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The Ultimate Value of Action


The  River Wharf, a ribbon of peace, where ripples from its past have had an impact.  Here is why we should go do things now.

Go out today with a greater sense of adventure.  Something you do may create ripples you’ ll never believe.

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Every action we take brings profit or loss, joy or sorrow, pain or pleasure, some things we deem good or bad.  Yet the ultimate value in our actions may be deeper, longer lasting and much more obscure.  They may even be hidden. Our greatest achievements may be world changing, affecting millions, even billions, we might not know.

The great Sufi poet, Rumi, once wrote about this:  The captain stalks on the deck of his ship.  The planks are his spears of the bad things that may happen, and the wood is his longing for marvelous things to happen.  When the captain and the board both sink, nothing remains but the drowning.

Here is a practical example of one small decision made over a thousand years ago that impacts life today.

A 9th century Viking,  after a raid at what’s now called Harrowgate in England, decided to settle on a gentle river with sloping grass lined banks.  Grass (in the Viking language) was called sedge so the stream was called Sedge-stream which in Viking was Star-beck.  Other Vikings moved there and a village grew.  Starbeck. Centuries later when the ideas of paying taxes was introduced, surnames became required.  Those of this village were called, due to a small alteration, Starbuck.

One family from this village immigrated to a new land called America.  Being of Viking decent and of the sea, the Starbucks of Nantucket became famous whalers.  Their exploits were an inspiration to Herman Melville after he shipped on a 52 month whaling  journey from Nantucket.  He wrote Moby Dick.

In the story, the first mate of the whaling ship, Pequod, is named Starbuck, perhaps because a first mate on Melville’s real sailing vessel had been named Starbuck.

Jerry Baldwin was an English teacher from Seattle, who loved Moby Dick.  When he and some friends wanted to start a coffee shop, he suggested the name Pequod, after the ship in Moby Dick.  His partners thought that a word starting with Pee might not encourage consumers to drink extra coffee.  They settled for the name Starbucks instead.

Ever heard of it?  Thanks to some Viking action over a millennia ago, when you want a coffee, you can ask, “Can I have  a Starbucks”?

I wonder if that Viking resurrected and taken to  those shops would ask for a grande?  Really.

Go do things.  Your actions may be greater than you can dream.

Gary

Live Better and Be Free – 5 Global Earning Experiences

Here are 5 global income experiences and 7 business secrets that can help you live well and free anywhere despite the pandemic.

I began my international business over 50 years ago and have been creating and running international micro businesses since.

During that time my wife, Merri, and I have been able to live, work and earn all over the world… literally anywhere we wanted because of seven secrets we gained which we share here with you.  We have been blessed with global earning experiences that helped us make millions… but were also fun, such as with British Lordships.

See how this one micro business helped us rub elbows with British Royalty.

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One of Merri’s businesses that worked with British Royalty was featured in Doonesbury.

Global Earning Experience #1:  Lepers.  Our micro businesses have been fulfilling.  Merri started her international business in her 20s (long before she knew me) importing Italian clocks to the USA.  This earned so much ($80,000 in the first year) that she created other micro businesses helping orphans in the Yucatan and Haitian lepers (at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital) produce crafts she sold for them in the USA.

Excellent income ($80,000 in the 1970s was a lot of cash)…  incredible contacts… working with Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon who created the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti… and enormous satisfaction.  Merri still cries over 40 years later when she tries to speak of the gratitude of the lepers and her time and life in Haiti.

Plus she gained lessons that allowed her to live and earn… in many places and many ways.

Then we got together.

Global Earning Experience #2:  Lords.  Another of Merri’s ideas (in the mid 1980s) was to broker British titles to wealthy Americans.  We made a ton from that… even gained 15 minutes of fame when Gary Trudeau learned about this business and immortalized it by having B.D. Zonker buy a title!

What fun… profitable, plus stimulating, meeting and working with the Blue Bloods of Britain… visiting their castles… invited to their events and affairs.

Before I get ahead of myself, may I ask you a question?

 

Would you enjoy living in two or even more places wherever and whenever you choose?  Would you be happier with more freedom, lack of debt, and a life of riches, adventure and fulfillment?  Would you be glad to feel confident that you can discover interesting and fun business ideas again and again that not only bring in extra income but also help the poor and improve the environment?

If so then read on… because… Merri and I have led that lifestyle for decades and can show you how to live it too.

The key is to earn from home offices.   They are part of a micro business secret and you’ll see why have two home offices (and using two cars in business) can save thousands in taxes.

You can also enjoy such a lifestyle because after years of search, I found business secrets that you can use and enjoy.

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Waterfall at our North Carolina Farm.  See enjoyable benefits of a micro business in water.

Global Earning Experience #3: Hospitality.  Here’s a hotel we owned and operated in Ecuador.  Once we sold this we joined the sharing economy and began offering rentals in our North Carolina cabins through AIRBNB and houses in Florida.  We became designated super hosts within months and added thousands of extra dollars to our income every month.

Caring is just one example of how to live anywhere and earn, especially now that the pandemic will change how people vacation.

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Having a variety of places to live is part of one of the secrets on how to earn more, have a better life with more fun, adventure and greater freedom.

Global Earning Experience #4:  Import-Export.   Here I am at our Florida house showing clients how to import.

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I was wearing a hand tailored, made to order, high quality wool suit from Ecuador that could be imported into the US for as little as $135 .  Plus that Panama hat was made in Ecuador.  This is odd but true, all genuine Panama hats are made in Ecuador.  We imported Ecuador roses year round as well, all from one of our tax deductible US home office.

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The secrets we’ll share below are not about how to buy suits or flowers though.   The secrets show ways to make money (while helping others) marketing products and services wherever you are and much more…. globally.

Global Earning Experience #5:  Green Produce.   We have an orange grove and lake at our Florida home and

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are among the first to test new organic ways to make citrus farming better for the environment and the consumer.  In North Carolina we cultivate Wild American Ginseng as well as aquafarm.

These are just a few of the business experiences that can help you have the freedom to earn globally.  They are shared in our emailed correspondence course that you can now have FREE.

The course teaches a system based on seven secrets so powerful that it creates money for you regardless of where you are:  in town, out of the country, traveling or even in places as remote as we live.

These secrets have worked for us in real estate… titles… tours… agriculture… clothing… hospitality… alternative health…  spirituality… printing… publishing and art businesses for Merri and me all over the world.

Merri and I have created a special program we call “Live Well and Free Anywhere” that makes it possible for you to enjoy extra income doing something you love.  You can gain full or part time and enjoy excellent profits as you have fun and do something good in the world.

My search stumbled on the fact that most millionaires make their money in business.  This discovery led to a study of rich businesses, ones that generate everlasting wealth.  Here are three of seven secrets we share in our program that we learned and have used in our  micro businesses:

Secret #1: They must enjoy the multiple effect.  A product once created must produce profits again and again, almost on a never-ending basis.  Each investment made needs to make huge returns.

Secret #2: They need to be greater than their owner’s time.  They must produce income even when the owner doesn’t put in day-to-day effort. You may already be wealthy or earning a high income.  You may not even need another business or extra income, but some day you might.  One surgeon explained it this way.  “I am making a fortune because peoples’ lives are in my hands.  Once my hands are no longer steady, my income stops.   My entire financial well being will then be in someone else’s hands!”

Secret #3: These money making systems should be enjoyable and fun.  Sadly most people make money for the sake of making money.  Many spend their lives working, just to have a few precious hours having fun.  The most important fact about making and keeping wealth is that those who were richest absolutely love what they were doing.  Money is of secondary importance to their effort.  And as things are, this means they actually ended up making more money.

These secrets created a fantastic way to make money with my own international micro business doing what I love!

You too can have everlasting wealth by turning your passion into profit.

You too can have the freedom to do what you love from any place you like, even operating (actually preferably) from your bedroom, dining room or den if you wish.

What do you love? Rare cars?  You can make a fortune creating a business around them.  Do you prefer fine art? Or do you love beautiful jewelry, coins, gems, real estate, furs, model railways, dolls, scientific equipment, war memorabilia, old and rare books, or whatever?  Do you prefer social subjects rather than objects?

Are you concerned with the environment or humanitarian problems, with crimes, war or poverty?  Would you like to help wipe these social problems out in the course of your business?

Are you a golfer? Do you love to travel? Why not make all kinds of money in a global business related to golf?

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place, help people get along better together?  You can do something good for the world, increase your income and live wherever you please in the process!

Whatever your passion you can learn how to earn by creating a micro business based on it.

Take fishing, for example.

I am no great aquafarmer, but the numbers and lifestyle work on a small scale.  We pay about $3.50 a pound to stock the fish, they double, triple, even quadruple in size and we sell them at a local butcher shoppe for a modest profit.   This is not a big deal, but does generate income, helps attract guests to stay in our rental cabins, puts some great trout dinners on our table and is a thoroughly enjoyable part of my daily labor.  I need this to counter balance sitting in front of a computer.

Over a couple of months the fish grow… a lot.

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Millions of people love fishing but don’t have a pond.  This does not mean they cannot be involved in fishing.  Here are just a few of many ways that others have profitably matched this passion with profit.

Two of my friends, John and Lou, grew up near me in the Oregon mountains.  They were outdoor adventure types and moved to Canada, where they homesteaded 1,200 acres on a trout-filled lake in mid British Columbia.  They built a fishing camp that attracts fisherman from around the world.

Duncan Kinderman on the other hand loved fishing and castles.  He bought a castle on the River Tay, a great Scottish salmon river, and offered time shares for fisherman from Britain, Europe and the US.

Another entrepreneur I know was from Montana.  His skills were in marketing so he sold fishing trips for fishing camps.  He attended rod and gun exhibitions, met owners of these camps and arranged to sell their fishing trips to the US, Argentina and even in Russia to fisherman around the world.

Ralph Kylloe on the other hand loved fishing and photography so he created the book, “Fishing Camps”, which was published by Gibbs Smith publisher. This allowed Ralph to travel across the country enjoying fishing camps as he photographed and wrote.

Steve Ambrose, another friend of ours, had family commitments at home so he set up a bass fishing business in Florida that served Americans, Germans, Canadian, Dutch and Belgians.  Later as his children grew, he used his client base to arrange fishing trips in Argentina.

Each of these people had provincial backgrounds and differed in age, situation and skills.  Their common link, the love of fishing, led each to a global micro business.  Each was able to blend a unique nature and set of skills to develop a global business that surrounded them with fun, like minded fishing souls.

There is such an abundance of opportunity that Merri and I have created this program to help you have your own micro business that can be managed almost anywhere.  This program is unique because Merri and I are unique.  We started our global business together.  Since we’re almost recluses, we decided to do the whole business by ourselves… thus we create micro businesses that do not require large staffs.

We began working at home.  Today, though we have tens of thousands of buyers and have made millions, we still work at home on our remote farms and employ only a few people to help.

You’ll learn how to turn advertising dollars into a fortune.  You’ll learn how to create your own ads and when to use the internet… search engines… pay per click… classifieds, space ads, direct mail or word of mouth… even flea markets and roadside stands in some cases.

See how to build a PR list and social business network on the World Wide Web to gain thousands of dollars in free publicity.  I even share my most secret results on my marketing so you will know why sometimes you sell more units of a product at $49 instead of $29.

Learn how one couple used ads about retirement to supplement their retirement income and received free trips all over the world.

Learn how we have made money over the Internet (specific details, specific experiences, hard earned knowledge over the last 13 years!)  With an inexpensive computer you can easily run a business from home and still have tons of time left over – even if you are computer challenged.  Merri and I have certainly proven this.  We were one of the first to run a successful website and still rank high today even with millions of competitors.  The secrets in the course include a step-by-step approach.

Merri and I with our webmaster, David Cross, were leaders in beginning internet micros businesses and have sold millions over the web.  You gain ways to earn global income over the net from that experience as well.

Business people or professionals who want to add an extra profit center to their business or who want to change their business entirely will benefit.  Those who want more control over their career can profit.  Plus those who love global travel and want to turn their trips into profitable tax deductions!

Even older entrepreneurs are taking advantage of technology.  One of our friends and clients, Mickey E., was a 72 year old real estate broker, when she began a small global business.  With just a computer and internet, she created publications that attracted English real estate buyers.  This allowed her to become a top sales person in the biggest real estate firm (selling over a billion dollars of real estate a year) in town.  She later used the tactics she learned to move to Ecuador (in here late 70s) and start a micro business there.

This course is also for couples 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 an International Business.

To order the entire “Live Well and Be Free Anywhere” program normally costs $299.

The course is so complete Merri and I extend our “no fooling around-complete satisfaction guarantee”.

If you are not fully satisfied in any way,  just tell us within 60 days and we’ll send you a 100% full refund with no questions asked.

Normally to order our entire “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program would cost $299.

Right now you can get this program FREE.

 

Alternate Income Part II – Fracturing


Yesterday’s message started a series about ways to create alternative incomes.  The most fulfilling extra sources of revenue are those that come from turning your passion into profit as you help the world become a better place.

Yesterday’s message saw how two International Club members are expanding their interest in mules as they go deeper by fracturing into their horse lover’s niche.

Our Super Thinking plus Spanish teacher, Ernest Neumann, shows another example of fracturing.  Ernest, a retire teacher, combines three of his pleasures… Ecuador, music and teaching to create a new life and new income.

Here is Ernest playing piano during the Christmas season at La Mirage Garden Hotel and Spa.

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Ernest Neumann.

Ernest wanted to travel so he joined our teacher training program. He is learning to teach “How to Learn Spanish in Four Days”.   This gives him one way to earn in Ecuador. He can travel and earn in just about any Spanish speaking part of the world (or wherever people want to learn Spanish).  Yet because Ecuador is his love for now, he has created other alternatives…playing the piano at the Relais and Chateaux La Mirage Spa for one.  Plus he has developed a unique Ecuador export that has been accepted for sale at Amazon.com.

See more on Ecuador exports here.

This is a perfect example of how to create alternative incomes… doing what you love… in places where you want to be.   One way to create extra alternative income is by fracturing a niche.

At our Writer’s Camp we teach delegates how to write about a fractured niche for extra income.  At the Camp we use a series of case studies we call story reviews because they show how to use stories to create a new niche in an old theme.

The success of Starbucks is one of the studies we use.  Coffee houses are certainly not a new idea…. a pleasant place to meet where you can partake in a  legal addiction.  (How can this lose?)

Yet Starbucks used just a couple of words like… “Grande”, to wipe out the 10 cent cup of coffee so well that price was already gone) and create an item worth four bucks (and no refills of course).

An example of fracturing that niche is to take it a step further and one company fractured a niche away from Starbucks with coffee that’s so rare (from beans extracted from Civet-Cat poop no less) that there are only 600 pounds of the stuff manufactured a year.

Let’s say that one passion you have is wildlife… this niche would be perfect.  Habit forming coffee… and preserving wildlife (by helping out cats in the jungle).

Profitable? This coffee sells for $41.67 a cup!  Many will laugh and the object here is not to promote poop.  This dramatizes the value of the thought…  look for ways to take one tiny part of business away from the corporate giants.  Let the giant spot and prove the big idea (coffee houses in this example).   You then fracture a tiny part of the idea into your small unique niche and beat these big guys’ pants off in the arena of competition and profits.

600 pounds of Civit –Cat Poop coffee a year? That’s small. One pound makes 32 cups though. Multiply this times 600 and viola you have $800,064. That’s a niche and that’s profit…and it all works because of a superb story.

Look more deeply into this idea of “fracturing ideas” to create your own niche.  Starbucks, the gremlin of the coffee world, did this.  They fractured the idea proven by Folger and Maxwell House who remain the biggest US coffee sellers.

In a post-Starbucks world, when 40% of the coffee consumed in the United States is classified as gourmet by the National Coffee Association, it’s easy to forget about supermarket stalwarts Folgers and Maxwell House.

However, the two still dominate the home brewing market. Folgers sold $732 million worth of coffee at supermarkets, drugstores and mass retailers, excluding Walmart stores, for the year that ended July 11. Maxwell House sold $424 million.  Starbucks, by comparison, sold only $245 million.  They took a pretty good chunk out of the market but specialty coffee is still only a 40% niche.

Coffee offers many opportunities for fracturing.  This is an important commodity and a popular beverage. Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day. Over 90% of coffee production takes place in developing countries, while consumption happens mainly in the industrialized economies.

Worldwide, 25 million small producers rely on coffee for a living. For instance, in Brazil alone, where almost a third of all the world’s coffee is produced, over 5 million people are employed in the cultivation and harvesting of over 3 billion coffee plants.  So a niche could have to do with humanitarianism.

Coffee is also bought and sold as a commodity on the New York Board of Trade. This is where coffee futures contracts are traded so coffee as an investment becomes a niche.

Most people walking into a super market, cafe or coffee house see coffee as a drink.   Those seeking alternate incomes might see more… an investment… a humanitarian product… something that can help save wildlife… even a health drink.    Each idea could create an alternative income with a fractured niche.

Fracturing is accomplished by seeing a success…finding a small part of it that can be made better…more unusual…more unique…different…more profitable…available….or having a better story.

Shave off the fractured part of something that interests you and create your own niches for an added source of revenue. The nice thing is that the bloated giants like Starbucks, Folgers and Maxwell house are so busy making mega millions that they will not even notice that you have beaten them out of a few hundred thousand or so a year.

A key to prosperity in this faster changing world is alternatives… multiple sources of income.  Fracturing is one way to create these options.  Look for fracturing opportunities in areas of interest to you.

Ernest Neumann was interested in Ecuador and travel.  He enhanced his teaching skills by learning how to teach Spanish in four days… a small opportunity in the huge market of language teaching.  He fractured a unique Ecuador export product from the powerful Apple Computer marker.  (You’ll see his designs soon offered at Amazon.com.)  And he added his musical talents to make his Ecuador travels expand, more enjoyable and easier.

Three great benefits coming from turning a passion into profit.

Gary

Learn how to create alternative sources of income with fracturing and writing at our Writer’s Camp.

Ecuador Risk


Ecuador has risks.

As does everywhere.  In fact our world has more risk then ever before.

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Are quiet Ecuador streets like this Cotacachi avenue at risk?

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The young Ecuadorian children who go to school early, alone don’t seem to feel much risk.  Yet?

Change creates risk and we live in an era of increasingly rapid change.

Those who welcome this fact are those who have the best chance of success. ahead.

This is the era of rapid change… the era of  extra risk.  The current time period within this era is of accelerated change and risk.

This is an important message about how to manage risk in Ecuador or anywhere.

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Even young children play alone in the Cotacachi Ecuador streets without much risk

Yet we must always take care.

Take for example the US travel advisory for Ecuador… read  without perspective. Ecuador risk would seem high.

Here are excerpts from the US travel advisory for Ecuador:

SAFETY AND SECURITY: The U.S. Embassy in Quito advises caution when traveling to the northern border region of Ecuador, to include areas in the provinces of Sucumbios, Orellana and Carchi, northern Esmeraldas, and southern Esmeraldas, south of Atacames.  U.S. government personnel are under limitations with respect to traveling alone and over-nighting in these areas due to the spread of organized crime, drug trafficking, small arms trafficking, and incursions by various Colombian terrorist organizations.

CRIME:  Crime is a serious problem in Ecuador, and visitors should be alert and cautious.  Non-violent crime is common: hundreds of Americans are robbed every year in Ecuador.   Incidents of rape have increased, even in well-traveled tourists areas and when the victims traveled in groups for safety. Shootings, kidnappings, and carjackings are still relatively rare, but American citizens have been victimized by those crimes.  The Ecuadorian government has increased police patrols in tourist areas, but travelers should remain alert to their surroundings and maintain constant control of personal belongings.

Criminals sometimes use incapacitating drugs such as scopolamine on unsuspecting tourists in order to rob them.  These so-called date rape drugs are put into drinks in order to drug the unsuspecting victim.  This drug can render the victim disoriented and can cause prolonged unconsciousness and serious medical problems.  Never allow a stranger to “buy” you a drink and never leave your drink unattended.  Several American citizens have reported thefts of property following ingestion of such substances.

Does Ecuador sound risky?

Ecuador sounds risky until you read the travel advisory for Italy.  Here are excerpts from the US travel advisory for Italy:

Some travelers are victims of rape and beatings.  There are incidents of drinks laced with drugs being used by criminals to rob, and in some cases, assault tourists.  Many of these incidents occur in the vicinity of Rome’s Termini train station and at major tourist centers such as Campo de Fiori and Piazza Navona, as well as in Florence and Naples.  Criminals using this tactic “befriend” a traveler at a train station, bus stop, restaurant, café or bar in tourist areas, then eventually offer a drink laced with a sleeping drug.  When the tourist falls asleep, criminals steal the traveler’s valuables.  There are also instances where the victim is assaulted, either physically or sexually.

Petty crimes such as pick-pocketing, theft from parked cars, and purse snatching are serious problems, especially in large cities.  Clients of Internet cafes in major cities are also targeted.  Tourists who have tried to resist petty thieves on motor scooters have suffered broken arms and collarbones.

The U.S. Secret Service in Rome is assisting Italian Law Enforcement authorities in investigating an increase in the appearance of ATM skimming devices.

Organized criminal groups operate throughout Italy, but are more prevalent in the south.  They occasionally resort to violence to intimidate or to settle disputes.

Italy could seem risky as well until you read the travel advisory for Spain .  Here are excerpts from the US travel advisory for Spain.

SAFETY AND SECURITY:     Spain and Andorra share with the rest of the world an increased threat of international terrorist incidents.  Like other countries in the Schengen area, Spain’s open borders with its Western European neighbors allow the possibility of terrorist groups entering and exiting the country with anonymity.  Spain’s proximity to North Africa makes it vulnerable to attack from Al Qaeda terrorists in the Maghreb region.  Americans are reminded to remain vigilant with regard to their personal security and to exercise caution.

In the deadliest terrorist attack in recent European history, in March 2004, Islamist extremists bombed four commuter trains entering Madrid, causing 191 deaths and over 1,400 injuries.  Spanish authorities tried the suspected terrorists and their co-conspirators in February 2007 and convicted in October 2007.

The Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorist organization remains active in Spain.  ETA has historically avoided targeting foreigners, directing their attacks against the police, military, local politicians, and Spanish government targets as well as attempts to disrupt transportation and daily life. However, foreigners have been killed or injured collaterally in ETA attacks.  Two examples of this are the Barajas Airport bombing in December 2006, in which two Ecuadorian nationals were killed and the bombing at the University of Navarre in October 2008, in which 17 students were injured including one American student.  In addition, bombs have been used as part of criminal extortion of businesses, particularly in the Basque region. The risk of “being in the wrong place at the wrong time” in event of an ETA action is a concern for foreign visitors and tourists.  U.S. tourists traveling to Spain should remain vigilant, exercise caution, monitor local developments, and avoid demonstrations and other potentially violent situations.

Street crimes against tourists occur in the principal tourist areas.  Madrid and Barcelona, in particular, report incidents of pick-pocketing, mugging and occasional violent attacks, some of which require the victim to seek medical attention.  Although crimes occur at all times of day and night and to people of all ages, older tourists and Asian Americans seem to be particularly at risk.  Criminals frequent tourist areas and major attractions such as museums, monuments, restaurants, outdoor cafes, Internet cafes, hotel lobbies, beach resorts, city buses, subways, trains, train stations, airports, and ATMs.

Thieves often work in teams of two or more people.  In many cases, one person distracts a victim while the accomplices perform the robbery.   Spanish authorities warn of the availability of so-called “date-rape” drugs and other drugs, including “GBH” and liquid ecstasy.  Americans should not lower their personal security awareness because they are on vacation.

We could go on… in Europe…  in Asia… or anywhere.

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Parents in Cotacachi Ecuador do not feel much risk when they let their children play in the parks.

Mostly, places are not the cause of risk.  The causes of risk  are within,  our awareness, our actions, our  patterns and habits.

If one becomes aware of change and adapts accordingly… there is no risk.  There is opportunity instead.

Early adapters are called risk takers.   They are not.

Real risk takers are those who do not  adapt because…  we know…  there is change.

The real risk is living by OLD rules in a NEW world.

The real risk is believing in General Motors for example… because it is the biggest… oldest… so it must be safest.

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Young lovers in Ecuador can meet safely in out of the way places.

The world is new every day and each day, some old rule no longer works.

The old rules used to say that the Western world was safe… and the emerging world riskier.   The old rules said that the Western world had low crime…  the emerging world had high crime.

Yet look at excerpts of a recent New York Times article entitled “Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid” by Solomon Moore (See a link to the entire article below) says:

One in every 31 adults, or 7.3 million Americans, is in prison, on parole or probation, at a cost to the states of $47 billion in 2008, according to a new study.

Criminal correction spending is outpacing budget growth in education, transportation and public assistance, based on state and federal data. Only Medicaid spending grew faster than state corrections spending, which quadrupled in the past two decades, according to the report Monday by the Pew Center on the States, the first breakdown of spending in confinement and supervision in the past seven years.

This suggests that the US has quite a lot of risk… both in crime and health.

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Ecuador people are by nature, caring, friendly and warm.

Sometimes I get letters like the one below from readers who have been victims of crime in Ecuador.  This reader lost her computer and camera when she forgot them in the business lounge at the Radisson hotel in Quito.

Dear Gary,  Can you believe, the Quito police, working with the Radisson hotel, found my  briefcase with the computer and other small items and had them sent by Federal Express to me.  I had provided them with the receipts of all the items stolen, for the items they were not able to send me  (camera and cellular phone) I was reimbursed via bank transfer. I still can’t believe it.  This was a good ending and so unexpected.  send you all love, and good thoughts. Laura

New rules about risk are being written every day and our daughter Francesca shared some thoughts on this when she recently visited us here.

Fran is quite a traveler.  Here early studies were in England… Gloucestershire and Birmingham.  Then she spent more for more than a year in Spain and Costa Rica, and moved to Naples and Delray, Florida which were bases for her to  manage real estate tours in Argentina, Belize, Chile, Ecuador and Uruguay.

She worked for several years doing human rights training in Geneva, Switzerland before returning to get her Masters degree at London School of Economics.

Then  she worked in London for the Crown Agents where she was assigned
as a project manager and consultant to governments in Nigeria,  Peru, Sierra Leone and South Africa.

She has worked the last several years  as a development planning, monitoring & evaluation consultant in Swaziland and is returning there now on a contract with the United Nations.

As a young, single woman (now married) she has had to be aware of risks traveling everywhere from Florida to London to Lagos.

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Here I am with Francesca on her wedding day.

Fran & Sam rode to their reception in Richmond Park on a bicycle built for tow.

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Riding a bike through London traffic… now that is risky!

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Here are some common sense thoughts that Francesca shares about living with risk.

Living with Risk by Francesca Scott

We’re living in risky times; from the economic collapse, to swine flu, to erratic weather conditions.  It sometimes surprises me when people ask me if I’m not worried about living in Swaziland (my current home), because, they say, Africa is such a dangerous place.  I figure that when I return to London, my risk of being attacked in a terrorist attack skyrockets.  And I am still dumbfounded by the fact that children are screened for guns at schools in the United States.  By the way in England for the first time screening for knives has begun in some inner-city London schools.

The issue of risk came to mind recently, when I was visiting my Grandma. One evening over dinner, the discussion turned to the security situation in Swaziland, and I mused that in certain ways I feel safer in Swaziland than I do in parts of London. My Grandma commented that gangs were increasingly becoming a problem in Portland, her home city, and that she didn’t feel that safe these days.  The next day, as we stopped at the local bank, I was surprised by the thick wall of bullet proof glass completely separating the staff from the general public. They don’t have that in banks in London, or in Mbabane, Swaziland’s capital city.

I began thinking about how easily we adapt to different risks within our local environments. In many countries, one would be crazy not to have bars on lower windows. In central London, I hold my bag very close to my chest – I value my purse and cell phone too much. My mother-in-law, who lives in Australia, actually leaves her keys in her car when she stops at a store to pick up groceries (gasp!).  Sadly, I doubt that will last for much longer.   So does my Dad in NC.  They have a policy on the farm that all keys remain in all vehicles…just in case someone needs to jump in one!

Each country has a different risk profile, from pick-pockets, to pollution, to drug barons.  I am not saying that Swaziland does not have its dangers – my house has been broken into several times, and I drive much more defensively than I would in the US or the UK (mostly to avoid wayward cows that have drifted onto the road).  The important thing is to be fully informed about the risks.  This might sound obvious, but sometimes people are scared off by unfamiliar risks or misinformation.

It’s also worth remembering that there are often a variety of ways to mitigate those risks through effective prevention methods, so long as you know the rules. Most of us are guilty of exposing ourselves to unnecessary risk as a result of ignorance at one time or other, and are lucky that we’ve lived to tell the tell. I was threatened at knife point by a drug addict in a park in Spain, when I lived there as a student.  When I recounted my story to my Spanish roommate, she told me that I was a fool to be in that park in the first place, ‘…didn’t you know that it’s the favorite haunt for heroine addicts in the city?’  Well, no, obviously I didn’t know at that time, but it was a valuable lesson for me about the importance of knowing the rules.

I must admit to being a little scared before I went to Swaziland.  After all, it’s in one of the poorest parts of the world, and only three hours drive from Johannesburg, a gang-ridden, violent city. I also couldn’t shake off all those awful images of Africa I’ve seen on the evening news. I told myself that I would try it out for six months (I figured I could survive for that length of time in an underground bunker living off tinned corned beef and bottled water if it was that bad), and make a decision from there about whether or not it was for me. Two-and-a-half years later, I still thoroughly enjoy living here and am very glad that I resisted my initial anxieties.

For those considering buying property, or even moving to Ecuador, or any other country – developed, developing or downright poverty stricken for that matter – I would recommend to take the time to become fully informed about the types of risks you might face.  You can find out a lot from the internet and books, but it would be a shame to be scared off by some of what you read or by the well intentioned comments of a neighbor who hasn’t ever lived away from their home town.

Everyone comes from a different starting point, and everyone has a different risk threshold.

Also, the dramatic stories tend to be more interesting to tell.  While reading around can certainly offer you a variety of different and valuable viewpoints, it’s also important to talk to people who have lived in the country. Locals can be an invaluable source of information, while ex-pats may be more appreciative of the kinds of risks unanticipated by a foreigner, risks that may seem glaringly obvious to a local. Also, find out what you can do to mitigate those risks. Often you can reduce your exposure significantly using the appropriate precautions. If you think that the benefits outweigh those risks, then go down and check out the country for yourself.  That’s the only way you can really know if the level of risk is one that you could tolerate.

It might be that the risks are in some countries and in some places, in fact, just too high, pushing you beyond your comfort zone, or that the restrictions necessary to reduce your risks would make you feel stressed and claustrophobic. It’s no fun lying restless at night at night because you’re worried over a break-in, even though you have an alarm, or resent the lack of privacy from having a guard permanently outside your house. If you’re looking for the exact replica of your own community, with the same level of risk, and a Starbucks around the corner thank you very much, then somewhere like an emerging country really may not be for you. There will inevitably be new and different risks in poorer countries, some to which you, as a foreigner, could be at much higher risk than a local.

But take a moment to reflect on the risks that you face in your daily environment back home, and you might find that such risks are relative. While some risks will be new when you move abroad, you will also leave some behind. Therefore, before making any decision of moving to a country other than your own, I recommend making sure that you are informed by the reality on the ground, not some misconception fed by the media or well-intentioned homebodies. Only with that information can you gauge whether you’ll be comfortable with the type and level of risk you might face. For an adventurous soul, you may well find that the benefits of living in a new culture, the fun of exploring a foreign terrain, make everything worthwhile.

Risk assessment is a vital part of survival and success in today’s world.

This has always been true so always consider risk… but when you evaluate danger… don’t  just look at the places where you will be.   Review your thinking, your habits and patterns to see how you can turn risk into opportunity.

Gary

Join us here at our hotel Meson de las Flores.  Learn more turning risk into opportunity at our courses and tours.

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See the entire article Prison Spending Outpaces All but Medicaid at http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/03/us/03prison.html

Earn in Ecuador


Many readers write asking for ways to earn in Ecuador.

They want to come to Ecuador… but need to earn here to stay.

This is a global problem.  More and more people…especially those of my  era…near the age where Westerners think they should retire will need to earn more in Ecuador or somewhere.   The economic downturn has ruined their pension and/or savings.

There is a lot of good in this.  Most of us should want to keep on earning… regardless of where we go or live, Ecuador or not.

Our friend and adviser,  Blaine Watson,  recently sent me an article entitled  “Author/physician Shigeaki Hinohara” written by Judit Kawaguchi that explains why it is good to remain employed well beyond what the norm calls retirement years.

The article says:  At the age of 97 years and 4 months, Shigeaki Hinohara is one of the world’s longest-serving physicians and educators. Hinohara’s magic touch is legendary: Since 1941 he has been healing patients at St. Luke’s International Hospital in Tokyo and teaching at St. Luke’s College of Nursing. After World War II, he envisioned a world-class hospital and college springing from the ruins of Tokyo; thanks to his pioneering spirit and business savvy, the doctor turned these institutions into the nation’s top medical facility and nursing school. Today he serves as chairman of the board of trustees at both organizations. Always willing to try new things, he has published around 150 books since his 75th birthday, including one “Living Long, Living Good” that has sold more than 1.2 million copies. As the founder of the New Elderly Movement, Hinohara encourages others to live a long and happy life, a quest in which no role model is better than the doctor himself.

In the article it explains that the Doctor says that energy comes from feeling good, not from eating well or sleeping a lot.  He says to plan ahead. His schedule is already booked ahead until 2014 with lectures and usual hospital work. In 2016 he plans to attend the Tokyo Olympics and says there is no need to ever retire. The doctor  but if one must, it should be a lot later than 65. The current retirement age was set at 65 half a century ago, when the average life-expectancy in Japan was 68 years and only 125 Japanese were over 100 years old. Today, Japanese women live to be around 86 and men 80, and we have 36,000 centenarians in our country. In 20 years Japan will have about 50,000 people over the age of 100.

Hinohara says. Share what you know.  He  gives 150 lectures a year, some for 100 elementary-school children, others for 4,500 business people.  He usually speaks for 60 to 90 minutes, standing, to stay strong.

This is why Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course

Delegates have been gaining from our Ecuador courses on how to earn in Ecuador or elsewhere… in money and more.

Take Todd Smith as an example.  Todd attended one of our courses on how to earn via internet publishing. He started his own website. This is a photo on his home page.

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This is a worthwhile read because authenticity and transparency are two of the most important factors for earnings success in your own business.

Knowing our clients can have a dramatic impact on earnings and there is a growing trend of people wanting to see the whole picture.

For example, when people previously went for a cup of coffee they wanted the best coffee, served in the least expensive, fastest, most convenient way.  Now more and more buyers want more.  They want to know where the coffee was grown, what type of coffee… what did the growing process do to the environment…  how were the processors and growers of the coffee treated?

They ask what will the coffee do to the body and environment? Was the cup organic? Is the cup recycled and so forth?

We can see how this is affecting the market place in a Reuters news release some time back entitled, Starbucks Seeks More Socially Responsible Coffee.

This article told how Starbucks had launched an aggressive plan to ensure that its coffee came from environmentally friendly farms paying workers a fair wage.

They were setting up strict rules on everything from forestation to pesticides to labor practices.

Starbucks made this move because they have suffered bad publicity from coffee drinkers who wanted more than just a cup of coffee.

People today:

*See a bigger picture.
*Consume and invest in values not just material value.
*See connections.
*Are highly sensitive to being mislead.
*Are willing to pay a bit more for a whole product.
*Want authenticity.
*Are getting organized.

Micki and George Jacobs attended one of our courses on how to earn in Ecuador and globally just wrote:

We have finally gotten our website up and running for selling Bayardo’s paintings. Our webmaster (like you, he’s our son-in-law), made it attractive but simple to use. If you could mention it sometime in your news letter to get some interest started, George and I would really appreciate it. We really hope to sell enough of them to place regular orders, and maybe even increase the number of paintings ordered if sales take off.   Thanks for any help you can offer us. We hope to see you and Merri when we are down there in late March/early April.
Hugs to both of you, Micki.

Micki and George fell in love with Ecuador, and wanted to buy original art.   The watercolors of Bayardo Monteros stood out above everything else… unbelievable detail in the feathers of the birds he paints was captivating.

Here is an example of his work.

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Plus these Blue Footed Boobies

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You can see them better with more examples at George and Micki’s site.

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Here is our friend Monteros.

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They decided it would be a great idea to regularly buy small batches of his paintings to sell in the U.S. Not only would the extra sales vastly improve Bayardo’s situation and expose his work to a larger audience, but it would also give others a chance to purchase an original piece of Ecuadorian art without the expense of traveling to Ecuador. They started this website, EcuadorianWildlife.com

So whether you want to earn in Ecuador or elsewhere our internet course can help. This is why Merri, our webmaster and I have created a new course on how to build a web business with a webmaster.  Here is a special offer on this new course

Even more important than the money is the great pleasure one can gain.  Malcolm Gladwell’s new book, “Outliers-The Story of Success”, explains what numerous studies have shown.  Those who have a fulfilling business are happier and healthier as well as better off financially.

The three keys for a business to be satisfying are:

#1: Autonomy.

#2: Complexity

#3: A direct relationship between effort and reward.

This is why earning in Ecuador or globally offers such satisfaction.  This method of earning fits all three requirements.

So if you have discovered that due to, what seems like misfortune, you have to work more… be happy. You may live longer, healthier and happier. There are more explanations about why it is good to remain active are below.

Until next message, good earning to you.

Gary

A special art form called Mazipan, made from bread dough is made into almost everything and is a favorite export. Here is it is as tiny fruits…made into pins, fridge magnets and such.

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Here is it is masks.

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Primitive art painted on sheep skin is another favorite.   This art form evolved from drum making.

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Intricate carving on gourds are special.

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Plus many wood carvings are exported to earn in Ecuador. This is a favorite workshop.

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See our January 2010 Export tour schedule below:

Gary

Join us at our upcoming courses and tours on international investments and business.

Nov. 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Nov. 11-14 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

December 6-8 Blaine Watson’s  Beyond Logic & Shamanic Tour

December 9-10 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

December 11-13 Ecuador Coastal Real Estate Tour

Jan.   8-11     Ecuador Export Tour ($499) Couple $749

Jan. 13-14     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Jan. 16-17     Coastal Real Estate Tour
Jan. 19-20    Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Jan. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Feb. 11-14   Quantum Wealth Florida -International Investing & Internet Business, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Feb. 15-16   Travel to Quito and Andes
Feb  17-18   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Feb. 20-21  Coastal Real Estate Tour
Feb. 23-24  Quito-Mindo Real Estate Tour
Feb. 26-27  Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Mar. 11-14     Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Florida ($749) Couple $999
Mar. 15-16    Travel to Quito and Andes
Mar. 17-18     Imbabura Real Estate Tour
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Dr Hinohara aso said about longevity:  My inspiration is Robert Browning’s poem “Abt Vogler.” My father used to read it to me. It encourages us to make big art, not small scribbles. It says to try to draw a circle so huge that there is no way we can finish it while we are alive. All we see is an arch; the rest is beyond our vision but it is there in the distance.

I have copied that poem Abt Vogler below:

1  Would that the structure brave, the manifold music I build,
2  Bidding my organ obey, calling its keys to their work,
3 Claiming each slave of the sound, at a touch, as when Solomon willed
4  Armies of angels that soar, legions of demons that lurk,
5  Man, brute, reptile, fly,–alien of end and of aim,
6  Adverse, each from the other heaven-high, hell-deep removed,–
7  Should rush into sight at once as he named the ineffable Name,
8  And pile him a palace straight, to pleasure the princess he loved!

9  Would it might tarry like his, the beautiful building of mine,
10  This which my keys in a crowd pressed and importuned to raise!
11   Ah, one and all, how they helped, would dispart now and now combine,
12   Zealous to hasten the work, heighten their master his praise!
13   And one would bury his brow with a blind plunge down to hell,
14   Burrow awhile and build, broad on the roots of things,
15   Then up again swim into sight, having based me my palace well,
16   Founded it, fearless of flame, flat on the nether springs.

17   And another would mount and march, like the excellent minion he was,
18   Ay, another and yet another, one crowd but with many a crest,
19   Raising my rampired walls of gold as transparent as glass,
20   Eager to do and die, yield each his place to the rest:
21   For higher still and higher (as a runner tips with fire,
22  When a great illumination surprises a festal night–
23  Outlining round and round Rome’s dome from space to spire)
24  Up, the pinnacled glory reached, and the pride of my soul was in sight.

25   In sight? Not half! for it seemed, it was certain, to match man’s birth,
26   Nature in turn conceived, obeying an impulse as I;
27   And the emulous heaven yearned down, made effort to reach the earth,
28   As the earth had done her best, in my passion, to scale the sky:
29   Novel splendours burst forth, grew familiar and dwelt with mine,
30   Not a point nor peak but found and fixed its wandering star;
31   Meteor-moons, balls of blaze: and they did not pale nor pine,
32   For earth had attained to heaven, there was no more near nor far.

33   Nay more; for there wanted not who walked in the glare and glow,
34   Presences plain in the place; or, fresh from the Protoplast,
35   Furnished for ages to come, when a kindlier wind should blow,
36   Lured now to begin and live, in a house to their liking at last;
37   Or else the wonderful Dead who have passed through the body and gone,
38   But were back once more to breathe in an old world worth their new:
39   What never had been, was now; what was, as it shall be anon;
40   And what is,–shall I say, matched both? for I was made perfect too.

41    All through my keys that gave their sounds to a wish of my soul,
42    All through my soul that praised as its wish flowed visibly forth,
43    All through music and me! For think, had I painted the whole,
44    Why, there it had stood, to see, nor the process so wonder-worth:
45    Had I written the same, made verse–still, effect proceeds from cause,
46    Ye know why the forms are fair, ye hear how the tale is told;
47     It is all triumphant art, but art in obedience to laws,
48    Painter and poet are proud in the artist-list enrolled:–

49   But here is the finger of God, a flash of the will that can,
50   Existent behind all laws, that made them and, lo, they are!
51    And I know not if, save in this, such gift be allowed to man,
52    That out of three sounds he frame, not a fourth sound, but a star.
53    Consider it well: each tone of our scale in itself is nought;
54    It is everywhere in the world–loud, soft, and all is said:
55    Give it to me to use! I mix it with two in my thought:
56    And, there! Ye have heard and seen: consider and bow the head!

57    Well, it is gone at last, the palace of music I reared;
58    Gone! and the good tears start, the praises that come too slow;
59    For one is assured at first, one scarce can say that he feared,
60   That he even gave it a thought, the gone thing was to go.
61    Never to be again! But many more of the kind
62    As good, nay, better, perchance: is this your comfort to me?
63   To me, who must be saved because I cling with my mind
64    To the same, same self, same love, same God: ay, what was, shall be.

65    Therefore to whom turn I but to thee, the ineffable Name?
66    Builder and maker, thou, of houses not made with hands!
67    What, have fear of change from thee who art ever the same?
68    Doubt that thy power can fill the heart that thy power expands?
69    There shall never be one lost good! What was, shall live as before;
70    The evil is null, is nought, is silence implying sound;
71     What was good shall be good, with, for evil, so much good more;
72     On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven, a perfect round.

73     All we have willed or hoped or dreamed of good shall exist;
74    Not its semblance, but itself; no beauty, nor good, nor power
75    Whose voice has gone forth, but each survives for the melodist
76    When eternity affirms the conception of an hour.
77    The high that proved too high, the heroic for earth too hard,
78    The passion that left the ground to lose itself in the sky,
79    Are music sent up to God by the lover and the bard;
80    Enough that he heard it once: we shall hear it by and by.

81     And what is our failure here but a triumph’s evidence
82    For the fulness of the days? Have we withered or agonized?
83    Why else was the pause prolonged but that singing might issue thence?
84    Why rushed the discords in, but that harmony should be prized?
85    Sorrow is hard to bear, and doubt is slow to clear,
86    Each sufferer says his say, his scheme of the weal and woe:
87    But God has a few of us whom he whispers in the ear;
88    The rest may reason and welcome; ’tis we musicians know.

89     Well, it is earth with me; silence resumes her reign:
90     I will be patient and proud, and soberly acquiesce.
91     Give me the keys. I feel for the common chord again,
92     Sliding by semitones till I sink to the minor,–yes,
93     And I blunt it into a ninth, and I stand on alien ground,
94    Surveying awhile the heights I rolled from into the deep;
95    Which, hark, I have dared and done, for my resting-place is found,
96    The C Major of this life: so, now I will try to sleep.