incredible global investing journey had begun… and continues to this day.
Here I was, 21 years old.
Here is the first stamp in that first passport. That stamp you might say was my first international investment.
By the way, that first stamp makes a point about how to enter and initially work or invest in a country. That first stamp was issued May 2, 1968 and allowed me to stay in Hong Kong until June 2, 1968.
I worked in Hong Kong for quite some time on tourist stamps… coming in for a month at a time. I was developing sales teams in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines at the same time so a month was plenty of time before I exited.
Here is one of my first sales teams… this one in Hong Kong led by John So Kwok Kee (far left – you can guess which one I am).
I built teams from the north in Japan down through Thailand.
Starting a business, investigation or residence with a tourist visa is a pretty good idea. This is usually the easiest, most efficient, practical way to begin so you can be sure what you are doing and how you’ll develop a more permanent stay if you want one. In many cases… such as mine… a permanent tourist system is simply the easiest and best.
Having a micro internet business is even easier since you can start small, live almost anywhere and still run your own business.
I began my business in Hong Kong this way (small) and for years I also lived and worked in England on tourist visas before obtaining my permanent residence there.
A reader recently sent me this note about Ecuador tourist visas.
“Gary, When I was staying at the Hotel, someone mentioned that you do not have a residential visa for Ecuador. Is this correct? How do you
spend as much time in the country as you do?”
Here is my rely:
“We have always spent less than six months a year in Ecuador as we do not want to become resident in most of the places we live. We believe in having a six point command posture.
Since the 1970s our business has focused on how to earn globally and be a multi national investor. Our Mantra has been to have a Six Point Command Posture.
Live in One Country
Bank in a Second Country
Hold Assets in a Third Country
Use an Office in a Fourth Country
With a Company in a Fifth Country
Earn in a Sixth Country
We have helped tens of thousands of our readers gain freedom and to escape the tyranny of the establishment through international investing and business and invite you to learn more about how we can help you gain such freedom in the process of doing what you love as well.
The idea is to separate your residence from where you earn and where you invest.
Back to Hong Kong. I began there selling US mutual funds.
When arriving there 44 years ago there is no way I could have known how exciting the next decades would be, how much information, facts, figures, ideas and insights on how to invest globally would be gained. Had I known the mistakes to be made I would probably have run in the opposite direction!
Then I moved east again to England and Europe… trying many things.
Thankfully all the trials, tortures and errors were mitigated by much fun and an earnest endeavor to learn.
Here is a newspaper clipping of me with a business partner in my London office on Artillery Row selling square inches of Graceland. This was before the Elvis estate really became big. This was not really a very good idea I might add!
Later I imported used Rolls Royces and Bentleys from England to the US… a better idea… but
in retrospect this is not a business I would do again. We live and learn and this helps our businesses grow. I might import the deux chevaux instead.
This was described by CAR magazine journalist and author LJK Setright as “the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car”. Imagine how much good we could do in the world if everyone drove a two cylinder 61 miles per gallon car! (By the way, Merri fell in love with these in the 70s in France and still thinks they are the ultimate!)
One goal at this site is to share basics of global investing.. micro internet business and living an international life learned over our more than 44 years of experience. Global investing and business have changed so much during this time and is changing even faster now. I am continually forced to rearrange my thinking strategy and tactics at a faster pace.
For example in the 1980s few of us gave much thought to the gas consumption of a Rolls Royce. Today the Deux Chevaux would sell better.
This shift is one reason we began offering health courses at our North Carolina farm. Here I am with our son, Jake, with one tactic we taught… a morning dip in a cold creek after exercise… yes, that is snow on the banks and no… this idea, not surprisingly, did not sell very well either. However our natural health focus has grown a lot.
Our food as medicine courses taught by Merri in her teaching kitchen at the farm had better attendance!
For over 15 years we conducted courses in Ecuador.
Here I am in the meeting room at the Cotacachi museum next to Meson de las Flores on an Ecuador export tour.
This continual evolution has helped Merri and me, our readers and our income continually grow… through good times and bad.
The reason we have survived and progressed amidst never ending updates is because we recognize that the stuff that shifts and evolves is important, but the fundamentals remain immutable.
Plus ce change plus ce la meme chose… the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Though our business is totally online now… the basics and our mission statement are still the same… “provide interesting, useful information and contacts that help make people’s lives better as they prosper from change”.
I can sum up our business evolution and the advice I have shared in my newsletters and later my ezine in seven sentences.
#1: 1970s. Help readers invest in real estate, gold, silver Japan, Germany, Switzerland and Hong Kong.
#2: 1980s. Help readers invest in real estate, the Tigers, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia and South Korea as well.
#3: 1990s. Help readers invest in real estate in Ecuador.
#4: 2000s. Help readers invest in real estate plus China, India and emerging markets including Ecuador real estate.
#5: 2010. Help readers invest in their own micro business and in good value US real estate.
#6: 2011. Help readers invest in farming land and agricultural opportunity.
#7: 2011. Help readers learn how to earn globally.
Global investments and businesses are not a panacea, but expanded horizons are. They help us see further into the future. This is why we have shifted our Super Thinking focus into high gear.
Super Thinking tactics integrate the four brain waves and help enhance your innate intelligence. This makes you more adaptable.
An April 12 Time article “Shhh! Genius at Work” by by Jeffrey Kluger tells how the brain does its most creative work while we are asleep. Super Thinking techniques put us into a state of relaxed concentration which is similar to REM sleep where the left and right brain hemisphers and four types of brain waves work together and are released from the control of the Beta wave prefrontal cortex.
Here is an excerpt from the article: There’s no such thing as downtime for your brain. You think you’re able to shut off your thoughts sometimes — when you’re lost in a movie, meditating, practicing yoga. And you certainly think that the brain gets at least a little break when you’re sleeping. That, however, turns out to be when your brain does some of its best work — and we should all be grateful.
We’re all familiar with the idea of sleeping on a problem and having it sort itself out, or of going to bed after an evening of cramming for finals and waking up to find that, far from having forgotten what we learned, we actually seem to understand it better. Paul McCartney has said that the melody for “Yesterday” came to him in a dream. Billy Joel says the same is true for every song he’s ever written. Stephen King has literally dreamed up some of the most surreal scenes in his books and Mary Shelley came up with the idea of Frankenstein the same way. And if you’ve ever used a sewing machine, you can thank a dream inventor Elias Howe had in which he saw himself being attacked by people bearing spears with holes in the pointed end. That was the inspiration for the design of the needle.
The article tells of advance studies by scientists on how the left and right hemispheres communicate with each other in ways they don’t during the day and outlines the added intelligence of explains REM sleep.
It says: It’s in the REM phase that you get all these crazy binding errors–you dream that you’re walking in New York and suddenly wind up in Paris.”
Binding errors is one of those lovely scientific terms that means pretty much what it sounds like. Your waking brain is orderly, your sleeping brain is fragmented, and as with all broken things, the bits can get reassembled the wrong way. But “the wrong way” suggests that there’s just one way, and the genius of sleep is that it allows you to explore other, untried avenues.
Super Thinking encourages binding errors… but more importantly provides ways to gain useful information from them!
The article also explains that the brain runs multiple programs all the time so we are solving problems at a sub conscious level even though our conscious attention is elsewhere. This is why we have “aha moments”.
The article says: “Conscious awareness is able to focus on only one thing at a time,” says Barrett, “but problems go on getting processed under the radar.”
Sleeping doubles down on this phenomenon. The traffic-cop role the prefrontal cortex performs when we’re awake does more than just keep the brain focused on a particular conscious task. It also screens out thoughts that it decides you oughtn’t think at all. The forbidden concepts aren’t just things that are socially inappropriate–though those are on the list–but also those deemed rationally inappropriate.
Super Thinking encourages this “out of the box” thinking that helps one adapt to change.
The article also shows the importance of the how the brain communicates between the left and right hemispheres explaining that normally the left brain controls the right brain but not during sleep.
Here is another excerpt: A 2008 study by the University of Rome found that something similar goes on during sleep. With the help of EEGs, the investigators tracked communication between hemispheres when subjects were awake, in NREM sleep and in REM. In the waking and NREM states, information traveled mainly from left to right, consistent with the idea that the left brain controls and constrains the right. During REM sleep, however, there is no preferred direction. The creative right can thus come out of the shadow of the literal left.
Brain synapses play a role as well. The more links each brain cell has the better… just like the internet or telephones or Facebook as long as the system maintains order and everyone does not call at the same time. Too many connections lead to chaotic free association rather than useful organized thought. The hormone cortisol, which rises during REM, helps defrag jumbled connections and leads to new and imaginative ideas from the data that survives the defrag.
The article says: Cortisol is commonly described as a stress hormone and tends to fracture memory. It has the same effect when we’re asleep, and Payne believes this encourages the unbinding and rebinding of images that can define dreams. “The brain dislikes fragmentation, so it weaves narratives,” she says. “And that, in turn, gives rise to novel thinking.”
Dopamine is another ingredient in the brain’s secret creative sauce. Harvard psychologist Shelley Carson points out that dopamine levels rise in pleasure centers of the brain both when we’re dreaming and when we’re being creative. This serves as a reward and reinforcement that keeps the dreams–and ideas–flowing.
When we are super thinking we are awake but thinking somewhat like we are in a deep sleep. This is more effective than dreaming as dreams are often hard to interpret or to make sense.
Life is a trip and we have an entire globe to enjoy the ride. Expanding our horizons beyond our local borders can help our visions penetrate the mists of tomorrow so we can adjust to gain opportunity and avoid dangers ahead.
The increased pace of change leaves all of us with a lot to do.
We feel healthier and more energetic then 44 years ago. Maybe I am not wiser… but I am more experienced and seem in a better position than when I took that first trip to Hong Kong so Merri and I look forward to the next 44 years… and we look forward to sharing them with you!
Balance health with Super Thinking as you learn Spanish in three days!
See why our granddaughter Tilly is not ready for Spanish yet… but why your children and grandchildren of high school age can attend the St Louis Super Spanish course free.
Learn Spanish in Three Days
Learn 3 Day Spanish in Ecuador or MexicoLearn how to speak Spanish in just three days in Cuenca, Ecuador or Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Super Thinking tactics help us absorb… retain and recall information better and faster. We prove this in our Super Thinking + Spanish course which teaches how to communicate in Spanish in just three days.
Learn Spanish in Cuenca, Ecuador. September 7 to 12, 2015. Enjoy half day Spanish courses and tour Cuenca each afternoon.
John Fisher (far right) teaches Spanish in Ecuador.
Cuenca is Ecuador’s most popular city, a UNESCO World Heritage Trust site because of its many beautiful colonial buildings. Cuenca has wonderful architecture, tourist attractions, restaurants, hotels and night activity.
Ecuador Living Club members can enjoy discounts at Cuenca hotels as well.
Learn Spanish in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
Super Spanish teachers Shawn and Suzanne Bandick and their children teach Super Spanish in Mexico.
Join the Bandicks November 27, 28 and 29th, 2015 in Playa del Carmen, in the heart of the Riviera Maya on the Mexican Caribbean. Plan a holiday and include a Spanish course. What better way to practice? The closest airport is Cancun (CUN), 45 minutes away from Playa del Carmen.
Playa del Carmen
There are plenty of extra things to do before or after the course. Playa del Carmen is a very short walk to the beach, stroll the famous 5th ave., go diving and enjoy a multitude of restaurants and cafes. More beaches are nearby and the Tulum ruins are only 30 minutes south. Chichen Itza one of the New Wonders of the World and the ruins of Coba are a few hours away.
This course really works!
An M.D. who attended wrote: We want to thank you plus all the others for making the class such a fun and rewarding experience. I took Spanish as an undergraduate and lasted two days before dropping the class due to my own anxieties. Over the years I have tried to learn French, Italian, and Spanish yet again using a variety of methods such as Rosetta Stone, Berlitz etc. and was never successful. I finally feel like I can be successful at learning to converse at Spanish–in fact already feel successful! Thanks so much for teaching an old dog some new tricks. We’re both looking forward to continuing the learning process, having fun doing so, and taking more classes.
See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.
The Bandicks and John Fisher have created their own programs using a Super Spanish training from Merri and me.
Unlock the power of your untapped knowledge.
Super Thinking + Spanish course goes beyond just learning to speak Spanish.
There are numerous little known, but scientifically proven ways to enhance the speed, accuracy and efficiency of your decision making process for greater wealth, health and happiness. In just three days you can gain almost amazing learning skills. Plus you become skilled in Spanish as a bonus.
In just three days? Sound too good to be true?
This is not a gimmick nor a trick. At least three best selling books, Superlearning, the Mozart Effect and Superlearning 2000 have revealed insights about how we can learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian, Dr. Georgi Lozanov. In 1980 Superlearning sold over two million copies and showed how the Lozanov learning system blended long-tested sciences of yoga with contemporary physiology and psychology so people could learn faster and better.
The 3 Day Spanish system includes some of Dr. Lozanov’s original work that uses music to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated.
Shawn and Suzanne Bandick teach Super Spanish in Mexico and Canada.
The course integrates the use of musci with 17 lessons that teach you over 4,000 Spanish words.
Fluency in a language is considered to come when you know 1,200 words. To prove that it is possible to gain this and much more, let me share just one of the 17 lessons.
Here are the thousands of Spanish words lesson #1: All words in Spanish and English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education educacion, manipulation, manipulacion, etc.
Now you already literally know hundreds of Spanish nouns. This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons you gain. The next lesson teaches you how to pronounce each of these nouns. Then you learn in a third lesson almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.
You also learn how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves you sounding like a Spanish professor.
There are many other lessons. For example lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything you want in Spanish. Lesson six gives you the valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples your Spanish capacity with yesterday, now and tomorrow.
By the end of the three day course you will feel quite comfortable speaking Spanish without stress!
A delegate who learned Super Spanish outlined how this course can help you. After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible! Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador. The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Thinking Super Spanish. And learning Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course. In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have had high blood pressure!) . In class, the past three days, I’ve been introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music. What a blessing! I’m inclined to make this a daily part of my life. Rob Christi
The Super Spanish helps you start speaking and understanding Spanish right away. This can help you speak Spanish faster and make your traditional Spanish course easier and more effective.
A Livescience.com article helps explain why this course works and how delegates are creating Spanish sentences by the first lunch break and can communicate well in Spanish after just three days. This article by Jeremy Hsu, LiveScience Senior Writer, is entitled “CIA Seeks Anyone, Anyone Who Can Speak 2 Languages”.
Four important points in the article are shown in excerpts below with my comments to show what has been wrong with traditional Spanish courses and why the Super Thinking tactic is perfect for this program.
This three day course gets you speaking and thinking Spanish all the time so you can use and/or think Spanish every day… and communicating even from the beginning. In this way the education grows even when Spanish is not being spoken.
The Super Thinking course first integrates the brain. Students learn better with relaxed concentration. Then the course teaches them 17 simple lessons so they know 4005 words in Spanish and can use them to create sentences. In this way, you can communicate in just three days.
Travel, accommodations and food are not included.
Here are what delegates wrote about a Super Thinking + Spanish seminar.
“Hi Gary & Merri, You two are the BEST!!! Your Seminar was fantastic! I am so excited. I had procrastinated fulfilling my continuing education for my Broker’s License and then just before my surgeries, I realized by expiration date isn’t Nov. 12th – it is Sept 12th. Well, as you can see prior to taking your course I had only completed 3 units of the required 45 units. I thought I would take your course and then complete my remaining 42 units over the next 2 weeks. However, I took one class exam on Saturday night, August 27th. I didn’t even take the cellophane off the required Course manuals until after I saw the two of you today less than 5 hours ago! I used your techniques and completed 39 units of continuing education today. I have now completed all 45 units. All of my test scores were in the 90.6-96% range. My course exam information is listed below. I just wanted to let you know how valuable your course was to me. Thanks again!” Suzy Kurinsky
Another wrote: Thanks for the Spanish course. This technique is truly a breakthrough in learning. I believe I learned more Spanish in four days than I learned in four weeks in a previously attended Costa Rica language school. The Costa Rica school taught a very limited number of memorized words and phrases. Ted.
Another delegate at a Super thinking plus Spanish seminar wrote: The Super Thinking approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language. Again, Thanks for the experience.
One attendee wrote: I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything during the seminar. You guys are indeed a shining example of having a business that truly serves others. And thanks for the extra time spent and good things taught to me personally. I have begun to implement them already and will continue to apply them. And you might be interested that waiting for my flight home I ended up sitting next to a woman from Quito and could understand some of what she said in a cell phone conversation. We talked a little and she said that I should visit Ecuador! Thank you again for your real graciousness and acceptance! I will also write to Merri and thank her as well. And I wish that I could do something for you two!
Another wrote: Thank you! We always look forward to spending time and learning about so many fascinating things. Like Minded people and Vivaldi! What could be better?
Another sent this note: Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish! I really enjoyed the workshop.
Since I returned home, I have purchased some of the CDs of Baroque music and thought about which specific pieces will work best in different parts of my classes. I am also reading Perfect Health by Deepak Chopra. I found your discussion of this book to be very helpful in showing how to balance one’s life. I have adjusted my daily schedule, and I can already notice a difference in my productivity.
Thank you for sending the file of the 4005 Spanish words. This will be very helpful in my daily review of Spanish.
Another emailed this: Every day I’m becoming more proficient in Spanish. As I get ready to do something, I think about how I would say it in Spanish. Thank you again for a Super Workshop! With love and blessings,
Another: It certainly was an interesting and intriguing four days for me. I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those four days that went into so many different directions.
I grew up in a very SQUARE box with loving and intelligent parents but my world remained within this box, unable to see beyond those walls, as I was never encouraged to “think outside the box”.. Mike has been opening doors and leading me outside this box but because of my upbringing I have not completely embraced or understood what was beyond those doors he opened for me. As I have gotten older I have become more open to the world outside those doors yet those old tapes continue to play and I have not been able to completely release myself and experience all that can be.
Another shared this: Listening to the two of you during our time together has suddenly got me to thinking, and although some of the ideas still seem foreign to me, I am at a point in my life now where I can say, “anything is possible” and I am now willing to embrace and allow myself to experience the world of possibility and let it take me in directions I may have in the past resisted. I really don’t know where all this is going to lead me but I am now willing to explore, develop and grow.
I found all the information you offered on healing, realigning the body, nutrition, etc. so fascinating, have you ever thought about doing a course on just that? With the aging population and the health care issues I think it would be not only an interesting course but one that would be very beneficial to so many. I, personally, would love to learn more about what you talked about and plan on purchasing the book, “Body Renewal, the Lost Art of Self Healing” for my Kindle.
Thank you again for a wonderful four days!!
Another: We had fun at Disney World on Monday and sat beside several Personnes Espaniol. We could understand them however I couldn’t make sentences quickly, but could say one or two word phrases that were understood. We arrived home at 3am yesterday – the airlines were very late in Denver due to a crew incident.
I found myself making up sentences all day yesterday as I was running errands. John knows more vocabulary than I at this point as he has studied Spanish previously. Today I will begin to review the lessons and construct sentences to send to you and the group – as you suggested below. Es en BUENO sugestion!!! I also received the email Merri sent with the 4005 words and started to scroll through those yesterday.
Another: Thank YOU for everything you have done to create and bring this wonderful experience to all of us. It takes a well sychronized team of people to put on an effective, change producing seminar! I have given many seminars and enjoyed the experience immensely. The outcome is even better! Estoy une infantil de Super Thinking and Spanish, y es possible aprender en tiempo.
John and I both thank all of you for the wonderful experience – we are working now to clear up things so we can leave for the Galapagos and Ecuador November 25th – December 20th. Nosotros tiene muchos appreciacion! Gracias y Abrazos,
Another: Muchas gracias para la informacion! I had a wonderful time at the Super Learning + Spanish weekend!… excelente!
I was impressed with your depth of knowledge on numerous subjects and your ability to speak about them with exceptional recall. Con mucho apriciar, P.S. Yo estoy enteresado en Espanol #2.
One delegate even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator: Gary, I have sent a couple of messages, and a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!
We loved the seminar, and are excited to put the super learning to practice, and especially the great company of like-minded people (especially G & M!) Muchas Gracias! Tiene an excellante dias.
One delegate communicated entirely in Spanish…. after just our Super Thinking + Spanish seminar: Buenas dias nuestra maestra perfectamente, Merri! Muchas gracias por la lista espanol.
Claro, David y yo aprendemous mucho espanol el fine de semana pasada. Gary y usted nos hacen espanol muy facil aprender. Es importante continuar a practicar espanol cada dia. Gracias tambien! Buenas suerte…hasta la vista! Con mucho amor,
Comments from another delegate: I wanted you to know that the Spanish course has proven incredibly helpful. Dealing with internet service providers and shopping for appliances, etc., normally would have required me hiring a translator to follow me around. While it may not be pretty or 100% grammatically correct, I am understood. Thank you! Saludos!
Delegates during a relaxation session.
Another a dentist said: I was so delighted with my experience at the Spanish training. I felt more confident of ability to pronounce Spanish than I ever was of French or German. Funny… I did not think I remembered any French or German but when I cannot remember the Spanish words the German and French popped up. Practicing my pronunciation made my trip home go faster. I never enjoyed pronouncing either of the other two, but this was fun. It is hard to fall asleep at the wheel when you are moving your mouth to speak Spanish. It does work your mouth in a different way. I realized that you have to say each syllable slowly and correctly(until you get it perfectly) and when you do it is impressive.
It was amazing to see us all writing such advanced sentences after a few days and so much more enjoyable than having to go through the alphabet to build the words to build the sentences.
Read Time’s “Shhh! Genius at Work” by by Jeffrey Kluger