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Never Too Late – Older Can Be Better

When is “older” better?  Fine wine, it is said is better, “older.”  Sometimes older buildings are better and  humans  can improves as they grow “older” as well.


Though vintners have made incredible progress in wine making over the last 60 years, 1945 is considered one of the very best vintages of the 20th century.  An Inglenook Cabernet Sauvignon, 1941 sold at nearly $25,000 was one of the most expensive bottles of American wine ever sold.

Some buildings are better “older” as well.  Merri and I have been on a buying spree of central Florida real estate, since 2009.  We look most of all for houses that are older.   The moldings and trim are often more beautiful.  Foundations are stronger,  the walls thicker, the beams and trusses more supportive.  The  2x4s are really two inches by four inches.  These buildings were built to last, when the construction was about reputation and reliability, not just the bottom line.

Technology also gives “older” human construction some inherent advantages.   When you add up genetics and upbringing , the experience nicely burnishes the overall value of the person.  The value of experience can outweigh the cost of age.

Writing and self publishing to earn makes “older” better because it allows experience to be shifted from valuable action to valuable education and/or entertainment.  Anyone, regardless of age,  gains benefits when they earn with writing.   A dentist who fixes a set of teeth helps one person.  A dentist who writes about ways to keep teeth healthier can help thousands, even tens or hundreds of thousands, maybe even millions.  Those who are older have the advantage of experience in this writing field.

Is it time to make the lifestyle decision for your future. Is it better to write about what you love and enjoy the process in the here and now?

A New York Times article “Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry” (1) by Jason Karlawish tells how singer Leonard Cohen resumed smoking on his 80th birthday.  Smoking  isn’t  a healthy idea at any age but there is a healthy lifestyle question that Cohen’s action involved.

In the Box Thinking is that it should be customary to give up current pleasures for a longer life.

The article posed this question.  When is it time to stop saving and spend some of our principal?   The article points out how studies show that benefits of prevention quickly reach a point of diminishing returns for those who are older.   Modern preventive medicine is not worth the risks and hassles of testing, surgeries and medications.

Doesn’t lifestyle planning work in the same way?  Do we become so accustomed to working to earn for the future that we enjoy nothing now?

A quote:  If you thought you were going to die soon, you just might light up, as well as stop taking your daily aspirin, statin and blood pressure pill.  You would spend more time and money on present pleasures, like a dinner out with friends, than on future anxieties.

There may be a flaw in the idea that smoking brings pleasure.  Thinking that big meals are a pleasure may  also be a misconception.   We can explore these thoughts another time.

The question I ask you to explore is “When should you stop dedicating your here and now for the future?”  

The correct time is never too early not never too late.

Young’ns,  Don’t despair.  There is a way you can write and earn even with a lack of experience.  We’ll see how next post.


Learn how to write to earn and self publish with our online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher“.

Join us at a Writer’s Camp and learn new low stress ways to earn.

Mount Dora ranked by the Smithsonian as one of the 20 best small towns in the USA.  Learn how to earn with CRO in Mount Dora.  Due to the personal nature of the Writer’s Camps, the number of places are limited and tend to fill up early.  We have one place (single or couple) left for the upcoming Super Thinking Writer’s Camp.  Reservations are open for the February  13-14-15 Camp now.

Too Young to Die, Too Old to Worry

Finding Products to Sell Online

You can earn extra income wherever you live by finding products to sell online.

Is this fun… or work?

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When I am trying to crystalize an idea for this site and it won’t focus, I often jump in my canoe and go for a row.  Technology is such that I can even take my computer with me and write and row.

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the beauty and quiet always…

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seem to unlock new thoughts.

So am I working or playing?  We accomplish and earn the most when the answer is both!

Learning the new art of earning without stress grows in importance.

Years ago when we started our Ecuador Living site, I wrote about the breaking down of the social contract we call money.

This site said: Money as most of us know it is a promise by society and this promise has not kept pace with change. This promise also has not been unpinned with realistic mathematics.  Demographics from an aging society and the nature of the Western political model mean that monetary promises  made cannot be kept.

In the example, 60 million baby boomers have begun to retire.  Many of their pensions and social security will be severely squeezed by inflation, leaving one of five options.

#1: Keep working
#2: Move to less expensive areas within the US
#3: Export retirement
#4: Live in near poverty
#5: Die

We boomers are the most spoiled group of consumers as a demographic class that has ever existed on earth. We were promised the world. We were given the world. Now the magic is beginning to disappear.

Our Ecuador Living site shows one way to export retirement but its success and the many expats who have moved to Ecuador mean that many expats there need to earn as well.  Plus many cannot nor choose not to move.  Yet they need extra income.

Plus we should keep serving!   We feel better… we live longer… we are more fulfilled when we have a purpose and serve mankind.

This is why we offer several courses that help you learn how to earn.  Here is an excerpt from the update we are doing on our online course: How to Create and Earn Extra with your Online  Micro Business written by our Webmaster, David Cross.  (Excerpts below.)


Finding Products to Sell Online

By David Cross

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It’s true what they say; running a restaurant is no saunter in the park…and I should know.

My first foray into the restaurant business was in the summer of 1976 when my sister and I opened the Blue Whale in Blackpool, England. Our establishment was perfectly suited to our target market, the throngs of shoppers who frequented our local high street shops were in need of a snack or breakfast-on-the-go before shopping. By all accounts we did a roaring trade serving tea, coffee and sandwiches every morning starting at 8am.

We turned a profit on every sale and we had many happy, repeat customers who told their friends about us. Our business grew so quickly that we had to build new tables and seating into the main dining room.

However in spite of our successful beginnings there were a number of events that irrevocably changed the face of our business and eventually we had to close shop.

First and foremost, the head chef staged a one day “down tools” in protest at working conditions. “I already make breakfast and cook 3 meals a day and I didn’t expect to be making sandwiches and tea for 2 hours every morning…and please will you replace the cheese and bread that you’ve sold?”

I just couldn’t find decent staff to meet the demand, but I think that my mom probably did have a good point. However I took some of our daily takings and bought her some flowers. This seemed to do the trick as next day we were back in business and I explained to our regulars that we’d run out of food the day before.

Next we had a small disaster when the jocund, rotund Mrs. W. fell through one of the wooden orange crates we were using as seats and it took some effort to extricate her from the splintered box she now sat on in our yard.

But perhaps the biggest calamity to the business was that my sister and I both had to go back to school; she to 5th Grade and me to 7th Grade. The Blue Whale had become extinct.

In the 4 weeks we were open in that summer holiday of 1976 my sister and I each supplemented our 10-cents a week pocket money 20-fold, which is not surprising as we had free labor and zero raw materials cost.

Where to Start…What to Sell

Running a restaurant or indeed any business with physical inventory is inherently riskier than running an information marketing business. Too much stock…too little stock…late delivery, refunds and returns, ever-changing exchange rates (if you’re importing), calculating profit margins as a percentage of production and operating costs and sell-by dates to name a few of the pitfalls of running a physical (rather than virtual) business.

But sometimes, you get the idea that selling physical products is the way to go and begin your search for companies who can make your new idea or invention. But there may be a better way when you’re just starting than tying-up all your money in widgets that you must sell!  Why not consider selling a physical product that someone else makes, stores and ships for you?

In this case I am referring either to becoming an affiliate of a company or to finding a company which will drop-ship the products you wish to sell.

In the first case, many companies like Amazon.com offer an affiliate program that allows you to receive a commission on any items Amazon or Barnes and Noble sell.  You refer the customer through a special affiliate link on specific products you sell. The link is “tagged” and on each sale you receive a commission of up to 15% (6%-8% is common).

Many companies offer affiliate programs. It’s possible that there’s a company which sells products of interest to you or your fledgling business that you could start selling immediately. Visit the store you are interested in and ask if they have an affiliate program.

You may also check Commission Junction to browse products available for sale including information products.  Why not try Clickbank.com which sells solely information products and for whom you can become an affiliate. Both companies act as middlemen for many companies and individuals wishing to sell their products online.

The disadvantage to these methods is that the customer is never your own and hence it is difficult to do any follow-up marketing or sales.

If you want to sell physical products for bigger commissions, then you may wish to find companies who offer drop-shipping. This is where you offer products for sale, take payment and then pass the order to a company which fulfills the order for you. Normally the customer is your customer and the drop shipper will not try to make further contact with or sell to your customer.

You can find companies who drop-ship their products by first looking for products you are interested in. Ask the company whether it offers drop shipping or you can just work with existing companies which offer either drop shipping services or those which provide lists of companies who will offer drop shipping.

World Wide Brands  is a company which maintains a comprehensive database of companies and also will drop-ship. I’ve found their database of drop shippers very helpful over the years. They recently started offering a service to build online stores. Although I have not used that service nor found the staff with whom I spoke to be particularly knowledgeable about online business, I am unable to recommend that aspect of their business.

Other companies that offer drop shipping services are Inventory Source and Doba.  Each of these charge monthly fees for their services. These companies are specialized warehousing and order fulfillment centers who offer drop shipping services and from where you may search for products and download product lists.

If you are building an online shopping cart, many drop shipping companies and affiliate programs provide a comma-separated list of products so you can quickly set up your online store.

Most companies who offer drop shipping do not charge a monthly service fee and only set minimum order amounts. Before using a drop shipper for live buyers,  you may wish to place an order (or have a friend do it) to test that the order is fulfilled as you would expect them to do.  Use  live “real customer” orders. As with anything, Caveat Emptor…”Buyer beware” .  Always do your due diligence.

Getting Attached to an Idea

It is very common to become emotionally vested in an invention or business idea.  It’s tempting to believe that your unique idea or invention is worthy of development, especially if it has no competition. In reality, most marketers will tend to shy away from a completely original idea without some sort of established market or competition.  This is especially true if you are just starting out in business.

You may feel that selling someone else’s products is not a good idea and that it’s best to invest in your own unique idea. However, over the last 30 years I’ve seen many garages stacked with boxes of good ideas that didn’t sell – everything from books to vitamins to sunbathing towels for the beach. It’s easy to test new product ideas to an existing customer base but it can be difficult to build a new business on a totally new and unique product.

Drop-shipping may be a good option to explore and help you build your sales and customers while you refine and perfect your next great invention.

In our next article, I will share some ideas about how to test-market products without actually needing to sell anything.


See how to earn with writing and micro publishing.


Potatoes to Videos – How to Retire at Any Age

The way to retire from the rat race… at any age is to enjoy being paid for fulfilling a worthwhile purpose!

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There is more than one way to bake a potato as there are many ways to retire from the rat race.

The easiest way to do this (retire from the rat race) is by having your own business. This option is growing as society and the global economy evolve.

Rapid technological change and shifting social norms mean that cradle to grave careers with large corporations are on the wane.

A USA Today article entitled “New grad, no job? Become an entrepreneur” by Mary Beth Marklein helps us understand why.

Here is an excerpt.   Graduating from college soon and no job in sight? Maybe you can create your own. Opportunities are springing up nationwide for budding entrepreneurs.

The flurry of opportunities reflects the mixed job picture for young adults. Corporations plan to hire 10% more new graduates this year compared with 2011, says a survey last month by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, which tracks job hiring trends for recent graduates.

Even so, employers scaled back on hiring in March, according to the latest Labor Department data, and younger workers were hardest hit. By the end of 2011, just 54% of 18- to-24-year-olds were employed, the lowest rate since the Labor Department began collecting the data in 1948, says a Pew Research Center report released in February.

On average, entrepreneurs are about 43 when they launch their companies, says the Kauffman Foundation, a research group that studies entrepreneurship.

Students are looking at the economic environment and saying, ‘How do I make my own way? How do I follow my passion?'” says Doug Neal, executive director of the University of Michigan’s Center for Entrepreneurship. “Many of the students are very passionate about having an impact on the world.”

Merri, David and I have been entrepreneurs our entire lives and we believe that  turning your passion into profit is a great way to retire from the rat race.  This is why we are updating our online courses on how to earn globally.

Because the world of business is changing at an increased pace our online course Tangled Web – How to Have an Online Business is ongoing.  As new technology comes online this courses evolves.

Here is a sample from that course … part of a   new lesson from the Tangled Web course written by our webmaster, David Cross.

When and How to Use Video Within Your Online Business

By David Cross

Although I was only 4 years old at the time, I remember it as clearly as if it were yesterday. There we sat – my dad, mum, my sister, Ruth, and me – together as a family on the floor, squeezed as close to the television screen as possible. This was no flat-screen LCD wonder but our very first, 8-inch (20-cm) screen, black and white television set that my dad had rented the week before the event.

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We shared a giant leap for mankind from the floor of our front room in England as Neil Armstrong descended the ladder of The Eagle to step foot on the surface of The Moon. July 20, 1969. What seemed fascinating, impossible and inexplicable has now become commonplace! Although I still watch very little television, I recall this moment with great fondness. Here is a family picture taken around that time.

Of course, television doesn’t seem that remarkable today and even space flight has now become something we take for granted, but even 5 years ago it is unlikely that you’d have watched a video online. And only 3 years back you probably hadn’t streamed a movie or watched a television program online.

Every day now it seems that we are bombarded online with video clips of cute cats, video presentations, online live television or streaming movies. If you run an online business it is difficult to know exactly how – and whether – to use video within your business, and if you are just starting-out in business, the thought of having to create online content and get into video production can seem overwhelming.

But there’s a simple rule to help you determine whether and how to use video within your online business.  Essentially, is it even relevant?

I came across a website last weekend that uses video in a really excellent way and that illustrates how to use video in an effective, unobtrusive way that I, as a customer, really gained something.  I bought some vegetable and herb seeds for the first time from Grow Organic. Not only did I find their website easy to use (in my work I see and use many turgid websites that make online shopping a pain) but they use videos in a way that adds to – rather than detracts from – my experience of using their website.

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Take the following example from Grow Organic’s web pages on potatoes and growing potatoes. Many people want to know how to grow their own vegetables but – as with any new topic – getting started and doing it right can seem off-putting. In the case of Grow Organic they’ve included helpful videos on many of their web pages, and in this case the video on growing potatoes guides you step-by-step through the preparation, planting, care and harvesting of potatoes.

I first grew potatoes at 3 years old on my father’s allotment in Northern England. He rented the 150ft x 30ft (50m x 10m) plot of land for sixpence (5 cents) a month from Peggy, a sprightly 88-year old woman with 8 allotments and a ragged old donkey that we often fed carrots and apples to. I started growing my own vegetables again about 5 years back and remembered enough about growing potatoes from my childhood so that we have enjoyed fresh potatoes from our garden ever since.  They taste divine and are nothing like the near-flavorless store-bought potatoes.

Potatoes are not difficult to grow and will grow pretty much anywhere, as my father proved one year by taking an old bucket filled with soil and producing some of the sweetest new potatoes I’ve ever tasted.

Using this as an example of course…if you are just starting-out, anything can seem daunting and as a primer for growing potatoes this video is an excellent introduction.What is more, the video itself could have been produced on any modern phone or camera and edited for free with programs like iMovie. You could add royalty-free music from websites like www.themusicbed.com and you don’t really need the image at the start.

Marketers and businesses talk of “viral” marketing and want to have their ideas passed along. With the advent of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, the desire to have strong ideas that are shared and talked about has increased. But you can’t fool people into passing things around or “liking” them. The content still has to be something of extreme value that they’d want to pass along. Looking at the number of positive reviews and comments on Grow Organic’s YouTube channel I can tell that they’ve hit the right mark of using video to offer something valuable, useful and relevant.

How to Apply to Your Business

Whatever business you are in, you are an expert in that field and your customers will buy what you offer, either information or products. Following Grow Organic’s example, how could you use video in your business? Here are some ideas:

  • A do-it-yourself store could show how to tile a shower, fix a door lock or unblock a drain
  • A skateboard store could show how to do skateboarding tricks
  • An equipment rental place could demonstrate how to use equipment and how to transform a raggedy grass patch into a pristine lawn
  • An auto accessories store could demonstrate how to change oil, restore paint color and showroom shine or change-out spark plugs
  • An accountant could walk a business through some tax-saving tips and show how these can be applied to a local business
  • A piano teacher could show some simple exercises to improve piano playing

The correct use of video demonstrates your expertise and provides a way for your customers to benefit from that expertise. You don’t need to spend a fortune producing them and as we’ve seen from today’s example, videos done well can make a big positive difference in the effectiveness of a sales page at a website.


“Tangled Web” – A Micro Business Course

“Go Try Things”

Learn how to turn your passions into profit… wherever you live… wherever you travel with “Quantum Innovation” a Micro Business Course created from three of our online courses “International Business Made EZ” and “Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business” and “Quantum Thinking”.

Here’s a phrase that can reduce stress and make your life better with everlasting wealth … “Go Try Things”!

This phrase can help you grow richer, feel better and be healthier… beginning right now.


Here I am working at home trying to explain the importance of this phrase “Go try things”… which sums up why you not only can but should gain the benefits of an international business.

Perhaps the importance of “Go Try Things” that began in Hong Kong about 44 years ago should be shared .

A warm South China Sea fog swept up the mid levels like a spider’s  web in fast air. …then hung like a moist blanket over the thin ribbon of asphalt that snaked the ridgeline through the jungle ahead. Low city rumbles blunted the green tropical freshness and fought nature’s cacophony of dawn.

Bowen Road runs flat as a pancake through the mid-levels of Hong Kong.  I lived there for several years decades ago and took early morning runs most days.  Arriving shortly after my 21st birthday, my task was to build a sales team that sold American mutual funds to the Hong Kong Chinese. That turned out to be a bad idea. The Hong Kong market was booming and the US stock market dead.   The company that sent me there went bust and left me stranded… broke…. divorced… unable to ay my rent.   Yet I had an idea and trying it led me into the business of writing about how Americans could invest in Hong Kong.  Many of my readers made fortunes and for me, a career was born.

A decade later after a move to London… distortions were spotted in the cost of Manx corporations.  This led me shortly to the Isle of Man… overlooking Douglas Bay… a brisk ocean air off the harbor carried mournful seagull songs into our room at the Palace Hotel.  I was looking for cheap corporations but found a real estate treasure instead.  Years of real estate tours helped readers start businesses there and they picked up unimaginable profits… because we tried some new things.

However Britain’s gray winters soon drove me to the sun. I found myself watching sun rays sparkle on the emerald prisms of cool, spring fed pools. They reflected and danced, rainbows that glimmered on towering mahogany, banana, stately palm. Green vistas shimmered, easy paced in the afternoon sun and sweet, tropical perfumes floated in the breeze.

Merri, and I were sitting on a huge veranda, overlooking a vast expanse of lush, green, countryside watching our kids joyfully ride their horses up the mountains in the Dominican Republic. A tropical breeze flowed over the porch cooling the sunny afternoon.  My portable laptop computer sat before me. Working, I had dozed off, lulled by katydid songs, the soft breeze and my lost thoughts.   That was work and the sudden realization of how wonderful that work was shocked me into understanding that having an international business is the best way to security, wealth, freedom and fulfillment in life. That realization was the foundation of our seminars on how to have a micro business and that trip came because we were searching for new places and trying new things.

We conducted Dominican real estate tours but also created out course International Business Made EZ.

Since then thousands have attended or taken the correspondence version of this course all over the world.

Then in the process of trying new places and new things, 15 years ago we stumbled onto Ecuador.

We continue to “go try things”.

Our business has evolved over 44 years from Hong Kong to London to Europe to the Isle of Man to the Dominican Republic to Florida to North Carolina to Ecuador.  Each time because we were trying things of interest and fascination to us.  Not once did business turn out as we expected… but always there was some success… happy customers…. good deeds…. great service… profit… fulfillment and adventure all originating from just trying some things.

Delegates to our seminars have improved their lives, gained greater independence, increased financial safety and dramatically gained more freedom to lead the type of life they desire…all because these delegates after our courses “go try things”.

So I sat straight up and started writing after working by my pool and reading a USA Today article entitled “THEY WON’T QUIT” by Janice Lloyd which summed up the vast importance of trying and the benefits you can gain when you “go try things”.

The article is as follows  (Bolds and underlines are mine):  Experts say Baby Boomers are starting to work past conventional retirement age, a trend fueled by an uncertain economy, improved health in older life and an understanding that staying engaged leads to a better sense of well-being.

Hitting 65 and “getting the gold watch” is not on the must-do list anymore for many people, says Jacquelyn James, research director at the Sloan Center on Aging and Work at Boston College.

“Their emphasis isn’t just to keep working but to do things that add life to years and not years to life,” James says. “People who are very work-oriented and love their jobs don’t want to give them up, especially if they’re healthy.”

An April Gallup survey had similar findings: 534 working people were asked whether, when they reached retirement age, “you think you will continue working and work full-time; continue working and work part-time; or stop working altogether?” Those who answered that they would continue to work were then asked, “Would you do it because you want to, or because you will have to?”

•18% said they would work full-time, and a third of those said it was because they wanted to, not because they would have to.

•63% said they would work part-time; almost two-thirds of those said they would do it because they wanted to.

•18% said they would retire and stop working altogether.

The average age of retirement is 64 for men and 62 for women, according to an analysis of Census data by the Center for Retirement Research. Census data also show the number of Americans living to age 90 and beyond has tripled in the past three decades to almost 2 million and is likely to quadruple by 2050.

“People are beginning to realize that if you retire at age 60, you could easily spend 35 years in retirement,” says Richard Johnson, senior fellow and director of the program on retirement policy at the Urban Institute. “And that could get tedious.”

There are other reasons to stick it out.  Job satisfaction grows with age, Johnson says: 90% of workers age 60 to 64 agree or strongly agree that they enjoy going to work, compared with 95% of workers 65 to 69 and 97% of workers age 70 and older, according to the Retirement Project of the Urban Institute.

Stress levels also drop on the job. About one of three workers age 70 and older agree or strongly agree their jobs involve a lot of stress, compared with more than half of workers age 60 to 64.

“There isn’t a script for 65 anymore. We recommend the same thing we tell people in their 20s: ‘Go try things.'”

This is why we would like to help you make your life better with a funky micro business and why we are offering a two courses for the price of one special.

The USA Today article goes on to point out: “People are being given rotten advice to slow down, take it easy, stop worrying and retire,” Friedman says. “The Longevity Project discovered that those who worked the hardest lived the longest — the responsible and successful achievers thrived in every way, especially if they were dedicated to things and people beyond themselves.

Learn how to create and enjoy your own global micro business with our online courses.

You can learn how to gain “earning flexibility” so you can earn… mobile or not… full or part time… young or old.    We have many boomers take our courses… some older.

Other participants are in their 20s and 30s and want to get started while avoiding the rat race.  Others in their 40s and 50s are looking for ways out of the rat race.

Technology and economically speaking, you have a a perfect time now to have your own micro business. Communications and computers do most of the work that previously required labor and staff.   Outsourcing and virtual offices, plus internet marketing mean a one man (or woman or couple) show can accomplish incredible things.

This is why we have combined our two courses “International Business Made EZ” and “Tangled Web How to Have an Internet Business” and our Quantum Thinking Workshop  (for the price of one) plus added knowledge about how to be smarter and more intuitive in business.  We call this union of three courses our “Quantum Innovation Program”.

These courses focus on how to use modern technology to start a and run or improve a global micro businesses… that can create valuable extra income with minimal investments of time and capital.

You learn how to start small and build with stepping stones and a harmonious focus… how to build a successful at home business via the internet using several profit generating phrases at Google.   You gain the secrets of how you can use words to create your own global income… whether you travel or stay at home.

The course shares how to use the first four of “Seven Ps”  (Person, Problem and Promise, Product) to zero in on key word phrases.  Then you learn how to use the Fifth P Promise to develop new customers. The Sixth P is the Prospecting Path and Seventh P is the Presentation to create income.

Then you gain all the facts on how to use the seven Ps to create internet sales.  The internet can support a business or can be a business.

This knowledge has really helped previous course delegates. Here is what one previous delegate just shared:

“Gary , I have been working on my website, healthy-holistic-living.com site and I figure it is time for another update. It is really hard to believe it, but my site just keeps growing and growing and I am now averaging 2000 visitors per day!

“What I find to be most amazing is that in just a few short months my site is #1 out of over a million sites and sometimes even millions of sites! As you always say the internet is the ‘Great Equalizer’ anybody given the right tools can compete on the internet.“Below are some of my search results. I only listed GOOGLE and YAHOO but you can find similar results on both MSN and ASK.com.


#1 out of 1,190,000 …………………………“definition healthy spirit “

#1 and #2 out of 1,210,000.………………….“benefits to living a holistic life “

#1 out of 1,260,000 …………………………“gaining a healthy mind “

#1 and #2 out of 1,260,000 …………………“benefits to living a holistic life “

#2 out of 935,000 …………………………..“holistic lifestyle tips “

You will learn how to use the same system to expand (or start) your business globally!

This is a perfect era to increase your wealth and improve your lifestyle as you reduce stress with as you  earn with your own a micro internet business.

Merri and I enjoy having an international internet business.  This has brought us everlasting wealth since 1998.

We are very thankful to be one of the most read sites in Ecuador and we do very well in the US and Canada, too.  Also we have clients in dozens of countries.

Yet we are trying new things still Last year we began adding teachers to our Super thinking + Spanish program so you’ll learn  how to expand your micro business through others.   Recently Panama has also become a hot spot for our business and we are now working on an expansion via the internet into Panama, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, Cuba, Hong Kong, China and Singapore.

May we share our experiences to help you learn how to enjoy this satisfaction and success through your own micro business?

We help readers learn how to create a value oriented micro businesses. This is important because this type of activity does well in good times and bad.

Our sales doubled during the last recession.  Our list of readers increased over 100%.

This is how good, value oriented business grow by the way.   They should increase steadily in good times.  They do not get caught overextending in euphoria. Then during bad times they are in a position to do really well!   Our sales doubled during the recession.  Our list of readers increased over 100%.  Since the economy picked up our business growth has slowed but business is still growing. This is how good, value oriented business grow by the way.

Knowing the micro business philosophies we follow can help you invest better and can help you create an internet success if you desire.

The Western economy has changed… probably forever.  The old ways are gone and those who held jobs… or still have work in the private sector have lost the most.

The economy will recover… but the way people earn and work… and how the money is distributed and to whom especially… has been profoundly altered.  This is especially true in value added countries like Canada… the USA and most of Europe.

We are in an era of global structural change… in economics… in society and in the way we work because technology brings us low cost administration, low cost access to data, low cost communication, and low cost travel, plus the opening of markets beyond logic that rely more on passion and experience than on efficiency and cost.

The recent, global economic transformation means that the way we work, live and earn will next be the same.  This will destroy the financial security of many, yet bring great opportunity to a few… who adapt and learn how to earn in the new era.

We are enjoying a quantum shift and the way we work, live, invest and do business will never be as before.

Governments globally are trying to slow this needed economic transition and their stimulation efforts will most likely cause the loss of purchasing power in most currencies… global inflation.

The greatest asset we can have in the new era is an ability to serve… to produce a product or service that adapts to the changing ways.

A recent special report in Time magazine entitled “The Way We’ll Work” explained this financial dilemma in this way:

Ten years ago, Facebook didn’t exist. Ten years before that, we didn’t have the Web.  So who knows what jobs will be born a decade from now? Though unemployment is at a 25‑year high, work will eventually return. But it won’t look the same. No one is going to pay you just to show up. We will see a more flexible, more freelance, more collaborative and far less secure work world. It will be run by a generation with new values — and women will increasingly be at the controls.

These words could not be more true.  They mean disaster for many who plan t live in the old ways. These words spell great opportunity for those who adapt and enjoy the new ways to earn and live.

Take Merri’s and my business as an example. We are both past retirement age yet continue see our business and income grow and evolve… in truly fun and satisfying ways.   We have a business that works in Cotacachi, a small Andean village, in Florida, our home and in the Blue Ridge of North Carolina or summer place. Our business can help us earn anywhere we choose in the world.

Our website began in the 1990s ago as an adjunct to our print business. Today we don’t sell a single scrap of paper.

This is all possible because we have a web based business and we would like to share how you can have freedom, fulfillment and extra income with your own internet business too.

You receive a huge package of benefits in the “Tangled Web” Program.

First  learn how to have your own web business from our eMailed Web Business Course… The Tangled Webs We Weave.

This problem of being able to earn and enjoy the process in the new era is so acute and the importance of having more people do what they love so vital that we created this course…on how to develop your own international internet business.

Years ago, Merri and I  had 23,000 print readers… micro sized in publishing terms… but very, very profitable for us.  We made millions from this business.

Yet Merri and I saw this rapidly changing economy coming… and had learned that small is beautiful.

We decided to innovate, become even smaller… but wealthier and happier!

Money had stopped mattering as much, our children were grown, finished with university, we sold our print business and took a year off… lived with a shaman high in the Andes.

Then we morphed into an internet only business.  Our readership began small, with  about 1,600 email readers in 1998.  We expected to slow down and smell the roses more.

We even bought an isolated hacienda high in the Andes called Rosaspamba (Place of roses).

Here we are playing around building a hut at the Hacienda.


As crazy as it seems, we could actually run a business with this small readership and make a profit because our readers are so wonderfully responsive.

Why?  How?

This is what the new course I am creating will teach you….how to have a small, safe, profitable global internet business by creating wonderfully response, fun to be with, like-minded customers.

How small?

Today, our business remains micro sized but we have grown from 1,600 readers to four main subscription lists consisting of more than 25,000 subscribers.

How safe?

The global economic downturn did not slow us a bit.   In fact we grew faster, in number of subscribers and income.

This was all at  a time when many say the world was economically depressed.

How profitable?

Our list and sales are still tiny compared to many of our competitors and associates who make millions a month.   We make tens of thousands of dollars…sometimes hundreds each month… way more than our cost of living and we earn it in fun ways… traveling, writing… meeting interesting people and sharing interesting thoughts.

Here I am at a seminar speaking in Florida, with a panel of economic excerpts from around the world, to 115 people mostly who came from our internet business.


Here are the delegates.


We enjoyed walking the Florida beach, talking to these wonderful people and basking in the sun.. yet were paid in two days more than most people make in a month.

Yet we have been able to add this extra income with a surprisingly small amount of added overheads.  This works perfectly for Merri and me…a fun sized readership. In our opinion, this should be the key in business… satisfaction… fulfillment and fun…through service along with the profit.

Yet, profits do matter and These internet sales alone have given us the freedom to live in an isolated Blue Ridge farm during summers and in Florida and Ecuador the rest of the year…yet still earn many tens of thousands of extra dollars a month.


Merri and I walk to our Blue Ridge office to speak with a group about how to have an internet business.

Now you can learn everything I do to create this extra income and have fun and fulfillment in a micro business.


In the summer I can even worked in the woods with our hound dog Ma.

Our growing income is one reason I want to share this course with you.

Shifts in the global economy mean that more of our readers need a new way to earn in the years ahead so my webmaster who helped me start this site and has become fully involved in our business agreed to co-write the course with me.

In the course Merri and I explain what we do in the business.  The writing…the marketing…the product planning and such.

Our webmaster outlines the technical part. How to chose a server…set up a shopping cart…create pay per click systems…send thousands of emails a day.

“The Tangled Webs We Weave” looks at all the technical aspects of developing a web based business including:

* How to set up the website.

* How to use shopping carts.

* How to create pages.

* How to develop reader lists.

* How to create electronic products and income.

* How to get good search engine rankings. (See an excerpt below from one lesson on how to get good search engine rankings).

* How to gain tax advantages from an International web based business.

* How to stay small and yet create big profits.

Though we like to remain small, this does not mean all of our students will.  Our webmaster started with us first but since has grown to be the chief internet consultant for several much larger internet marketing companies that send over a billion emails a year!

“Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Internet Business” is $299.

This is a bargain. Merri and I have been traveling and doing international business for 43 years. We have had a web based business for over ten years. You can share everything we have learned.

Plus we provide our standard full guarantee. Enroll in the entire program.  Try the courses for 30 days. If not satisfied we’ll give you an immediate, full… no fuss refund.

Learn how to have a steady web based business.  Our site uses no tricks.   Our site is  not fancy. Our site does not have amazing graphics. Our site does not use any special SEO techniques.   We just keep hammering away, every day, with steady, content closely focused to our readers needs.   This has worked well  and seems to be working even better as we continue to grow, our email list size increases, our site visits rise, our sales and our profits jump even during this gloomy economy.

As the web matures… internet businesses are still incredibly new… authenticity and usefulness of content will grow.  This makes it a great time for individuals to have small internet businesses (like ours)  that are fun, fulfilling, sustainable and very profitable.

The Tangled Web course is co authored by our webmaster David Cross.

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David has been our webmaster since our site began over a decade ago.  He has unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience that spans 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small.

He’s guided many businesses and individuals to success in their 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.

David wrote to me when he completed this video: “Although I do say it myself in those 50 minutes is everything anyone would ever need to know to start their own Internet business.”

This video is brand new as of two weeks ago and the first reader to read it wrote:  Muchas Gracias Gary, Just watched David’s video. It Was SUPER!  Thanks Again. Bill

Our Guarantee is of course that you can try the entire program for 30 days. If not satisfied we’ll give you an immediate, full… no fuss refund.

“Tangled Web – How to Have an Internet Business”.  Enroll here $299


New grad, no job? Become an entrepreneur

Do You Really Need a Shopping Cart?

Our goal is to help readers retire from the rat race at any age.  One way we fulfill this purpose is through our online courses that help readers learn how to earn globally with an internet business.

Here is a part of one lesson in the continuing course created by Merri, me and our webmaster David Cross.

Do You Really Need a Shopping Cart?

By David cross

If you’re just starting out with an Internet business or developing an existing one, you may be considering which shopping cart is best to use to sell your products. But in my experience it may best if you don’t actually invest in any shopping cart.

The natural inclination may be to hire a web developer to build you a shopping cart but it takes time fully to understand the type of shopping cart your business needs. There are many more low-cost or even free options. In addition to the complexity of developing a full-blown shopping cart, there are numerous other considerations. One is payment processor integration. Another like PCI security to cover your customer’s credit card.  Address security and privacy also have to be thought through.

For example, if you’re selling only a couple of products, you almost certainly don’t need a shopping cart. Paypal has its own free shopping cart.   They provide this as part of having a Paypal account. It’s fairly simple to follow the step-by-step instructions.  This can enable you to start selling in a few minutes. There are even options to add shipping charges if applicable. Paypal also offers help with its  “add to cart” buttons.

Another option is something like 1ShoppingCart. For a small monthly fee, 1ShoppingCart allows you to either set up a shopping cart or create payment links for individual products. We’ve used 1ShoppingCart for all our products and courses for about 4 years now.  This has worked quite well for our needs. Also we’ve a separate system that ties-in with 1ShoppingCart to run our membership system. The development costs have been kept to a minimum. Gary is able to add and manage products and accept orders with ease.

1ShoppingCart allows you to sell physical products or digital ones.  It also has an option to offer digital product downloads. Another option for digital downloads is e-junkie with pricing starting at $5/month.  This system offers good features including shipping calculations and digital downloads.

If You Really Need a Shopping Cart

If you are selling upwards of 25 products, consider a shopping cart. However, this does not mean you need to go to the expense of having a shopping cart developed. There are a number of options for services which, for a monthly fee, offer all the features you may need along with tutorials on getting started. These include Big Commerce, Volusion, Yahoo Small Business, Shopsite, Magento Go and Shopify.

All of these companies offer strong shopping cart features.  These allow you to run any online business with hundreds or even thousands of products. Many of them offer free trials and compared to the cost of having a developer set up and configure basic options represent good savings.

If you need more advanced features or integration with other systems like email lists, many of these systems offer these facilities.  If you’re feeling really adventurous and need a programmer to add one small tweak, then you can do a form of integration called an “API”.   This is a service that allows you to connect systems.

Many people who start an Internet business make the beginning more complicated, time consuming and more expensive than need be.  One of the greatest errors is getting bogged down in making a shopping cart.  The options above can save you time and expense and often make the difference between a success or a business that never gets off the ground.

David Cross


The Problem with Having A Website…

The Problem with Having a Website….by David Cross

Having the ability to earn income wherever you are is increasingly important in this fast changing world.

Over the last month our webmaster, David Cross, has been providing ideas on how to use the internet to earn globally.

See the previous articles:

 #1: So You Want to be #1 at Google?

#2: So You Want to be #1 at Google II?

 #3: So You Want to be #1 at Google III?

“We’ll pass each other on the road in about 5 minutes!”

My wife was heading to work and I was heading back home after dropping our daughters off at school.  She called me, excited to wave as we passed each other.

Feeling characteristically clever I decided I’d open the sunroof and wave through it as we passed. However it slipped my mind that it had snowed last night and as I opened the sunroof I was showered with a couple of cubic feet of cold, wet, slushy snow and freezing cold water.

You don’t always get what you expect! (though my wife got much more laughter than if I’d only waved!)

In our last 3 articles we shared how to get that fabled #1 position on Google:

  1. How to develop your niche
  2. What to do when the traffic arrives at your website
  3. How to get to a top spot on Google

Today I will share how to keep your visitors engaged because – contrary to popular belief – your website isn’t enough to keep people engaged.  On its own, a website is definitely not enough to convert interest into sales.

Businesses generally employ either pull marketing or push marketing as part of their marketing and promotional strategies. In pull marketing you wait for your prospects or customers to come to you when they’re ready or searching for what you’re offering. In push marketing you actively and proactively target your customers or prospects.

A website is an example of pull marketing. People choose when to visit it and may arrive by searching for terms related to the content you publish at Google, as we discussed last week. This is akin to a fledgling bird in the nest with its mouth open waiting for momma bird to arrive with food.

The problem with employing only this strategy is that many products do not have a natural demand.  An investing newsletter is an example of this.

Push marketing on the other hand proactively and actively markets to an audience. Push marketing doesn’t wait for them to passively search. That investment newsletter, credit card, vacation rental, fishing getaway, Groupon for a local Thai restaurant or the gardening catalog with included coupons are all examples of push marketing.

You probably wouldn’t have bought that investment newsletter if the email hadn’t arrived in your inbox. You may never have decided to eat at that Thai restaurant if the offer hadn’t enticed you.   Although you love trout fishing, it was that letter you received describing the pristine natural beauty of the streams in Montana that motivated you to take action.  It’s Push, Not Shove!

Push marketing has gained a bad rap since the advent of the Internet and people falsely assumed it meant that pushing your message to someone was no longer relevant, effective or desirable and that pull marketing is all that is necessary. It isn’t.

But push marketing doesn’t mean shove marketing. You are more nudging your customer or prospect to take action rather than overtly shoving them or coercing them to take action.

The trick is to build your list of interested prospects and customers and then target that list with a specific message relevant to that group of people. In my opinion, any “marketing” that isn’t targeted isn’t marketing, it’s buckshot promoting and it doesn’t work. Any results gained this way are miniscule and ignore the greater mass of people that it irks.   I manage Gary and Merri Scott’s Ecuador Living website and help them stay in touch with the most frequently viewed phrases at that site.  So we know what interests Ecuador Living readers the most.  Gary then makes sure that the articles, contacts and information that he sends readers are focused around those interest.  For example, one of the  most frequently viewed phrases is “Retirement in Ecuador” .  Therefore, many of  the site’s messages are about ideas that relate directly to retirement.

In our article on gaining a top spot in Google I mentioned the idea of converting that traffic of interested prospects by offering a free report, free guide or “white paper” depending on what is relevant for your business and attractive to your prospect. A free report to a group of attorneys may put them off and a white paper to a group of keen amateur chefs will seem dull and boring.

People like to receive information on topics they are interested in. If you are able to stay in contact with people about those topics and provide useful, timely and relevant information and find a way to capitalize on that interest then both you and your prospect are able to benefit from it.

An Ongoing Conversation

We shared some ideas on developing your niche, driving traffic and converting that traffic. But conversion happens many times during the life of a reader. You’ve only started that process by offering a free report. If I had ended my relationship with my wife after our first date my life would have turned out very differently!

When someone arrives at your website, requests your free report, guide or white paper they’ve indicated their interest on that topic. If you now follow-up with relevant information to their initial interest (offering a free emailed newsletter subscription as part of the free report request is one way to do this) and provide more, useful, timely and relevant information, tips, ideas, stories and actionable advice and information.

And if you make sure to tie-in next steps in the conversion process, so much the better. Examples of this in the first month of a person’s subscription are:

  1. Introductory products or services in the $20-$50 range
  2. Bundled offers (buy this widget for $40 in the next 7 days and receive this additional doohickey worth $20 free.)
  3. Additional free report, video or exclusive information

A word of caution:  Many businesses can’t wait to convert a prospect’s interest into business and fall over themselves by offering free shipping, money-off coupons and discounts galore the moment someone signs-up. Don’t. You may be discounting a new segment of customers before you know whether they needed any financial encouragement to make a purchase.

I’ve seen this happen so many times where I sign-up for more information on a product (everything from farm gear to fishing gear to kitchen and chef equipment) and immediately I receive coupons and money-off offers. Fact is I already had enough interest in the products to make a purchase without a discount. These businesses which offer discounts willy-nilly fail to realize that they are discounting where it wasn’t required. There are many ways to convert interest into a sale without immediately resorting to discounting.

One excellent way to continue a discussion with a customer or prospect is by starting an email newsletter. Gary publishes his everyday but you don’t have to do it that regularly. Once a month is OK (though may be too infrequent).  Generally speaking, you should write when you have something useful, timely and relevant to say. Don’t write for the sake of it….but don’t hesitate to send something of interest to your readers!

All the main email newsletter companies use an autoresponder.  We use Mailchimpand think they’re great.  Aweber, Get Response, iContact, etc. are other choices worth considering.  All of these offer the ability to email a free report or set up a series of automated emails (“autoresponders”).  This enables you to email your new prospects on a schedule of your choice…. every day, every few days, every week.  This is the way to cement your initial contact with someone. I’ll discuss more next week about how to use autoresponders as part of your online marketing efforts.

And don’t just include data in your newsletter. Remember that data is free on the Internet and almost worthless. Give opinion and insight. Share tips and advice that can save your prospect money, make them money or improve their life by their doing something or taking action. Show how to use the data to benefit from them. Make sure to provide a way for your prospect to take action and fulfill the ideas you’ve discussed…ideally a link where they can purchase your course, seminar or product that fulfills the ideas you’ve shared.

Winning your client’s business takes time and trust AND requires an ongoing discussion.

Next week I’ll show you how to harness the power of autoresponders to facilitate that ongoing conversation and help you put some of your marketing on autopilot.


Extra Export Earnings Part 1 Use Google Rankings

Extra Export Earnings Part 1 – How to sell exports with Google rankings.

One way to earn extra income if you like to travel and desire mobility is by selling exports.

Our upcoming International Business & Investing seminar will feature an Ecuador Exports workshop with  focus on how to use search engines to generate income.

A recent message at our www.Gary A Scott site looked at How to Sell Kindle Publications via Google.

The same strategy used to sell information can be used to sell Ecudor exports because a major part of internet marketing success comes from having a well focused message delivered to a list of people who have an interest in the product. This is the job of search engines… matching people with interests.


Ecuador basket weaver. See details on Bonnie Keogh’s Ecuador exports tour here.

A major part of exporting is marketing.  There are many ways to describe an exporter… but one of the best is “an exporter  is someone who finds a product in one place and sells it in another”.

There are many other aspects to exporting but the ability to get the product you export in front of those who have an interest is a key to success.

If the export is not sold, it’s just junk stored in a closet, garage or storage shed.

Google and search engines can help you put your product in front of  those who may be interested in buying your export.

I am mainly an  exporter of information, but once in awhile in the process of publishing I find an export  product that will sell  via search engines… such as Ecuador flowers.

Here is how to sell exports with Google on the internet.

Even really small businesses can use Google to sell exports on the internet.

Take for example, Merri’s and my internet business.  We learned that if we do not focus on Ecuador flowers or Ecuador roses, but on the holidays when most roses and flowers are sold, we can gain an advantage over large flower exporters.

Take for example Ecuador lilies. We do not focus on ranking for the phrase lilies or Ecuador lilies.

We concentrate on the words, “fresh”, “Ecuador”, the four holidays and “roses” and “lilies”.

For example “Fresh Easter lilies” is a phrase we use because this is the seasons when most lilies are sold.  Our website ranks #2, #3 and #4 for this phrase Fresh Easter Lilies.


Most cut roses are sold on Mother’s Day, Valentines Day and before Christmas.


Our site ranks #5 for the phrase “Fresh Mother’s Day roses”.


Our site’s ranking is #1, #2 and #3 for  “Fresh Valentine roses”.


#1 through #6 for Ecuador Christmas roses.


#1 through #6 for “Ecuador Mother’s Day roses”


The  rankings at Google speak for…




You can see from the phrases, we rank well on how our ranking tactic unfolds.


The use of many photos (the image on the right links to our site) helps us rank for even more powerful phrases such as “Ecuador roses” and…


“Ecuador flowers”.  The image on the right again links to our site.

ecuador flowers

All of these rankings combined with long term, consistent top quality flowers and service has gradually developed an excellent extra income exporting Ecuador flowers.

If you like the idea of exporting products from Ecuador or anywhere… study websites that sell exports and how they rank for importrant phrases that potential buyers are likely to use.  Search engine rankings can in some cases build an entire business.

At worst, search engine rankings can provide an excellent boost in export sales.


Learn more about Bonnie Keough’s export tours. Here is what a delegate at her last tour just wrote:

Hi Bonnie,  Tim and Lad and myself all want to thank you for doing such an outstanding job and organizing our Ecuador trip. We all had a wonderful time and came away with lots of fresh ideas for an import business of our own and look forward to returning to Cotacachi soon. I’m sure you like to keep up with the progress of your ‘flock’, so we’ll keep you posted. Cheryl

Use our Early Enrollment Special to attend an Ecuador Export Workshop Free June 24 to 26 at our International Business and Investing seminar.

Profits Kindled

Profits can be kindled with this question… which would you rather have… 12% of $10 or 70% of $3?

The math to this question brings an obvious answer and creates a business opportunity.


Merri and I have loved our Kindles since they day they became available. Now you’ll see why we love them even more and how that passion can create profit and opportunity for you!

Plus you don’t even have to own a Kindle to take advantage of these profits and opportunities!

Growing numbers of “indies” (short for independent) writers are using Kindle to sell their publications.

There is a great story about a 26 year old who is cutting out BIG publishers by publishing direct to the  Kindle.

She is writing vampire stories and is one of the top selling “indie” writers on the Kindle store.

This means she does not have a publishing deal. This allows her to keep 70% of her book sales.  According to one article I read she is selling up to 100,000 electronic books a month.

That is impressive when you consider that  it only takes a few tens of thousands of book sales at launch to get on the New York Times bestselling list.

The heck with lists! How about just writing and publishing?  Her formula is to lower her sales price to between $.99 to $3.00.  This compares to the typically $9.99 to $12.99 for other books on Kindle.

The lower price increases volume…. plus this cuts out a publisher, distributor and book store who normally absorb up to 88% of the income created by a book.

There are 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%.

A typical writer earning 12% of the book sales makes about $1.20 per $9.99 book sale.  A Kindle writer makes $2.10 on a $3 sale.

Previously one of the best selling Kindle writers was J.A. Konrath, but it was assumed he was popular because he previously had a publishing deal and so already had notoriety. That’s not the case with this girl (her name is Angela Hocking), who published stories on her blog before turning to Kindle. In fact, out of the top 25 best-selling indie Kindle writers, only 6 were previously affiliated with a publishing house.

If the story of 26 year Angela Hocking is true… a 100,000 sales at $2 average brings in $200,000 a month and her earnings are $140,000 a month.

That is a great income.

Not every writer will do that well.  Most of us don’t need to!

This is a new exciting era for writers.  Not so good for publishers who do not adapt.

However like small bookstores, small publishers have great opportunity as well.

Smart… publishers who use this technology gain the following benefits.

* Printing, shipping and disposal (of unsold books) costs eliminated.

* Shelf space unlimited and almost free with no capital costs.

* There is increased sales volume. Kindle owners buy more books than print readers and will spend weekly to get new chapters rather than entire books.

There are three keys to success in this type of writing and publishing.  We have repeatedly stressed them at our websites and in our business courses.  Focus…. focus…. focus.

Buyers of books fall into niches.

Those who succeed are those who focus on a niche and create trust with those readers.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.   Our readers know that the site content is about leading edge ideas related to fighting inflation, global investing, having micro businesses and being free to live anywhere.

These websites create a community of like minded souls around this niche.

Once a writer has become branded and has a list of readers,  it is easy to expand by adding authors and related topics, and editing the books of other authors, knowing that they can help them sell their books.

Some amazing websites and businesses will be built and Kindle will be the search engine… the jumping off point is finding the original readers who will become the core of your list!

I plan to also take advantage of Kindle publishing and have a great head start (our list) want to share what I learn in the process with you.

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.

Let me share an example created by the recent nuclear events in Japan.  Merri and I had unfortunately been near Chernobyl when it melted down. We suffered from radiation exposure and have been in the past two decades learning how to cure ourselves.  We know numerous ways to help readers protect against excessive radiation.

The day of the nuclear event I spent the entire day writing and by the second day of Japan’s disaster had already published the report  “7 Steps to Protect Against Radiation Poisoning“.   My publication was the first to help in the this way and was available on Kindle just one day after the nuclear disaster. No big publisher could close to even thinking up a publication… much less publishing a valid report that fast.

This is why I am making one last special offer for our self publishing course.  Several months ago I announced that a large publisher wants to put this course online. That deal is now concluded and shortly they will publish our self publishing course.  They felt the existing price was too low so are raising the course fee from $299 to $499.

Part of my agreement is that I raise my price as well so this week… until Sunday April 24, is the last time the course will be available at $299.

In fact the price of this course has already been raised to $499 at our website catalog.

You can save $597 and $200 extra… only with this special offer which expires at the end of this week.

Self Fulfilled Special $299

If you take advantage of this offer there is one more benefit… you’ll also receive Self Publishing 202… How to Publish on Kindle.

As shown above I have already started learning the ropes on how to publish via Amazon.com and Kindle.   I’ll be adding a addition to our self publishing course… Self “Publishing 202… Tidbits on Kindle.”

Those who take advantage of the special offer below will receive this new addition at no extra charge.

See below a special offer that save $597 normally… $200 extra now through the end of this week and get the Kindle course all for $299.


Embrace the Predictions of Disaster Zone.

Do less… Gain more as global trouble unfolds.

Online Writers and Publishers Course  “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher”

Self Fulfilled Special $299

The last few years have seen the evaporation of many dreams. The global recession… rising gas prices…  massive home foreclosures… a weakened, falling US dollar and rising unemployment wiped out many hopes, ambitions and plans.  Then came turmoil in the Middle East and a Tsunami in Japan.

Who knows what could come next.   A double dip recessions, stagflation… massive job layoffs… more federal, state, county and city debt and government burdens on our lives. Demolished Medicare and health benefits. Rampant inflation.

Despite these disasters and the risk of more, one exclusive group of small businesses have prospered. They will continue to do so, regardless of the unexpected, abroad or at home.

In fact these businesses will do even better… gain higher respect and earn more profit as they help ease disasters… because these business are small publishers who can help their readers deal with global and local problems as they unfold.

Small self publishers are in a win – win situation for many reasons.

The massive expansion of information is overwhelming the world. There is so much new data coming in that the public cannot keep pace.   This forces us all  to be more discriminating… which is the worst thing that can happen to big publishers who rely on broadband where its best to send one message to huge groups.

The huge inflow of new knowledge favors broadband which works best sending many different messages to much smaller groups.

Self publishers have also gained an advantage as most of the big booksellers are going broke or in a slump. Barnes & Noble has had enormous challenges. 2010 Books-A-Million comparable store sales dropped nearly 5 percent and net income fell 35 percent. Borders has filed for bankruptcy.  All 798 B. Dalton mall outlet bookstores have closed and over 180 of the Waldenbook units are gone.  This vacuum creates a special opportunity for small self publishers.

This is why you should see three case studies below to help you be free, secure and fulfilled as a Self Publisher.

After these stories see how to get a second course worth $299 plus three bonuses when you enroll in our course “Self -Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” on how to develop your own specific publishing business that can bring you  everlasting wealth.

Save $597 total. Self Fulfilled Special $299

Here are the three stories that show how the rise of the small self publisher began.   This knowledge can bring you secure income for the rest of your life. More importantly these stories can help you be happy and fulfilled and safe in this ever changing world.   With these case studies you help make the world a better place… in a small way perhaps… but better as you gain everlasting wealth.

Lets share how to create a fortune  in a rewarding career.

The first of these three stories contains the seeds of prosperity, richness, freedom and satisfaction for you.

The story begins with an excerpt from the December 16, 2010 Economist Article entitled “Rise of the image men” begins: (bolds are mine) that says:  As they prepared to face their second big strike in four years, America’s coal-mining bosses knew they had to do something about the newspapers. It was 1906—a time of rising resentment against robber-baron capitalism and the heyday of muckraking “yellow journalism”. During the previous strike the trade unions had fostered good relations with newspapermen and won themselves a sympathetic press. To help put their side of the story, the mining bosses turned to a former journalist, Ivy Lee.   Lee was to pioneer new methods—and, in the process, create a new industry.

Lee observed that the rise of national newspaper chains and syndicated journalism in America since the 1880s, combined with the extension of the franchise, had profoundly changed society. Now, for the first time, there was something that could accurately be called “public opinion”, a shared consciousness and conversation across the country—and it was to be feared. Lee noted how the emerging mass media were acting as the conduit for the anti-capitalist message of Progressivism, the liberalising reform movement that peaked in America in the early 20th century. He realised not only that it was essential for businesses to counter this message, but that the same conduit could be used to spread pro-business sentiment.

His idea, blindingly obvious now but a novelty then, was to send newsdesks a stream of statements putting the mining bosses’ case and rebutting allegations against them.

The seeds in this story, are rich with potential for your prosperity and are so simple. Lee observed that the rise of national newspaper chains and syndicated journalism in America since the 1880s, combined with the extension of the franchise, had profoundly changed society. Now, for the first time, there was something that could accurately be called “public opinion”, a shared consciousness and conversation across the country—and it was to be feared.  This is obvious now but was a novelty then.

The real seed is that a coincidence of many technologies changed the world (in the form of the newspaper)… at the turn of the 20th century. One technology was the ability to make newsprint… the paper of newspapers.  Paper was two thousand years old, but cheap newsprint, paper from wood pulp, did not come along until 1838 when Charles Fenerty of Halifax made the first newsprint while helping a local paper mill maintain an adequate supply of rags to make paper.  He succeeded in making paper from the wood pulp itself.

Plus technologies in transportation and communication then allowed… everyone, reporters to paperboys, to create public opinion through the power of the word.

This leads us to the second story that tells of another global transformation from broadcast to broad band… from large publishing to Self Publishing and how you can have so many good things you desire… freedom… material wealth…adventure… security… fulfillment… friendships…. status and fun as a Self Publisher.

Perhaps what Merri and I are most proud of this second story because it tells the tale of a student who used our publishing course “Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher” to build a career.

David Cross was a meditation teacher in Edinburgh Scotland who taught our son Jake the art of meditating when Jake was at university there.   We meet David there and after talking he ordered our “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher” course then in print… (now its online) and published a report.   One reader of the report had a new internet server business and was so impressed that he hired David to work for him in Sweden.   In the process of rising to become the managing director of that firm… David started our website (and is still our webmaster as well as business partner now).  During one business meeting in London, David met our daughter Cinda. ‘Love at First Sight.”


David Cross and Cinda Scott-Cross DVM.

David also met executives of International Living and went on to become Chief internet consultant for Agora Inc. one of the largest online marketing companies in the world.

David has since built an unparalleled, hands-on marketing experience that spans 25 years in 22 countries for companies and charities large and small. He’s guided many businesses and individuals to success in their 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.

Myles Norin, the CEO of Agoras wrote: “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry. Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

David hails from England and now lives on a small farm close to Mount Hood in Oregon with our daughter, a veterinarian, their five children and a menagerie of animals. When not marketing or brainstorming you’ll find David following a dream of self-sufficiency for food, power and water within 10 years, tending the land and caring for the farm and animals. Not surprisingly, David is an engaging and knowledgeable speaker with many amusing anecdotes from his work and travels over the years.

Such is the power that Self Publishing brings.

The third story is of my wife Merri and me.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following my adventures and having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle I desire with a farm in North Carolina, orange groves and home in Florida… hotel and condos in Ecuador working at what I love and enjoy.

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Hard at work in Florida during the winter.

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Working during the summer on our North Carolina farm.

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A shot from my work station  in Ecuador overlooking the Pacific.

Merri’s and my story also reflects how Self Publishing can enhance relationship.  Merri and I have not spent a night apart since we began publishing together over 30 years go.

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Merri and I heading up to a seminar hall at our Blue Ridge farm to speak with a group about Self Publishing.

Self Publishing has entered a new era as a new business art form and we want to share with you how to start your own  self publishing business now.

Learn how to develop your publishing skills to turn your passion into profit!  If you can’t write… publish instead!

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND even create a six-figure income. This could be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted in life. Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work at all, learn more about golf or feeding the hungry… it can be yours if you’re willing to learn.

Self Fulfilled: How to be a Self Publisher will teach you our proprietary step-by-step plan for getting your publishing business going… full or part-time… right away.

How you can start with a very small amount of money and eventually work only four hours a day (if you are operating full-time).

11 steps to creating the perfect product, including how to review ideas, test focus, and aim at markets.

How to gain 1,000% returns on some of your publications.

How to choose a format—book, newsletter, list, audio or video—that suits you and your audience.

Frequently committed marketing mistakes and how to avoid them (plus, you’ll get samples of winning marketing pieces to study).

Personally, I like to write. And through publishing and writing, I have become wealthy beyond my dreams!

My wife, Merri, and I became multi-millionaires within 10 years of starting our self-publishing business. Today, we have more cars than we can drive, five homes and numerous cabins in North Carolina and Ecuador.  We have a beautiful lake front home on 16 acres (with an orange grove to boot).  We have no mortgages, not a penny of debt, and plenty of money in the bank.

But more important than the money, I enjoy the bliss of each and every day, doing what I love and hoping I can do it forever.

And why wouldn’t I? I often start my work days at 5:00 a.m. and wrap up by 9:00 a.m. That leaves the rest of the day to do mostly as I feel. If the kids are home, we’ll play. Other days, I just putter. Some days I take out a canvas and paint or concentrate on playing my flute. Other days, I just sit in the sun and read.

But even though my day’s work is often finished by the time many people are just getting started, I will still be thousands of dollars richer by the end of the day!

Of course I don’t always work just four hours a day. Some days I stay at the keyboard seven, eight, even 12 hours. But the thing is I love every minute of it, because I’m involved in projects that excite me!

Not only am I learning, writing, and publishing about things that I love, but I’m also making myself and the world a better place in the process. This life is as perfect as any I could ask for.

It Doesn’t Take Long to Start Making Serious Money

When I started my publishing business, I made a 380% return on my initial investment within a month. And it just got better from there.

Of course, no business is without its pitfalls. In fact, I’ve identified 17 pitfalls of publishing and they are covered in the course. It took me more than a decade of struggle to learn how to avoid them all, but I did it.

You see, back in 1974, I had what I thought was a good business, but to be honest, I could never get ahead. I was almost penniless, in debt and living from hand to mouth. Then I discovered the secrets to avoiding the pitfalls. Since then, our publishing business has brought in millions.

Now, Merri and I have packed over 40 years of global publishing and business experience into our course on how to have Self Publishing business.

Before I tell you how this program can help you create your ideal lifestyle, I want to make an important point. I’m not promising that this program will make you rich overnight or that you’ll wake up tomorrow with a more satisfying life. If you’re looking for a way to get rich while you sleep, you should stop reading right now.

But if you’re willing to invest a reasonable amount of time and effort into learning and applying this simple system, it will put you squarely on the road to becoming a wealthy and fulfilled publishing entrepreneur.

Through this in-depth program, I will share, teach, and guide you on everything you need to find a fulfilling path and start making good money right away.

I’ve structured the program to make it as easy as possible for you to implement. You’ll know precisely what to do from the very first day till the day you have a thriving publishing business.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget. Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  Helping People Who Are in Pain?

Thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s developed a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whip Lash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items have sold year in and year out for three decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business. It’s just a matter of figuring out and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

I’m passionate about investing, so I publish about that. But what matters is what do you love?

If you love golf, then you can publish things about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Publish about those things.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues? You can publish information products that help wipe them out.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place? Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… do something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and make a fortune by publishing CDs, lists, books, or any format you choose.

How to Build a Million-Dollar Business in Seven Years

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing: Your Complete Business Plan for Creating a Life Without Borders, it was in a weekend seminar. People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response to the seminar, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.

Unlike programs that are put together by “experts” who have never actually done what their program promotes, this program is not theoretical. It describes step-by-step how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business in just seven years.

Another thing that is unique about us is that Merri and I decided to do the whole business by ourselves. Though we have tens of thousands of buyers and have made millions, we still work at home and do not employ a single person. You’ll be able to do the same—if you wish—because I’ve included everything we did—explained in vivid detail—in the program.

The program is also full of practical publishing ideas and case studies…

For example, you’ll learn about a pilot who published a book on the best airport cafés (suddenly all his flying became tax-deductible!)… how one couple who loved an island wrote a guide on the place and made enough money to buy a home on the beach there… and how another couple made millions with a simple legal idea.

What’s Your Passion: Travel and Tourism?

A client of ours amassed a fortune by starting travel guides for cities. He started with Sarasota, Florida, publishing a simple booklet with attractions, restaurants, etc. and plenty of advertising. Then he moved onto Naples, and on and on,until the whole state of Florida was done.

He didn’t have to put much work into the booklets as he could carry over plenty of generic information from booklet to booklet. But there were plenty of advertisers and plenty of people who wanted to obtain these booklets.

Finally, he franchised the whole operation.

* How to set up a computerized fulfillment center even if you’re computer illiterate.

* How to turn advertising dollars into a fortune by creating winning ads, direct mail pieces, and getting thousands of dollars in free publicity.

* Which printers to avoid and how to cut your printing bill in half by asking for quotes differently.

* How to use your computer and the internet to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in printing and postage.

* How to control inventory, check ad results, and keep overhead down.

* 11 financial hazards to avoid and tricks to stay profitable without a daily accountant.

* My secret pricing strategies that will help you sell more units of your product.

* Plus much, much more that I don’t have space for here!

Why This Unique System Is Guaranteed to Put You on the Road to Publishing Success

In Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher Merri and I give away every publishing secret we know and expect those who use this powerful program to reap a fortune and change their whole life for the better.

Why we’ll add the Self Published Kindle addition free.

This course is updated regularly, it is based on the trial and error experiences Merri and I have had for the past 43 years… the very experiences that have made us self-fulfilled multimillionaires.

If you’re wondering what a program like this can do for you, just take a look at how much my seminar on publishing helped the participants. Here’s what some of the folks had to say about what they learned:

“The course fulfilled all my expectations providing all the details necessary to start a publishing business from creating the idea, through marketing including the systems necessary to implement our ideas.” — B. C., Chiropractor  California

“Gary, your system is jam packed with vital information. My head is spinning. Thank goodness this is all backed up by your manual. This is a true and cherished gift. Your tips are a blessing! Thank you once again. The value far exceeds the price.”  — B. K., Investor Pennsylvania

“The course was excellent covering all the facets of publishing. The philosophy of keeping small with no employees alone made the course invaluable. Gary and Merri, you were excellent!” — S. K., Businessman

“Your program gave me insight on what to do with widening my client base.”
— M.E., Real Estate Broker Florida

“We found the course interesting and informative. We were inspired to start work on a booklet. When we came down, we had no idea what to publish.”
— Employed couple from New York

“Your publishing course is outstanding! Just two hours of study on Sunday alone were worth more than the course price.”
— A publisher from California

“The course helped me in three ways. #1: To realize that it is not only OK but preferable to start small. #2: A small point but with big implications was Merri’s description of how she is going to make Gary an expert in the sport’s field. #3: I feel I have a workable program to have a newsletter — my own passion!”  – T. B., Professional Washington

These are just a few of the many comments I’ve received from people I’ve personally trained at my seminars to turn their passions into profits through publishing.

What’s Your Passion:  Expand Your Current Business?

You don’t have to reinvent the wheel with your publishing business. You can use publishing to expand your current business. That’s what I did — and it’s what the owners of a consulting firm in California did, too.

These business owners decided to write and publish books to establish credibility and attract new customers — and it worked like a charm.

Over the past 10 years, they have written two books, both aimed at establishing their company as the go-to source for customer service training. They credit the books with bringing in more than $1 million in new business!

Writing and books have turned into such a bonanza that they’ve recently added a new service to their business — coaching small business owners on the ins and outs of book publishing.

This brand-new home study version of the program is designed only for people who are serious about making a six- or seven-figure income, controlling their own destiny, or otherwise improving the quality of their life by publishing information products. It is not for idle curiosity.

Here’s How to Start Living a More Fulfilled Life As a Self-Publisher

With this hot-off-the-presses home study version of my self-publishing program, you get all the same information as people who attended that first seminar—but at a fraction of the cost.

They paid $2,000 to gain access to this information, but you can get the entire Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher for only $499!

That’s a real bargain considering that you will save thousands on printing and advertising alone. And you couldn’t duplicate the computer and internet knowledge you’ll gain for $20,000. For starters, you’ll learn:

* How to use the internet to publish

* How to define and target your internet market, and start getting visits

* How to develop your website

* The top 10 internet tips to use and the top 10 traps to avoid

I can tell you this: at $499, this program may very well be the best bargain and best investment you’ll ever make.

To this end, I have created a special offer… our course on how to be a self publisher, our course on how to use the internet and a website in your business  and three bonuses for you.

Bonus #1: Get the 50 minute Video Workshop worth $99 “How to Start Your Own Internet Business” presented by our webmaster David Cross,

This video is brand new and the first reader to read it wrote:  Muchas Gracias Gary, Just watched David’s video. It Was SUPER!  Thanks Again. Bill

Bonus #2: Get FREE, the $299 online course “The Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have an Internet Business”.  To read more  about this course click here.

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Despite predictions of disaster, the Great American Dream Still Exists!

Our publishing business has brought us more wealth, satisfaction, fun and friendship than we ever imagined possible. And now we want to share our knowledge and secrets with anyone who has a desire to experience this way of life.

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Specific-Publisher and Author


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The success of your Micro Business and Global Investing depends on your power to concentrate as you integrate your intuition, experience and logic.


Here is a problem. Here I am in my upstairs office on the farm. I’ll explain in a minute.

First, remember “Problems create opportunity” and I have seen… or rather felt one of mankind’s biggest problems brewing.  This is why a new book immediately attracted my attention.

The problem relates to the internet and concentration.

Concentration is success. Concentration… in a way… is everything.  Here are some quotes about the vital importance of concentration.

“Concentration is the key to economic results. No other principles of effectiveness is violated as constantly today as the basic principle of concentration.” Peter F. Drucker

“My son, pay attention to my wisdom, listen well to my words of insight, that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge.” Solomon’s Proverbs 5:1

“Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.” Andrew Carnegie

“For he who has no tranquility there is no concentration.” Bhagavad Gita

“I never hit a shot, not even in practice, without having a very sharp in-focus picture of it in my head.” Jack Nicklaus

“Whoever listens to what is taught will succeed, and whoever trusts the Lord will be happy.” Proverbs 16:20

“May your mind be infused with ‘one’ thought (concentration of mind)! May every action of yours be embellished by ‘one’ thought! May your resolution be ‘one’. You, who are acting to the contrary, your disposition shall have opposite orientation.”Atharva Veda

“To do two things at once is to do neither.” Publilius Syrus

“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might.” Ecclesiast 9:10

“You must remain focused on your journey to greatness.” Les Brown

“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.” Alexander Graham Bell

“A person who aims at nothing is sure to hit it”.

“Do whatever you do intensely.” Robert Henri

“Beware lest you lose the substance by grasping at the shadow.” Aesop

“If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.”

“Success in any endeavor requires single-minded attention to detail and total concentration.” Willie Sutton

“It is a process of diverting one’s scattered forces into one powerful channel.” James Allen

“It’s simply a matter of doing what you do best and not worrying about what the other fellow is going to do.” John Adams

“Ninety percent of my game is mental. It’s my concentration that has gotten me this far.” Chris Evert

“Concentration and mental toughness are the margins of victory.” Bill Russell

“My concentration level blocks out everything. Concentration is why some athletes are better than others. You develop that concentration in training and concentrate in a meet.” Edwin Moses quotes

“The stages of the Noble Path are: Right View, Right Thought, Right Speech, Right Behavior, Right Livelihood, Right Effort, Right Mindfulness and Right Concentration.” Buddha

Over recent years I have felt a problem brewing with my concentration due to the computer and internet.


The easy problem is that my profession… as a writer demands that I spend hours sitting in front of a computer and I can feel that this is addictive.

The solution to this has been easy…

I discipline myself to take breaks… to walk… to work outside…


to do exercises that connect the body and mind… to…


dig and…


get my hands in the earth and to…


grow our own food and…


get in our kitchen and…



However the bigger problem I have been feeling is how the internet and email distracts.

There is so much competition in that computer for my attention so the temptation is to skim… to bounce over everything and not to delve deeply into anything with thought.

This vague feeling that this process is somehow wrong has been lingering so when Merri sent me the book review for the book “The Shallows” below… I jumped on it… drove all the way to town (an hour’s time) to load it on my Kindle (cellphones do not work here so we have to go in to get the books to be entered on the Kindle).

Here is the Book review for “The Shallows”.

Carr—author of The Big Switch (2007) and the much-discussed Atlantic Monthly story “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”—is an astute critic of the information technology revolution. Here he looks to neurological science to gauge the organic impact of computers, citing fascinating experiments that contrast the neural pathways built by reading books versus those forged by surfing the hypnotic Internet, where portals lead us on from one text, image, or video to another while we’re being bombarded by messages, alerts, and feeds. This glimmering realm of interruption and distraction impedes the sort of comprehension and retention “deep reading” engenders, Carr explains. And not only are we reconfiguring our brains, we are also forging a “new intellectual ethic,” an arresting observation Carr expands on while discussing Google’s gargantuan book digitization project. What are the consequences of new habits of mind that abandon sustained immersion and concentration for darting about, snagging bits of information? What is gained and what is lost? Carr’s fresh, lucid, and engaging assessment of our infatuation with the Web is provocative and revelatory. –Donna Seaman

Nicholas Carr has written an important and timely book. See if you can stay off the web long enough to read it! (Elizabeth Kolbert, author of Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change )

Neither a tub-thumpingly alarmist jeremiad nor a breathlessly Panglossian ode to the digital self, Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows is a deeply thoughtful, surprising exploration of our “frenzied” psyches in the age of the Internet. Whether you do it in pixels or pages, read this book. (Tom Vanderbilt, author, Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us) )

Nicholas Carr carefully examines the most important topic in contemporary culture—the mental and social transformation created by our new electronic environment. Without ever losing sight of the larger questions at stake, he calmly demolishes the clichés that have dominated discussions about the Internet. Witty, ambitious, and immensely readable, The Shallows actually manages to describe the weird, new, artificial world in which we now live. (Dana Gioia, poet and former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts )

The core of education is this: developing the capacity to concentrate. The fruits of this capacity we call civilization. But all that is finished, perhaps. Welcome to the shallows, where the un-educating of homo sapiens begins. Nicholas Carr does a wonderful job synthesizing the recent cognitive research. In doing so, he gently refutes the ideologists of progress, and shows what is really at stake in the daily habits of our wired lives: the re-constitution of our minds. What emerges for the reader, inexorably, is the suspicion that we have well and truly screwed ourselves. (Matthew B. Crawford, author of Shop Class As Soulcraft )

Ultimately, The Shallows is a book about the preservation of the human capacity for contemplation and wisdom, in an epoch where both appear increasingly threatened. Nick Carr provides a thought-provoking and intellectually courageous account of how the medium of the Internet is changing the way we think now and how future generations will or will not think. Few works could be more important. (Maryanne Wolf, author of Proust and the Squid: The Story and Science of the Reading Brain )

In his new book, The Shallows, Nicholas Carr has written a Silent Spring for the literary mind. (Michael Agger – Slate )

Starred Review. Carr provides a deep, enlightening examination of how the Internet influences the brain and its neural pathways. Carr’s analysis incorporates a wealth of neuroscience and other research, as well as philosophy, science, history and cultural developments … His fantastic investigation of the effect of the Internet on our neurological selves concludes with a very humanistic petition for balancing our human and computer interactions … Highly recommended. (Library Journal )

Absorbing [and] disturbing. We all joke about how the Internet is turning us, and especially our kids, into fast-twitch airheads incapable of profound cogitation. It’s no joke, Mr. Carr insists, and he has me persuaded. (John Horgan – Wall Street Journal )

The subtitle of Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows: What the Internet is Doing to Our Brains leads one to expect a polemic in the tradition of those published in the 1950s about how rock ’n’ roll was corrupting the nation’s youth … But this is no such book. It is a patient and rewarding popularization of some of the research being done at the frontiers of brain science … Mild-mannered, never polemical, with nothing of the Luddite about him, Carr makes his points with a lot of apt citations and wide-ranging erudition. (Christopher Caldwell – Financial Times )

This is a measured manifesto. Even as Carr bemoans his vanishing attention span, he’s careful to note the usefulness of the Internet, which provides us with access to a near infinitude of information. We might be consigned to the intellectual shallows, but these shallows are as wide as a vast ocean. (Jonah Lehrer – The New York Times Book Review )

You really should read Nicholas Carr’s The Shallows . . . Far from offering a series of rants on the dangers of new media, Carr spends chapters walking us through a variety of historical experiments and laymen’s explanations on the workings of the brain . . . He makes the research stand on end, punctuating it with pithy conclusions and clever phrasing. (Fritz Nelson – Information Week )

The Shallows certainly isn’t the first examination of this subject, but it’s more lucid, concise and pertinent than similar works … An essential, accessible dispatch about how we think now. (Laura Miller – Salon )

If you retain any residual aspirations for literary repartee, prefer the smell of a book to a mouse and, most important, enjoy the quiet meanderings within your own mind that can be triggered by a good bit of prose, you are the person to whom Nicholas Carr has addressed his riveting new book. (Robert Burton – San Francisco Chronicle )

The Shallows isn’t McLuhan’s Understanding Media, but the curiosity rather than trepidation with which Carr reports on the effects of online culture pulls him well into line with his predecessor . . . Carr’s ability to crosscut between cognitive studies involving monkeys and eerily prescient prefigurations of the modern computer opens a line of inquiry into the relationship between human and technology. (Ellen Wernecke, – The Onion A.V. Club )

Persuasive … A prolific blogger, tech pundit, and author, [Carr] cites enough academic research in The Shallows to give anyone pause about society’s full embrace of the Internet as an unadulterated force for progress . . . Carr lays out, in engaging, accessible prose, the science that may explain these results. (Peter Burrows – BusinessWeek )

Another reason for book lovers not to throw in the towel quite yet is The Shallows…a quietly eloquent retort to those who claim that digital culture is harmless—who claim, in fact, that we’re getting smarter by the minute just because we can plug in a computer and allow ourselves to get lost in the funhouse of endless hyperlinks. (Julia Keller – Chicago Tribune).

I believe that the key to my small successes has been the ability to concentrate my intuition, experiences and logic to connect dots.

The fact that excessive use of the internet is reconfiguring our brains, and creating new mental habits that reduce our ability to focus and concentrate has profound implications… good and bad.  If our brightest thinkers “abandon sustained immersion and concentration for darting about, snagging bits of information” how will this affect us and heirs.

I am sure I’ll be back to you on what I am reading but this seemed so important I did not want to delay sharing this thought… so you can concentrate on it as well.


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An organic micro business opportunity has three benefits.


Organic micro businesses are thriving in…


farmer’s markets all over the world like this one in West Jefferson, North Carolina, Smalltown USA.

So let’s share two organic micro business case studies.

There are three reasons why organic micro business ideas are good now.

First… this type of business is in tune with the times. Your chances of success are enhanced by a growing awareness (and willingness to pay for) good food. Home grown food evokes nostalgia, a powerful marketing force in tough times.  The idea is that “people want what they perceive they have lost”.

Recognizing what you feel you have lost,  is a way to to earn income wherever you live.

Problems create opportunity.

Having lost something is a problem.

Since each of us represents a unique market… if we can understand what we feel we have lost… we can understand a problem that many others also feel.

Second… an organic micro business is good business beyond the bottom line. Organic farming provides a sustainable… long term benefit  for your customers… your land and your own body.   Getting out and working in the earth can help balance health.

We need to treat our bodies and this earth better!

Third… an organic micro business can be fulfilling.

Many of us have become so dependent on society that…  as we see the infrastructure around us crumble we feel apprehensive.  We move around day by day followed by a niggling black cloud.

We have lost simpler times… when we were not so dependent on a system that is so far beyond of our control.

For example, if for any reason the internet does not work… I am out of business.

If for any reason the national food distribution system stops, I cannot eat.

If for any reason, gasoline supplies are cut off, I cannot travel.  Etc. Etc.

Access to these supplies are beyond my control.

That is one reason that we moved to an isolated North Carolina  farm 13 years ago.. a survival place… where we also love to be even though the system we depend upon is working fine.

I would like our farm to be more independent and sustainable.

The growing risks of a social economic systemic meltdown have created a window where the past and future have come together.

We perceive we have lost a simple, independent life.  In the future we may need to be more independent again.

So we can logically ask, “What needs for the future are now here?”

Here are five “the future is now” investing and business trends that have merged. They seem to have a bright future.

#1: Gain value added. This is the era when small and flexible are beautiful. Modern community technology makes it possible for even micro businesses to virtually integrate. I’ll give you a specific in a moment.

#2: Invest in real estate. I know, I know people keep saying that prices are going down. Yet these same people keep having kids without making more land. This looks like an opportunity distortion to me.

#3: Bet on inflation. I do not see how with the massive government bailouts this will not happen everywhere…to a great extent.

#4: Invest in alternative power and sustainability. The same fundamentals as for real estate are at work…more kids…no more fresh water…trees…soil…clean air…etc. Plus one factor more. Each child born expects more.

#5: Invest in natural health. The current social economic lifestyle is flawed.  The acquisition of stuff creates too much work…leading to too much stress…with too little time…and poor nutrition…leading to pharmaceutical and surgical intervention. This intervention costs too much and is not a pleasant, effective approach that optimizes maximum human efficiency.

An organic micro business can tap into all five of these trends and I believe that anyone who invests or has a business in them  has great potential.

Here are two “here and now” case studies about this that relate to organic micro business opportunities.

Organic Micro business Case Study #1:  Amazing Cucumbers.

Yesterday Ted Tidwell who manufactures Organic Bio Wash, which I have written about often, sent me this note.

“In a non-BioWashed 100′ by 100′ area, the normal cucumber yield is 30 buckets. Mike Doyle’s greenhouse grower in Alberta, Canada,  BioWashed a 100′ by 100′ area. It produced 140 buckets!!!!

“His grower diluted our new BioWash100 at the rate of one (1) ounce per four (4) gallons of water and sprayed his vines at ten (10) day intervals.  His vines did not grow as long as normal. Instead, the energy increased his yield over 400%.  Needless to say, Mike now has an excited group of growers seeking his product. His new business is booming.”

This case study presents two opportunities… first growing organic foods.  Second… exporting and selling Bio Wash. You can get details about this from Ted Tidwell at tedtid7@yahoo.com


You may want to grow some organic cukes of your own because cucumbers are a healthy fruit from the same family as pumpkin, zucchini and other squashes.

100 grams of cucumber has

•    Vitamin A 180 I.U.
•    Niacin Trace
•    Vitamin C 9 mg.
•    Calcium 32 mg.
•    Iron 1.8 mg.
•    Phosphorus 27 mg.
•    Potassium 80 mg.
•    Carbohydrates 17 gm.
•    Calories 70

Some of the reported health benefits include

•    Cucumber is best natural diuretic known, secreting and promoting the flow of urine.

•    Helps in kidney and urinary bladder disease.

•    Liver disease

•    Pancreatic disease

•    The potassium content of cucumber makes it highly useful for conditions of high and low blood pressure.

•    Cucumber contains erepsin, the enzyme that helps to digest protein.

•    The high silicon and sulphur content of the cucumber is said to promote the growth of hair, especially when the juice of the cucumber is added to the juice of carrot, lettuce and spinach.

•    A mixture of cucumber juice with carrot juice is said to be beneficial for rheumatic conditions resulting from excessive uric acid in the body.

•    Cucumber juice is also valuable for helping diseases of the teeth, gums, especially in cases of pyorrhea.

•    The high mineral content of this vegetable also helps to prevent splitting of nails of the fingers and toes.

•    Cucumber, radish and bitter gourd are beneficial in diabetes.

Here is a great recipe for quinoa tabouleh with cucumber (from Jean Marie Butterlin)

Bring equal volumes quinoa and water to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook until all water is absorbed. Amaranth takes about 10-12 minutes and quinoa 12-15 minutes. Experiment to find the texture you prefer.

Let it cool to room temperature and then add thinly cut  tomato, thinly cut  red onions, olive oil, lime and lemon juice, plenty of cilantro with salt and pepper and lots of diced or sliced cucumber.  See more about quinoa and quinoa tabouleh here.

See tomorrow’s message for the second Organic micro Business Case Study #2.


Learn more about bio wash at our Quantum Wealth course in West Jefferson North Carolina, June 24 to 27.

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