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The Global Investing Value of Missions


Missions help define value and bring profits that go far bigger than the bucks.

Secret #1:  Have a Mission

Jeff Bezos’ belief in missions caused Amazon.com shares to rise like this.

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There is more to this than money though knowing it can bring you wealth.

In 1994 Jeff Bezos made a cross-country drive from New York to Seattle, creating  the Amazon business plan on the way.  He left a good paying job and started Amazon.com in his garage.

He had three simple ideas in mind.  Beat the tax man… use quirks of the internet and fulfill a mission.

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Having a mission is the most powerful of these ideas… especially in our existing era of rapid change.  What is reasonable today… may not be reasonable soon.  Take Bezos’s play on tax benefits.  Tax advantages  can evaporate on the whim of Congress.  How about change on the internet?   There is no place where change happens faster.

Right now four companies that may not have seemed reasonable just a decade or so dominate the internet… Apple, Facebook, Amazon and Google.

Amazon.com is not even 20 years old.  Bezos started Amazon in 1994 in his garage.   Then he went billions in the hole.

Today, Bezos is listed as one of the wealthiest people in the world with an estimated net worth of US 22.1 billion.  He is ranked by Harvard Business Review as the the best living CEO.

According to Forbes, Amazon’s shares have “defied gravity”,  jumping 55% and adding $6.5 billion to Bezos’ net worth.

Yet Amazon could be gone in a flash.   The four internet giants: Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Google are competing fiercely.  The chart below from a Financial Times article “Battle of the Giants is about this four way competition and shows that Amazon…on paper… is the poorest of them all.

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Graph from Financial Times article on the “Battle of these Giants”  (see link below).

Amazon has the least cash and lowest profit but I am betting on Amazon because of its mission.    More likely in another decade all four internet giants could be gone… or they’ll be also rans beat out by new  disruptive technology we cannot even imagine right now.

If Bezos… and Apple and all these giants with their enormous resources are at risk to change… how can we as small investors and micro businesses invest and survive in such a rapidly changing world?

The answer is provided by Bezos.

Bezos built his fortune based around two ahas and one concept… about missions and missionaries.

Bezos’ first aha was to invest in areas of rapid growth.  He had learned about the rapid growth of Internet use.  The second aha was that rapid Internet growth coincided with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that online retailers did not have to collect sales taxes in states where they lacked physical presence.

His third and most important belief went beyond taking advantage of short term change.  He saw that long term success in investing and business relies on more than business acumen.

The key to lasting success is a mission.

Bezos said:   I strongly believe that missionaries make better products. They care more. For a missionary, it’s not just about the business. There has to be a business, and the business has to make sense, but that’s not why you do it. You do it because you have something meaningful that motivates you.

He summed up the key to prosperity and survival in business and investing.   Care… invest in… and work at… something that is meaningful to you.

This is why I have updated my report… “Running Risk – Investing in Risky Times”.   This report defines a formula for investing that works regardless of change.  You can  learn how to spot trends that emerge from change.  See how to unveil good value and find investment and business opportunities that can help you earn and fulfill your positive mission.

Money is no longer enough!

“Running Risk” is about how to profitably embrace change and find a personal and meaningful business investing path.

The report integrates three assets:

The first asset is a simple, common sense plan to understand the global economy so you spot trends for investing and business for profit.

The second asset is the knowledge of yourself for positivity and fulfillment and how to integrate YOU with the global economy.

The third asset is diversification for flexibility, safety and endurance.

Here is what you learn from “Embracing Change  – Investing in Changing Times”.

* Currency problems create wealth:  The Multi Currrency Sandwich.

The report starts with a look at currencies and how their purchasing parity threatens all wealth.  See why some currencies are not at equal risk. Gain ways to find extra value created by a strong (but fundamentally weak) currency with a low interest rate that is tensed with a weak (but fundamentally strong) currency that pays a higher rate of return.

The report begins by reviewing our January 2013 recommendation to borrow Japanese yen at 82 yen per dollar and invest the loan in US dollars and euro.  Within three months the yen had fallen to 96 yen per dollar and this multicurrency sandwich had created 21.5% profit in three months.

* Stock, economic and productivity cycles anticipate bull and bear trends in market and the global economy.

“Embracing Change”  tracks the Dow back over 100 years to reveal a consistent pattern of bull and bear markets that each last about 17 years.  The Dow has been in a sideways bear market since 2000.  Comparing the Dow from 2000 to 2013 to the Dow from 1966 to 1982 (the previous bear cycle)  shows why we could see another sharp retraction in the Dow now despite having  reached recent all time highs.

In 1974 (eight years after the bear began) the Dow collapsed nearly 50% before the great run up that began in the 1980s.  In 2008 (eight years after the next bear market began), the Dow collapsed nearly 50%.

The stock market had stormed upwards but a comparison of the Dow Jones from 1960 to 1974  and from 2000 to March 2013 was troubling.

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1960 to 1974 Dow Chart from www.stockcharts.com

Notice four peaks representing over bought markets during a 17 year sideways bear market that ran from 1966 to 1982.

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2000 to 2013 Dow chart from  www.stockcharts.com

Learn what to do if the Dow is ready for one more sideways bear crash in this down cycle.

* How to anticipate new waves of technology.

Spotting innovations is as important as the 17 year cycles.

See a review of some of the top innovations that have entered the market in the past decade.  One innovation reviewed in the report is fermionic condensate invented by Deborah S. Jin. This is a superfluid phase formed by fermionic particles at low temperatures.

Fermionic condensate is special because it is a new form of matter, the sixth known after solids, liquids, gases, plasma and a Bose-Einstein condensate.

The way the atoms act suggest there should be a way to turn this matter into a room-temperature solid that is an everyday, usable superconductor. This would allow electricity to be transmitted with no loss and no heat.

Superconductor technology is being fed into the development of magnetically levitated trains. Free of friction these vehicles glide along at high speeds using a fraction of the energy of conventional trains.

Another new technology takes living cells, loads them into a printer, and squirts out a 3D tissue that could develop into a kidney or a heart.  This is the first printer for embryonic human stem cells.

A research group at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland, has created a cell printer that spits out living embryonic stem cells.

The new printing method could be used to make 3D human tissues for testing new drugs, growing organs, or ultimately printing cells directly inside the body for use in regenerative medicine — repairing, replacing and regenerating damaged cells, tissues or organs.

Then the report deals with another major innovation factor which is… “How do we sort out the winning innovations from the bad?”

There are new innovations announced almost daily… some created by huge companies.   Take MSN Direct as an example.  This technology piggybacked on FM radio signals.  Microsoft said this was the next big delivery system for delivering data to portable devices and Bill Gates seemed particularly fond of watches that received the signals. Alas, cell,phones and their networks offered stronger signals, wider coverage, and more flexibility. The MSN Direct data folded years ago.

Another example is TheGlobe.com.   This was social networking before Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn.  TheGlobe started in 1995. Three years later the IPO stock was offered at $9 a share and skyrocketed to $65,  the largest first day gain of any IPO in history up to that date.  Then online advertising went bust, the stock price plummeted  and the TheGlobe.com was laid to rest in 2008.

How to Make a Small Fortune

Even spotting winning innovations does not always convert into profit.   The way to make a small fortune is to start with a large fortune and turn every $38 into $26.

That is what happened with the winning innovation… Facebook.   Though the innovation has worked well… many investors were wiped out when the stock’s $38 IPO price lost over a quarter of its value in less than a month and went on to lose over half its IPO value in three months.   All this time later, the shares are $26 per share well below the IPO launch.

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Secret #2:  Know Thyself

* How to integrate YOU with trends and the world.

Warren Buffet showed how selecting good shares is a unique personal art that begins with what you like and know. The ups and downs of markets have almost nothing to do with your investing success at all.

Warren Buffet, one of the world’s great investors, confirmed that understanding  your mission is a key component of success when he shared tips that are the foundation of how he invests.  Here are the core points he shared:

  1. Do what you like
  2. Money isn’t everything
  3. Work only with people you like
  4. Invest only in what you understand
  5. Don’t over diversify
  6. Keep looking for new opportunities
  7. Look for businesses that are available at a good price

“Running Risk” looks at how to put invaluable information to work using a PIEC wealth system.   PIEC is an acronym for “Personal Income Earning Corridor”. This concept of financial prudence differs greatly from traditional approaches of accumulating wealth.

Traditionally people invest to create income and profit.  They invest and work to live and support their lifestyle and aim towards a future of doing something enjoyable without work.

PIEC investors reverse the priorities. Instead of investing for profit, PIEC investors learn how to enjoy investing in a profitable way.

For example, if a PIEC investor loves golf, they’ll focus and invest in some aspect of the golfing trade.

“Running Risk” shares how PIEC uses the evolutionary cycle of business, the diffusion curve and the golden rule of simplicity.

Secret #3:  Be Smarter

How do we get to the core of true success?   “Running Risk” shows one example that was the core of Apple’s success… relaxed concentration.

Relaxed concentration helps you spot better trends that are interesting to YOU.  In times of rapid change, it is important to think beyond logic.  We need Super Thinking.

Super Thinking had a lot to do with Apple and why it has more revenue, more cash and more profit than Amazon, Google and Facebook combined.

Steve Jobs used Super Thinking.

I first started began my exploration of Super Thinking after hearing a quote from Aristotle Onassis.   He said that you do not need an astrologer to be a millionaire but to be a billionaire you do.  Astrology is a way of thinking beyond logic.

Later, I was a speaker at a Cayman Island investing seminar along with John Templeton.  He explained that he did everything to stay on top of trends but then also reviewed everything with a black box…. a form of thinking beyond logic.

Even later while conducting a book signing for my novel “The 65th Octave” I gave a talk about Super Thinking because this is the core of that book.   One attendee, began crying.  She explained that she had been Warren Buffet’s personal assistant and that she was so sorry because Buffet and Charlie Munger used these principles and encouraged her to use them, but she had ignored them.

My report “Embracing Change”  shares the results of my quest to gain greater intelligence by thinking outside the box.

With his passing, it became recognized that Steve Jobs was a mystic with mental access to Super Thinking wisdom.

Jobs’ biographer, Walter Isaacson, confirmed that Jobs  had a lifelong passion following basic precepts of Eastern thought, such as the emphasis on experiential prana, wisdom or cognitive understanding that is intuitively experienced through concentration of the mind.

Jobs loved “Autobiography of a Yogi” a book that helps us understand how and why we are more than our physical bodies.

Isaacson writes that on Jobs’ last holiday… just before his transition…  that this was the only book he read.

Jobs was integrating brain waves and we show why and how in “Embracing Change – How to Invest in Changing Times”.

Rapid change makes it impossible to logically understand what is going to happen.  In this report you learn how to escape the tyranny of reason. If you have 4.5 inches of information flowing through a 4 inch learning pipe, the solution is not to add another inch of information.  The answer is to first create a six inch pipe and then an even larger pipe…a never ending expansion of abilities!  This is super thinking!

* Getting safety and comfort from diversification and the six point command posture.

Finally after we think we are doing everything correctly, we diversify to protect against what we miss.  “Embracing Change” contains case studies of where I have diversified and shows:

Where why, when and how to buy gold and precious metals.

Where in the USA you can buy overseas shares.

* How to use ETFs for multi currency safety.

* When and why collectibles make more sense now then before as a diversification.

* The report reviews  recent recommendations and our current portfolio of shares.

* The report reviews the shares of ADK Ammunition… shares where conspiracy and opportunity collided.

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Look at these investment possibilities:

* Aegion & Hyflux investments in water

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Our site featured Aegion on December 6, 2012 and the share immediately rose over 10% in three months.

* Jyske, Skybest & Axel Springer, two plays on a falling euro.

* Unicredit & Jyske shares in the shunned European finance.

* Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners… an ultimate inflation protector.

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We first wrote about Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP in 2010.  The shares have risen over 70% and in January 2013 the company was named as a top 25 dividend stock, according the most recent Canada Stock Channel ”DividendRank” report. The report noted that among the coverage universe, BEP.UN shares displayed both attractive valuation metrics and strong profitability metrics. The report also cited the strong quarterly dividend history at Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners LP, and favorable long-term multi-year growth rates in key fundamental data points.

* Singapore Real Estate Trusts… shares that are not a gamble on gambling but rose because of gambling.

* Why investments in smalltown USA have become big.

* How to move up as the global economy trades down.

This report is not a recommendation of these shares but offers case studies on WHY they were selected at the time we wrote and or invested in them.   “Embracing Change” shares ideas on how to be fulfilled in the search for value… and your mission through investing that can make the world a better place.

“Embracing Change” also reviews… the safest places to bank, multi dimensional investments that earn in two ways or more… the profit in natural health, sustainability and agriculture.

“Running Risk:  How to Invest in Risky Times” was just brought up to date last week and renamed Embracing Change to assist you in gaining fulfillment and profit.   However to make sure that this is a satisfying process for you, as with all our products we always offer complete satisfaction of your money back.

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Order “Embracing Change – How to Invest in Changing Times”.  Learn how to create and fulfill your mission through investing.  I’ll email this report to you immediately.

Read the report and if not satisfied, let me know within 30 days and we’ll send a full refund… no questions asked.

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Gary

Ecuador Experience


Here are some thoughts on why the growing desire for experience can create profits with an Ecuador experience or investments in an experience.

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Here is an Ecuador sunrise viewed from our hotel Meson de las Flores. When the day begins in Ecuador you never know what new experience you’ll have next!

Understanding the seventh wave in the industrial revolution, the Imagination Era, can help us understand benefits in Ecuador and see how to invest better anywhere in the world.

Technology has moved humanity through numerous eras of innovation (Steam Powered – Internal Combustion Powered – Chemical/Plastics/TV/Telephone/Jet Powered – Electronics powered and Information Powered). Each era made society more efficient. New modes of productivity changed the way we eat, work, sleep, live, practice religion, politics, gather our families, spend, etc. Now we are headed into the Imagination Era.

The information era has peaked. We can still make money in Microsoft and the .coms but the really easy, big billions were all made before 1998.  These peal of each era lasts 30 years or more and we are about a decade into the Imagination Era.

In the Imagination Era, whatever can be is automated.

In the Imagination Era, excellence and value are taken for granted.   Automated assembly lines that turn out low cost, highly usable, dependable products are growing. Innovations in production are taking place very quickly within industry.

In the Imagination Era, the story reigns king! People buy products based on the story behind the product. Consumers want experiences more than things.

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For example our September Super Thinking Spanish Course coincided with Imbabura’s Indigenous Corn Festival. Our delegates were rewarded with the experience of a Cotacachi parade and…

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the…

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Corn Queen.  These are not…

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small parades.

In the Information Era, values  are even more important than the economic value.

We can see the Imagination Era every day.  Eras do not start and stop in a day. We still have textiles and foundries, railroads, airplanes, etc. Airlines and car manufacturers still exist (though we have just seen a shakeout with Internal Combustion Era businesses).

The Imagination Era has been forming for some time. Chances are it will rise even faster and sharper than all those in the past and the peak is near.

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Here’s a Corn Princess.

One example is seen in this excerpt from a recent New York Times article entitled “Disney’s Retail Plan Is a Theme Park in Its Stores” by Brooks  Barnes and published October 12, 2009: The Walt Disney Company, with the help of Steven P. Jobs and his retailing team at Apple, intends to drastically overhaul its approach to the shopping mall. Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide, leading a tour, says, “It’s time to take risks.”  At a time when many retailers are still cutting back or approaching strategic shifts with extreme caution, Disney is going the other way, getting more aggressive and putting into motion an expensive and ambitious floor-to-ceiling reboot of its 340 stores in the United States and Europe — as well as opening new ones, including a potential flagship in Times Square.

Disney Stores, which the media giant is considering rebranding Imagination Park, will become more akin to cozy entertainment hubs. The chain’s traditional approach of displaying row after row of toys and apparel geared to Disney franchises will be given a high-tech makeover and incorporated into a new array of recreational activities. The goal is to make children clamor to visit the stores and stay longer, perhaps bolstering sales as a result. Over the next five years, analysts estimate that Disney will spend about $1 million a store to redecorate, reorganize and install interactive technology.

“The world does not need another place to sell Disney merchandise — this only works if it’s an experience,” said Jim Fielding, president of Disney Stores Worldwide. (Bold is mine)

Steve Jobs at Apple is helping with proprietary information about Apple’s successful stores, and his message is “Dream bigger”.   There is great  interactivity — parents will be able to book a Disney Cruise on touch-screen kiosks while their children play.

Ecuador is perfect as a place to experience new adventures, lifestyles and ways of life because the population includes one of the most highly successful indigenous populations who have integrated their ancient culture with the Western economy.

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Another Corn Princess.

These parades go on for hours…

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with wonderful floats, bands, music and  dancers.

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When looking for places to invest, visit or live, we can go beyond Disney… and enjoy the benefits of this era’s desire for experience.

Our course delegates were delighted.  So when  you come to Ecuador be ready for adventure and something new.  You ever know what wonderful experiences you’ll enjoy!

Gary

See Cotacachi Surprise Parade

Join our Ecuador courses and tours October, November or December.

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

This is why we are providing a special three for one offer with our  course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business

This course can help you create your own internet business.

Our emailed course “Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have Your Own Web Based Business” is a continuing educational program.  You receive the first 28 lessons when you enroll and a new lesson every week or two.

This course teaches how to create a web based business and is developed from the ongoing experiences that we have from our successful and profitable internet business.

This course is well worth the enrollment fee of $299… but currently you also receive two additional courses FREE.

The other two courses are #1: International Business Made EZ, and #2: Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.

These two courses have sold for $398 and thousands have paid this price. We add them to your course, at no added cost, as I believe they will help you develop a better business in these crucial times..

Even Better Get All three Courses Free

To make this offer even more compelling,  I am giving everyone who enrolls in all our seminars or tours for any one month, October, November or December, “Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course,”  “Self Fulfilled- How to be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ” free.

Head south. Experience Ecuador!

Oct. 21-24 Ecuador Import Export Tour

Oct. 25-26 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

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

Join us in the mountains and at the sea.  Attend more than one seminar and tour and save even more plus get the three emailed courses free.

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