Ecuador roses and Florida oranges at our Super Thinking + Spanish course.
This Rose Colored Glass series is about how to have the lifestyle you love and deserve…
If you have missed the first five posts in the series they are linked here:
The last message (#5) answered the question from a reader: Gary, if Ecuador is so great… why did you move back to North Carolina?
We never left North Carolina so this question was moot. The reader should have asked is why did we move back to Florida. We had left Florida… but we moved back. The reasons why may help you understand how to find your perfect lifestyle.
First, life moves on.
Our grandson, Garren, in our Florida orange grove.
When Merri and I first began living in Ecuador we had no grandchildren and my mom was doing fine. Along the way Garren came along… living in Florida. Then Sequoia and Teeka were born and live in Oregon. then Tilly and Leo moved our grandchild numbers to five and they live in England. Then mom (now 89) had some serious illnesses. East West (North Carolina – Oregon – London) began to compete with our north – south (North Carolina, Ecuador travel) travel. We are moving into our 70s and our rear ends that have been subjected to millions of miles on jets already began to object a bit. Plus Ecuador seems far away when that late night call requiring a rush to Oregon rings.
Lesson to keep in mind. Don’t burn your bridges when you move. Lifestyles change as life evolves. We have expected and now have a brisk business helping expats move everywhere.
Florida and North Carolina are nice central location for us to Ecuador, Oregon and England but there is another important Florida-Ecuador Connection.
Back in 2000 everything in Ecuador looked really bleak. The country ran out of gas. All the banks shut down. There were demonstrations in the street. A huge part of the population fled the country.
What an opportunity!
Having lived again and again in places where problems create opportunity… perhaps I look for trouble! I began my business career in Hong Kong in 1968. There were communist riots and bombs being set off in the streets. The Chinese army was massed on the border. Life went on. We all figured out the fastest route to the British and American war ships in the harbor for a quick exit. We watched out for boxes in the street. Then we just got busy with life. Those who stuck around and bought property and businesses made absolute fortunes.
Then I moved to London, a much quieter, safer, steadier place was expected. Yet there were huge problems there. The IRA started setting off bombs in the subway and around town. They even shot some mortar shells at #10 Downing Street! Ted Heath caused a general strike and the pound sank to $1 per pound! The IMF was even needed to offer economic support to bolster the pound. I gathered my pennies and bought London real estate at the very bottom. Those who joined me made fortunes once again.
Then during the 1980s US recession I jumped in again buying Naples, Florida real estate that over the next 20 years skyrocketed… until it was so high… we exited. Proudly (lucky really) we sold our last properties in Naples in April 2007… just before the market began to crash.
The profits on these went immediately into more Ecuador property.
“Life goes on” is also a financial message.
If you have been in despair about our economy, you might be wondering if things can ever revive. Yes, they can and will! Life and business will be a little different, but mankind carries on. Living in the United States we’ll have to be a little more cautious but the western world will survive. Economies will continue to grow in an up and down way as they have for hundreds of years.
Once you believe this… you can see troubled places in a different perspective.
So when everything headed south and the economy tanked, I could not wait to get started in Ecuador. Merri and I created an an active Ecuador business, plus began buying property. We bought a 962 acre hacienda, condos in the mountains, a house, a hotel, a four story office building plus condos and apartments on the beach.
This is why I began slathering over Florida in 2008. For the first time in decades the state’s population began shrinking. A record level of foreclosures and unemployment saw the state’s population decline by 58,000 people from April 2008 to April 2009, the first population loss since at least 1900.
We began selling several Ecuador properties to plow back into the “Sunshine State.”
I believed in Florida for one of the same reasons I believe in Ecuador… sunshine… warm weather in the winter. This is the Florida-Ecuador connection.
The Orange Tint
In addition as Florida real estate prices fell, Florida orange grove prices fell even further. Many groves had been purchased by developers who planned to tear them out and build homes. With a dead property market they were stuck with groves they wanted to unload.
This happened as food (including citrus) prices were rising!
We bought a Florida orange grove.
The Sun Always Shines Somewhere
I also believe in Ecuador as one of the closest to Florida, practical, low cost places to live with something even better…year round great weather!
Most investors traditionally run from bad times! But this very fact creates value investing opportunity. Few times has a real estate market been as badly hit as in Florida. Ecuador real estate continues to appreciate as gringos leave the US and head for points south…but this part of the US south offers great potential now as well.
Our motto for decades has been the sun always shines somewhere. However in Ecuador and Florida it shines more.
Here are several tips that can help expand the chances of a fulfilling expanded lifestyle.
#1: Expect the next boom. Chicken Little has been around for along time yet the sky has not fallen yet. For centuries… man’s material life has improved through a series of busts and booms. We could consider busts as opportunities to gain in the next boom.
#2: Never say never. Right now you may think “I’ll never come back”… or “I’ll never leave the new places where I am moving”. Perhaps not… but then again something may come up that’s even better. Do not close your mind to an even better lifestyle.
#3: Don’t burn bridges. Keep your affairs in order. For example Americas still have to file tax. Don’t miss doing this. Ecuador Living Club members can get in touch with a tax preparer who can help. Click here.
#4: Expand your horizons. If you move to a new place you’ll have new sights, smells, tastes, feelings and sounds. This information will reform you and as a different, more experienced person you’ll have new opportunities to serve the world in new ways. Expect to be able to have more because you can do more, because you will be more.
#5: Embrace change. As a deeper, more experienced person you will see economic and social evolution in different ways and you’ll have more ways to be engaged in the change a fulfilling way… so expect this benefit.
#6: Go try things.
#7: Follow the Lead. This is perhaps most important of all. The Western world mindset teaches us to project how we expect the future to be and if it is not… we are disappointed. Everything really is in perfect order and we all have an important role to fill (and to be fulfilled). If we follow the steps above and are open to new ideas… new possibilities and watch for opportunity that presents itself, this process we call life gives us extra depth, excitement, beauty, wonder and abundance. All we have to do is be open, observant and obedient to our inner voice.
The next post in this series speaks about how we did even better by turning lemons into lemonade from larger lemons!
See how we can serve you in North Carolina, Florida and Ecuador.
Gain the Super Thinking Advantage & Learn Spanish in Three DaysLearn Spanish at our Blue Ridge Farm August 4, 5, 6 2017.
There are seven benefits you gain beyond Spanish when you learn the techniques of Super Thinking-Learning Spanish.
Delegates at a previous course taking a coffee break at the farmhouse. Learn Spanish with Merri and me this August, 2017 at our Blue Ridge Farm.
Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own. You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries. You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA. Spanish is the second most used language in the USA. There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined. According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US. This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.
You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish. Yet there are seven more benefits.
An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence. The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling. It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English. Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process. The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”
The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.
#1: You become smarter
#2: You build multitasking skills
#3: You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4: Your memory improves
#5: You become more perceptive
#6: Your decision-making skills improve
#7: You improve your English
This is why I invite you to visit Merri and me and learn how to use Super Thinking as you learn Spanish in three days.
Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days? Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the traditional way.
However, there is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun. This course works because it is education without stress!
This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov. who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.
Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s. She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for four decades.
Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and applied them to teach Spanish in three days.
The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system. You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created below.
How this Course Works in Just Three Days.
The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process. At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov. Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov when he visited the USA.
The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time. Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.
Here is the proof.
“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently. For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”
There you have it. How long did it take you to read the sentence? You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.
See examples of the words you already know below.
How long would have taken you to memorize all those words? How soon would you have forgotten them?
This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.
The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.
Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.
The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds). This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.
Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.
Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.
By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.
Plus the system is Impro Dynamic. This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.
I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador. The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became. My second language was automatically improving. The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them. The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls. When your mind creates something… it owns it! You do not have to remember .
During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .
You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.
Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.
When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised . You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.
Enroll now. The Super Spanish course is $499 ($799 couple) but in the Early Bird offer you save $150 when you enroll before April 3, 2017 .
Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.
Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish. What an amazing learning experience!! First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!! I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class. And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!! I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.
And a few days after that …. As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish. At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding. I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind. And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence? I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced! Thanks a million again. This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!
If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it! By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken. It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter. You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned. Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”
Gary noted: “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants. It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere. The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable. It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”
Twila said: “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning. The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing. I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply. Starting with conversation is way more fun. How quickly you can learn! It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.
The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task. The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning. We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”
Marie wrote: “I would highly recommend this course. The amount covered in 3 days is amazing! All with no stress. The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish. I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”
Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget. How long would it have taken you to memorize them? How soon would you forget?
“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently. For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”
Some more of these words: Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!
See a ten minute video of Gary Scott and Pronunciation coach Don Childs showing how to get started creating Spanish sentences right now.
Here are what other delegates wrote about the Super Thinking + Spanish course.
Ted wrote: thanks for the Spanish course. Merri’s technique is truly a breakthrough in learning.
I believe I learned more Spanish in three 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.
Merri’s approach exposed us to a broad variety of works and the technique needed to expand the language. Again, Thanks for the experience.
Monica wrote: Thank you very much Gary! And I just wanted to say thank you and Merri 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!
Jeff sent this note: 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? You and Merri are very special to us!
Another sent this note: Hello Merri, Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Super Learning + Spanish! I really enjoyed the workshop and getting to know you and Gary. I am definitely going to take more of the courses that you and Gary are teaching. I can see several ways to apply what I learned in the classes I teach.
Since I returned home, 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: Gary and Merri, It certainly was an interesting and intriguing three days for me. I enjoyed the Spanish but even more so, all the tentacles that extended during those 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.
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!!
Another: Hola Merri Y Gary, I was thinking about you this Remembrance Day, and I went to check emails and there you are! 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 Merri, Gary, and Don 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: Hello Gary, 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 even explained how after our course they ended up as the accidental translator. Gary, I have sent Merri 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.