An invitation from Gary Scott.
Malcolm Gladwell shared “Three Rules of Epidemics” in his book “The Tipping Point”. One of these three rules was “The Law of the Few”.
Gladwell wrote: The 80/20 Principle states that in any situation roughly 80 percent of the ‘work’ will be done by 20 percent of the participants. This idea is central to the Law of the Few theory where a tiny percentage of people do the majority of work. But say you took those 20 people who do all the “work” away, would changes or epidemics never occur or would the next 20 people step into that role and assume the position of “workers”? Is one born an exceptional person, a ‘one of the few,’ or could someone eventually learn how to become a member of this exceptional group?
This rule is to know the Pareto principle (named after the Italian economist, Vilfredo Pareto). The 80–20 rule is based on the universal principle of factor sparsity. In short… “roughly 80% of effects come from 20% of causes”.
Pareto, noted this law when he realized that 80% of the land in Italy was owned by 20% of the population. Then he saw that 20% of the pea pods in his garden contained 80% of the peas.
This law seems to apply over a good segment (perhaps all) of reality. 80% of business sales will be made from 20% of the sales efforts. 80% of a company’s sales come from 20% of the clients. 80% of the profits will come from 20% of those sales, and on.
If you look at the ten wealthiest people in the world, the top three (Carlos Slim Helú, Warren Buffett, and Bill Gates) own as much as the next seven combined.
Almost two decades ago Merri and I noticed that about 20% of our readers were thinking about leaving the USA.
In thinking this through and contacting thousands of our readers we found seven problems that made Americans feel let down. These concerns were the backbone of why 20% of Americans were leaving.
#1: America’s long-term economic crisis and transformation.
#2: High levels of joblessness.
#3: Significant and growing inequality.
#4: Comparatively high levels of crime and violence.
#5: Growing inflation of basic costs of living… food and gas especially.
#6: Political dysfunction in Washington.
#7: Growing interference by Big Brother in every aspect of life.
Those answers refocused our business and life.
We developed two ideas around this: EcuadorLiving.com. Today this is one of the largest and most read websites for expats living in or moving to Ecuador.
We also developed Smalltown USA, micro business and self publishing site because our minds were asking… “How can we also serve the other 80%?”
We knew that a large percentage would move to Smalltown USA.
In 2013 our purpose is to help readers young and old move:
* To Smalltown USA
* Into their own high earning micro business in writing – self publishing – or online.
Merri and I feel very privileged to be invited into your home or office (albeit virtually).
To enhance the process we say “Come on into our home” as well.
To make this easier here is a new monthly plan for our annual International Club.
Plus we added two more courses to be conducted in our small home towns… Super Thinking + Spanish, March 18-19-20 in Mt. Dora, Florida and an extra June 14, 15, 16 Writer’s Camp in North Carolina.
Join us at our Florida home.
In a moment I’ll outline the monthly plan and invite you to join us as many times as you wish in January, February, March, June, August-September, October and November in 2013.
First, let me share this story.
We and our readers gain so much from meeting personally… especially multiple times. “Life changing” are the words we often hear… so I want to share how you can meet with us and numerous experts on investing, pensions, health, writing, and micro business in January or February and March and over the entire year plus gain some huge savings in the process.
On New Year’s Eve, a reader whom we have known for more than 2o years asked about the new community magazine franchise.
I wished this reader a Happy New Year and explained… The community magazine system is not a franchise. In a way it is the opposite as franchises aim to make each business a similar model. Hyper community magazines need to be unique to the community.
Our program provides basic training and a business plan based around our existing success that earns up to $17,000 a month. A publisher can use the training to run the business on their own.
Positive Community Magazine (PCM is the venture) will then provide a variety of services.
Web site development
Additional marketing support & training
Each publisher can choose which of these services they want to use ranging from none… to all of them.
The reader replied: Happy New Year to you Two too. I spent some time today wondering what YOUR resolutions are for 2013. Thanks for your responses. I thought I might be getting a bit ahead of myself with some of the questions. But your orientation was very helpful. With that we are better able to wrap our minds around the “upside down” ideas. This helps prepare us for the conference.
I like the way you have shaped your model. It is just like you to empower your clients then provide a menu of services they may choose from or not. No strings attached. Your price structure seems very affordable. It seems to me you have developed yet another great model. I tip my hat to you.
You are the ultimate existentialist Gary. Believing everybody is responsible for their own happiness and success. The influence you have had on me thru the years has been very positive. Happy New Year
I replied: Thanks. I have to be honest… we did not make any resolutions. I just went to work instead. Answered my first email at 6:39 and had my first sale of 2013 at 9:18.
I think this comes from feeling settled in the right place, on the right track, at the right time, so no big changes or big new promises are needed.
No big celebrations are required since every day is a celebration of gratitude, abundance and life.
Look forward to being with you two again in January. Gary
This reader of course belongs to the International Club where we help members develop your ability to make their own happiness and success.
I invite you to join the club. Save as much as $7,239 for as little as $177 a month.
As a club member you gain $7,792 of seminars, courses, online courses plus Spanish lessons and Ecuador tour discounts.
Join Merri and me for seven courses and seminars that we’ll conduct in 2013 FREE. Gain positive solutions to economic, financial and lifestyle developments.
Here are the courses you can attend at no cost.
January 11-12-13 Super Thinking Spanish, Mt. Dora, Fl.
February 1-2-3 Super Thinking International Investing & Business Seminar, Mt. Dora Fl.
March 15-16-17 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora Fl.
March 18-19-20 Super Thinking Spanish Mt. Dora, Fl. (Taught by Mark Frakes – $175 extra)
June 14, 15, 16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, NC.
August 31- Sept 1-2 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp West Jefferson, NC.
October 4-5-6 Super Thinking International Investing & Business Seminar, West Jefferson, NC.
November 15-16-17 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl.
In addition members receive discounts on Ecuador farm tours and Spanish courses conducted by our Ateam Ecuador and Super Spanish teachers. For example Super Spanish courses that are normally $699 are $175. Ecuador real estate tours are reduced 20%.
Part of the courses we conduct are held on the New River in Ashe County, North Carolina.
We’ll conduct three of the courses either at our farm or in this forest lodge.
50 delegates joined us.
The seminar in action.
After the seminar, International Club members join us at our home to talk with the speakers.
International Club members meeting in our home after a North Carolina seminar.
Four courses are in historic Mt. Dora, Florida.
Please join us this year through in Florida, and North Carolina FREE as an international club member… plus gain access to the agricultural tours and Spanish courses conducted by the Ateam Ecuador at a discount.
Super Thinking Spanish course at the historic train station in Mt. Dora.
There are many benefits of membership.
You (and a guest of your choice) can attend all eight of the seminars we have already set for 2013 plus any others we decide to conduct in the year ahead FREE.
As a club member you also receive seven online reports, courses and workshops worth $1,246 FREE.
The first of these seven online courses is “Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business,” normally sold at $299.
The second is our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”, which has a $299 value. I am sending you this extra course free as I think it will help you have greater success. This is an extra $299 savings.
The third is our online course “International Business Made EZ” sold at $299.
You also receive fourth the 50 minute video by our webmaster David Cross on “How to Get Your Web Business Started”.
Your fifth course is the 50+ lesson course “How to Create your Own Website Using Sitesell” by Michelle Toole. (We are proud that this course was written by a student of our courses showing how well the 43 years of knowledge that Merri and I have accumulated and put into these programs can help you start your own global micro business.)
Sixth, you become a beta member in our newest online course “Event – Full Business – How to have a Seminar and Tour Business” currently offered at $349.
Seventh, you are entitled to attend “How to Earn from Positive Community Publishing” workshops FREE.
When you enroll, we’ll send you a password that makes the online courses easy to access at the Club website. You can reserve as many seminars as you desire.
Five Positive Steps
Join Merri and me as we look at positive ways to prosper during 2013. Here are five ways to gain from the forces of change that can raise havoc with many.
#1: Having your own micro business for extra earnings, freedom, fulfillment and fun.
#2: Living and prospering in lower cost countries or small towns.
#3: Multi currency investing through US brokers and bankers abroad.
#4: Commodities that rise with inflation.
#5: Good value real estate…. especially multi dimensional and agricultural property.
We have specialized for over four decades in helping our readers excel in these five inflation beating opportunities.
The big benefits of belonging to the International Club are the power of repetition, updates and international friendships. As a club member, you become friends with other members as you meet again and again.
Your first saving is on waived seminar fees for the seminars over the next year.
As you will see above and below you can attend Florida & North Carolina seminars. If you attend just two of these seminars, the $1,799 membership fee will have already created a savings for you.
Yet there is more. Much more.
International Club members meeting in West Jefferson for a reception after the North Carolina seminar.
Enough…. Enough with the Bad News.
Our 2013 mantra is BE POSITIVE in this negative world. There is nothing as valuable as rarity but we need to remember that bad news sells. This means the mainstream media has slipped into offering information with an adrenaline rush. Mayhem, murder and natural disasters. These negative events will happen…. globally. We cannot do much about this. Dwelling on insolvable negativity is not good for our health or wealth.
A recent quote from the Abraham Hicks website explains why nicely.
Continuing to tell stories of shortage only continues to contradict your desire for abundance, and you cannot have it both ways: You cannot focus upon unwanted and receive wanted. You cannot focus upon stories about money that make you feel uncomfortable and allow into your experience what makes you feel comfortable. A different story will bring different results: My thoughts are the basis for the attraction of all things that I consider to be good, which includes enough money, and health, for my comfort and joy.
Make 2013 Your Best Year Ever
What we can do is make ourselves Friendlier, More Compassionate, Happier, Stronger, More Energetic with greater intellect. The way to start is to surround ourselves with successful, friendly, compassionate, happy, stronger, smarter, positive people who think as you do.
The International Club brings together experienced, like minded souls, who take a positive view and think outside the box… in constructive, thoughtful, doable ways.
Being in the club surrounds you with successful… positive… like minded souls. This benefit alone is truly powerful stuff!
The courses you can attend free integrate Super Thinking with business and investing ideas and experience that enhance your health and wealth.
Focus on Ecuador & Smalltown USA & Canada
Learn how to create a BIG INCOME by thinking SMALL. At the seminars you meet speakers who are attorneys and real estate experts for both Ecuador and small town USA. You’ll rub shoulders with experts on global investing and pensions who can help you increase and protect your savings and pensions also how to increase the income you earn in positive ways you enjoy as you help your community.
(See a list of speakers you’ll meet at the club meetings along with other club members below).
Absorb through Osmosis
Merri and I are in our 45th year of organizing courses, seminars and newsletters about international and Super Thinking lifestyles. The importance of this sharing… by like minded souls… was reinforced when a delegate from a course sent an email that said:
My Dearest Merri and Gary, Thank you for your most gracious hospitality last weekend. I am just thrilled at being a part of your group. You and Gary were exactly as I imagined you to be, warm friendly, kind, considerate, genuine, helpful, fun, sincere, what else can I say……I felt so comfortable in your presence and learned so much in your course. I was sad to leave the farm that Sunday afternoon. You made us all feel so welcome and cared about. You were so kind to make arrangements for a ride with the other delegates from the Charlotte Airport. They were so nice to me and so helpful, by the time the weekend was over I felt like they were my long lost brothers. Monday morning we all had breakfast at the airport together and I was so sad to see them go, I was sad the weekend was over, perhaps sad is not the right word for how I was feeling perhaps Gratitude is a better way to describe it. Grateful for having the opportunity to share the weekend with such wonderful, like minded Human Beings, in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. Thank you Merri and Gary. Thanks to you I now have new hope and a new direction to move forward in my life. I know by attending your classes and conferences that through education and due diligence I will make the right choices.
This delegate’s comments about “belonging and feeling like a brother” to the other delegates is a wonderful refrain we have heard from our readers, year after year.
24 years ago Merri and I created a way that readers can join us to be immersed in a year-long learning program through our International Club.
The ideas behind this program began all those years ago in Vienna, Austria while we were conducting a course there. One of our older delegates, had some sort of attack. The first fear was heart trouble. Several delegates took him to the hospital. Others stayed with him there. I don’t think that delegate was alone for a minute!
What impressed Merri and me was that no one asked the delegates to help this man.
The friendships of delegates sharing many courses had just grown so strong that it was a natural reaction, just as if a family member was ill. Fortunately, it was only travel fatigue and the delegate didn’t miss a session of the course!
When you join our International Club 2013 you become part of a special family. The very first member to join the club all those years ago wrote, Thank you for the enjoyable and informative courses. I am pleased to be part of your international family and look forward to continuing my education at the next course.
His feeling struck a familiar chord. It has always been one of my greatest satisfactions to see how much fun delegates have getting together, sharing information and making friendships as we learn how to improve our health and increase our wealth.
The courses draw like-minded souls. For this reason some delegates come back again and again. They come to learn, but also to be with their many friends made at the courses. When like-minded souls get together again and again to discuss a common purpose, magic happens! I can’t explain it in any other way-but it is true.
In a way our meetings are almost like family reunions. Perhaps it is getting together and reflecting on what has been said and what has been happening.
Learning with those who are also interested in the world creates thoughts that multiply the value of what we gain. This is hard to describe but results are most powerful and wonderful! This is to me is as important as the great financial benefit of attending many of our courses.
See the 2013 seminars in detail below.
We started and have continued the International Club for 24 years because there are wonderful benefits from having repeat delegates at courses. Having repeat delegates makes the whole course somehow more exciting for all. Being a repeat delegate makes it easier to make and keep wealth and to lock in the knowledge you gain. It’s an exciting lifestyle. We have fun, gain adventure, discovery and friendships and share ways to improve our health and wealth!
You can see from the schedule above a very busy schedule for 2013. Very few club members actually attend every seminar. Many attend almost all of them! Of course we hope you be with us for all of them, but even if you attend just two of the seminars, you gain considerable savings.
Another savings: Lifestyle for Two.
We want couples! As a member of the program, you are entitled to bring another person to every single course or tour. The cost for that extra person will be ZERO! You can bring whomever you wish. Bring your spouse, a friend, son or daughter, partner, accountant, adviser. You can bring the same person each time or a different person, whomever you choose to accompany you. (Accommodations and air fares relating to the courses are not included for members, delegates or their guests.)
The International Club fee of $1,799 is less than the price of two seminars.
You can pay $177 a month or $457 a quarter.
Take for example if you plan to attend our Super Thinking + Spanish, $899 for a couple and a couple for the International Investing and Business program, the normal cost would be $999 or $1,898. International Club members attending just these two programs would already save… plus they can attend all the other Florida and North Carolina seminars plus receive $1,265 worth of emailed courses at no further cost.
I invite you to be a member of the International Club which allows you and your guest of your choice to attend all of these courses and tours.
Let’s prosper in these times of change. Won’t you join us in this exciting club and share Merri’s and my lifestyle for the next year? Join us at our farms and visit Ecuador. We look forward to seeing you at as many courses as possible and sharing this wonderful world of abundance and well being with you!
You gain $7,792 of seminars, courses online courses and more in Spanish and Ecuador discounts plus $1,246 of online value. Club membership is $1,799. You save $7,239.
Attend as many of the courses below as you desire.
January 11-12-13, 2013 Super Thinking + Spanish Mt. Dora, Fl.
February 1-2-3, 2013 Super Thinking + International Investing & Business Seminar, Mt. Dora
March 15-16-17, 2013 Super Thinking & Writer’s Camp Mt. Dora. Fl.
March 18-19-20, 2013 Super Thinking + Spanish Mt. Dora, Fl. (Taught by Mark Frakes – $175 extra)
June 14, 15, 16 2013 Super Thinking & Writer’s Camp West Jefferson, NC.
August 31- September 1-2 Super Thinking & Writers Camp at Merrily Farms, NC.
October 4-5-6 Super Thinking + International Investing & Business Seminar West Jefferson, NC
November 15-16-17, 2013 Super Thinking & Writer’s Camp Mt. Dora. Fl.
In additional Super Spanish courses will be scheduled in Canada, Mexico. and the US throughout the year.
(Dates subject to change).
Join us in 2013 and learn how to take advantage of the fact that the Sun Always Shines Somewhere
Yes, I want to become an International Club Member.