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Labor of Love


Many complex problems can be resolved with simple solutions and labors of love. 

Happy Labor Day.  How would you like this to be your Place of Work?

merrily farms

This is where I labor at times… fishing.

I have been selling trout to our friend, Ann Rose, who owns and operates the Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe.    Ann sells food supplied by LOCAL farmers in the northwest mountains of North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee.  All farms that supply products to her have a mission which is to grow clean, pure, all natural meats and produce while practicing humane and sustainable growing methods.  This leading edge philosophy put Ann’s farmers on the forefront of being GMO free.

merrily farms

Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe, West Jefferson, NC (1).

I am no great aquafarmer, but the numbers and lifestyle work on a small scale.  We pay about $3.50 a pound to stock the fish, they double, triple, even quadruple in size and we sell them for enough to turn a modest profit.   This is not a big deal, but does generate income, helps attract guests to stay in our rental cabins, puts some great trout dinners on our table and is a thoroughly enjoyable part of my daily labor.  I need this to counter balance sitting in front of a computer.

Over a couple of months the fish grow… a lot.

gary scott

We are lucky to have many diverse ways to generate income from the farm… rentals, the trout… ginseng and sustainable timber to name a few.  We don’t do more as we are not here full time, but the chicken, turkey, geese, eggs and vegetables we raise from time to time provide enjoyable (for me) exercise and gives us better food than we could buy in the supermarket.

These types of individual labors can also help resolve complex problems, such as the impact of big agri production on the environment, by reducing pressure on the public food supply.

This could be a big thing.  Victory Gardens proved this.  In the 1940s, there were 18 million victory gardens in the United States alone – 12 million in cities and 6 million on farms.  Fruit and vegetables harvested in these home and community plots were estimated to be 9,000,000–10,000,000 short tons in 1944, an amount equal to all the commercial production of fresh vegetables at that time.

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The power of individual simple labors was highlighted in a recent New York Times article “English Village Becomes Climate Leader by Quietly Cleaning Up its Own Patch” (2).  The article says:

This small village of about 1,000 people looks like any other nestled in the countryside.  But Ashton Hayes is different in an important way when it comes to one of the world’s most pressing issues: climate change. Hundreds of residents have banded together to cut greenhouse emissions — they use clotheslines instead of dryers, take fewer flights, install solar panels and glaze windows to better insulate their homes.

The effort, reaching its 10th anniversary this year, has led to a 24 percent cut in emissions, according to surveys by a professor of environmental sustainability who lives here.

This village has done this without government assistance.  In fact no politician has been allowed to address the group.

One family converted an old farm house with large triple-glazed windows, photo cells, a geothermal heat pump and an underground cistern to hold rainwater for toilets and the garden.  They have  a vegetable garden, grapes for wine, brew beer and keep two cows, which mow the lawn and may also eventually become food in a few years.

Each of us have different assets, lifestyles and labors we hate and those we love.   On Labor Day it is worth reflecting for a moment about what simple labors we love that create profit, but also helps solve some of the larger problems in the world.

Those are thoughts worth laboring for.

Gary

(1)  Rose Mountain Butcher Shoppe

(2)  www.nytimes.com English village becomes climate leader

Wellderly on Labor Day


This is a labor of love.  In the USA, today is the Labor Day holiday.  (Wellderly = “elderly who are well” as named by National Geographic Happy Labor Day.)

Merri and I are…

Merri Scott self publishing

conducting a Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge this Labor Day weekend.

Gary Scott self publishing

We are celebrating Labor Day with 40+ of our family of readers with a labor of love… sharing ideas.  Just Wellderly all along.

Happy labors to all of you always.

The May 2103 National Geographic magazine article “This Baby Will Live to Be 120” features a study  Scripps Health Chief Academic Officer Eric Topol, M.D., and several participants in the Wellderly Study being conducted by his Scripps Translational Science Institute.

Wellderly is a great neologism (a newly coined term in the process of entering common use) that may help describe those who have gained more from experience than the cost of age.  Be sure to vote for your choice of such phrases here.

The article and the study shows that we may live much longer lives and that loving the labor in our life’s mission may be one reason why we will enjoy longevity.

Many small business owners love Labor Day and all holidays because business slows down so they can do extra work and get caught up… or maybe even get ahead of the curve.

Why in the world would someone be happy that they get to do extra work on a holiday?

Because they love the type of labor they do.  This is why today Merri and I are conducting a Writer’s Camp this holiday being with our family of readers and sharing ideas on how to fulfill our precious purpose on this earth.

This is why the theme in our business courses is to be global, have fun and turn your passion into profit.

Labor Day is a big day. Perhaps it should be a greater celebration than it is.

Labor Day can give us one of the most important investing and business clues of all.

Labor is defined in the dictionary as “1. a. Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.

How wrong can one be!  Labor is giving…a part of the human existence that we need more than we can imagine.  The universe is a process of receiving and giving.

We give with our labor… be it physical, mental or emotional and it is part of our condition to give.

I saw the truth of this in action almost 14 years ago in Ecuador, when the Ecuadorian economy stopped. The country ran out of gas. All the banks were closed and accounts frozen.

Yet everyone… (almost all of them)… still came to work…even though there was no money, no transportation to work and they knew they would not get paid.

spanish-course-coffee-break

Hotel workers showed up for work… even though there was no salary check.

ecuador-whale-watching-trip

Workers like these fisherman who park their boat in front of our Pacific condo kept right on working even though their money and ability to be paid were gone.

The site was unbelievable on the Pan American Highway (there was no gas/fuel so no buses, no cars, no trucks, no traffic)  was filled with hordes of people walking to work.

This is when the realization hit me.  People want to work. We humans need to give.  This is half of our natural existence… to give along with the need to take. This is the universal principle give…take…give…take.

Give and take, are each parts of the whole. They go together and when either is lost or missing, a great imbalance begins. Labor is the lack of slavery and dependence.

It’s as bad to just receive without giving as it is to work without receiving.

This is how it is with investing and business…a give and take wholeness.

During the more than 40 years I have been writing and speaking about global business and investing, I have watched some investors make fortunes while many people have lost.

The difference was that the losers just keep asking, “What’s in this for me?”

The winners asked “What will this labor provide and how much will it receive for the giving?” instead.

The winners had the profit motive for sure…but through giving. Their successful outlook was full and complete.

The typical losing mentality just looks at the receiving without seeing the whole. The losers forget to ask, “What does this give?”

Next time you look at an investing or business idea, think about the problem it solves first. What labor does the business or capital provide? Then ask about the profit.

Good investment and business opportunities contain both seeds…for giving to the market and for receiving from the giving.

Finally, if you focus on opportunities in areas you love, you get a bonus. You become involved in whole ideas that are good for others, profitable and satisfying to you AND fun! Then work is not labor but love.

I have a plaque above my desk that I read every day… “Action is thy Duty. Reward Not thy Concern”.

Every Labor Day I like to share a poem by the great poet, Khalil Gibran. He stated this thought about labor better than I in his poem (one of my favorites) The Prophet.  Here is that part of the poem with our best wishes for a fulfilling Labor Day.

Gary

The Prophet
Khalil Gibran
On Work

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work, you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love, you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “He who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

“And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

The greatest asset of all is the ability to labor at what you love wherever you live. This brings everlasting wealth.

Merri and I wish you wonderful labor wherever you are.

Gary

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Profit & Prophet in Labor


This is a labor of love.  In the USA, today is the Labor Day holiday.  Happy Labor Day.

Farm-work

Happy labors to all of you always.

Many small business owners love Labor Day and all holidays because business slows down so they can do extra work and get caught up… or maybe even ahead.

Why in the world would someone be happy that they get to do extra work on a holiday?

Because they love the type of labor they do.  This is why today Merri and I are out working on one of our meadows…improving and enjoying the day and its Labor.

This is why the theme in our business courses is to be global, easy and turn your passion into profit.

Labor Day is a big day. Perhaps it should be a greater celebration than it is.

Labor Day can give us one of the most important investing and business clues of all.

Labor is defined in the dictionary as “1. a. Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.

How wrong can one be!  Labor is giving…a part of the human existence that we need more than we can imagine.  The universe is a process of receiving and giving.

We give with our labor… be it physical, mental or emotional and it is part of our condition to give.

I saw the truth of this in action over a decade ago in Ecuador, when the Ecuadorian economy stopped. The country ran out of gas. All the banks were closed and accounts frozen.

Yet everyone… (almost all)… came to work…even though there was no money, no transportation to work and they knew they would not get paid.

spanish-course-coffee-break

Hotel workers showed up for work… even though there was no salary check.

ecuador-whale-watching-trip

Workers like these fisherman who park their boat in front of our Pacific condo kept right on working even though their money and ability to be paid were gone.

The site was unbelievable the Pan American Highway (there was no gas/fuel so no buses, no cars, no trucks, no traffic)  was filled with people walking to work.

This is when the realization hit me. People want to work. We humans need to give. This is half of our natural existence… to give along with the need to take. This is the universal principle give…take…give…take.

Give and take, are each parts of the whole. They go together and when either is lost or missing, a great imbalance begins. Labor is the lack of slavery and dependence.

It’s as bad to just receive without giving as it is to work without receiving.

This is how it is with investing and business…a give and take wholeness.

During the 40 years I have been writing and speaking about global business and investing, I have watched some investors make fortunes while many people lost.

The difference was that the losers just keep asking, “What’s in this for me?”

The winners though asked “What will this labor provide and how much will it receive for the giving?” instead.

The winners had the profit motive for sure…but through giving. Their successful outlook was full and complete.

The typical losing mentality just looks at the receiving without seeing the whole. The losers forget to ask, “What does this give?”

Next time you look at an investing or business idea, think about the problem it solves first. What labor does the business or capital provide? Then ask about the profit.

Good investment and business opportunities contain both seeds…for giving to the market and for receiving from the giving.

Finally, if you focus on opportunities in areas you love, you get a bonus. You become involved in whole ideas that are good for others, profitable and satisfying to you AND fun! Then work is not labor but love.

I have a plaque above my desk that I read every day… “Action is thy Duty. Reward Not thy Concern”.

Every Labor Day I like to share a poem by the great poet, Khalil Gibran. He stated this thought about labor better than I in his poem (one of my favorites) The Prophet.  Here is that part of the poem with our best wishes for a fulfilling Labor Day.

Gary

The Prophet
Khalil Gibran
On Work

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work, you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love, you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “He who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

“And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

The greatest asset of all is the ability to labor at what you love wherever you live. This brings everlasting wealth.

Merri and I wish you wonderful labor wherever you are.

Gary

This is a time when it makes sense to profit more from one’s own labors.

A September 2, 2011 Breaking News Alert by The New York Times entitled  “Economy Showed No Job Growth in August; Unemployment Rate at 9.1%” said:

The economy showed no job growth in August, the first time there has been no job growth in the United States in a year.

The net addition of no jobs in the month was down sharply from a revised 85,000 gain of jobs in July, the Labor Department said Friday, and was far below a consensus forecast by economists of 60,000. The unemployment rate stayed constant at 9.1 percent in August.

The non-farm payrolls stayed flat in August after a prolonged increase in economic anxiety that began with the brinksmanship in the debt-ceiling debate and was followed by the country’s loss of its triple-A credit rating, stock market whiplash and renewed concerns about Europe’s sovereign debt. And the jobs figure, a monthly statistical snapshot by the Department of Labor, appear more negative than they actually are because they do not include 45,000 Verizon workers who were on strike when the survey was taken.

This is why our online courses and seminars are focusing more on how to gain independence through your own international investing and business.

We provide three e-courses that can help you develop your own micro business that we designed to help you earn anywhere you live in the world.

International Business Made EZ ($299)

Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher ($499)

Event – Full How to Earn With  Your Own Seminars ($349)

These courses can help you start any type of your own global business.

We also have created turnkey global business opportunities with companies we have worked with and used for many years.  Each has a unique  product or service that we love.  These companies are headquartered in many places… Switzerland, Denmark, Ecuador, Spain, Canada as well as the USA and all of them offer global potential… business opportunity almost anywhere.

We write about many of the products of these companies often… though we are not paid.. but just because we like their products and hope you’ll enjoy them too.

We have started a program to help our readers create their own micro business working with these businesses as dealers and distributors.

We are starting with these five businesses first.

#1: JGAM

#2: Bio Wash

#3: Candace Newman Essential Oils

#4: Ecuador Flowers

#5: Ecuador Exports

These businesses can help our readers earn extra income with a turn key international micro business.

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We have started the beta program, and the good news is that we are not charging a penny more more.  Our International Business Made EZ online course and our International Business Made EZ seminars remain the same price though we’ll now offer subscribers an entrance to doing business with many turnkey businesses.

The overall service can bring you the following benefits:

#1: Connect you via our our online course “International Business Made EZ” to here and now specific business opportunities.

#2: Keep you in touch with other readers in the program, share business tips, ideas contacts and even website support in some instances.

You must complete one of the online business development courses above and attend an International Business and Investing Seminar to be eligible for our assistance.

All of our readers are invited to enroll in our International Business Made EZ Online Course and our International Business and Investing Seminar at any time even if they have no interest in one of the related businesses

Satisfaction Guaranteed.   Enroll in any of the online courses above.  Take it and if you are not satisfied for any reason within 30 days… let us know and we’ll give you a full refund.

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See how to earn with Ecuador real estate and Ecuador agriculture.

Join us in North Carolina with Jyske. Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business and diversification in Ecuador at the seminar.

Here are comments from a reader about the way we help:  Thank you for your inspiration and information outlining foreign banking and retirement.  Your comments and suggestions are welcome for planning the steps to evaluate the early stages of living abroad.

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Read more on unemployment at the new York times at  Economy Showed No Job Growth in August; Unemployment Rate at 9.1%

 

Ecuador Savings & Opportunity


Ecuador Offers Savings & Opportunity

ecuador tickets

Ecuador airfares are reduced right now, but Ecuador savings go way beyond travel costs.

Ecuador real estate costs are rising, but prices are still low and there are enormous savings from visiting or living  in Ecuador.

ecuador-savings

This note sent by a reader shows this fact in details.   He wrote:

Gary, I hope all is well.  I thought you might get a kick out of this even know you know it is true.

This is how it started, I got a call Saturday night from my wife who lives in Ecuador. I was needed down there to sign some papers for some land we just purchased again.

I ended up getting a great deal? within minutes after my conversation with my wife the same Saturday night through Lan.com I booked a flight for the coming Monday (labor day) going there was $279 nonstop coming back on September 15th is where they got me the return trip was $644 nonstop after some discounts the round trip was 9 hundred and change not that good of a deal but I was able to leave the states under 48 hours I had not much time to organize.

My text to my friends will explain the rest read below.
———-
Monday labor day while all you guys are sleeping I am in the airport working on my laptop and waiting to depart at 10am Ecuador by 4pm I have only $64 dollars and a small plastic bottle full of change for $64 if I had too I could live the rest of week in Ecuador I already have it planned out it will cost me $3 for the taxi ride to my place me and my wife will eat out tonight for $10. Once I get to my place I have a car so don’t have to worry about taxi fees and the gas here is $1.38 a gallon I could fill up my car for less than $20 but with my finance situation at the moment I will only put $10 in gas. This leaves me with $41 dollars. Tomorrow Tuesday morning me and my wife will eat out again for breakfast $4 each we will have eggs, bacon, ham, fresh fruit, fresh fruit juice and yogurt total cost for the both of us $8 and $1 tip. From there we are going to the beach (Salinas) we will hit a .25 toll and lots of vendors we will buy some bottles of water for .35 each and some fruit for $2 we will get 2 bottles of water 1 bottle of lemonade, 2 bananas and 2 pastries this will hold us off till dinner time. Once we get to the beach we have a friend that loans us his apartment and I have $29 left with this $29 dollars this night we will eat out again $10 go to the movies for $6 and $5 for nachos, a drink and tomorrow morning Wednesday we will eat out again $8 this leaves me with $0 and that bottle of change I am sure at least another $10 with this we will eat Lunch, plenty of fluids till dinner time and plenty of ATM machines in walking distance. This will be almost 3 days on $74 dollars.
——————-
I am now 33 years old very successful in the rat race in the states for the last 5 years I have been coming down to Ecuador I have been setting myself up down here and now besides my beautiful wife and a family we are going to start. I own several lots on the coast, a car, an apartment and starting to construct my first condo on the coast, involved in some other projects as well and in 2010 I will be retiring in Ecuador at 33 years old living the good.

Gary I don’t recall if I told you this but everything I learned was from your websites garyscott.com and internationalliving.com. Today my passport has 38 stamps I filled it up the first 2 years and had to send away for more pages I have never been anywhere else other then Ecuador beside just recently 3 weeks ago I took a trip to DR with some friends and will never go back there again.  It’s all Ecuador for me.

I am putting my experience on paper DR verse Ecuador and will share with you and your readers.

Gary and International Living Thank You.  There is no way I would have a accomplished what I have without you. I am retiring at 33 because of what I learned from YOU!.

Taxes on this house below, for sale at $69,000 (furnished) are barley $30 a year.

Cotacachi-House-Rental-Floorplan

Peaceful, quiet views from the garden deck. Lots of birds singing the the morning.

Cotacachi-adobe- Property-Rental-garden

Deck chairs in the outdoor lounging place…facing the sunrise.

Cotacachi-Adobe-house-Rental-lounge

Outdoor Bar-B-Q just below.

Cotacachi-House-Rental-Bar B Q

Nice kitchen with all hardwood cabinets.

Cotacachi-House-For-rent-with-kitchen

Light and bright.

Cotacachi-Rental-real-estate-kitchen

Dining.

Cotacachi-Rental-real estate-dining-room

Open plan with unique handmade furniture from coffee wood.

Ecuadorian botanical art.

Cotacachi-Property-Rental-two-Bedroom

Really comfortable brand new king size bed and lots of hardwood closets.

Cotacachi-Property-Rental-Bedrooms

Plus a second bathroom.

Cotacachi-real estate-Rental-bathrooms

We hope to meet you in Ecuador.

Gary

Combining good international investing with the greatest asset of all, the ability to earn wherever you live, brings everlasting wealth.

This is why we offer our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

A clear mind and healthy body are also a vital assets… plus a second language is a powerful diversification tool.

This is why I am willing to pay you $299 to attend Ecuador  International Business & Investing seminar in November.  Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free.

See details of the seminars below.

Learn more about global investing, how to have an international business and diversification in Ecuador at the seminar.

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 6-8 IBEZ Ecuador Seminar

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

December 6-8 Beyond Logic Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Attend any two Ecuador seminar or tours in a calendar month…$949 for one.  $1,349 for two.

Attend any three Ecuador courses or tours in a calendar month…$1,199 for one.  $1,799 for two.


Labor of Love


This is a labor of love.  In the US, today is the Labor Day holiday.  Happy Labor Day.

Farm-work

Many small business owners love Labor Day and all holidays because business slows down so they can do extra work and get  caught up… or maybe even ahead.

Why in the world would someone be happy that they get to do extra work on a holiday?

Because they love the type of labor they do.  This is why today Merri and I are out working on one of our meadows…improving and enjoying the day and its Labor.

This is why the theme in our business courses is to turn your passion into profit.

Labor Day is a big day. Perhaps it should be a greater celebration than it is.

Labor Day can give us one of the most important investing and business clues of all.

Labor is defined in the dictionary as “1. a. Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.

How very wrong.  Labor is giving…a part of the human existence that we need more than we can imagine.

I learned this the hard way in Ecuador, a decade ago, when the Ecuadorian economy stopped. The country ran out of gas. All the banks were closed and accounts frozen.

Yet everyone…almost…came to work…even though there was no money and they could not get paid.

spanish-course-coffee-break

Hotel workers showed up for work… even though there was no salary check.

ecuador-whale-watching-trip

Workers like these fisherman who park their boat in front of our Pacific condo kept right on working even though their money and ability to be paid were gone.

This is when the realization hit me. People want to work. We humans need to give. This is half of our natural existence… to give along with the need to take. This is the universal principle give…take…give…take.

Give and take, are each parts of the whole. They go together and when either is lost missing, a great imbalance begins. Labor is the lack of slavery and dependence.

It’s as bad to just receive without giving as it is to work without receiving.

From the moment we learned this, Merri and I changed the focus of our Land of the Sun Foundation which had just been giving to the poor.

We shifted the foundation’s goal to creating jobs…to help people learn how to work at what they love…so they can be fulfilled and paid.  (Of course we have continued to help the elderly as well.)

Meson de las Flores is owned by our foundation and helps people like this community in Topo Grande.

ecuador-roses

Here are workers from  a small Ecuador village, “Topo Grande”  supported by workers at our hotel. They are redoing their community owned source of water to bring it safely and clearly to all parts of the village and the village school as well.

This is how it is with investing and business…a give and take wholeness.

During the 40 years I have been writing and speaking about global business and investing, I have watched some investors make fortunes while many people lost.

The difference was that the losers just asked, “What’s in this for me?”

The winners, though asked “What will this labor provide and how much will it receive for the giving?” instead.

The winners had the profit motive for sure…but through giving. Their successful outlook was full and complete.

The typical losing mentality just looks at the receiving without seeing the whole. The losers forget to ask, “What does this give?”

Next time you look at an investing or business idea, think about the problem it solves first. What labor does the business or capital provide? Then ask about the profit.

Good investment and business opportunities contain both seeds…for giving to the market and for receiving from the giving.

Finally, if you focus on opportunities in areas you love, you get a bonus. You become involved in whole ideas that are good for others, profitable and satisfying to you and fun! Then work is not labor but love.

Every Labor Day I like to share a poem by the great poet, Khalil Gibran. He stated this thought about labor better than I in his poem (one of my favorites) The Prophet when he wrote about work. Here is that part of the poem with our best wishes for a fulfilling Labor Day.

Gary

The Prophet
Khalil Gibran
On Work

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work, you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love, you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “He who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

“And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

The greatest asset of all is the ability to labor at what you love wherever you live. This brings everlasting wealth.

Merri and I wish you wonderful labor wherever you are.

Gary

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Labor of Love


Happy Labor Day.

Farm-work

One part of the farm life we love are the many types of labor involved.

Labor day is a big day. Perhaps it should be a greater celebration than it is.

Labor day can give us one of the most important investing and business clues of all.

Labor is defined in the dictionary as “1. a. Physical or mental exertion, especially when difficult or exhausting; work.

How very wrong.  Labor is giving…a part of the human existence that we need more than we can imagine.

I learned this the hard way in Ecuador, about seven years ago, when the Ecuadorian economy stopped. The country ran out of gas. All the banks were closed and accounts frozen.

Yet everyone…almost…came to work…even though there was no money and they could not get paid.

ecuador-whale-watching-trip

Workers like these fisherman who park their boat in front of our Pacific condo kept right on working even though their money and ability to be paid were gone.

This is when the realization hit me. People want to work. We humans need to give. This is half of our natural existence… to give along with the need to take. This is the universal principle give…take…give…take.

Give and take, are each parts of the whole. They go together and when either is lost missing, a great imbalance begins. Labor is the lack of slavery and dependence.

It’s as bad to just receive without giving as it is to work without receiving.

From the moment we learned this, Merri and I changed the focus of our Land of the Sun Foundation which had just been giving to the poor of Ecuador. We shifted the foundation’s goal to creating jobs…to help people learn how to work at what they love…so they can be fulfilled and paid.

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Meson de las Flores is owned by our foundation and helps people like Eduardo and Consuelo above have jobs they love.

poor-ecuador-family

Here is a small village supported by workers at our hotel.

This is how it is with investing and business…a give and take wholeness.

During the 40 years I have been writing and speaking about global business and investing, I have watched some investors make fortunes while many people lost.

The difference was that the losers just asked, “What’s in this for me?”

The winners though ask “What will this labor provide and how much will it receive for the giving?” instead.

The winners had the profit motive for sure…but through giving. Their successful outlook was full and complete.

The typical losing mentality just looks at the receiving without seeing the whole. The losers forget to ask, “What does this give?”

So next time you look at an investing or business idea, think about the problem it solves first. What labor does the business or capital provide. Then ask about the profit.

Good investment and business opportunities contain both seeds…for giving to the market and for receiving from the giving.

Finally if you focus on opportunities in areas you love, you get a bonus. You become involved in whole ideas that are good for others, profitable and satisfying to you and fun! Then work is not labor but love.

A great poet, Kahil Gibran, stated this thought better than I in his poem (one of my favorites) The Prophet when he wrote about work. Here is that part of the poem with our best wishes for a fulfilling Labor Day.

Gary

The Prophet
Kahil Girbran
On Work

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life’s procession, that marches in majesty and proud submission towards the infinite.

When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music.

Which of you would be a reed, dumb and silent, when all else sings together in unison?

Always you have been told that work is a curse and labour a misfortune.

But I say to you that when you work you fulfill a part of earth’s furthest dream, assigned to you when that dream was born,

And in keeping yourself with labour you are in truth loving life,

And to love life through labour is to be intimate with life’s inmost secret.

But if you in your pain call birth an affliction and the support of the flesh a curse written upon your brow, then I answer that naught but the sweat of your brow shall wash away that which is written.

You have been told also life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary.

And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge,

And all urge is blind save when there is knowledge,

And all knowledge is vain save when there is work,

And all work is empty save when there is love;

And when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another, and to God.

And what is it to work with love?

It is to weave the cloth with threads drawn from your heart, even as if your beloved were to wear that cloth.

It is to build a house with affection, even as if your beloved were to dwell in that house.

It is to sow seeds with tenderness and reap the harvest with joy, even as if your beloved were to eat the fruit.

It is to charge all things you fashion with a breath of your own spirit,

And to know that all the blessed dead are standing about you and watching.

Often have I heard you say, as if speaking in sleep, “he who works in marble, and finds the shape of his own soul in the stone, is a nobler than he who ploughs the soil.

And he who seizes the rainbow to lay it on a cloth in the likeness of man, is more than he who makes the sandals for our feet.”

But I say, not in sleep but in the over-wakefulness of noontide, that the wind speaks not more sweetly to the giant oaks than to the least of all the blades of grass;

And he alone is great who turns the voice of the wind into a song made sweeter by his own loving.

Work is love made visible.

And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.

For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man’s hunger.

And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.

And if you sing though as angels, and love not the singing, you muffle man’s ears to the voices of the day and the voices of the night.

Small Business Starts


Small business starts are important because your own small business is one of the best ways to fight inflation and hard economic times. Yet the most frequent question I hear about starting small business is “where and how should I start my small business.

The answer to this begins with two questions:

Small business starting question #1: How much time do you have to start a small business.

Small business starting question #2: How much money do you have to start a small business.

The answers are often related but in the end most people are in one of five
positions.

Small business start up position #1: Plenty of time and enough money to live on and start a business.

Small business start up position #2: Plenty of time and enough money to live on but not enough to start a business.

Small business start up position #3: Plenty of time but not enough money to live on (or start a business).

Small business start up position #4: Enough money to live on and start a business but no time.

Small business start up position #5: No time and no money.

Interestingly enough position #5 is safest (not much to lose) and position #1 has the greatest risk for small business start ups. Small business start up position #1 suggests some previous success and or inherited money. Either position can make one over confident and encourage, “full steam ahead!”

Full steam is not often the best way to begin a small business. I always recommend that people start small…limited steam in a very directed way. Open the small business stopcocks nice and slow.

Small beginnings are nature’s way. Most businesses start with a learning curve. During the beginning and in the initial learning period, it is essential to remain small as you err. Once lessons have been learned, the business can grow using business evolutionary cycle.

The small business evolutionary cycle is

#1: Get an idea

#2; The idea leads to enthusiasm.

#3: The enthusiasm leads to education.

#4: The education leads to action.

#5: The action leads to profit or loss but also more ideas.

The cycle repeats and this is the way that businesses should grow.

My businesses never really started in a full steam ahead mode. In a way I have always had one business, but it has morphed again and again, each new development being financed by the old. Each new development has always been (to Merri, me and we hope our clients) better.

I began as a Prudential Insurance agent selling door to door in Portland Oregon.

That beginning was financed by working in a gas station while I learned and trained to sell.

Selling insurance in Portland led to selling American investments door to door in Hong Kong. This was really the only full time jump I made. I nearly starved! And I learned. Yet even then I was still selling door to door…with the same tactics just for a different product in a different place.

I learned (as I starved) that the different product and place required different tactics.

This started the evolution and due to traffic congestion in HK, I began putting on seminars to sell US investments more efficiently. Then I created a small newsletter to keep in touch with the investment salesmen I hired.

small-business-sales-team

These were the salesmen i motivated with my first newsletter. That was a good idea and both part time efforts (the newsletter and seminars) were financed originally by my door to door selling of US investments!

But this approach was flawed. In the early 1970s, I was living in Hong Kong selling US mutual funds. This was when the Hong Kong stock market first began to emerge. Share prices in Hong Kong rose and rose. This was also the first time the U.S. stock market had collapsed in twenty years.

To be frank U.S. investments then, sucked. Hong Kong investments were good.

That idea changed my business. I began writing newsletters and reports about Hong Kong investments for Americans and how US investors could make more money abroad.

This was a good idea but ahead of its time so I did this part time and financed the new effort with my existing business…selling US investments in Hong Kong.

As my income grew from the new activity (selling HK investment ideas to Americans) I saw investment opportunity beyond Hong Kong. I moved to London. There was more international investing knowledge and information available there. I began selling reports about investing in gold, silver, Swiss francs, Australia, England and Germany.

I tried many business ideas in London. Here is a shot that was in a London daily, part of a PR  program to help sell square inches of Graceland after Elvis died. That was a really bad idea.   I am very glad  I started that one small!

small-business-in-london

This move to London was financed by selling HK investments to Americans.

Then I saw other Asian countries beginning to have great potential. I began researching there and as phone rates dropped and the fax came along, I saw that I could get out of the big city and moved to Naples, Florida, then a sleepy fishing village… closer to my North American clients. My seminar business boomed financed by my London business.

Then in the early 1990s saw potential in Latin America and in Smalltown USA.

I began researching and traveling in these places part time…financed by my existing efforts in Florida.

Finally as Naples became crowded, because of the Internet, we were able to move to isolated farms both in The Blue Ridge and in Ecuador and still have access to any international investment business information and stay in touch with my clients.

My internet business began in a small way as well…as a supplement to my print business…not earning much…until gradually it became the only way we do business.

Each step in our business growth has been a gradual evolution financed by the last.

Each time we began the new part of our business in a small way, crept along and learned until it grew and took over to become our core.

Today our business on the farm and in Ecuador create the largest part of our income.

What’s next?

I do not know. You’ll find out as I do and my business evolves once more.

What I do know is that whatever ideas emerge the ones that enthuse me will be the ones I follow…in a small way. I will test them…in some small way…not expecting to make enough to live on. Some will survive ad grow. Others will be discarded.

Whatever your time and money position, you can begin your own business by looking for ideas that create enthusiasm in you. When you feel excited in a field start to educate yourself. Learn about the idea and then test small business ideas. Use a little time and or capital. Try…read…ask…learn. Tkae small risks.

After that if you still feel good…go for it in a larger way and let your small business evolve from there.

If you have little money start a business that uses your time and energy (as i did as a salesman) as your capital.

The is the era when small is beautiful so until next message may your success to begin be fulfilling but small!

Gary

We offer two emailed courses to help you start a small business.

International Business Made EZ

Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher

Readers are proving again and again that having a small business is smart! One reader just shared this note:

Gary: This is Randy. I have been a subscriber of your newsletter for a long, long, time and I LOVE it. I just thought that I would chip in a comment about your comments about Labor as we are approaching Labor Day. I thought for years that Manuel Labor was a Latino and then I got involved in creating my company and found out differently. That is supposed to be a joke. Seriously, we started FFI November 2, 2005 and we have grown to over $200,000,000. And are shipping our products to over 200 Countries and territories and we are primarily an Internet company doing eCommerce. I agree with you that if one is doing something they truly love, it is not considered work, but a labor of love. My wife (Wendy) and I have traveled to over 81 countries during the last couple of years speaking to people about our products, and expressing our passion for what we do, and today we have over 200,000+ people selling our products face-to-face and the rest of our sales are on the Internet. Anyone that has a determination to succeed and have enough knowledge of Internet marketing can distribute their products.Keep up the good work of delivering your message with no hype, but telling the truth. Your Friend, Randy”

We offer seminar courses to help you start your own small business as well .

International Investing and Business Made EZ North Carolina October 3-5

Ecuador Ecuador Import Export Course October 14-18

This export course has been working well. One reader just wrote:

“Good Evening Gary/Merri/Steve, Speaking of a small business, we have opened All American Enterprises, LLC (AAE) which includes selling products from Ecuador at a trade days operation about 200 miles East of Dallas. I don’t know if we are off to a “bang” but we are sure having fun. See attached pictures to include our model, Consuella.

small-business-ecuador-exports

Please tell Mary we have made profit on our inventory and the big sellers are alpaca silver jewelry and Octovalo alpaca ponchos. We will visit with Steve at the end of September and would like to restock to include blankets/ponchos/throws from Hilana. Does Mary have the contact for wholesale Hilana products? Say hi to Ma and the cats, too. Bob and Dot”

small-business-from-ecuador

International Investing and Business Made EZ Ecuador
November 7-9, 2008

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Here is another comment from delagtes who attended the import export course

“Hi Gary & Merri. Our business of selling Ecuador products is still going well. We are now appointing Agents across Australia and should have the whole country covered by mid-August. Our initial shops continue to re-order on a regular basis. The best shops seem to re-order every two weeks.We have also received inquiry to provide buying services for people in a few other countries. So we will be seriously thinking about starting our own brand name to market globally. If successful, it should help many Ecuadorians.We have appointed a national distributor for our Andes Artisans products (www.andes-artisans.com) so we will be leaving Australia to live in Ecuador soon. Thank you again John & Dixie.”

Ecuador Ecuador Import Export Course October 14-18

Small Business Questions


Small business questions are important because your own small business is one of the best ways to fight inflation and hard economic times.

Your own small business can offer variety in your work. Here I get to speak at a course with investment managers.

small-business-speakers

A recent message answering small business questions looked at small business survival and evoked another question below.

A reader asked:

“Dear Gary, In this email, you related a question by a reader on whether you had a a struggle to start? Could you go a step further and share with us what it took (like in hours per week) to get your online publishing business started? Was it 70 or 80 hours per week in the beginning, then tapering off once you got it rolling? Or were you able to start it with a smaller time commitment (say 4 hours per day) and steadily grow it? How about the present day?…how much time per day on an average does it take you to keep your business prospering? And maybe include what a typical business day looks like for you. I think this would be very helpful to a lot of readers in visualizing how they can apply your experience and methods to creating a new life for themselves. Sincerely, Doug”

Because many readers have asked a similar question, I am sharing my reply…one that perhaps is well suited for the labor day weekend.

Douglas,

I have always worked pretty long hours because I like what I do so I don’t think of the process as work.

My perfect day begins when I rise around 4:30 am and do my morning meditation.

Then I do a bit of yoga and go straight to work…writing, while I enjoy one cup of coffee (Organic, from Ecuador ’s Intag – freshly ground). My office faces east and I work, waiting for the sunrise.

With luck I will have finished my daily message and answered my email and be done working by the time most of the East Coast begins to rise. Then I’ll take a walk in the woods with Merri and Ma. If any of my family is here, I’ll skip more work all together.

Later I may work more, try to get ahead and write some more. Or I may go work on the land.

Other times my small business gives me physical work. Here I am about to attack brush on the farm. How can one measure the hours?

small-business-work

Or I get to play (ugh I mean work) with our boy toys.

small-business-tractor

Plus I try to add in some physical work…more fun to me than a gym (and no monthly fees either).

Farm-work

Other days when we have extra to do, I might skip the walk, the farm labor and find myself still writing at seven or eight at night having put in a 16 hour day.

Merri and I are recluses, (many writers are) so when we are in North Carolina we stay on the farm and work at our computer. We rarely even take phone calls. We go to town once a week for supplies. There are times when we do not see anyone for a week.

We do not have TV either.

This not the lifestyle most people want, but it is one we love.

However when in Ecuador, we usually stay at our hotel so we are with people all the time

We enjoy this break from solitude and this is what makes Ecuador special, the very different lifestyle it offers. We love variety in our life and do not try to export an American lifestyle to Ecuador.

For example at times Merri and i get to work with our chef in Ecuador.

small-business-cooking
In each place I may work a few hours or have a long day. I get to choose…not my boss. If I choose to work extra, I enjoy the benefits of my extra labor…not my boss…though the extra hours do not often feel like work to me.

This is a key to success and happiness. If you are considering your own business. Do something you really enjoy. Then you will not worry much about the hours you put in.

I like variety but in the end I enjoy writing most. Wherever I go I make sure I have somewhere that I can get away and write. Here is my writing desk at our Ecuador hotel.

small business desk

I even have a special desk where I can even write when I feel like being in the woods.

small-business-writing

You can work four hours a day or four times four. Your choice. However when you begin you may want to start part time with only a few hours.

Tomorrow’s message looks at how to do this.

Until then, may all your labor be a joy.

Regards,

Gary

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September 17-20 and November 12-15, 2008 – $599 for one. $849 for a couple.

Our Coastal tours are conducted from Palmazul. Here I am working a Palmazul. Merri’s not pictured because she took the shot.

tranquil-work-at-sea

But after we relax on the beach.

small-business-couple-on-Ecuador-Coast

Our Andean courses below are conducted at our colonial inn El Meson de las Flores. Here we are in the inn’s court yard working as a couple.

tranquil-work-hotel

Ecuador Super Thinking + Spanish Course
September 23 to 27, 2008 – $799 for one. $999 for a couple.

Ecuador Imbabura Real Estate Tour
September 28-29, 2008 and November 10-11, 2008.
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November 7-9, 2008
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