Core values are the driving force of all things human. Core values driven by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs are the power driving our activity, business, religion, investing, social, economic, institutional, national and global.
Be aware of core value shifts… in nations… in markets… and in yourself.
How have core values in Western democracies changed?
How have our beliefs about our government changed?
Photo from Mr. Smith goes to Washington
The 1939 movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story.
Photo at salon.com from the Netflix series “House of Cards”.
Netflix’s “House of Cards” made Emmy history Thursday with nine nominations.
The Emmy nomination of these films show numerous evolutions from black and white to color, from theater to internet. The Netflix nomination is the first for a program delivered online as being equal to the best on TV.
Shifts in Victorian core values are not limited to the USA either. House of Cards was an English show first. The US version roughly follows the English show. I believe that the two shows also reflect shifts in core values and beliefs that people in Western democracies have held about their political systems.
At our most recent Writer’s Camp, we were looking at how to use “core value shifts” to create and sell publications. We reviewed the importance of a publication having a clear cut purpose based on thoroughly examined and understood core values.
One of the delegates of a Ukraine background spoke up and outlined how unexpected core value shifts can bring enormous pain and suffering.
He told of his aunts and uncles born and raised in the Soviet era were led into disaster. “The Soviet taught core values loyal to the state… not the family… so millions had nothing for support or to believe in when the state dissolved” he explained.
Be careful what you believe in. Take for example… the belief in a million dollars… an ultimate, western brass ring.
A recent USA Today article “For Retirees, a Million-Dollar Illusion” by Jeff Sommer shows how the value of a million has changed.
Here is an excerpt: In 1953, when “How to Marry a Millionaire” was in movie theaters, $1 million bought the equivalent of $8.7 million today. Now $1 million won’t even buy an average Manhattan apartment or come remotely close to paying the average salary of an N.B.A. basketball player.
Still, $1 million is more money than 9 in 10 American families possess. It may no longer be a symbol of boundless wealth, but as a retirement nest egg, $1 million is relatively big. It may seem like a lot to live on.
But in many ways, it’s not.
Inflation isn’t the only thing that’s whittled down the $1 million. The topsy-turvy world of today’s financial markets — particularly, the still-ultralow interest rates in the bond market — is upending what many people thought they understood about how to pay for life after work.
“We’re facing a crisis right now, and it’s going to get worse,” said Alicia Munnell, director of the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. “Most people haven’t saved nearly enough, not even people who have put away $1 million.”
For people close to retirement, the problem is acute. The conventional financial advice is that the older you get, the more you should put into bonds, which are widely considered safer than stocks. But consider this bleak picture: A typical 65-year-old couple with $1 million in tax-free municipal bonds want to retire. They plan to withdraw 4 percent of their savings a year — a common, rule-of-thumb drawdown. But under current conditions, if they spend that $40,000 a year, adjusted for inflation, there is a 72 percent probability that they will run through their bond portfolio before they die.
The U.S. Game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” was the first U.S. game show to offer a million-dollar top prize and became one of the highest-rated game shows in the history of American television. This suggests that the idea of being a millionaire is still a Western core value. (This show by the way also was a copy of an English original.)
As core values shift in the Western world, accept this ideal of being a millionaire with caution. The process can blind you to your real destiny and it may be meaningless. A million dollars may not be enough.
This is why it is important to have a purpose driven life and retirement that provides everlasting wealth from a fulfilling process.
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November 14-15-16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, Mt. Dora, Fl. (Normally $999. Free for club members)
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Plus in 2015 we’ll have a Writer’s Camp in August or September 2015 and an International Investing Seminar in October 2015 in West Jefferson.
Save even if you attend only two seminars you save.
Members can attend the Super Thinking + Spanish course that Merri and I teach free.
We conduct most of our courses and seminars in the peace and quiet of Smalltown USA.
February Mount Dora Arts Festival. Lake County (Mount Dora and Eustis Florida) is the site of our 2014-15 winter courses.
There are many benefits of membership.
Most members join us for at least three courses… one investing and business, one writers camp and one Spanish course. That alone creates a $1,198 savings. Some members attend every course plus more.
You (and a guest of your choice) can attend all of the seminars shown above in the year ahead FREE.
As a club member you also receive seven online reports, courses and workshops 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 $175.
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 2014 and 2015. Here are five ways to gain from the forces of change.
#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.
Make the Years Ahead Your Best Years Ever
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.
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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.
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 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.
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.
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 and a guest can attend all of our seminars, courses online courses plus $1,246 of online value. Club membership is $1,799. If you attend only two courses or seminars the $1,799 is less than the price of two seminars… plus you receive all of the online courses and updates.
You save even if you attend only two seminars you save.
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