Creative Retirement is a Better Retirement


A growing creative trend can help us live a better retirement with a purpose that sees the big picture.

One great challenge in retirement is keeping pace with change.    Retirement today is based around social economic promises that may not make sense.   Retirement establishments ranging from Social Security to pension to medical care are overburdened and not likely to provide what many retirees expect.  Fortunately a growing creative trend that views a balancing lifestyle is more important than increasing income which can help each of us reveal an enjoyable purpose that brings joy beyond material success.  Yesterday’s message about how families can create a better retirement  featured a New York Times series on how working mothers balance careers with family responsibilities.

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This yatchak who lived and worked with Merri and me for years in Ecuador and the US always stressed to have a purpose… beyond our goals.

Part of the article “Coveting Not a Corner Office, but Time at Home” by Catherine Rampell looks at two different schools of thought about purpose which reveals this growing creative trend.

The article tells about the book  “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg.  Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and listed in Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.  This book shows ways for women to climb the corporate ladder and succeed in achieving leadership roles and be empowered to achieve their full potential in business.

The second school of thought is one of greater balance desired by women and also by men (bolds are mine).  An excerpt from the New York Times article says:  Not everyone aspires to be an executive at Facebook, like Ms. Sandberg, or to set foreign policy, like Anne-Marie Slaughter (a former State Department official and another prominent commentator on what’s holding women back in the workplace), especially when the children are young.

Unaccounted for in the latest books offering leadership strategies by and for elite women is the fact that only 37 percent of working women (and 44 percent of working men) say they actually want a job with more responsibilities, according to a survey from the Families and Work Institute. And among all mothers with children under 18, just a quarter say they would choose full-time work if money were no object and they were free to do whatever they wanted, according to a recent New York Times/CBS News poll.

This polarity exemplifies the growing creative trend looked at in this site before.  This trend was outlined over a decade ago in the book “Cultural Creatives” by Paul H. Ray PH.D.and Sherry Ruth Anderson PH.D.

Dr. Ray ran a company called American LIVES Inc. for 13 years. During that time he accumulated over 100,000 responses to questionnaires and hundreds of focus groups. (I am impressed.) The demographic information from those responses suggests that a new subculture has been emerging in America since the 60s. This group now represents 26% of the adult population (50 million people) and divides the nation into three demographic subgroups, the Moderns (49.8% of the population), the Traditionals (23.2%) and the Cultural Creatives (CC), 26%).

Some interesting points made in the book are:

The Moderns rule. They are the establishment.

The Traditionals are dying off.

The Cultural Creatives are creating a new culture in America.  This is a growing group.  When the book Cultural Creatives was published in 2001 the cultural creatives represented 26% of the population.   The survey by Families and Work Institute suggest that this figure is now nearer 40%  (37 percent of working women and 44 percent of working men say they actually want a job with more responsibilities).

Each of the three subcultures has a pretty fair disdain for the thinking of the others and moderns still represent the largest group.  Ms. Sandberg’s “Lean In” book represents a Modern’s view.  Moderns find the following things important:

  • Making or having a lot of money.
  • Climbing the ladder of success with measurable goals.
  • Looking good or being stylish.
  • When the going gets tough the tough go shopping.
  • Having lots of choices.
  • Being on top of the latest innovations, trends and styles.
  • Supporting economic and technological progress at a national level.

Moderns also have the following assumptions:

  • It is flaky to be concerned about your inner or spiritual life.
  • You have the right to be entertained by the media.
  • Your body is pretty much like a machine.
  • Most organizations lend themselves to machine analogies.
  • Either big business or big government knows best.
  • Bigger is better.
  • Time is money.
  • What gets measured gets done.
  • Setting goals is very important.
  • Analyzing things into their parts is the best way to solve problems.
  • Science and engineering are the models for truth.
  • Efficiency and speed are top priorities.
  • The mainstream media’s awe for the rich is correct.
  • It makes sense to compartmentalize your life into separate spheres, work, family, making love, education, politics, religion.

CCs on the other hand are the fast growing group, who see a different bigger picture, find the following important:

  • Nature and its destruction.
  • Problems with the whole planet such as global warming, destruction of the rain forests, overpopulation, lack of ecological sustainability and exploitation of the poor.
  • They would pay more taxes if the money would be used to clean the environment.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships.
  • Helping others and bringing out other’s unique gifts.
  • Volunteering for good causes.
  • Psychological and spiritual development.
  • See spirituality or religion as important but concerned about Religious right.
  • Equality of women.
  • Violence and abuse of women and children.
  • Politics should spend more on education, neighborhoods and sustainable future.
  • Concerns about the left and right of politics as well as the mushy middle.
  • Optimism for the future and distrust media’s negativity.
  • Creating new and better ways of life.
  • Concerned about big business’s focus on profit over environment, downsizing and human exploitation.
  • Having finances under control.
  • Dislikes overspending, conspicuous consumption and “making it”.
  • Likes exotic and foreign people, places and other ways of life.

The growth of moms and dads seeking a more balanced lifestyle shows the importance of retiring with a purpose.

Sandberg’s book has a very Modern twist… which I believe is out of step with this growing trend and narrows the broader view.

This is why Merri and I try to always invest and do business with a purpose.   I have a quote framed on my desk… “Action is Thy Duty… Reward Not Thy Concern”.   We keep moving forward with our purpose without great concern about where the currents carry our correct actions.

How can we define our purpose?

Look for what brings meaning to life.  A better retirement is a journey of meaningfulness, not a destination and the essence of humanity is meaning.   With meaning we are motivated.  We enjoy what we do rather than what we have.

Our purpose simplifies retirement.  Purpose defines what we do and cuts out the nonsense suggestions on how we should live that we are bombarded with by commerce and the establishment.

Purpose solidifies our core values and allows us to be decisive regardless of what is happening around us.

Having and fulfilling a purpose reduces stress and inner conflict.

It is possible to do everything we want when what we want is what we are meant to do.  It is never possible to do all of what others want us to do.  Our purpose brings our action into perspective.  Without purpose are subject to the whims of the marketplace.

Purpose focuses action.  This focus places attention on fulfilling a destiny that is important to you.

We could call a better retirement with a pinnacle career a soul journey.  The great mystic Sufi poet Rumi is quoted “When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

Gaining joy from service is the best way to have a better retirement because joy is nature’s way of leading us in the right direction.   As the world changes at an increasingly faster pace, this joy is the energy that allows one to keep a steady course.

A more modern sage, Dr. Seuss, said: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Seek your purpose as part of the growing creative trend that balances lifestyle for a better retirement.

Gary

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

Attend our Writer’s Camp in Florida this fall or 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.  

November 14-15-16, 2014, Friday, Saturday Sunday.   Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

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.

November 14-15-16, 2014, Friday, Saturday Sunday.   Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

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.

November 14-15-16, 2014, Friday, Saturday Sunday.   Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $799 or $999 for a couple)

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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