Old Books – New Ideas – Increased Success

See how to use old books to gain new ideas for increased success.

We need to be smarter in this age of rapid change.   The Western mode of teaching did not prepare us for today’s rapid evolution. Yet many of us gained a hidden education that can make our lives better  that a little idea can reveal.

A path followed to get some old books revealed this trick to me so I am excited about sharing this idea with you.


Switch Hitter by Duane Decker Copyright 1953

The old books are baseball books that I read as a child.

Those particular books are special only to me.  The process of getting them can be special to everyone because it highlights an almost unknown way to brainstorm old foundations for business, investing and lifestyle ideas.

Step #1 in the process is spotting a past joy.  Baseball was the past joy for me… having grown up a fanatical baseball fan in Portland, Oregon.  This took a lot of courage because the Portland Beavers (AAA) were then indisputably one of the worst teams in the history of baseball.    This may have helped me to develop some character listening to those badly lost games again and again.  Yet hope springs eternal. As a baseball junkie there was always next year.

As a voracious reader, when not listening to baseball, I was reading about it.  One report card (3rd or 4th grade) says… “Gary is a great reader but needs to widen his field of interest”.    Translated…”Teacher to Gary… read about more than just baseball”.

Authority intolerance was a genetic defect that surfaced early so the comment had the opposite effect.

One series of the baseball books was written by Duane Decker a former combat correspondent on the Leatherneck, the official Marine Corps publication.  Decker loved baseball and wrote a series about an imaginary major league baseball team called the Blue Sox from 1947 to his death in 1964.   Every single one of his Blue Sox books was read.

There were at least twelve books in the series but they could not be recalled… not the titles… not the author nor the heroes.

Step #2 is rediscovering the joy.  The rediscovery came from a song.  While riding in the car… a long lost song… “To Know Him is to Love Him” sung by the Teddy Bears was broadcast.

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The Teddy bears singing “To Know Him is to Love Him”.

If you would like a fun moment to glance at how pop music has evolved… watch and hear the Teddy Bears sing this song. Click here…. To know him is to Love him.

The minute that song began… the name of one hero in Decker’s books jumped out… “Chip Fiske”.  He was the hero of the  Decker’s fourth book “Hit and Run”.

The song had been a Top Ten hit when a Decker book was read.  This linked the song and the book somewhere in the subconscious.  Nearly 60 years later one beat of the song brought back the name.

Thank God for Google.   A quick search opened a floodgate of memories.

Once Decker’s name was known,  eBay did the rest.


“Hit and Run” Copyright 1949.

Though I no longer follow the business of baseball these books still turn out to be enjoyable… simple morality tales based on true stories. Showboat Southpaw,  sounds like Sandy Koufax, a young pitcher who blows out his arm trying to set the strikeout record and has to learn both humility and control to salvage his career.   “Switch Hitter” is about a center fielder with incredible talent and a miserable attitude who appears to be remarkably like Mickey Mantle… etc.

Other books… those you read when you were young may unleash this special process that can enhance wealth and happiness for you.

Here are the steps we can use in the process.

First, use music to be smarter. A 2008 psychology research paper by Whitney Sims at The Ohio State University helps explain why this is so when it says:   Another reason that might explain why music increases the learning and recall of text is that memories for music and lyrics may be partially integrated. Research has shown that melody and text are integrated in memory, even when nonsense syllables are used (Serafine, Crowder, & Repp, 1984; Serafine, Davidson, Crowder, & Repp, 1986).

When we remember a sound and a word at the same time, we enhance the ability to recall the information.  Hear one recall the vision. See one recall the tune.  That’s recall doubled.

Next, gain the therapeutic value in reading and writing.  

Bibliotherapy allows one to match existing problems to the content of books as therapy.  Bibliotherapy also uses writing as therapy in the same way.   Bibliotherapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression and results have been shown to be permanent or long-lasting.

This is an old concept dating back at least to ancient Greeks. Their ancient wisdom  was that the library was a “healing place for the soul”.   In the US  bibliotherapy has a long history with the idea that reading is a healing experience.

A similar technique can be used to create business ideas and to overcome resistance to change.  In our micro business and writing courses we use a technique that integrates the use of Baroque music, relaxation, writing and reading to enhance intellect and stimulate useful business and or writing ideas.

Third, read books you read as a child to open the mind and gain relaxed concentration.   Most bibliotherapy uses books to solve current issues. Specific reading material relevant to a current life situation is read.  For example, to release grief for the loss of a loved one,  reading about another who has a similar loss may help resolve the grief.

Reading books read as a child is more reinforcing, stimulative and informative than resolving.

Reading the old books recalls many formative thoughts, events and ideas that may have been forgotten at the conscious level.  This process reveals many “Aha, that’s why I think or feel this way”.

Reading books from the past helps integrate the present with the past… the conscious with the subconscious and in the process this expands your intellect. 

Plus you will often enjoy the read.

The benefit in business and investing we gain is this… bibliotherapy using books we loved in the past creates a special form of relaxed concentration.  This helps create a special type pf brainstorming that is unleashed from our deeper subconscious.   Reading such books can make us smarter by uniting  our past and present and unlocking what we know that we have not recalled in years. This allows us to dwell on the present with wisdoms long buried.

This is a great way to begin new chains of thoughts that can lead to new investing and business ideas… even new, better more fulfilling lifestyles.

We know there is one for you if that’s what you are searching for.

There was another great lesson learned in this reading because just before enjoying the 60 year old Duane Decker books, I read the current best selling children’s books, the “Hunger Games Trilogy”.  The contrast was enlightening and can help us in our investing and business.

See why in tomorrow’s 4th of July special message.

See how to learn relaxed concentration to earn through writing  online  or  at our writers camp


See below how we use music to help readers learn Spanish in three days.

Learn Spanish in Three Days


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Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own.  You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak Spanish at all.

You can tap into all this potential when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says: “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling.  It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English.  Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned at our Spanish courses.

There is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 70s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from delegates who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

The first tactic is to use Baroque music in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  Merri Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know .  

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.  Normally $149, this is available at the highly reduced price of $79. Simply use coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout.

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

The ONLINE course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

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Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

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Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

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(1) www.telegraph.co.uk Benefits-of-bilingualism.html

Music and Word Recall research by Whitney Simms