Here is the way to really become rich
Dear International Friend,
The last two messages showed investments with potential for hundreds, even thousands of percent return. These particular opportunities may be good or bad, but the important point is that such investments do exist! However they do not fall out of the sky nor do they lay around waiting for the average investor to stumble across as they grope around in the dark.
Such investments lay hidden almost as if it is part of nature's plan to make us learn how to unlock here secrets and they can only be unlocked in a very special way. I believe this all has to do with quantum mechanics and sciences we can barely understand. I tried to explain this in detail in a report entitled Seven Head Starts. Here is an excerpt from that report
"Over the past several years of World Reports we have been studying deeper economic concepts such as Inspired Investing, Quantum Wealth and Investing in Chaos. If you have had any problems believing or making use of these concepts, I strongly urge you to read in the Money section of the July 15 issue of USA Today an article entitled "Beyond the PC: Atomic QC". This article is about the new line of computers that will over take the PC in two or three decades from now. What you will read there is so bizarre, if I just wrote it here, without the support of this article, you might think I have totally flipped.
I am not adverse to being accused of having strange thoughts. That's what you pay me for. I also don't mind being on the leading edge even though it is sometimes sharp. I was ridiculed, cursed and dismissed by the establishment for many years in the 70s when I had the audacity to suggest we should be investing beyond the USA. In those days many traditional investment advisors called me unpatriotic. The last thirty years have proven that it is the very heart of the American spirit to invest globally.
These investments have not only helped our nation but the entire world.Recently a marketing manager refused to work on my reports because in the manager's words my ideas were in conflict with the teachings of Jesus Christ. So despite the fact that my meditation room is adorned with pictures of Jesus Christ and I pray twice everyday without fail, I guess I've now also been called a heretic as well as unpatriotic.
But that's the beauty of this free world. We can respect the opinions of others but have our own! I have enough experience to know I have to follow my mind and heart in what I share with you. I have also learned that all too often today's blasphemy turns out to be tomorrow's gospel. However it's nice, once in awhile, to be backed up by the establishment such as in this USA Today article.
The article states Atomic Quantum computers (QC) will probably take the world into the next era of information technology. The QC works in Qubits of processing power and has a different type of logic (which works on the principles of quantum mechanics) that makes their speed immense. For example a forty qubit (IBM labs have already created up to three qubit computers) processor would have all the power of today's super computers, but would be enormously faster. A Quantum computer would be a billion times faster than a Pentium III PC. According to the article, a current super computer trying to find one number in a database of all the world's phone books would take one month. A quantum computer would take 27 minutes !Labs around the world are pushing this science hard. IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Bell Labs, UC Berkeley are just a few U.S. concerns that have invested heavily in this technology. Because these computers will be able to break any type of code or encryption, the CIA, Pentagon etc. are both very nervous yet interested all at the same time. The government has set up a well-funded quantum computer lab at the Los Alamos National Laboratory.The point? What I am about to write is not science fiction nor airy-fairy stuff. Billions are already being invested by some of the largest companies and governments in the world.
Yet all this investing is in something you may not be able to understand or even worse can't even believe. According to the article, Charles Bennett, IBM's best known quantum computer scientist says, "It takes a great deal of courage to accept these things. If you do, you have to believe in a lot of other strange things."
MIT's Neil Gershenfeld, who with IBM's Issac Chuang built the most successful Quantum computer to date, says, "Nature knows how to compute. We just don't know how to ask the right questions."
Here is how the computer works. All atoms have a spin of up or down, so scientists can use these spins in the same way that transistors are currently used in today's computers to represent a 0 or 1.
So far so good, but here is where the quantum factors come in that are the source of the amazing power of these computers. Atoms can have both an up or down spin at the same time until they are measured. The act of measuring forces the atom to choose between up or down. In essence what these scientists are saying is it's not the atom that has the spin, but the act of observation ! In other words, these computers do not depend on matter but on motion.
Remember I am simply passing on what USA Today says IBM, Hewlett Packard, the U.S. Government and others are spending billions on right now.But Quantum weirdness does not end here. The article continues by saying that qubits don't do calculations in linear form like current computers. They instead do all possible calculations at the same time, straddling all possible answers until the act of measuring the qubits forces them to settle on an answer.
Weirder still? According to the article, the Quantum computer holds an infinite number of right answers for an infinite number of universes (remember I am not writing this, the USA Today article and the computers already exist). The computer just gives you the right answer for the universe you happen to be in at the time. To believe in Quantum computers (which our government and private industry is spending billions on) we have to believe in parallel universes.
Even Weirder ! Quantum computers gain even more power because of a process called entanglement. When two atoms are observed by the same force, they become entangled and remain so even though they may be light years apart . Their spins are in all positions at once, but the instant one entangled atom is observed its spin goes one way. At that same instant, the spin of the other particle locks in the opposite direction ( even though they are light years apart ). This is essential to the increased speed of Quantum computers. Today's computers are limited to the speed which an electron can pass through a wire (the speed of light). With entanglement, a quantum computer's speed can blow by today's computers because the shift in spin even over light years is instantaneous! In addition because of entanglement according to USA
Today, there are ways to do Star Trek type teleportation.Remember I am not writing these words. According to USA Today, Stan Williams of Hewlett-Packard says, "The potential is so huge and it would be so disruptive it could completely change the way at least some computing is done."
Enough of USA today. I hope that by reading what I have written here and by reading the USA Today article (if you still have any doubts) you will wake up to two facts.
First, realize that about the time we finally have our computers and programs down pat and have adjusted to life on the Internet, all will totally change in ways we can't even yet comprehend. So much for getting ready for the Internet era.
This is exactly what Joseph Schumpeter (the Austrian economist I mentioned last issue and earlier in this report) has said. Humanity moves through eras of innovation. Each era makes mankind more productive because the new technology created by the innovation and the way it is used totally disrupts previous technology.
The internal combustion engine, car and truck wiped out the railways. The airlines changed the trucking business. The Internet is changing the entire essence of the airlines. Imagine what Quantum computers will do to the Internet if we can instantly teleport through them? Very personal chat rooms? Each era is for less time than the last .
Really Inspired Investing With these thoughts in mind, let's look at some basic concepts of Inspired Investing. One concept is that affluence does not come from external events, but from linking worldly affairs with the economic miracles we all possess within. This allows us to turn the process of ordinary daily living into an exciting, enormously profitable event as we learn to match our inner resources to external economic events.
Creating permanent, self-fulfilling wealth from the ordinary is a concept that evolved for me writing all the courses and articles and working with my readers. But the personal tragedy of losing a friend thirty-five years ago taught me even more. His name was Jim. We were seventeen, ready to graduate. Our lives were open books. Nothing but excitement and good things were ahead. Or so it had seemed. Jim's Mom and Dad helped him have a car, shiny and fast, beyond Jim's experience and skill. Our graduation ceremony was greatly diminished by his loss.
This sad story taught me an inescapable Inspired Investing fact. The faster we go, the better we must be. Success in anything requires inner growth to keep up within the increasing speed and power of external events. The bigger a tree, the deeper its roots. The more howling a hurricane, the more quiet the eye of its storm.
Yet as our modern pace accelerates, the world seems to ignore this fact more and more. External events have created dramatic opportunities everywhere. For example, when I moved to Hong Kong three decades ago, most investors did not know a Hong Kong stock exchange existed. Today the Heng Seng Index is quoted in all types of local daily papers, (even USA Today), along with dozens of stock markets. The investment industry has increased our choice of places to invest exponentially every year! Yet does the financial industry focus on the inner aspects of wealth?
The speed of opportunity has quickened. Just decades ago, a computer that processed a million bits of information cost a million bucks. Today the same computer cost $20 and can process hundreds of years of past information and forecast weeks, months even years, into the future in seconds. With the Quantum computer, who knows what we'll be able to do!Access to data is accelerating, as is our ability to act. The Internet allows us to tap markets, stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities, even real estate, in real time, 24 hours a day. We can buy or sell, day or night, almost anything with turn-around times measured in seconds. How can we learn to cope with the detrimental parts of our personality, such as greed and fear, when we are in such an incredibly rapid motion? We are so bombarded with global news, information, facts, figures. How can we figure out how much to use and which fits into our lives? Where can we learn to enhance inner strengths to make sure our wealth remains steady and helps us feel good? How can we gain sufficient wisdom to use this enormous power given to us ?
Several years ago, I wrote a report comparing tactics of some of the most successful investment managers around the world. To my surprise all of them used varied and differing tactics. Some managers never left their offices and relied entirely on numbers. Others would never invest in a company unless they had met the management and visited the plant, etc.A deeper analysis revealed that, despite these surface differences, all successful managers thought for themselves (rather than followed the market) and continually searched for value and believed in what they did. They all had three external activities which they combined with two inner strengths. The external activities were searching for value, developing contrarian thought and spotting innovative positions.
These three external investment activities of being a contrarian, searching for value and recognizing the importance of innovation are all linked in a way to understanding current and future value. For example, since most markets are usually overbought or oversold, a contrarian by nature is looking at markets that will tend to offer better value. Studying the nature of countries and how they have adapted to innovation helps understand which countries will become more competitive and thus have markets offering better value.
There are dozens of books authored by some of the greatest investors in the world (such as Warren Buffet and George Soros) with thousands of pages on how to develop these value related, external skills.
But if millions of these books have been read, why aren't the readers all rich? Perhaps the books failed to show how to develop the two inner aspects of genuine confidence and enthusiasm which all long term successful managers have.
The way to develop genuine confidence is to understand the enormous power we already have within. We are made of atoms and we are natural living beings. Remember the words of MIT's Neil Gershenfeld who with IBM's Issac Chuang built the most successful Quantum computer to date, says, "Nature knows how to compute. We just don't know how to ask the right questions." Inspired Investing is learning how to look within to ask the right questions about how each of us as individuals should invest.
Incredible success is natural and should not be something unusual nor special. We all possess the ability to gain extraordinary abundance through the process of our ordinary living each and every day. Wise ones have been telling us this fact almost since society began.
The 14th century Kasmiri poetess Lala tells us this wonderful truth in a hauntingly beautiful poem:
"Dance with nothing on but air. Sing wearing nothing but the sky. Look out on the glowing day. What clothes could be so beautiful? What clothes could be so sacred?"
We do not have to do something special or different to become rich. The pure beauty in living our regular, daily activities can bring us unimaginable wealth. In fact my studies of truly successful people have found that the real success of extraordinary investors and business people lay in their ordinariness. They profit even as they walk out onto a street and spot a new item in a store, or order some new type of meal in a restaurant. Their success comes from within, a deep, intuitive spark. "Here is something people will want or here is a business that can grow," they will say. They feel the reason why there will be success because they are in touch with that which is ordinary within! Then they apply their measures, numbers, etc. to integrate their external disciplines with the internal strengths they possess.
Quantum wealth comes from learning how to tap the quantum knowledge which is within us all and applying this wisdom to the financial knowledge that we already possess.
Be what you are. Just be it better and clearer! Look at the process more. There are millions just like you who buy, sell. These are your markets, unique and better for you than any others. Understanding yourself is understanding an entire world. Knowing and really feeling this fact is the source of genuine confidence.
Huge institutions spend billions in market research to have confidence that their marketing strategies and products are right. Yet the best market research in the world is yours free when you simply look within.
The second inner strength of enthusiasm is a natural gift from the universe. All you have to do to receive it is to invest in being what you are. Do what you love! If you have passion for the outdoors, don't invest in things that require all your time in an office. If you love oceans, invest in the sea. Don't buy land in a desert. Do what you feel good about and your investments will become larger than just the bottom line. This is the way to ask the questions. Nature has given us pain and pleasure to be our 1 and 0 as we compute what we want to do.
Balance and combining the inner with that which lays outside are the keys. Inspired Investors are not lazy nor do they receive without giving first. They do not ignore the physical matters which living on this earth in our human form require. The accounting, the calculations, the diversification and such all have their place in the continuing process of remaining rich. But Inspired Investors also understand that their greatest wealth is readily available. Then they achieve a balance of the outer and inner realms.Not long ago a group of elderly ladies formed the Beardstown Ladies Investment Club. They met on a part time basis and used simple, common, everyday ideas (such as I like chocolate-let's invest in Hershey's) to buy investments that dramatically outperformed most portfolios managed by skilled, dedicated full time investment managers. This underscores how the ordinary events in our evolving world are filled with economic miracles.Combine the miracles and talents that lay within you. By all means study how to be a better investor or business person each and every day. Use the benefits of modern technology. Create a common sense approach to searching for good value in investments. Develop external disciplines. Don't spend more than you have. Work. Save. Invest. Hire professionals to help you study the markets. Even study economics and finance if you wish.But match each of these external steps by also looking within. You are unique. You are a fountain of wealth...get to know yourself better. Tap the incredible power, knowledge and experience you already have. Your wealth not only will grow, but will become better, an everlasting flood of abundance that makes your ordinary journey through life an extraordinary process you'll never want to end. "
We can tap this power through a simple evolutionary cycle of investing and business. The cycle is:
The cycle repeats, going deeper, getting wiser and being more fulfilled! In short grow, as all things in nature, one step at a time, move slowly but continuously. Never jump too fast but never give up. Keep growing!
This is why I share ideas, not recommendations at this site. My goal here is to help you do what you love so you'll become immersed in this cycle. Since my goals may different dramatically to yours, I may have higher or lower risk tolerance, I may have more or less money I can afford to lose, I may know more or less about any particular subject. Most important, my idea of fun may differ from yours.
So use this evolutionary business and investing cycle for fun and until next message, good global business and investing!