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Opportunities in Change

We don’t have to make America great again because it really is a great place to be.   We don’t have to face a 2010 decade with a 1960s mindset either.  The United States was a big winner in WWII.   The resultant educational system left many not knowing how rich they are even when they felt really poor.

I was lucky, moving abroad (to Hong Kong) and working in many Asian countries at an early age.  This immersed me in what it meant to be really underprivileged, ripped off by the old boys’ network, and poor.  That’s why my first book, “Passport to International Profit” recommended being a citizen of the world.

Baby Boomers were born in a sweet spot.  We were offered the world.  This has changed.  The change has upset many.  Yet change can be good.  Change can open up new avenues of  opportunity.  Yet change can frighten without a global perspective and flexible mindset.

The book, Skygods, written by my friend, Bob Gandt, describes the 1960’s American Dream and inflexible thinking that could lead to ruin.

Bob’s book says: “It began, a ship sailing into the void of space.  On the sound track you heard Strauss’s Blue Danube.  Stars glittered in the background like jewels on black velvet… The ship’s most distinguishing feature was the emblem emblazoned on the hull.  The distinctive round, blue logo made this vehicle instantly recognizable.  You could see that it was a Clipper ship—a commercial space going vessel of Pan American World Airways.

“Every new hire Pan Am pilot went to see the movie.  2001: A Space Odyssey was a fantasy created by writer Arthur C. Clarke and director Stanley Kubrick.  In 1968 no one had yet flown to the moon, nor was anyone seriously thinking about commercial lunar flight.  But it was assumed, even in science fiction, that if anyone were to fly a scheduled lunar service, it would be, of course, Pan Am.”

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Everyone expected opportunity in America to continue to expand to the moon. Even the plastic model making company, Aurora, made models of the Pan Am Clipper that was expected to go into space.

Then like so many American dreams… Pan Am faded and collapsed.

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The world is changing quickly.

By the 1980s Pan Am was on a downhill slant and I began my seminars with the idea of a six point command posture, “Live in one country, bank in a second country, earn in a third country with a company formed in a fourth country, with an office in a fifth country  and investments in a sixth and more countries”.

In the 1990s Pan Am, as we knew it was gone.  My wife, Merri, and I led a huge movement of Americans who migrated to Ecuador.

Then in the 2010s Ecuador opportunity had peaked and huge opportunities returned to Smalltown, USA.

Skygods is an interesting book but more… it  is a mirror reflecting the rise and fall of a generational wave.

We can use these mirrors to see crests and troughs as the natural rhythm of things.

Understanding these up and down paths can help us better understand how to be in the right place at exactly the right time.

This is why Merri’s and my business has evolved again and again and now serves increasing numbers of Gen Xrs and Millennials.

Skygods is a great book. An autographed copy sits in my library.   Yet, “Skygods” is much more than a book.

From Skygods: A low pass.  Absolutely. So that’s what he did.  Low.  He brought Clipper Goodwill right down the center line of runway 12, low enough for the folks on the ground to count the rivits.

The line above from “Skygods” describes Flight 219 New York JFK International to Bridgetown, Barbados, on its return… flown by Captain Mark Pyle… Pan Am’s last flight and the end of an era.

I recommend you read Skygods, the fall of Pan Am here

“Skygods” tells the story of a special time and situation that I know especially well… having lived through a big part of it.  This reflection is a more like a partial recording of my life and 60 million others who gained from that special golden era.

I also recommend that you read “Mastery, A Mission Plan for Reclaiming a Life of Purpose, Fitness and Achievement” that I wrote with Bob Gandt.

Mastery shows what to do now with the current American Dream, how to live anywhere including the USA and yet earn everywhere.


Learn how to gain from change with Mastery.

Order Mastery at Amazon.com and check out the audiobook edition at Audible.com or on the Amazon page.  How to download the audiobook FREE.

As Merri’s and my lives have adjusted to the changes technology has brought to economic and social opportunities everywhere, we spotted a special shift that makes Smalltown, USA a special good value.

This is why I have begun working with Independence Monthly.

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Investing in Connections

Investing in your experience and connections can make you rich.

How do we spot such connections?

See how to use connections from airlines to arts and crafts.


Here’s a connection I made on the front porch of  our Blue Ridge farm.

Looking at Jyske Global Asset Management’s latest  Market update entitled “Doom, Gloom and Profits“…  one wonders “Where can I invest?”   Here is an excerpt: Tuesday, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) cut global growth forecast from 3.6% to 3.5% and warned that the world economy is in a precarious state. The economy is being hit by a slowdown in the emerging markets and continued turmoil in the eurozone. The US is also showing signs of stalling growth, with falling retail sales down 0.5% from May to June and jobless claims jumping 34,000 to 386,000.

The world economy is now also being squeezed by rising energy and food prices. The price of oil has risen more than 10% in less than 10 days, due to heightened geopolitical tensions in the Middle East.  The worst drought in more than 50 years in the US has pushed the price of corn and soybeans to all-time high levels of USD 8.12 and USD 16.835 respectively.

Germany is being paid to issue bonds, as the yield on German two year notes fell to negative 0.074% the lowest yield since Bloomberg began tracking the securities in 1990. As the quest for safety and preservation of capital increases the number of countries with negative two year interest rates are rising. And now It also includes Denmark, Finland, Switzerland and the Netherlands. 

Actually gloomy times  are ideal for finding the very best investments if we can spot trends.

Merri and I are always looking for contrasts and distortions that help me use our life experiences to connect dots and see future trends.

One way to connect dots that extend into the future is to stimulate our individual personal experiences by looking at dots that connect into the past.  Since Amelia Earhart’s 115th birthday was yesterday, let’s look at an aviation connection to see how we can use special, personal experiences to create connections that reveal future trends.


Bob Gandt and me.

Recently our friends, Bob and Anne Gandt, came up for a visit to our farm.  Bob is a very successful writer and has enjoyed great success by making history interesting.

We were having a breakfast of quinoa pancakes and Blue Ridge honey as we discussed ways to write better.   After the discussion I was reading one of  Bob’s great history books “China Clipper, the Age of the Great Flying Boats” and a quote jumped out. These words outlined a most unusual connection that changed the world in many ways.

In this case Bob’s “China Clipper” shows how prohibition helped launch the aviation world AND Pan American World Airlines.


Gandt wrote in “China Clipper”:  The end of World War I was followed by two events that shaped the course of commercial aviation. The first was prohibition, imposed in 1919, casting its dry pall over America. The second was the sudden availability of war-surplus aircraft, including flying boats, suitable for conversion to passenger transports. Thus was provided both the need and the means for affluent pleasure-seekers to be flown beyond United States borders, to Cuba for their fun and spirits.   

Order China Clipper at Amazon.com  I truly enjoyed this book.

Imagine that.  The end of a war and the end of freely available booze helped kick start something as important as commercial aviation.

 I would have never guessed that.  However some people would have.   This is why we should all use some form of Super Thinking technique (or something similar) to stimulate our unique experience that reveal connections.

As unique individuals we each have special knowledge that gives us special insights into specific trends.   Often these are insights that no one else has.

Yet have you ever had an investment hunch that you ignored?

Next time you pass on an idea that made sense to you but not to anyone else, think twice.

Quantum scientists are quietly proving that intuition and prosperity go hand in hand. Studies in non-linear dynamics (also called Chaos Theory) suggest there is more to our gut feelings than we think.

These revelations into quantum thought show that Western thought processes fall short.  Take most Western investment and business planning as an example.  Western thought is usually conducted through a logical, linear progression that separates and catalogues all things. This process is flawed because Chaos Theory now tells us that reality is not linear. Nothing in the universe is separated from the whole.

Take the linear process of driving from home to work. Throw in a fender bender and you go places you would never expect.  Gandt reveals in China Clipper how the Anti Saloon League inadvertently helped launch a service that would dramatically change how we all live.

The quantum reality of investing and business is that the best laid plans are usually altered dramatically by small unexpected events. True wealth comes more easily if you blend intuition with your logic. The non-linear dynamics within us taps into infinite knowledge and makes connections our reasoning process cannot fathom.

An example of how chaos theory works can be seen by how our well being, lifestyle and wealth today are dramatically affected by a Dutch Man of War raid on one Portuguese cargo ship in the Malacca Straits in 1604.

This caused such an international fuss that the Dutch hired a man named DeGroot, to write a legal opinion to justify their actions. He created the concept of the Open Seas, stating they were free and no nation could control them (which the Portuguese had been doing).

DeGroot however carried on and wrote international law.  This created many concepts about injuries and laws that a Frenchman, Blaise Pascal, used to develop a system that explained how juries would act. This caused trouble. His thoughts on probability were frowned on by the church which was not a good thing in those days. He became associated with a freedom of consciousness group, the Jansenists. The Church in France attacked them seriously. They had to flee, hide or die.

One way Jansenists hid was in monasteries where they pledged silence and could only communicate with hand signals. One French Jansenist monk, Lipet, started a sign language school that became so successful it eventually gained endorsement by the Pope.

Then a rich American, Samuel Morse’s partner, Amos Kendall, became interested and gave enough money to start Gallaudet College, the first university to give degrees to deaf students. At this college a Scottish elocution teacher learned that he could teach deaf people to make sounds using this sign language. While this Scotsman’s son was teaching sign language to deaf people in Boston, he came across a French invention that allowed deaf people to speak down a horn. This caused a membrane to vibrate and traced a wiggly line on smoked glass, allowing the deaf to see the wave created by the sound!

The son suddenly had another idea. If one could speak down a horn and get a metal membrane to vibrate a bit of iron in and out of a copper coil attached to a battery, could it be possible to generate a wavy bit of electricity that would go down a line? This concept he dared would cause the reverse to happen at the other end and reproduce the original sound.

This son’s name, of course, was Alexander Graham Bell and these thoughts created the telephone.

These non-linear dynamics and those Dutch pirates created the telephone dramatically altering our lifestyles today.

But the pirate raid does not end its influence there. Those wiggly lines on smoked glass were turned into another phonetic code called shorthand by a devoted pacifist, Issac Pittman. He tried to use his phonetic short hand as a universal language to improve global communication and understanding. The idea created such a wave of enthusiasm that some governments gave grants for scientific studies of the idea.

One grant led to research studied by a fellow named Reynolds, who took this information and worked out formulas known as “Plates Reynolds Numbers”. These numbers were deeply studied by two brothers who ran a bicycle shop in North Carolina. Their names? Orville and Wilbur Wright. They used “Plates Reynolds Numbers” to fashion their airplane which was the first in flight.

That’s non-linear dynamics! This is why we need intuition to assure our wealth. Things do and will change in ways we cannot logically figure out. Yet we can indeed know and feel what is coming through our intuition.

Could our logic have told us in 1604 that a Dutch pirate raid would lead to the telephone and airplane? Probably no more than our logic could have deduced that prohibition would then speed up aviation. Perhaps not, but our intuition is connected to everything and it can be used more effectively when we learn how to unlock it.

We each know something special that no one else in the world knows in quite the same way.

Here is another example for those who enjoy arts and crafts… a doom and gloom classic.

If the global economy does slow way down many more will have free time and this can stimulate arts and crafts.   Hobbies can be enjoyable and generate some extra income being sold on eBay or at farmer markets and such.   This benefits companies like eBay and Michaels Stores.

Michaels  has 1,196 stores (consisting of 1,066 Michaels stores and 130 Aaron Brothers stores).  With $4.2 billion in sales in fiscal 2011, this is the largest arts and crafts specialty retailer in North America.  Michaels filed for an IPO in March of 2012 but like numerous other IPOs have held off after the Facebook IPO disaster.  Companies coming to the market do not want to sell their assets for too little but if the market continues to weaken firms like Michaels (which has a huge debt it is struggling with) may be forced to offer a good deal.

Those who know arts and crafts and buy in different types of arts and crafts stores may have special insights about this IPO that can help them take advantage of this fact.

Remember when all the news appears bleak… the best opportunities appear.   This is when our logic and intuition can be used to see connections that make us rich.


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Skygods: A Mirror to The Rise & Fall of…

Skygods is an interesting book but more… it  is a mirror reflecting the rise and fall of a generational wave.

We can use these mirrors to see crests and troughs as the natural rhythm of things.   Understanding these up and down paths can help us better understand how to be in the right place at exactly the right time.

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Read about Skygods the fall of Pan Am here

Skygods is a great book. Am autographed copy sits in my library.   Yet,  “Skygods” is much more than a book.

A low pass.  Absolutely. So that’s what he did.  Low.  He brought Clipper Goodwill right down the center line of runway 12, low enough for the folks on the ground to count the rivits.

The line above from “Skygods” describes Flight 219 New York JFK International to Bridgetown, Barbados, on its return… flown by Captain Mark Pyle… Pan Am’s last flight and the end of an era.

“Skygods” tells the story of a special time and situation that I know especially well… having lived through a big part of it.   This reflection is a more like a partial recording of my life and 60 million others who gained from that special golden era.

We can profit in numerous ways by analyzing the rise and fall of Pan Am from three views.

View #1  is a reflection on government intervention.

Skygods is the tale of the rise and fall of Pan American Airways… from its beginnings… until its end. Pan Am was founded through the rigmarole of government intervention.

Here is an excerpt from page 14 and 15 of “Skygods” which tells how Juan Trippe was involved in forming an airline called Aviation Corporation of America.  He intended to bid on a proposed airmail route between Key West and Havana.  The book says:   Pan American was the dream child of Major Henry “Hap” Arnold of the Army Air Corp. In 1927 he incorporated Pan American Airways and filed its application for the Key West-Havana airmail route. 

Meanwhile yet another consortium headed by a financier named Richard F. Hoyt, Chairman of Wright Aeronautical Corporation applied for the Havana route. 

That made three applicants competing for the Key West-Havana route including Trippe’s Aviation Corporation of America.  At the urging of Assistant Postmaster General W. Irving Glover, the three groups were persuaded to merge. On July 19, 1927 the U.S. Post Office awarded FAM 4, the foreign airmail route from Key West to Havana to Pan American World Airways. After much backroom finagling and manipulation of stock Hoyt emerged as Chairman of the Board.  Twenty-eight-year-old Juan Trippe became president and general manager.

Government intervention had a lot to do with Pan Am’s start… its rise and its fall.  Pan Am’s story begins on the upside of a bell curve called the Jet Age… when transoceanic flying was glamorous… exciting and something new.  Pan Am had a huge head start with government blessed route protection as the only US overseas airline.  Gandt tells how government intervention began to build clear back in the 1930s when Joseph P.  Kennedy headed the Maritime Commission.   Kennedy was opposed to Pan Am’s monopoly in international commerce but Trippe used all his political clout to effect passage of the 1938 Civil Aeronautics Act, thus snatching control of the airlines from Kennedy’s commission and to a separate agency.

Government intervention is a double edge sword. Kennedy became Trippe’s implacable enemy and this spilled into the 1960s when JFK became President of the United States.  Trippe rubbed further salt into this wound by ordering six French Concordes after JFK has asked him to postpone any action until JFK’s decision about the US Super Sonic Transport.   JFK and LBJ were both on the phone furious and saying they were double crossed.  JFK’s parting words on the matter were “Tell Mr. Trippe we will not forget this.”

“Skygods” explains: Times had changed. What used to work back in the pre jet days didn’t work anymore.  The era when Trippe could pickup a phone and influence a route decision was not only over, it had left a lasting resentment against Pan Am.

Domestic airlines were allowed overseas routes, but Pan Am was not allowed domestic routes and this was a big part of its decline.  Support did not get better in the Nixon era.  In the 1970s Pan Am and TWA, which had similar problems, tried to merge.  The Nixon administration did not want such a large airline that could once again would raise the old bugaboo about monopoly and unfair competition so it stonewalled the merger.   Pan Am had not been a contributor to Nixon’s reelection campaign so the merger and a later  request for subsidies by Pan Am to the government were also ignored.

The Carter administration did not help either.  Stimulating competition meant giving away more overseas routes that hurt Pan Am.  Carter’s appointee to the Civil Aeronautic Board, Alfred E. Kahn, summed up his feelings one day when after hearing about Pan Am’s problems he told the press… “Pan Am can go to hell.”

Government intervention helped launch Pan Am and turn it into a behemoth. Then the same forces thwarted the airline when in trouble again and again.   Government intervention did not do it all… or cause the rise or fall.

The lesson is that Pan Am was a dinosaur… the perfect survival machine  in its time.  Then as the climate changed, the company became a lumbering mess.

The lesson is that government intervention can do this to any of us.  When we get used to feeding at someone else’s trough it is hard to relearn how to feed ourselves if that trough is removed.

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I flew millions of miles on 707s mostly on Pan Am.

If you are running an airline it’s pretty hard… perhaps impossible to not be politically inclined.  We with micro businesses can often enjoy pretty good profits and not have to mess with… but can take advantage of  the politicos.

This is especially true if the micro business is in writing… or speaking… because we as writers are guaranteed freedom of the press.

Here is an excerpt from a forthcoming lesson about “Skygods” in our online course, Self Publishing 202:

View #2 “Skygods” is as a story. Sensing where society is at any particular time is vital for writers.  We all have a story to tell. We all want to enhance change and somehow make the world better through our words.  These are vital traits in a writer but capturing and keeping a reader’s attention is important as well… perhaps more important that the rest.

This is where writing and quantum science come together.   Perfect words, not read, remain scalar energy… just potential.   The conversion of potential into vector energy manifestation comes from the reading.  This recalls an age old question…” if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, is there sound?”   This leads us to ask… if a book is written… and no one reads it… is there a book?

We can be sure at the much grosser material level is that if no one reads it there will be no profit… except for perhaps the satisfaction of getting the words out!

Since our courses are about how to write to sell we describe writing as more than words.  Our definition of a publication is “writing and a paying audience”.

If thoughts are too far out of phase with current thinking… the words will not be read… or if read not understood or even worse misunderstood.

Current thinking includes language… time… and personification.

To communicate well, we have to be in tune with the language of the paying audience.

For a growing segment of the population the sentence… 4COL,  2moro, Ill B ther 4 U.  B4N would be easily understood.  In text talk this means “for crying out loud, tomorrow, I’ll be there for you. Bye for now”.

However who would understand what this means?  “Woulds’t thou be prithee to an answer? Verily, verily I say unto thee,  go thither and yon and test ye site”.

Writing in Old English is fine for an extremely small group in really tightly governed circumstances (scholars, aficionados or medieval recreators such as www.medieval-faire.com/speak.html)… but most of us will pass on this.

The fast pace of our times forces most people to focus their greatest transformative energy through their Beta brain waves… the logical linear part of thinking that looks after what is exactly in front of us.

In today’s time most successful writing begins by aligning with and capturing that energy. Then the words shift and aim at the more emotional brain waves… the ones that rule intuition, hope… dreams and the heart.

Notice how many books today start with an event… something bad or good happens and the event ends with a mystery… something the logic cannot handle.  The event is often very evil…a death… an accident… a conspiracy… bad… attention… grabbing stuff.

The next chapter brings on the personification… a hero… a sympathetic character striving for a worthwhile goal… the man, woman, animal or group who is a caricature of goodness who will win the heart… not the brain.

Once the mind and the heart are captured, the writer cannot let either escape.  The words must contain human, emotional elements that move the story along.

This is what Gandt does so well in “Skygods”… as well as his other non fiction books such as the “Twilight Warriors”.  He takes what could be dry history and weaves in the human touch.

For example the first sentence in “Skygods” humanizes the history. Here it is:

“The image would remain fixed in Rob Martinside’s memory for the next twenty five years: brushed aluminum fuselages, sleek tails slanting skyward, blue-on-white paint schemes gleaming in the morning sun.”

The story becomes more than the history of Pan Am.  This is the tale of the impact of Pan Am’s rise and fall on Rob Martinside and others as well.  Clear through the story we read about how Pan Am affects him. At the end of the book, Gandt tells how Delta took on many of the Pan Am pilots… and the fate of those it did not accept.

He writes on page 300, “Rob Martinside was one of the lucky ones. He was among the seven hundred, roughly a third of the Pan Am pilots, who made the list. With his fellow inductees, Martinside stepped off the shuttle bus one October morning at the Delta headquarters complex. And then he stopped with his mouth opened.”

Skygods keeps you reading because the history…  a reflection of the rise and fall of the first aero industry era is seen and felt through people.  From beginning to end the reader is caught up in Rob Martinside’s story.

Gandt tells the story of the battle of Okinawa… 95 days of the most ferocious history seen through the eyes of Roy Erickson who is introduced on page one and is last heard from on page 348 of this 348 page book.

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I flew on Pan Am's first San Francisco London 747 flight. What a change... and a mess getting baggage at Heathrow. Now that's as story to tell.

The third view of Skygods is of its form… a book in great color and paper that a day before was just a digital form.

Gandt autographed my copy of  “Skygods”:   For Gary and Merri- An example of the new era of publishing – My best wishes, Bob Gandt.

Gandt owns the copyright of his book and though it was first published in print by William Morrow, Gandt now offers it himself in digital form for Kindle and Print on Demand.  There is no inventory and when an order arrives the book can be printed in just a day.

This ability to avoid the printing and distribution costs creates a huge benefit for new writers and self publishers.


There is one other lesson we can gain from Gandt’s books. One of the reviews at Amazon.com says: I am a pilot for American airlines and think this is a must read for anyone in the airline industry. If you think your company couldn’t fold, you need to read what happened to Pan Am. It’s also an entertaining read. I highly recommend this book.

My comment is:  If any of us think our idea…our business…our company… our government… our way of life cannot fold… beware.  This is dinosaur thinking… a logic that grows increasingly dangerous as global change increases its pace.

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The world is changing quickly. My children were booked on and flew on Pan Am 103 the day after this terrorist attack so I have a very visceral understanding of what global change can mean.


Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 


Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.

Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com.  This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

That’s what he’s doing now.

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Hugh and I playing chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.

First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.

Everything is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.

Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whiplash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. 

I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course on how to expand the profits of what you write called “Eventful Business” (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • The business course “Eventful Business”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund. 

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.      

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” that you will receive on MP3.


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Bob Gandt

Amazon.com says: Aviation journalist and pilot Gandt interweaves the complex and interesting story of Pan Am’s rise under founder and visionary Juan Trippe with American business and politics. Trippe molded Pan Am from the glory days of flying boats and the opening of Pacific routes to new piston-driven airliners and the transition to jets. In 1965 Pan Am was the world’s preeminent airline, boasting 40,000 employees, 143 airliners, and over $1 billion in revenues; it was also the torchbearer for new aircraft designs. How Trippe achieved this and influenced Presidents Kennedy and Johnson reveal the workings of American business and politics. In 1968 foreign carriers increased, revenues declined, and Trippe resigned. In the Seventies a series of catastrophic accidents, increasing competition, rising fuel costs, and a strike started the downward spiral exacerbated by the 1988 Lockerbie tragedy and Chapter 11 proceedings. A fascinating commentary on aviation and American business.

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