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Cotacachi Olympics


Last year our Ecuador Living website introduced the Cotacachi Olympics.

The way to solve many of the world’s social and economic woes is to help youth worldwide gain confidence to learn skills that will make them productive.   Increased affluence in poor places is far more effective than vast armies in providing global security.

We aim our business and the activities of our foundation towards creating employment and improving education.

This is why we support the Cotacachi Olympics  program started by our friend, Jorge Quilumbaqui, to promote the ability of the Ecuador Indigenous to help themselves.

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Jorge Quilumbaqui at his latest real estate project. Primavera IV is in the background.

Jorge started off as a laborer but now is considered to be one of the indigenous elders in Cotacachi, an example to younger generations of how to prosper in what, years ago, was a difficult environment.

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Here’s Jorge, second from left, with Cotacachi’s former mayor Auki, standing with some of the medal winners from last year’s event. (The past mayor next to Jorge is wearing the white hat.)

Jorge hasn’t forgotten his roots though and employs dozens and dozens of builders in his various projects as well as local girls in his hotel in Cotacachi, Sumak Huasi.

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Our friend and reader Dave Wharton was Australia’s Pentathalon entrant in the Sydney Olympics.  He sent down his Olympic torch for the second Cotacachi Olympics.  Here is Dave with the torch.

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Dave sent this note to the Cotacachi Olympians:

GREETINGS FROM AUSTRALIA.
REMEMBER THE LEGENDARY CHASQUI MESSENGERS!!

In 2000 I ran with this TORCH,which carried the flame that started the Olympics in Sydney. There were many torches but only one flame that transferred from torch to torch all the way from Athens in Greece to Sydney in Australia.

In 2003  I brought the TORCH to Ecuador and runners carried it from the Mayan Ruins at Ruminchico outside Quito to Vilcabamba de Loja. Along the way many runners joined us in helping to revive the memory and spirit of the famous CHASQUI runners who came centuries before.  The run was organized by Oswaldo Munoz of  Nuevo Mundo Expeditions in Quito.

I wish Jorge Quilumbaci,Officials and Competitors success in running your MINI OLYMPICS and hope to visit you one day.

CHASQUI DAVE WHARTON
AUSTRALIA

This introduction was translated and read in Spanish and Quichua to the young Cotacachi Olympiads.

Chasqui runners were the main form of communication for the Inca Kings. The Incas did not discover the wheel and lacked a writing system but they set up a relay system for delivering information along the Capac Yan (Inca Trail). Only the swiftest athletes were chosen, usually running 2 miles at a time often covering 200 miles in under 24 hours.

We hope this contribution will further inspire the youth of the Andes onto great things.

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Some of the children, in good humor and ready to compete!

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Both boys and girls competed and the joy expressed as they competed, won and lost in good spirits was a pure pleasure to watch.

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Congratulations, Cotacachi on a second successful Olympics.

Gary

We hope we can help you attain Olympian success in business and life as well.  This is why we developed our course Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business.

I am willing to give you this $299 course free when you attend either our our North Carolina International Business & Investing seminar in October or November in Ecuador.  Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free.

We look at many funky export ideas in these three courses.

For example when decoratng our latest rental unit we created wall art with these Otavalo scarves.

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All it took was the scarves, a stick and a bit of wood.

We visit Otavalo on our Ecuador export tours.

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There is so much…

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style. This is the entrance to the Plazas de los Ponchos in Otavalo.

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There is so much wonderful design….

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colors…

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textures and…

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uses from ponchos to…

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hammocks to…

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sweaters to…

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art and handicrafts to…

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reed furniture… musical instruments and rugs… mats, that the experience stimulates funky business ideas.

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of JGAM, our webmaster David Cross and me in North Carolina this October and enroll in our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $299.

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

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Or join us in Ecuador.

October 16-18 Ecuador Southern coastal tour Sold Out

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.

Ecuador Pain Reduction


Few people know about the Ecuador pain reduction center in Cotacachi.

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Merri and I love to be outdoors.  Here we are riding the Virginia Creeper Trail with our daughter Eleanor. 

Yet for some time my hiking and riding had been hindered by pain. I found something exciting to resolve this pain.  Learn about it below.

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Here I am hiking with our hound Ma…

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In these mountains above Lake San Pablo and Otavalo.

Ecuador has a pain secret.

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Here I am hiking with Merri and Ma in NC.

I get numerous letters from readers like this.

Hi Merri, I wanted to thank you once again for your recommendation
 that I try Sol de Vida. I have had time for thirteen treatments but 
now it’s time for me to return home. The people there are wonderful 
and I’m happy to say there has been a dramatic improvement in my
 (used-to-be) “bum” leg. I can now walk much longer distances and 
remain pain free!

Every pain free day in life is a gift…a fact that in the hustle and bustle of living is easily forgotten.

I know from experience.  See www.garyscott.com car crash if you missed how a car crash over 40 years ago created pain for me.

The crash broke my knee and back…but I did not know. (This was added to a serious whiplash gained the year before.) 30 years later was when I finally found out about the back. The knee was discovered just s few years ago after a chain saw accident to the same knee needed Xrays. The Xrays  showed that previous break.

The wreck was in the 1960s. People were not so careful then.  This had been a simple car wreck. No one was killed. There were things to do. So next morning I was back to work. That night (I was working my way though college) it was “back to school” and that was that.

Not surprisingly a decade later, at the ripe age of 30, my back pain began. The day is easy to recall. We had moved to London, and I was driving down Wigmore Street in a brown Audi with a business associate. The simple task of turning onto a side road was all it took. I was seized by an agonizing back spasm. I could not get up, could not walk, nor move, nor lie down, nor sit, nor move without stabs of intense pain. Staying in bed for a couple days just made it possible to move.

This did not end the pain.

The problem grew. Again and again the simplest task would throw my back agonizingly out of whack. Finally in desperation I went to Harley Street back specialists.

They poked, prodded, took blood tests and did all types of things. Funnily not one Xray was used. The final diagnosis was “Creaky Joints.” “Some people just have it,” he said. “We can’t do a thing except give you cortisone shots. But let’s wait on this as long as we can.” I fled and lived with continual pain and occasional bouts in bed for the next five or six years.

During this time Merri’s holistic and natural living influence grew in my life. She suggested an alternative doctor who used acupuncture.   After one especially bad bout that left me lying in bed I was ready to try anything. This was the 1980s and such treatment was still considered off beat in the West.

Having lived in Hong Kong for six years, I was open.  Plus pain will open your mind to just about anything.

The doctor put four or five needles in my arm. I was skeptical…until….the pain literally melted away!

To this day over 20 years later that feeling of relief is still with me.  I have never had the “laid up in bed” pain again. The continual pain then had been such a daily habit that I felt very strange when I left that chiropractor’s office….not that I was craving to have it back!

Nor has it come back with any intensity in all these years.

However three years ago pain did return to my left hip and grew, not intense, sudden pain but a nagging ache that never let up… sort of like a toothache.

Then one of our helpers at the Meson de las Flores sent me this note: The Sol de Vida spa on the outskirts of Cotacachi has a naturopath who comes to Meson. He is nothing less than a revelation. Everyone here recently had a treatment with him including me. He set up a consulting room in room 114 and one by one ALL of our guests proceeded in. I took the last turn but also translated for the others and learned a lot!

He charges $10 for the diagnosis and then $5 or $10 for a treatment. I asked our guests how they rated his services for value on a scale of 1 to 10. All agreed he is a 10! He is very kind, softly spoken and has a gentle sense of humor.

He is an MD who has branched into alternative healing and has studied with Chinese and Indian doctors. Here he is below;

He first takes your general history, then your blood pressure and pulse. His pulse reading uses Chinese techniques to gather information about the vitality of your organs. Depending on what he finds, he may also use a pendulum to discover how much energy you have at your Chakra points.

He uses a variety of techniques to re-balance you including magnet therapy, lymphatic drainage massages, color therapy, reflexology and acupressure.

He also uses heated herbal wraps on the forehead and shoulders as well as therapeutic massages with essential oils. He recommends natural remedies and supplies them at a later date if he doesn’t have them with him.

Two of our guests were so taken that they have had 3 treatments with him in less than a week. He helped another client by fine-tuning the focus of his healing efforts and pinpointing what to work on.

Another guest stated ‘the treatment was wonderfully enjoyable and very helpful because I now better understand the imbalances in my body and specifically how to handle asthma’.

I decided to try the Sol y Vida myself.

After an examination I was prescribed 15 days of four treatments a day… electric stimulation…. infra red…. ultra sound and electro magnetic.

After the treatments, the pain disappeared and has three years later never returned.  My total cost was $10 for the examination and two dollars a day for all four treatments.  In all I paid just $40.

Now this Ecuador pain center has moved to within walking distance of Meson.

Ecuador Living subscribers can learn about the new Ecuador pain center here.

Learn how to be an Ecuador Living subscriber here.

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Here I am hiking with friends in Ecuador on the nearby crater lake.

Here is a Pain Reduction Idea

Our Super Thinking + Spanish course is about much more than speaking Spanish.

This course is about tapping the reserves of the mind.   The ability of the human body and mind is virtually limitless.  Merri who developed our course was trained by Dr. Georgi Lozanov, the Bulgarian master of education, and he called his system “tapping the reserves of the mind”.

Lozanov, a Bulgarian doctor and psychiatrist, didn’t start out to be an educator. He set out to study the nature of man, of the human being in all its potential. He concluded that we are only using a fraction of our capabilities. Lozanov devised ways to open the reserves of the mind and, as a doctor, put them to work to improve the body, to heal mental and physical disease. But in investigating what the whole human being can do, he couldn’t help being drawn into creative and intuitive areas. Then still investigating almost by necessity, he became the leading parapsychologist in the Russian Empire. He realized that with these techniques, the average person could develop Super Memory, could learn factual information with unheard of ease.

From this background in the 1960s, the entire USSR began to flourish. Thousands learned languages in 24 days.  Skiers returned home from Switzerland and the Olympics with the Gold and Silver Medals.  Bulgarian children came home from their ordinary schools in their ordinary streets learning in one month that which previously required one year.

Superlearning methods always see us whole, in the round.  They have something else in common that’s hard to explain because they are not straightforward.  When we begin to operate more as a whole, seemingly inexplicable things can happen.

A woman studying a foreign language suddenly finds her sinus trouble has disappeared. A man learning chemistry realizes his intuition has accelerated. An athlete doing body-training techniques finds his concentration improved in mathematics.  As obstructive divisions dissolve, all areas of the person can be strengthened learning, better health…. the elimination of pain.

Here is the pain reduction idea.  Attend our  Super Thinking plus Spanish course this September and visit the pain reduction spa at the same time.

Combine the power of awakening your mind body potential and this natural approach to relieving pain.

Our course schedule gives you time to do both and we’ll be happy to help you make an appointment with the MD.

See details below.

Gary

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Super Thinking + Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 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

The greatest asset of all is the ability to earn wherever you live, which brings everlasting wealth.

This is why we created our email 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 if you attend our Ecuador Super Thinking plus Spanish seminar in September I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free.

International Internet Business Competition


Here is a really important point about international internet business and competition.

In a moment we’ll look at a Vilcabamba Ecuador house for sale.

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First, let’s see why your business can be an also-ran and yet bring you wild success!

Also-ran is described as:

1. A horse that does not win, place, or show in a race.

2. A loser in a competition, as in an election.

3. One that has little talent or success: just an also-ran in the art world.

Most Westerners are raised in a highly competitive environment.  “Win at all costs” is a growing credo in society.

The conditioning “to achieve” spills over when we get into business. Many make the error of thinking that their business must be #1.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

In The Kentucky Derby #1, #2 and #3 are all that count.  The Olympics award Gold, Silver and Bronze.  Everyone else is an also-ran.

In business you can finish 100th and be wildly successful.

In fact the day I produced this message, our website ranked (in terms of reach) 24,604th in the US and 10,012th in Canada.

We could hardly be happier. In fact I am not sure we could handle a faster growth rate.

A successful business requires a balance between three parties… the owners (us)… the customer… you and… the bank. The company must be profitable.

A small business dominated by many, much larger firms can still do well…. make millions in fact.

This is why we are sending you free lessons in internet marketing. Here is the third lesson.

Live Below Your Means

There is a caveat. For your business to remain balanced it (and you) must live within your means.

Most businesses have ups and downs and many inexperienced business people who meet with their  first success, spend it!  They have not learned how to survive sudden wealth.

I learned this lesson, the hard way, as a young executive, (just 25 years old).   My first job abroad was working for a new company in a hot sector.  I was the firm’s eighth employee.

My compensation included a stock option for 50,000 shares at a dollar each.  Within a couple of years the company had grown to 2,000 employees and the company  went public.   The shares were issued to the public at $20 a share.  At 25 I was already a millionaire and those were the days when you could buy more than a house for a million dollars! In fact a million then was worth about $12 to $15 million now.

I had not learned to save, lock in profits or to live below my means. My monthly salary was $750 a month so this wealth was bewildering. I bought everything I could, a new Mercedez 280 SL, a new house and I ran up some nice credit card bills.

Then the stock market collapsed. The sudden drop caused a run on the shares of the company I worked for and it with many similar firms collapsed. The entire industry tanked and the company went broke. I ended up unemployed, with no money and a lot of debt. My stock options weren’t worth the paper they were printed on.

The moral…when you make money, do not spend it all.

Most wealthy people receive their income in spurts. We saw this process regularly during the internet craze. Executives left proven fields to begin bold new startups and in an instant became billionaires!

My experience suggests that sudden financial success creates disaster as often as not.  Recipients of sudden cash make one of two mistakes.

The first mistake is to believe this is the only time there will be such an influx of cash. This tightens a person, so they can’t enjoy spending. They become afraid. Life becomes filled with paranoia. Unhappiness sets in. If money doesn’t make life better, what’s the use?

The other mistake is to think that these large chunks of cash will come easily again and again without worry or working. This thinking creates unrealistic lifestyles and work ethics that lead to disaster.

I first observed this ironic fact while living in England. A happy, financially responsible middle class family won millions in the lottery. Just a few short years after reaping this spurt of cash through supposed good luck, the husband and wife were bankrupt, divorced and no longer speaking to their kids.

I have seen example after example, of people, who received a sudden chunk of income made very unhappy by this large inflow of wealth. This is why it is a risky time when investors make a big sudden profit. The proud owner of new found wealth, buys new cars, houses and becomes very spendy. He creates overhead and debt. If there is a single reversal, everything is lost.

How much is a big hit anyway? One measure is a ten times increase in wealth. This normally is enough to make a significant difference in a person’s life. For someone with a thousand dollars in the bank, $10,000 seems like a lot. The extra money can make a difference. For someone who already has a million dollars, another million doesn’t make such a significant shift. Ten million does.

The reason spurts of profit create problems is because they disrupt our discipline. Money is discipline and our financial affairs have some form of economic routine, either self imposed or not.

We have a set of mental standards that makes us think, “I can afford this, but can’t have that”, etc. Spurts of wealth demolish these standards. Suddenly we can have many things we previously could not. We become, once again, kids in the proverbial candy shop.

Yet much of the Western world spends their lives trying to become and stay independently rich. If succeeding in this process can ruin happiness, what can we do?

First, realize that independent, permanent never-ending, fearless wealth is a process, (not a state) of a continual series of reasonable risks, mistakes, refinements, lessons and actions that culminate in getting it right. When success arrives, there is a huge income (or capital) spurt.

Understand that this is not the only time you can make a huge wad of cash.

Impose discipline. Here is a simple formula.

First, eliminate debt.

When Merri and I bought our house in Naples, we had what we thought was a large mortgage.

We bought a white board and wrote the mortgage amount on it.  Each week we paid whatever was left in our bank accounts on that mortgage and marked the new reduced balanced.  That became our weekly entertainment… paying down the mortgage rather than going to movies or dining out!  This weekly habit never took any money from us that we missed, and yet it gave us in 1 1/2 years total freedom from debt.

Second, trim overheads so they are less than income.

Third,  if you receive a large profit for the first time, immediately spend ten percent of the new money on your dreams. Buy, the Porsche. Take the world cruise. Build the new eight bedroom house. Do whatever you want that does not cost more than ten percent.

Second, give ten percent to a worthy charity. Take a little time, find a need in this world you feel really should be filled and truly give the ten percent away. Third, invest the remaining eighty percent very conservatively. Use the PIEC Everlasting Wealth system.

When we sold our house in Florida for an excellent profit,  we spent 10% to take a year off.

We gave 10% to help Ecuador’s poor.

We bought our farm and lived in a Coleman tent while we fixed up one of the old farm houses located on the farm.

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Next we turned this old barn into a guest suite, all…

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with cash flow. We did not touch our saved capital.

Next we built our farm office…

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and deep woods spa.

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Finally we built (over three plus years) our dream house in the woods… again all…

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with cash flow and without touching capital.

Manage Wealth Conservatively

Hire a good, conservative investment manager such as Jyske Bank or for Americans Jyske Global Asset Managers.

This steady, low leverage approach may slow the overall amount of wealth you build… but what you have will be more stable… less stressful and  safer wealth.

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One reason Ecuador has become so popular is that the low costs make it easier to live below your means.

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See this Vilcabamba Ecuador house for sale.

Finally be grateful every day, not for any lump of cash, but for the fact that even with a modest also-ran business and personal financial discipline you can enjoy wild success!

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 $300 to attend either our Ecuador Super Thinking plus Spanish seminar in September or our North Carolina International Business & Investing seminar in October.  Sign up for either seminar and I will email you our Tangled Web… How to Have an Internet Business Course (offered at $299) free plus I’ll knock an extra dollar off your seminar fee…. to round up the $300 savings.

See details of the two seminar below.

Delegates at our Ecuador seminars and tours enjoy Ecuador music.

Join Merri, Thomas Fischer of JGAM, our webmaster David Cross and me in North Carolina this October and enroll in our emailed course on how to have a web business free.  Save $300.

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

Oct. 9-11 IBEZ North Carolina

Here are comments from one seminar delegate about the way we help: Gary & Merri. My wife and I really enjoyed the IBEZ course in West Jefferson this past July. There was a lot of very interesting information. I will be working with David Cross to help set up an internet site. I have some interesting ideas regarding the flowers.   Thanks again for such a great course.

Sept. 17-21 Ecuador Super Thinking + Spanish Course

Sept. 23-24 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 25-28 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

October 16-18 Ecuador Southern coastal tour (early sign up before Sept. 1, $499 per person).

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

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.



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