Posted on 27 May 2010.
An international micro business can enhance wealth and protect against inflation especially when you take a global perspective and a bird’s eye view.
Get ideas on how to spot micro business ideas from this field and…
The novel “Lake House” by James Patterson… was a great success but was a rather odd novel with sympathetic characters being genetically altered children who are part bird. They have wings and fly. I was surprised when I learned that this has been a really top selling novel.
Why did this story do so well?
Patterson says it’s because most people have a dream of wanting to fly.
My thinking is the yearning goes deeper. We humans yearn for bird’s eye views.
We want to see the big picture…connect dots…to enhance our lives, yet see all the detail just as birds do. We want to improve our life and make the world a better place with win-win views. Like the eagle. He sees the entire panorama yet spots the smallest mouse moving in a field.
This is not always easy. It has been said that man can achieve the impossible, fly to Mars even put a man on the moon. Yet we can never overcome the inconvenient.
Take energy concerns. Fly into Copenhagen and you’ll see windmill after windmill built in the middle of the sea. What a huge undertaking that was!
Or go visit my state of birth, Oregon. Drive up the Columbia River and see the Bonneville Dam. A monster of a grand project…all to have more energy.
There are almost impossible jobs done…the wind captured…the mighty Columbia tamed just to replace fossil fuels.
Merri and I have noticed something interesting when we drive to Charlotte Airport. Coming south (North of Charlotte) a DOT Lane starts where only cars with two or more people can drive. Traffic was backed up for dozens of miles in the right lane…all cars with one driver. Merri and I whisked into the totally empty DOT lane and at 70 MPH right through Charlotte while these multitudes sat, burning fuel and wasting time.
Why? Because it’s a little inconvenient to find another person to ride with to work! Instead the masses sit there, thousands of man hours lost and tens of thousands of gallons of gas consumed.
Our international business can enhance our wealth when we use a bird’s eye view as well. We increase our odds for great prosperity when we tap into life supporting investments….because in the long term what makes money is solving problems.
Here is a case study on how to create micro business opportunity by spotting problems as they unfold every day.
This case study looks at opportunity in energy. Energy shortages are a huge problem and hence a huge opportunity.
Problems create three types of opportunity.
#3: Structural Change
Let’s begin by looking at the problem and opportunity in energy structural change.
During a Smalltown USA study on electricity costs, I stumbled across a January 29, 2010 Economist article entitled “Running out of juice” that created new thoughts about green investing and about living in Ecuador.
An excerpt from the article says:
How will we recharge all the electric cars?
IN THE ten years since hybrid electric vehicles first hit the highways and byways of America, they have come to represent 2.5% of new car sales. Yet, in places like Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington, DC, every other car seems to be a Toyota Prius. That is because hybrids like the Prius have sold overwhelmingly where well-heeled early adopters reside.
A couple of million of the new electric vehicles could be bought by early adopters during the first few years.
The popular assumption is that they will be plugged into a wall socket in the garage late at night, taking advantage of cheap off-peak power. Unfortunately, things are not that simple.
One thing the new plug-ins and pure electrics have in common is a beefy lithium-ion battery pack that needs a lot of heavy charging. At the very least, that involves installing 220-volt wiring in the home. Trying to recharge a modern electric car with a standard American 110-volt supply takes too long to be practical (up to 18 hours in the case of the Leaf).
Of course, if not fully charged at night it may have to be recharged during the day—when electricity rates can be up to five times more expensive. Average peak rates in America are 33 cents a kilowatt-hour compared with seven cents off-peak.
In theory, recharging electric vehicles during off-peak hours should help utilities “fill the valley”—the trough in electricity demand between midnight and six in the morning, and thereby get better utilization from their coal- or gas-fired generating stations. But, again, things are not quite as they seem. No utility wants to run its network flat out. Scheduling maintenance becomes difficult, which can lead to more frequent failures. The net result is that additional capacity has to be installed at a cost that would not otherwise be justified.
This time the Californian utilities are being more circumspect. They are concerned about highly concentrated pockets of ownership and the effects of everyone deciding to recharge their electric vehicles at once—as they inevitably will do when they return home from work. The local electricity system could be easily overwhelmed, and wider swathes of the grid brought to its knees in the process.
Preparing for this means beefing up local transformers as well as installing heavy-duty wiring and smart meters in homes to provide early warning of network troubles ahead. Sooner or later, those additional costs will have to be passed on to customers.
Now let’s talk about US electricity costs.
Excerpts from an April 2009 NPR article entitled “An Aged Electric Grid Looks To A Brighter Future” by Jeff Brady point out a story for rising costs and says:
The nation’s electricity grid is facing some huge challenges — it’s outdated and unprepared for increasing demand and a future that includes more renewable sources of energy. In a week long series, NPR is examining the state of the nation’s electricity infrastructure.
The economic stimulus bill passed in February includes $11 billion to upgrade the country’s power grid, but that’s just a down payment on a massive undertaking. That’s because when it comes to electricity, not much has changed since Thomas Edison fired up the first commercial power grid in lower Manhattan on Sept. 4, 1882. The fundamentals he pioneered are still the basis for an electricity grid in the U.S. that is almost 100 percent reliable. But in recent years, that grid has started showing weakness.
On Aug. 14, 2003, a lot of people in the northeastern U.S. learned that they couldn’t take reliable electricity service for granted anymore. A utility in Ohio failed to trim a few trees, causing a surprise outage that rolled across the region. Eventually, it left 50 million people without power for about a day. The risk of blackouts still exists in just about every region of the country.
The cost of this upgrade will eventually be passed onto consumers. This started me thinking about electricity in the parts of Smalltown USA where Merri and I live.
Living in Smalltown USA often means living with extra space and in some parts of the country that space can be used to generate electricity.
I have already figured out what to do with hydro power on our North Carolina farm… because our farm has space… water and a lot of drop in altitude.
But I wanted to check potential solutions for creating energy in Florida… where energy might best be provided by the sun. We have 16 acres in the sun and parts are in the form of large empty fields with no obstructions. I was wondering what to do with this space and started looking at Hybrid Solar Energy Systems.
Right at the entrance of our house is a perfect…
place for an energy field.
So I started researching.
I was surprised. Though the numbers will not send me rushing to the bank… they have caused me to pause… and consider.
A 5040 watt complete MyGen solar electric system by Kyocera can generate up to 5,000 watts of power an hour… sometimes. Our electricity co-op will buy this electricity from me for .11 cents a kilowatt.
This 5040 watt system was offered to me totally installed for $37,380. “Whew,” I thought at first.
But a 30% federal tax credit is available thus lowering my real cost to $26,166. A talk with the electricity co-op suggests that the actual electricity generated from such a system is worth about $500 a year or about a 1.3% per annum return on that cost… if electricity costs remain at .11 cents a watt.
1.3% isn’t enough to get excited about until you ask two questions. The tax credit raises the return to 1.8%.
First, what is my bank paying me on a $26,000 CD right now?
A local bank here in Florida is offering 1.6% on a one year CD.
Second, how much might electricity costs rise?
I do not know the answer to this but certainly would be surprised to see electricity prices fall.
In Florida there is one added kicker. The state has been paying a subsidy of four dollars per watt on the first 5,000 watts of installation. In other words… they would kick in $20,000 if I put in the system. Wow! That means the cost starts at $37,380. The tax credit saves me $11,214…. leaving $26,166 of cost minus $20,000.
This is a no brainer… an investment of $6,166 with an 8.1% return at current prices on a commodity that is likely to rise in the years ahead.
The downside is that Florida ran out of money for this subsidy and there are numerous buyers already on a waiting list… which is the only reason why I am still researching rather than having the installer working now.
Yet there are three points we should consider as they may lead to some green profits
Green profit point #1: Solar energy systems are becoming more efficient.
Green profit point #2: Energy costs are rising.
Green profit point #3: We, as investors, may profit from installing solar energy in some states now. This will create more demand for solar products and cause the shares of solar energy companies to rise.
So a bird’s eye view shows us that micro business services in alternate energy generation structural change makes sense.
We can see a different type of energy opportunity in adaptation.
One micro business Merri and I had was publishing reports on how we to import used Rolls Royces and Bentleys from England to the US.
A better idea…
now might be reports on how import the deux chevaux instead.
This was described by CAR magazine journalist and author LJK Setright as “the most intelligent application of minimalism ever to succeed as a car”. Imagine how much good we could do in the world if everyone drove a two cylinder 61 miles per gallon car! See more in Lowtech magazine below.
Or in researching the deux chevaux I spotted a micro business that imports and rebuilds them to sell at a premium… up to $20,000 each.
many small, fuel efficient cars and…
many micro business ideas that can be built around small cars… like converting the Suzki Samari engine to a much more fuel efficient Volkswagon diesel engine. Ideas range from a how to manual to importing the engines to providing the conversions. I have had my Samari for 24 years and would be your first customer!
So there are plenty of micro business ideas that come from adaptation to the energy crisis.
How about mitigation. Our efficient energy driven society forces most of the population to work so hard they have no time to eat right and exercise properly. So energy mitigation creates business opportunity in wellness. Selling people on ideas of cycling to work is an example. They save on fuel and get exercise they need.
This opportunity could unfold in businesses as diverse as offering reports on cycling to selling bikes.
Problems create opportunity to change… mitigate and adapt.
Get a bird’s eye view of the world’s problems. Then look for micro solutions. This is a great way to start your micro business for everlasting wealth.
How We Can Serve You
Schedule 2015 Seminars and Courses
We conduct our Investment seminar at Jefferson Landing in Jefferson North Carolina.
Join Merri and me for all the courses and seminars that we’ll conduct to help you gain positive solutions to your economic, financial and lifestyle concerns.
Here is the courses we currently have scheduled in 2015.
Never Run Out of Money
Join Merri and me for our October 17-18 Quantum Wealth Seminar.
The seminar goes beyond just finding value investments. The seminar will review inflation of major life items since 1942. See how the price of gold and silver shows why food costs will rise even more and how investing in a portfolio of strong multinational good value companies can create strong profits.
See how to gain profits on currency distortions. For example at the 2012 October seminar it became obvious that the Japanese yen was overvalued.
That led me to post a note at this site “Multi Currency Sandwich” suggesting shorting the Japanese yen and investing the loan in dollars and euro.
What a ride! The dollar appreciated over 12% versus the yen in one quarter. This rise was far higher than the skyrocketing Dow Jones Industrial average (red line in chart below).
Those who learned how to borrow yen and invest in the Dow Jones industrial average… earned both the 9.5% and 12% profit or 21.5%… in three months.
US dollar versus yen and comparison to Dow Jones Industrial average chart from www.finance.yahoo.com. Click on chart to to enlarge.
That yen loan is not safe at this time. At the seminar we will look at the risk reward scenarios for numerous currencies to see which is likely to bring the greatest profit next. More importantly you learn how to continually monitor currency values after the seminar.
We conduct the seminar in October because September and October are important months to our wealth.
These months (September and October) also pose the greatest risk to our wealth.
A study by Michael Keppler shows that most profits in most major equity markets, is achieved from the beginning of November through the end of May.
Michael wrote: “Gary, We have done extensive research on seasonality and I am proud to announce that a shortened version of a major study which I have coauthored with our Director of Research, Dr. Xing Hong Xue, will be published in the Winter Issue of the Journal of Investing. Our research shows that basically in all major equity markets, nearly all returns are achieved from the beginning of November through the end of May. All the best to you and Merri. Michael”
Michael showed that over 30 Years, the Dow grew 8.16% overall.
There was 8.36% growth in the months November through April. There was 0.37 growth in the months May to October. $100 invested in the Dow grew to $848 overall over the 3o years.
$100 invested in the Dow grew to $1,067 if it were invested only in the months of November through April. $100 invested in the Dow dropped to $79 if it were invested only in the months of May to October.
Historically the worst months for stock markets are September and October. This week, the best chances for equity losses this year, have just begun. Think risk aversion now and think ahead for profit making in November.
We’ll be joined by our guest speaker, Michael Keppler. Michael is one of the world’s foremost equity mathematical and statistical analyst. Between us, we have almost 100 years of equity research experience. He will speak about time, asset allocation and how to determine good value markets.
Learn how to protect and increase your savings and wealth with easy to start, very slow trading, safe and secure, worry and stress free portfolios that provide proven long term profit potential. Avoid the ups and downs that stock markets will see in the months ahead.
As a run up to my 50th year of speaking and writing about savings and investments around the world I asked my mathematical and tax genius friends to share a weekend with us to cut through the fog of rapid change and show us ways to invest better than hedge fund managers.
Hedge Funds were the fashionable place to invest in the 1990s, but since then their performance has been falling.
However some hedge fund managers succeeded for one simple reason… experience. A Telegraph article “How can we avoid the next financial crisis? Urgently listen to those who foresaw this one” explains why a few managers succeeded, when it was said: It’s no coincidence that the biggest winners of the downturn – John Paulson, Paolo Pellegrini and Jeffrey Greene – were approaching 50 years of age. They retained vivid memories of past real-estate problems. Youth was a detriment to pulling off the greatest trade ever and preparing for the downturn.
The successful hedge fund investors succeeded where most failed because of their experience.
I’ll provide the 50 years of experience at the seminar. I have been through the rise of gold to over 800 an ounce (in the 1970s) and silver to $48. I experienced the stock market’s bear that began in 1968, the Black Monday crash in 1987 when the Dow had its biggest one day drop ever and the dotcom bubble as well as the collapse in 2008. I worked my way through the first dollar devaluation in 1971, the Plaza Accord arranged dollar collapse and two major downturns in the Japanese yen, plus invested through the 1970s, 1980s and late 2000 recessions.
We’ll share how these experiences prepare us for our investments now.
Michael Keppler provides the Math.
The idea of using math to find good value equity investments led me to ask mathematical analyst, Michael Keppler, to join us in the Blue Ridge for the seminar.
Michael is a brilliant mathematician. We have tracked his analysis for over 20 years. He continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return. He compares each stock market’s history. From this, he develops his Good Value Stock Market Strategy. His analysis is rational, mathematical and does not cause worry about short term ups and downs.
Red Lining Your Investments
According to Keppler’s analyses, an equally-weighted combination of good value markets offers the highest expectation of long-term risk-adjusted performance. His mathematical predictions have been eerily accurate as the red line below shows.
Each quarter Michael shares with me (and other professional investors) his “Total Return Predictions”.
Click on chart to enlarge.
This chart shows the entire real-time forecasting history of Keppler for the KAM Equally-Weighted World Index, he started in 1993. Keppler continually shows what his mathematical formulas predict for markets four years ahead. These numbers are based on mathematical relationships between price and value over the previous 15 years moving forward in monthly increments. In this way Keppler uses numbers to continually adjust to the ever-changing market norm.
Keppler’s chart includes two remarkable episodes. The first in the period when global equity markets peaked and crashed over a five-year period from 1997 to 2001. Keppler’s Equally-Weighted World Index predictions stayed above the upper forecast band and accurately predicted the recovery and how much global markets would rise.
The second remarkable period started in October 2008, when again Keppler’s forecasts accurately showed where markets would reach as they fell below the lower forecast band.
Imagine the extra profit professional investors have today when they invested in these depressed good value markets before they again rose.
Keppler’s projections now indicate that global markets are expected to rise from between 2.1% and 13.0 % in the next three to five years.
Learn about Keppler’s projections and about Asset Allocation from Michael Keppler in person at our Value Investing Seminar October 17 & 18 in Jefferson, North Carolina.
Our October seminar will be at the Jefferson Landing Country Club.
Enjoy the autumn leaf change and learn how to survive and prosper with value investments.
Jefferson leaf change view.
Learn amazing tax benefits as well. I have invited my tax expert, Conrad Oertwig, to join us.
Seven of tax secrets that Conrad will share include:
* How Dutch-treat entertainment allows you to deduct your own meals.
* How to entertain for business and help the charity of your choice because a charity sporting event produces double the deduction of a business meal.
* How one magic word can allow you to deduct your daily transportation costs between your home and another work location.
* How to earn an extra $11,425 by using antiques as office equipment.
* How to gain $12,976 by using two vehicles for business.
* How to reduce tax by having a second office in the home.
* How to travel by cruise ship and deduct up to $680 a day.
Plucking common sense from the tax law is time consuming and difficult work. For more than 25 years, Conrad has gained great satisfaction by helping his clients extract tax dollars from the tax law. He has over 400 tax savings tips and will share some of the most important lessons at the seminar.
To help you get an early start on tax savings, I will send you Conrad’s report “7 Secrets to Paying Less Tax… for the One-Owner Business” when you enroll in the seminar. I’ll also send you “The Silver Dip 2015” as soon as it is released.
Join Michael Keppler, Conrad Oertwig, Merri, and me, plus video presentations by Leslie Share, Eric Roseman, Thomas Fischer and Richard Smith. The “Value Investing Seminar” looks at how to protect purchasing power and pensions with value investing. The course teaches how to add safety and create profits by spotting multi currency and global equity cycles through good value mathematics.
Get “7 Secrets to Paying Less Tax & The Silver Dip 2015”. Join us Saturday, Sunday, October 17-18, 2015, Jefferson, North Carolina. Enroll here $499. Couple $799.
Hear from other speakers via video. The seminar will include online presentations including:
One way to protect our wealth and freedom is to have a good attorney who understands how to use appropriate planning so you can also be protected rather than hurt by the tax laws.
Leslie Share: How to use and benefit from US tax law living overseas and for wealth preservation.
Leslie has been our friend and adviser of more than 30 years, and I have asked him to speak to the seminar online at the October Value Investing seminar. Leslie is an attorney in Coral Gables, Florida who specializes in general, corporate and international taxation, estate and gift tax planning, internal revenue service matters at the agent and appeals level plus most important, he specializes in wealth preservation.
He has the highest possible Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, Florida Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America.
Leslie is the type of attorney who can help gain asset and wealth protection if you live in the US or abroad.
The best way for boomers to protect their wealth is with good value income producing shares. Not everyone can wait for their assets to grow. Many need investments that create income now.
Eric Roseman: How to select good value income producing shares.
I have worked with Eric for decades and use his ability to select good value income producing shares. Understanding the intrinsic value of any equity is an elusive concept, but one of the best ways to assess value is by looking at the income it generates. Eric is a master at sniffing out the shares that provide a good income now as well as potential appreciation later. Learn from his strategic ideas for current market conditions.
Richard Smith: How to overcome the behavior gap with Trailing Stops.
Dr. Richard Smith, founder and CEO of TradeStops. Richard earned a PhD in Math and Systems Science, and even he had to learn the hard way that it takes more than intelligence to win in the game of investing. He has spent the last 10 years researching and developing algorithms and services that give individual investors the tools they need to remain in their personal investing comfort zone, and to succeed! With his background in mathematical theories of uncertainty combined with his own investing and trading experience, Dr. Smith understands risk management and how to use it as a self-directed investor to master the market.
Finally at the seminar I’ll review the 50 Golden Rules of Investing. Learn how to protect against shady investment advice, unreasonable and hidden fees. Learn how to protect yourself from your own emotions. Learn when it is best to buy shares and determine which type of share is best for you. Find out how to avoid the loss fear syndrome and stop getting caught by great sounding stories that can rob your wealth.
In 1986 I wrote a report called the Silver Dip that showed how to borrow 12,000 British pounds (US$18,600) and use the loan to buy 3835 ounces of silver at around US$4.85 an ounce.
Silver had crashed in 1986, I mean really crashed, from $48 per ounce. As prices decreased from early 1983 into 1986, total supply had fallen to 449.7 million ounces in 1986. Mine production was restricted by the low prices at this time, with silver reaching a low for this period of $4.85 in May 1986. Secondary recovery also was constricted by these low prices.
Then silver’s price skyrocketed to over $11 an ounce within a year. The 12,000 pound loan purchased silver that rose to be worth $42,185.
The loan was in pounds and in May 1986 the dollar pound rate was 1.55 dollars per pound. So the 12,000 pound loan had purchased $18,600 of silver. The pound then crashed to 1.40 dollars per silver. The loan could be paid off for $13,285 immediately creating a $5,314 profit. So the profit grew to $47,499 in just a year.
This is why the “Silver Dip 2015” will be one of the seven portfolios, the most speculative, we will study at our October 17-18 Investment Seminar in Jefferson, North Carolina..
This is also why I am releasing a new “Silver Dip 2015” report. The same conditions are in place for gold and the Silver Dip looks at both speculations in silver and gold.
There is also another, much safer, once every 30 year opportunity that I have described in a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More.” This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small good value investments. The mathematics behind the idea of this investment strategy are currently extraordinary. Currency diversification has always been important for safety, but right now a multi- currency opportunity is brewing and has more profit potential than we have seen in over three decades.
Our Investing Seminars started 32 years ago when one of the best set of three currency and equity conditions ever existed. Over these decades, our semi annual seminars have updated what’s going on in global investment markets and what to do. Yet in all those years, few times have conditions offered as much long term opportunity as in 1982. The Dow alone rose from 1,000 to 14,000 in that period.
Then the cycle ended. Warren Buffet explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview. He said: Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!
Now three of the great economic conditions have returned.
Conditions have come together just as we saw at our first seminars in the 1980s. The US dollar, the US stock market and the price of oil are acting almost exactly as they did in the early 1980s. Knowing these conditions and why they have merged and what to do about them can help you create a fortune.
Learn how to gain this potential (we’ll review three ways to accomplish this at the seminar) in the Keppler Good Value Country Strategy with ETFs (Country Index Exchange Traded Funds). For example there are currently ten good value developed markets, Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom. You can easily create a diversified portfolio in each or all of these ten countries with Country Index ETFs.
We review Country Index ETFs at the seminar and look at specific portfolios you can create to tap into these three economic conditions.
Share my 50 years of experience. Gain advice that is sterling as we head toward my golden anniversary of writing about saving, finance and investing. Our value investing seminars are filled with valuable information but we have fun and take time to relax and socialize as well.
We look forward to joining us this October.
Saturday, Sunday, October 17-18, 2015, Jefferson, North Carolina.
Join Michael Keppler, Conrad Oertwig, Merri and me. Enroll here $499. Couple $799.
Visit our Blue Ridge farm.
Welcome to Little Horse Creek… where it is…
always quiet and cell phones do not work.
In times that so many perceive as tumultuous, inspiration becomes even more valuable and important in business. The news on the internet, in the papers and on TV are so filled with negativity that it can be catching. In such eras, those who see positive realities gain an extra edge.
You own small business can help you enjoy a lifestyle of freedom…such as Merri and I have.
Our international micro business allows us to live part time at our remote North Carolina farm on Little Horse Creek.
Here is the creek…
deep in the forest…
isolated and with many waterfalls.
The creek becomes a bit swollen in the spring time. Changing from this to…
this! The creek starts on our land… fed by dozens of pure water springs. It feeds the pond below our main house and…
Japanese soaking tub that is heated with a wood burning stove and refilled after each soak… so the water never requires chemicals but is always clean.
The creek provides some great trout meals also. Here is a brookie our daughter Eleanor caught.
The water refreshes in summer. Here is…
our son Jake soaking in one of the pools on a hot summer day.
We have a…
forest office where…
we can feed everyone on the deck looking over the waters.
In winter our meandering stream becomes part of the wonderland.
This beauty and solitude provide many positive inspirations. There is plenty of space to hike. We have put in over…
eight miles of road (the blue lines). Each leads…
to a place… like our…
isolated glen labyrinth which has a great…
view. Vistas are…
everywhere. The paths themselves are…
Blue ridge mystery leading to beauty… year round… summer green, gold in autumn. They are white powder in winter and…
lead to flaming wild azaleas in spring.
We grow bold sunflowers and a lot of our own vegetables in the summer.
Here is my office and…
my sunrise view on…
crisp mountain morns.
In the summer we get to watch the horses being…
We invite delegates at our North Carolina courses to come up for an afternoon tea to…
our house. The horses like to visit also.
Merri gets busy in our teaching kitchen…
and cooks up the treats when…
we have seminars.
A few people come stay with us in our…
seven cabins and farmhouses for guests. This is Blackberry…
Cabin. All have feather top mattresses and high thread count…
sheets and mountain made quilts and Pendleton wool blankets for cool nights.
The blackberry has a great porch and…
rocking chairs for idle afternoons. The Trout Cabin…
is next door. With a…
big porch for Bar B Qs plus a king…
The Johnny Appleseed Farm House sleeps up to 7 and the Wildflower Cabin is here as well.
We converted this…
falling down tobacco shed into a great Guest Barn… with all amenities including a pillow top king size bed. This is very comfortable.
However if you are not into comfort we have a primitive cabin…
deep in the woods… cold water and a pot bellied stove for heat and cooking… but still a great pillow top king size bed.
Here is Thomas Fischer of Copenhagen’s Jyske Bank speaking at our seminar with roses we imported from Ecuador in the background.
This is why Merri and I like having our own international micro business. North Carolina farm… Danish bankers… Ecuador flowers! The best of every world.
This gives us the freedom to live part time in the North Carolina mountains but also part time in Ecuador… and part time in Florida… yet still earn income.
I can do shamanic exercises when our son visits us in North Carolina even in the winter.
Or swim in this, a warm Pacific current, about 45 seconds stroll from our Ecuador beach penthouse.
Here I am chasing our horses past the primitive cabin during a snow storm.
But when it gets too cold, I can ride in Ecuador instead. Here my friend, Joe Cox, and I enjoy winter views of Cotacachi below.
Merri and I can walk in this…the entrance to our Farm in January.
Or we can hike around Lake Quicocha, a sacred Andean lake near our Inn Land of the Sun (formerly Meson de las Flores).
Of course this message is not really about weather… North Carolina… Florida or Ecuador.
This message is about the benefits of having a business that provides freedom and allows you to live and work wherever you find inspiration.
Get away from the gray humdrum… go where your horizons expand.
Inspiration is everywhere. Seek it. There has never been a better time for a micro business and an upbeat outlook on life.
One kind reader sent me two coffee mugs recently, enamel bumper stickers if you like, that said “Ille Gitimati Noli Carborundum.”
The translation is “Don’t let those who are illegitimate wear you down”.
Look for inspiration in your passions. They may lead you to strange places… in the minds of the humdrum herds. Yet success is waiting for you in the nooks and crannies where others do not go.
If you want extra income, adventure and fulfillment in your life…consider a international micro business.
Our emailed course on having an international micro business may help you do this. Click here to learn more.
An October 22, 2008 New York Times article entitled, Inspiration Can Be Found in Many Places, but You Need to Be Looking By MICKEY MEECE says:
“Successful inventors, entrepreneurs and writers say they are often asked where their big ideas came from.
They will acknowledge that serendipity often plays a role. But equally as important, they say, is having an open mind — especially in tumultuous times like these. Big and small ideas are out there, they say, if you are looking for them.
Consider the experience of Lopa Mehrotra, who was studying to be a political scientist. One hot summer day, she said, she was watching her 6-year-old daughter outside playing.
“Look,” her daughter said, as she scraped two gray rocks on stone and watched them turn white. “It’s magic.”
“I said, ‘Actually, it’s science,’ ” Ms. Mehrotra said recently, explaining how that moment inspired her to create TestToob.com, a social networking site that allows students to showcase scientific experiments.
Jacques Heim, who founded Diavolo Dance Theater, was in Aspen with his dance company, using an elementary classroom as a dressing room. Naturally, it was full of toys, he recalled. He saw a box of blocks, including three in particular that caught his interest: identical five-sided pyramids that created a cube. “I was inspired by the geometry behind it,” he said, “and played with it for months.”
Ultimately those cubes led to a performance piece called “Foreign Bodies,” set to music by Esa-Pekka Salonen, music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Members of Diavolo, based in Los Angeles — gymnasts, actors and dancers — use everyday objects, like doors, stairs and chairs for dramatic movement, as well as the three mobile pyramids for “Foreign Bodies.”
“I believe if you have the child inside you and you walk down the streets, things happen to you,” he said. “Intuition. That’s how I operate.”
Diandra Leslie-Pelecky, a physics professor, said she got her idea when she was changing the channels one day and happened upon a Nascar race. Without warning, she recalled, one of the cars hit an outside wall. None of the cars had bumped, she said, and there were no engine failures or flat tires. So what happened?
It was not idle curiosity. To solve the problem, she immersed herself in racing by spending time with pit crews, crew chiefs, mechanics and drivers, and eventually wrote, “The Physics of Nascar.” The book traces a race car from its design to its race to the finish line.
Sometimes, Ms. Leslie-Pelecky said, she finds herself on the track and thinks, “How did I get here?” It is because of her “pit bull gene,” she decided. “When you get to a problem, you don’t let go until you solve it.”
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