Multi Dimensional Cool


Multi dimensional living is cool and I believe you’ll see it growing HOT as a lifestyle of choice that brings better health and lasting “real” wealth.  Many readers  are choosing a multi dimensional lifestyle, living on a farm and earning in other ways such as writing.

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Activity on the farm in North Carolina. It’s tax deductible and profitable but…

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I cannot call it work.

Merri and I have been fortunate. The self publishing business has treated us well.  However a great deal of our financial stability also comes from being multi dimensional.  We have lived on our own farm and seminar camp and orange grove and in our own Ecuador hotel and hacienda.  We are always fixing things up…. buying broken places or taking broken ideas and making them whole.

For decades we have been buying houses and fixing them… painting, restructuring and such.  This is our hobby… that happens to be profitable… or maybe that’s our business and writing is the hobby that also happens to be profitable?

The point is what we do is not work.   We just regularly do what we love and figure out how to earn income in the process.  The adage framed on my desk given to me by a beloved Indian Pundit is “Action is Thy Duty… Reward Not Thy Concern“. With this motto and a bit of common sense living joyfully and earning merge.

Our daughter, Cinda, and David Cross, our son-in-law webmaster and granddaughters, Sequoia and Teeka, have taken this lifestyle route as well.   Cinda loves animals so is a veterinarian and specializes in animal acupuncture which she can do at their farm.

David has his website and voice-over business he can run from their farm and the girls love working in the gardens.

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David and Cinda’s multi dimensional farm

They have reached the stage where 60% of their food is home grown and they are starting to sell and barter their extra crops.

I have encouraged David to write about this and he has now developed his “Water the Roots” website.

This site is a rich multi dimensional primer because David is “walking his talk”.  He has hands-on marketing experience that spans 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small.  He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009.

At the same time, he has followed his dream of greater self-sufficiency for food, power and water tending the land and caring for the farm and animals.

David adds to his multi dimensional activities as a professional voiceover. He built his own voiceover studio nestled on the family’s  organic farm and recent projects include work for American Express and foursquare.

Here is David’s second issue of Water the Roots.  See how to receive it regularly below.

Gary

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David Cross harvesting apples on his farm.


Christmas. And I never expected that we’d be the ones receiving the church “charity” Christmas basket. Every year we contributed to our church gift baskets with dried and canned foods, baked goods, and also helped to collect second-hand clothes, games and toys. And every Christmas without fail we drove to houses in our neighborhood to give these baskets out to families who needed help.

In the spring of 1978 my dad had a major stroke, and by late autumn the sick pay from his job had run out and we began to realize that he may never work full-time again (he never did).  A year ago my dad beat me to a race around the block and I owed him One Pound. Today he needed assistance to walk anywhere.

I was scared and things felt bleak, then just before Christmas my mum left a whole week’s food shopping on the bus. We ate a lot of potatoes that week!

A couple of days before Christmas the doorbell rang, and we received two gift baskets from our church plus a bag with some second-hand clothes for us. I felt a combination of cold and warm at the same time. Cold that we needed the help…after all, we’d always been the ones who gave to others. But warm that I didn’t feel so isolated and alone any more and that someone cared.

I remember that Christmas long ago as one of the best ever. Although we had few material gifts, all that mattered was the simple pleasure of all being together. Nothing else came close because we had each other.

Simple 2.0

Part of the personal journey everyone makes on the path to greater self sufficiency means evaluating how we spend our time…at home, at work and at play. For example today it’s a bright, frosty winter day. If I fancy a nice salad and need decent organic lettuce and salad leaves, I can drive to the store or I can walk out into our greenhouse and pick what I like.

Somewhere in early-2012 we stopped watching television. Or that is, we dropped cable TV in favor of movies we chose to watch via DVD and some streaming TV.

Not having the distraction of TV frees-up an immense amount of time but an added benefit is that this Christmas our children didn’t repeat the “For Christmas we want…” mantra, because they weren’t being bombarded by advertisements selling them toys they needed to feel happy.

And so once again, this Christmas we simply enjoyed being a close family and the darkness outside was brightened by the warmth, lights and joy in our home. What mattered this year was the magic of family, and of simply enjoying our time spent together.

Getting Started on Your Self-Sufficient Path

People ask me with increasingly regularity how they can get started growing their own food, moving into the countryside or any of the other things we do, such as rearing our own meat, hunting, fishing, making cheese or – like today – brewing beer and making sausages.

One of my favorite chefs and food writers is Michael Ruhlman, and his book Charcuterie is a joy to read and to use. In the FAQs at his blog he answers – simply and straightforwardly – the oft-posed question of, “I want to be a food writer–can you give me any advice?” His response is:

“Write. That’s all there is to it. In my opinion you have to be able to write first–about anything. Once you can write, then you can turn your writing toward your passions for food.”

To borrow the same response, “How can I get started growing my own food/moving to the countryside/rearing my own meat/fishing/hunting/{insert your question here}?” then yes, I’d certainly recommend “Get Started/Just Do It!” but I know that there is much more to it than that.

My goal here is to share with you our own journey of what happened after we “just started” but also to give you, if not a path, then at least a fairly decent trail of breadcrumbs you may use as a helpful indication of which direction to head.

“Just start” is prescriptive. Yes, please do get started. Now. Today. “Just Do It!

This blog, however, is descriptive. There’s no point in my prescribing that you grow avocados if you live in Alaska nor suggest that you plant garlic in mid-summer in Phoenix. But hopefully I will share enough to allow you to take larger and larger steps in the right direction.

And at the start of your journey the biggest thing I learned that you’ll need is one, simple ingredient…

Time

Without the time, you will never do any of this and in future you’ll look back over time and wonder why you never started. But time is also about priorities, and about what is important to you and in making time for that.

I’ve always found the phrase “making time” amusing…as if you can just create more time out of thin air, and create more hours than there are in a day.

But I believe that you can create new time by deciding what is important to you and working toward that.

Be honest with yourself. You know how much time you spend watching TV, visiting social media sites, driving to and from the office, reading the news or in catching up on gossip with acquaintances. Mashable’s article from November 2012 shows how much time is spent on social media sites – the average person spends a whopping 6.75 hours a month on Facebook alone – and you probably have a good idea of how much new time you could create by readjusting some of the similar time hogs in your life.

Clearing the Weeds

Here’s the magical thing about freeing-up time…about making time: if you can find just one hour a day, that’s four, eight-hour days a month and that is enough time to grow food to feed your family. My friend Vanessa realized that now she works at home four days a week, the time she saves not having to commute to the office (two hours round trip) is all she needs to get started.

Wherever you are in your journey – and I know if you’re reading this there’s a good chance you are at the start – the first thing to do is free up time to get started.

In my next blog post I’ll share some ideas of how to start using the time you’ve freed-up. Until then, make time

Sign up for Water the roots here.

David

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Writer’s Camps – Join Us & Learn to Write to Sell

Attend our Writer’s Camp in Florida this winter.   When you enroll, you start immediately with our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” (normally $299) which we send FREE.

Our Writer’s Camps help you learn writing to sell… the business of writing and how to publish.  

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

My wife, Merri, and I have possibly the smallest… yet one of the highest earning… self publishing company in the world.

Our high earnings come from writing, self publishing secrets we learned and refined over the past 45 years of writing to sell.  These secrets have worked so well they have earned extra millions for Merri and me and we share them at our writer’s camps..

Our goal at the camps are to help you “Get Started”… but to “Start Small” and maybe like us stay that way… small… tightly focus but highly profitable.

45 years ago I started writing because I was broke.  These problems over 40 years ago affected me for life.  In fact I am so hung up on this that that Merri and I (we are so thankful that we can) give away money to help create jobs… we have now donated close to a million dollars in our quest to reduce joblessness.

Fortunately we do not have to work for money now.  In fact we kinda retired almost 20 years ago. Now we do what we love and that happens to be writing!

Merri and I are writers and self publishers.  Merri and I began publishing with no money and little background. We started small! As already mentioned, I was bust and had no background in writing. I did not finish college.  Yet we have earned as much as $20,000 for a single day’s work… and have earned consistently year in and year out… while we do what we love… because of a few secrets.

Our self publishing business has brought us millions. We own five houses, a farmhouse, six cabins and over 1,000 acres of land. Plus more money than we can spend, in the bank… safe, secure bonds and shares… no mortgages… no credit card bills and zero debt! We always make an annual six figure income but some years we bring in seven figures…over a million dollars.  That’s because we figured out that the lion’s share of income earned from writing goes to the publisher.

Now we write to be self fulfilled… to share what we have gained from living, working, investing and writing all over the world.

We want to share these secrets with you so you can make a strong income and follow your destiny in a way that suits you and that you love.

There is more good news than the money.  The secrets we share make working fun. You are your own boss. You gain respect so your ideas are listened to.

Most important you can be self fulfilled as you make the world a better place by writing.

We want the work on your publication to begin right away…. tomorrow even.  I’ll explain how you can begin right away in a moment.

Now let’s get to the important stuff.  Our life is less stressed (not stress free – every business has stress) but Self Publishing can be a low stress business… no commuting… choose your own hours… immersed in your passions with like minded souls. Work at home. How refreshing!

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Here I am at our Florida home… at work?

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Here I am at work in the Blue Ridge.  Better than a cubicle for sure!

You can have fun every day doing what you love as you accomplish goals that are important… to you… and are a service to your community.

What do you love? Why not make the kinds of money I’ve just mentioned publishing your passion and do something good for the world at the same time?

Your passion and self publishing create…magic, wealth, happiness.

Three other things you gain.

#1: Respect. If you are not a recluse like Merri and me, you’ll find yourself the center of attention at social events and with your friends and in business because publishing is highly respected.

#2: Power. Everyone wants publishers to distribute good information about them. And everyone fears publishers a bit. The pen IS mightier than the sword!

#3: Protection. Writers are protected by the 1st Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. You do not need a license to publish. There is no government watchdog nor do you have bureaucratic red tape involved in publishing. Publishers enjoy almost more freedom than any other occupation because of the Freedom of the Press. This is so powerful because the first amendment is actually a part of the Bill of Rights. Just in case you missed this in school (as most students did including me) here are the exact words of this amendment:  “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

You become the press and you are set free. You cannot get more protection than that.

You can enjoy this wonderful lifestyle.  Married, single, rich, poor, in good and bad health, educated and not, travelers and those who want to just stay at home. This is who self publishing works for… those who want a gradual part time improvement in life and those who want to make big enhancements now.

This workshop appeals to anyone who would like to write or publish or both.  We will look at how published products can include compilations, catalogues, CDS, interviews. Plus we’ll look at how to develop treks, tours, visits, products and services.

For example, you’ll see below how one delegate who attended the workshop used her publication to sell real estate.

This course is for individuals and couples. We include those who want their own publishing system together as a family business.

This workshop is not theory. Merri and I share our real time experiences. We start at the beginning over 40 years ago but mainly look at how we earn hundreds of thousands and even millions a year in our exciting lifestyle…right now.

We study and listen to many other self publishers as well.  I invite them to our home… to see what ideas we can share and how we can learn from one another.

Self employed, retired, professionals and those who are employed who want to add extra income or who want to change their life entirely will benefit. Previous course delegates have included investors, chiropractors, doctors, dentists, lawyers, architects, other professionals and those who already own their own business and of course retirees.

Which would you rather have… 6% of $10 or 70% of $3?

The math to this question brings an obvious answer and creates opportunity for those who want a writer’s life.

Starting with online books allows you to lower price…  increase volume and cut out a publisher, distributor and book store who normally absorb up to 88% of the income created by a book.

You can start self publishing with no printing costs, no shelf space, no inventory, no postal delivery.  Most of the publishing expenses are eliminated.

The writer keeps 70%.

Amazon keeps 30%.

You gain freedom because you can write anywhere… even part time.

The first step in this process is to focus on a niche and create trust with the readers in that niche.

The eBook revolution makes this entire process easier because Amazon sales can be like prospecting tools.

Some amazing websites and businesses have been and will continue to be built using eBooks.  Kindle sales act like a search engine.  They are the starting point that attracts the original readers who become the nucleus of your success.

Technology especially favors small publishers today. Portable computers, the internet, wireless access, on demand printing smart phones and electronic readers all create enormous new potential for small publishers.

At the camp you’ll learn the importance of writing a lot for your niche.   The increased number of publications will allow you to keep your price low, but generate income that keeps you writing as you build inventory so any bigger success can grow in exponential bonds.

You can also self publish at any age.  A number of our friends who have used our writers course to self publish are in their 70s and 80s.  Yet college students have self published as well.

Small self publishers are in a win – win situation for many reasons.  If you love to travel self publishing can help make this possible and… by the way… perhaps turn your trips into a tax deductible expense.

The workshop provides a Path called the seven Ps. They provide a simple, small and easy path for starting your own publishing business.

The writer’s camp refines both Merri’s and my 40 years of experience into its most essential points. All of us will have to work intensely to cram everything into three days.

This workshop is conducted by Merri and me.  These camps are intimate which allows us to personally work with each delegate to assure that all who attend can create their own publication.

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999

Please note which camp you’ll attend in the comments section.

We’ll send you an email giving you details and your preparatory assignments for the camp, travel, etc.

We’ll set up our line of communications as well as deliver our online Self Publishing course.

We’ll send you what you need to get started. We’re going to be learning from the first minute, and we want you to be ready.

Get started and work with us and the online course until the camp begins.

Best regards,

Gary

P.S. This is a chance to experience the dream life of a writer and self publisher.

We are going to work hard the entire time from now until the camp but the effects of this retreat won’t end on day 3. They’ll just begin.

One of the finest benefits you gain will be new like-minded friends. Our previous workshop delegates have stuck together…formed support groups and helped each other develop, grow and profit. This is called an “old boys network” in some places. Every major university and educational system has one…this invisible power because “who you know”, not just “what you know” works. We’ll encourage this so your alumni group can enhance your efforts whenever required.

May I share three final examples of how big, your little self publishing business can become from our workshop?

A long time friend, who had just retired from a 30 year career in the oil industry joined our program. His passion was to learn more about health and looking at the deep, more spiritual aspects of life since he had ended a financially successful career. He has gone on to publishing the leading healthy living magazine where he lives.

Not only was he able to publish 20,000 copies of a 48-64 page magazine on healthy living every month, he was able to meet and work with leading health and spiritual leaders like Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dwyer and even the Dali Llama. What a thrill.

Michelle Toole, an at home mother, made a fateful decision… to attend our self publishing course.

Michelle was disabled when she took the “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” camp.

She took what she learned from our publishing courses and created her own successful global micro website.

Michelle wrote:  “I have some great news, my web site  http://healthy-holistic-living.com is now getting on average 2,000 visitors a day! Yup my little one man show web site now gets close to 60,000 visitors each month!  The power of the internet is amazing as well as the opportunities.  We have said it before but it deserves saying again the internet is truly the great equalizer.

“My web site is at a point now that it is growing without much effort and produces a nice passive income allowing me to continue working on my second site http://home-remedies-and-natural-cures.com and to get my third site up and running.  I am also working on various joint ventures with other web sites focusing on helping others start their own web business. I am doing monthly webinars helping disabled individuals start their own business on the Internet and will be starting a coaching club in the new year.  The opportunities are only limited by one’s imagination.

“Again I can not thank you and Merri enough, I look forward to many great adventures and new experiences in the coming years!”

See dozens more self publishing & writing success stories here.

We share David Cross videos and Skype sessions at the camp.

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David has an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience spanning 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many companies and individuals to success in business and helped them achieve their marketing goals, both online and offline.   He started working with the internet from the getgo and we have been lucky that he helped us start our website in the 1990s.  He was also Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD.  David worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and over an 8-year period helped to propel Agora’s online revenues to over $300 Million in 2009 until he came to work with Merri and me full time.

Save the $299 and receive the online course now before you attend the camp.

February 13-14-15, 2015  Friday, Saturday, Sunday.  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

Our summer and autumn camps last year sold out almost immediately and due to the small numbers we accept we must accept enrollments on a first come – first served basis.

Enroll Here.  Single $799  Couple $999


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