The Wall Street Journal article entitled “‘Oh, Yeah,’ the Song from ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off,’ Is Catchy, Irritating and the Origin of an Investing Fortune” (1) tells the story of how Deiter Meier, a 71-year-old Swiss musician wrote this song and how it has earned several million dollars over the years.
Meier, it turns out, is more than a musician. He is a good businessman and has turned this source of income into multiple streams of income and a fortune worth about $175 million. He invested in a railway company, BVZ Holding AG that benefits from tourism to the Matterhorn in southern Switzerland. He invested in the company that prints Swiss francs. He also invested in 250,000 acres of land in Argentina, where he grows grapes for wine and raises beef cattle.
“The Argentina products supply the six restaurants he owns with partners in Switzerland and Germany. His “Loco” Cabernet and Malbec blend sells in Swiss supermarkets for about $15 a bottle.”
He acquired the rights to a patented extraction process for cacao beans, and he is planning a large chocolate factory.
So what is his next big deal? What he is nervous (and I imagine excited) about is his next little deal? He belongs to a band, called October and last year they played their first real gig in Berlin. Mr. Meier was “semi-nervous.” That little success has encouraged his bank to plan more European gigs and if that, the band might plan some US performances.
Why would a 72 year old with all that success, delve into this type of career?
The answer to this question, my friend, gets to the root of happiness and financial success.
Too few investors ask the question, “Why do I want to be wealthy?” Sure we know that food has to be bought. Rent has to be paid. Taxes, bills, cars, gas, education, health care, entertainment all cost money. We need income or capital for all these things. Yet paying for the basics of life and the luxuries we enjoy does not require that we be really wealthy. In fact, research shows that money’s ability to make us feel good is quite limited.
Advertisers try to convince us that we need lots of stuff (and they do a pretty good job with their ads) but the law of diminishing returns really does kick in when it comes to stuff.
Purposeful action on the other hand is reinforced by action. The more there is, the better we feel.
The link between positive momentum and being happy is not strong because happiness comes in two ways. The is “evaluative” happiness and “affective” happiness.
Research shows that affective happiness (“how often we experience positive emotions like joy, affection and tranquility, as opposed to negative emotions”) does not rise much after a household reaches an annual income of around $75,000.
Evaluative happiness (“a sense that we are progressing toward our life goals”) keeps getting better as we do more.
The research is clear. Growing happiness comes from achieving goals, not getting or being rich. When the process of making money is divorced from a long term strategy of completing fulfilling missions, the process of investing is more likely to engender fear and unhappiness, than a feeling of fulfillment and security.
Often super rich people like Deiter Meier gain their satisfaction in making limited progress through music. Paul Allen (entrepreneur from Microsoft), Stephen King (Writer), Dave Barry (Writer) are a few other examples. They all have super success. More money brings limited satisfaction so they enjoy playing in a band.
Creating New Rituals with Association
We do not have to be a performer. Each of us, no matter how much money we have, will have something we really enjoy doing. We each have a personal task that uncovers and faces our weaknesses and fears, that discovers and reinforces our strengths and desires.
Break down old habits of thought and emotion, some that have been with us a lifetime, with new rituals routines and habits.
Create a ritual that replaces worry with positivity in the here and now. You become smarter… happier… healthier when you start every day with a goal to do something that creates a positive association. Warm and fuzzy is good! Such associations are comforting, and we are more likely to make wise decisions, based on what is right for us… instead of based on fear and dread. That’s darned important in these times of social and economic turmoil and change that create so many feelings of threat.
This is fundamental to well-being because happy associations create positive attitudes that cut through the multitude of noise that an imbalanced society creates and leads us to making small steps and little wins.
A Super Thinking routine is one way to chip away at our personal negative forces, one day at a time. Here is one small part of the Super Thinking Training I have included in our Super Thinking Report that can help you create evaluative happiness.
This is a simple mental ritual that an Ecuador shaman taught Merri and me for raising this awareness.
Get a spool of gold colored thread. (Gold represents wealth, wisdom and prosperity.)
Measure a length of this thread equal to the distance from your belt loop to the thumb of your right hand when you arm is extended (or left if you are left handed).
Tie one end of the thread to thumb. Tie the other end of the thread to your belt loop.
Leave this for a day and count how many times you break the thread.
This exercise helps us recover our awareness. Not breaking the thread all day long is the ideal… but this is not a contest. This ritual is a powerful reminder that loops you back to the quiet… efficient…simple wisdom that is uniquely you. Learn more about this discipline below.
We all have purposes. Happiness, fulfillment and contentment are guides that lead us to them and keep us on track when we are reaching our goals. Integrating investing and business with purpose not only leads to a more enjoyable life, but can also enhance our material success.
Be More Intelligent With Super Thinking RoutinesHere is a way to increase intelligence and reduce fear.
Two points almost everyone agrees on about the future are… first we need to be smarter to keep up with the faster pace of change… and second the world’s economy has and will continue to globalize.
Be smarter as the world turns faster. Super Thinking tactics in our courses help create new income opportunity and also can improve health.
A Wall Street Journal article entitled “Ways to Inflate Your IQ” says: Many people think of IQ as a genetic trait, like brown eyes or short legs: You’re born with it and you’re stuck with it. Now, a growing body of research is showing that a person’s IQ can rise—and even fall—over the years.
Scores can change gradually or quickly, after as little as a few weeks of cognitive training, research shows.
In the latest study, 33 British students were given IQ tests and brain scans at ages 12 to 16 and again about four years later by researchers at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London; 9% of the students showed a significant change of 15 points or more in IQ scores.
On a scale where 90 to 110 is considered average, one student’s IQ rose 21 points to 128 from 107, lifting the student from the 68th percentile to the 97th compared with others the same age, says Cathy Price, professor of cognitive neuroscience at the center and co-author of the study, published last month in Nature.
Swings in individual IQ scores are often written off as the product of measurement error or a test subject having a bad day. But MRIs in this study showed changes in gray matter in areas corresponding to fluctuations in the kids’ skills, Dr. Price says.
There are practical steps people can take to see longer-term IQ changes. A 30-year study at the National Institute of Mental Health found that people whose work involves complex relationships, setting up elaborate systems or dealing with people or difficult problems, tend to perform better over time on cognitive tests. Test scores of people whose jobs are simple and require little thought actually tend to decline, according to the research, published in 1999 in Psychology and Aging.
New tasks stimulate the brain most. When researchers at the University of Hamburg subjected 20 young adults to one month of intense training in juggling, they found an increase in the corresponding gray matter in the brain as early as seven days after the training began.
Fluctuations in IQ scores over time underscore the brain-boosting benefits of a complex job, musical training, advanced schooling and new experiences throughout a lifetime.
Music lessons are linked to higher IQ throughout life, according to research by E. Glenn Schellenberg, a psychology professor at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. Six years’ lessons lifted children’s IQ scores an average 7.5 points.
Super Thinking Tactics improve the brain through the use of music. The Super Thinking Story.
The educational program Merri and I have developed uses a form of brain wave integration that opens enormous opportunity for expansion, understanding, peacefulness as well as greater wealth. We are sharing this in depth program that teaches Super Thinking.
Super Thinking uses frequency (in music and a number of other ways) to integrate brain waves so the process of absorbing, processing and recalling information is vastly accelerated. This brings forth the three C’s: Calm, Clarity and Coherence.
How the Super Learning History Brings Opportunity to You Now:
Our Super Thinking programs are not gimmicks or tricks… just advanced education.
Merri and I are explorers. Our business began 46 years ago (May 1968) and we continue to always look for what’s next… trying to stay on or ahead of the leading edge.
This process helped us create the totally unique system we use that incorporates numerous tactics.
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.
This one tactic alone is so powerful that Small Business Innovation Research… an official site of the US government granted over $100,000 for the specific purpose they said was: to provide a method to remove barriers which hinder or prevent the employment of blind persons. An innovative method call the Lozanov learning system is proposed to help train blind persons to become computer programers and operators of automated equipment.
Merri was among just a few who learned directly from Dr. Lozanov the one time he visited the USA and is licensed in these techniques.
Merri has enhanced this system with numerous other tactics. One is to make slight alterations in nutrition. Altered nutrition can make anyone a person 25% smarter. These two tactics are just part of seven, easy to use learning techniques that help gain any skill, from computers to athletics to conversational languages… in much less time than traditional learning techniques… often two-to-five times faster, in exciting and innovative ways…but most of all it is a system that is stress free and full of fun.
Our Super Learning System helps in innumerable walks of life. This is why the second year of our teaching program offers extra opportunity for you now.
Problems Can Create Opportunity
There is a huge and growing problem of accelerating change that requires accelerated learning. You can use a Super Thinking focus in every aspect of your life including your business… shifting our mental process into overdrive.
Super Thinking works by focusing on the learner first… the data second. This system “grows the learner” rather than just expands the information. The explosion of data we must all process every day means there is too much information to process already. Let’s view this learning in terms of plumbing to outline what “Growing the Learner” means.
If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information. The answer is to first create a six inch pipe and then an even larger pipe…a never ending expansion of abilities!
Share our 50 years of Experience
When it comes to having a micro business in online publishing, seminars, courses and tours, there are few people with more experience than Merri and me. Over 49 years we have organized, marketed and conducted thousands of tours for tens of thousands in dozens and dozens of countries (even behind the Iron Curtain). This course shares how we have done this… what we did right… what we did wrong… and what you can do better.
Super Thinking Goes Way Beyond Spanish
Our training teaches an effective way to teach languages but covers much more many… perhaps all fields of education.
For example. We teach Super Thinking Business seminars that show how these mind expanding tactics can be applied to starting and running a business, to forex trading and investing. Athletes of all types… golfing being one common sport benefit. The Soviet Union… even though a third world country… excelled in the Olympics… as well as beating the USA into outer space… because it integrated FM teaching tactics as developed by Dr. Georgi Lozanov (one of Merri’s teachers) into its educational system.
Our Super Thinking plan goes far beyond Lozanov and allows you to enhance every part of your life.
Read Wall Street Journal article Ways to Inflate Your IQ