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Simple Learning Beats Billions

See why simple learning can make you richer than a billionaire.

Our grandson Garren’s school system features optional career academies:  small, personalized learning communities within the high school that students enter by choice.  Garren is enrolled in the culinary academy so whenever he stays with us we make sure to do some form of cooking together.  As with our children,  we help the grandkids learn how to fish, hunt and preserve foods… and to cook!

We have found that the gun, rod and reel and stove can compete with the cell phone and tablet for the youngin’s attention.

This year during his school break, we hunted for deer, caught bass in the lake and picked oranges from our grove.  We made venison sausage and we canned orange marmalade.  We chose a low sugar recipe, picked the oranges and lemons and chopped them up, rinds and all and cooked away.

We boiled the jars, poured and viola, we had a year’s supply of tasty vitamin C to go along with many pounds of high quality protein.


This is a small win, no big deal.  This marmalade is darn good but we do not plan to live off our own food supply.  We don’t want to live off our own food supply and we don’t think we’ll ever have to live off our own food supply.

Here is the point.  We enjoy the process. We love teaching the kids and love family activities together PLUS we feel like we could live off our own food supply if we had too.  This gives us a great feeling of independence.  This is just one of many enjoyable, small step towards freedom, self reliance and family unity.

What more could we ask for, spending quality time with children and grandchildern while enjoying a common goal?  This is not always such a simple task.  Finding something to do that everyone enjoys and that gets the younger generation away from electronics and the cell phone can be a challenge.

We started the process with many small wins.  We began by winning our grandson over to nature when he was five.

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Garren kayaking on the Withlahoochi River

Then we won him over by learning how to grow food early.

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Garren growing lettuce and herbs in our back yard.

These are not efforts either.  These are fun activities for everyone that also create greater control in our and our family’s lives.

How important is this feeling of independence and control?

Consider this.

During the last recession, a German billionaire quietly put on his coat, told his wife “I have to go to the office for a while”, and drove to a railway embankment near his home, where he lay on the frozen tracks and waited patiently for a train to crush him to death.

This man was ranked as one of the 100 richest men in the world, with a personal fortune that reached over $10 billion.  But even though he was worth billions, the global recession left him feeling out of control.

A Telegraph article on why he committed suicide (1) said:   He did not need the money.  He lived so modestly that he cycled to work on a 15-year-old bike for most of the year, and in bad weather he drove a four-year-old VW Golf.  He had no bodyguards or servants, lived in an unimposing chalet-style house in the small town of Blaubeuren, his home for the past 60 years, without so much as a CCTV camera for protection, and stopped off at his local pub on his way home each night to share a drink with the regulars.

The blame for his demise was placed perhaps most importantly on loss of control. “His companies were his life and when he was going to lose control of them he obviously felt he would lose control of his life” a friend said.

A short statement released by Merckle’s family said the “powerlessness of not being able to do anything” had been the key to his suicide.

Most of us can’t imagine becoming billionaires.  Most of us don’t have the background to build huge concerns.  Perhaps we won’t even have a really huge win at anything or any special stroke of good luck.

We can have freedom, purpose and a sense of control and the power to influence our livelihood, and all that’s around us.   We can start taking that power right now by having one small win.  Every small win makes it easier to have the next small win and our successes do not have to be big deals to help us feel better and to lead us to greater success!

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Ginseng growing in our back yard.  (I know about growing ginseng through experience and explain why and how in the report.)

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Our North Carolina greenhouse.

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Our Florida greenhouse.

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This pond at our farm is a pleasure but also helps develop a safe, healthy food supply and creates a tax deduction as well.

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(1)  www.telegraph.co.uk:  What made this billionaire commit suicide