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Mastery is the Most Precious Gift


 

Here are Unusual Factors of Success

Here are three unusual factors that can bring unusual success to anyone lucky enough to master their secrets.  Three legends reveal these factors. The factors are unusual because the three men could not seem more different yet each is (was) preeminent and almost incomparable in their individual field.

churchill

Their endeavors have been totally different, one religion, others business and politics.  That’s unusual because the differences in their lifestyles seem completely apart.  One went to bed about the time another was rising.   One eats McDonald’s hamburgers and sells Colas while another is a vegetarian.  One of these men is celibate and doesn’t drink alcohol or use tobacco.  Another was famous for smoking huge cigars and his prodigious consumption of alcohol every day.

Yet all three used the same three factors to become the legends they are.

We too can use these unusual factors to attain unusual success.

These men have all used the same three factors to achieve vitality and success.  These factors brought them longevity as well.  Churchill lived and remained a member of Parliament to age 89.  Warren Buffet is 85 and still going strong. The Dalai Lama at age 80 remains inspirational and fully engaged.

What unusual factors do the Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill and Warren Buffett have in common?   First, without question, they shared success. They have been absolute, unquestionable leaders in their fields.  What factors brought them this?

These three titans came from such different fields, yes.  They lived very different lifestyles, yes.   The three factors they shared are the same:

Factor #1: Focus.

Factor #2: Routine.

Factor #3: Commitment.

The one especially important factor they all shared is commitment to personal freedom.

The Buddhist teachings exemplified by the Dalai Lama are based on freedom of choice.

Winston Churchill left the army to pursue a career in writing and politics. He chose to be free of  discipline and authority, and wanted to be independent.  He said “With nobody to give me orders or arouse me by bell or trumpet.”  Yet he created an even more strict daily schedule than the army gave him, a routine that he delighted in because he created it himself.

Warren Buffett is considered one of the world’s most successful investors, yet money is not his main goal.  His journey is the reward.  The money is simply a vehicle that brings freedom to design the life he wants to live.

These three behemoths also share an important adherence to routine.  Their routines are incredibly varied but the common factor is their huge commitment to routine.

Buffett is a creature of habit and spends about 80% of everyday reading.  He doesn’t spend his day reading because he has to. He designed it that way.

Churchill had a a seemingly bizarre routine with days that began at 8 am.  After a bath and shave he jumped back in bed and read papers for a couple of hours with a whiskey soda and cigar.  Once the newspapers were read he answered mail, dictated memoranda and greeted any visitors he wanted to see.   Then he worked on speeches and books until a 1:15 lunch.  He enjoyed an unrushed sumptuous lunch.  After the mid-day meal Churchill walked to the pond on his property, fed the ducks and swans and began a period of uninterrupted thought and reflection before either painting, reading, or listening to music.  At 3 pm he took at two hour nap.  5 pm was time to spend a couple of hours with his family.  At 7 pm he took a second bath pondering future speeches and writings before sitting down to a big dinner at 8:30.  At 11:00 pm, Churchill began his second uninterrupted work period, writing usually until 2 am, sometimes even 3 or 4 am.

The Dalai Lama on the other hand wakes around 3 am.  After a morning shower, he begins the day with prayers and meditation until 5 am. At 5 am he walks until breakfast is served at 5.30 am.  During breakfast, the BBC World News is played.  From 6 am to 9 am there is more meditation and prayers. Then at 9 am he studies  Buddhist texts and commentaries written by great Buddhist masters.  Lunch is at 11.30 am.   Office work is from 12.30 pm until 3.30 pm, when typically, interviews are scheduled.  At 5 pm a light evening tea is served before evening prayers and meditation. The Dalai Lama does not eat dinner and retires around 7 pm.

The routines of these great men differ in many respects, but there are aspects of their activity that are common.  First, each routine is based around the person.  They each created a routine that works for them.  Second, each routine has time for plenty of reading.  Before these men act, they intake a great deal of information.  Third, each devotes a great deal of time to focused contemplation.

When Churchill sat at the pond, he preferred solitude.  He would dismiss his servant and sit alone with his reflections.  When Buffett reads, he’s in the zone, closes the windows and shuts off everything.  He focuses entirely on what he’s reading at that moment. The Dalai Lama meditates 4 hours a day.

The common thread that binds these factors and created their greatness is their commitment to mastery.  The routine, the reading, the meditation, contemplation and focus are all integrated to gain mastery over their chosen path.

This is why I want to introduce you to to “Mastery”, I coauthored with Bob Gandt.

“Mastery” shows how to use unusual factors to gain unusual success.

A huge part of the Western population has lost the sweet dream of freedom and expectation of a better life.  Getting ahead has become an empty promise.   Millions have resigned themselves to a slow, insidious erosion in their lifestyle.

Our book, “Mastery” shows how to use the three unusual factors to create a mission plan for reclaiming the Western Dream.

“Mastery” debunks the myths that age, ability and economic stability are limiting.  Mastery shows how, at any age, under any circumstance, you can dramatically improve your health, fitness and life style.

“Mastery” shares how to use the three unusual factors to attain mastery over specifics such as how to:

* Travel the  world with a new zest for adventure.

* Regain good natural health, overcome arthritis, memory loss.

* Launch a micro business.

* Write a book and see it published.

* Read 1000+words per minute and retain what you learn.

* Learn a new language.

* Learn to fly, meditate, juggle, cook, play a musical instrument.

* Restore vitality, build new muscle, run, race bikes.

*  Expand the fulfillment and meaning in every part of your life.

Here are four gifts you can give that will give forever.

mastery gandt

“Mastery”  prices at Amazon.com Kindle Unlimited  $0.00.  Kindle $4.99.  Paperback $13.99.

You can order these books at Amazon.com  Mastery by Bob Gandt and Gary Scott.  Click here.

How to Practice a Meaningful Life Dalai Lama $13.99

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life $13.99

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 $19.99

 

Mastery is the Most Precious Gift


Here are Unusual Factors of Success

Here are three unusual factors that can bring unusual success to anyone lucky enough to master their secrets.  Three legends reveal these factors. The factors are unusual because the three men could not seem more different yet each is (was) preeminent and almost incomparable in their individual field.

churchill

Their endeavors have been totally different, one religion, others business and politics.  That’s unusual because the differences in their lifestyles seem completely apart.  One went to bed about the time another was rising.   One eats McDonald’s hamburgers and sells Colas while another is a vegetarian.  One of these men is celibate and doesn’t drink alcohol or use tobacco.  Another was famous for smoking huge cigars and his prodigious consumption of alcohol every day.

Yet all three used the same three factors to become the legends they are.

We too can use these unusual factors to attain unusual success.

These men have all used the same three factors to achieve vitality and success.  These factors brought them longevity as well.  Churchill lived and remained a member of Parliament to age 89.  Warren Buffet is 85 and still going strong. The Dalai Lama at age 80 remains inspirational and fully engaged.

What unusual factors do the Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill and Warren Buffett have in common?   First, without question, they shared success. They have been absolute, unquestionable leaders in their fields.  What factors brought them this?

These three titans came from such different fields, yes.  They lived very different lifestyles, yes.   The three factors they shared are the same:

Factor #1: Focus.

Factor #2: Routine.

Factor #3: Commitment.

The one especially important factor they all shared is commitment to personal freedom.

The Buddhist teachings exemplified by the Dalai Lama are based on freedom of choice.

Winston Churchill left the army to pursue a career in writing and politics. He chose to be free of  discipline and authority, and wanted to be independent.  He said “With nobody to give me orders or arouse me by bell or trumpet.”  Yet he created an even more strict daily schedule than the army gave him, a routine that he delighted in because he created it himself.

Warren Buffett is considered one of the world’s most successful investors, yet money is not his main goal.  His journey is the reward.  The money is simply a vehicle that brings freedom to design the life he wants to live.

These three behemoths also share an important adherence to routine.  Their routines are incredibly varied but the common factor is their huge commitment to routine.

Buffett is a creature of habit and spends about 80% of everyday reading.  He doesn’t spend his day reading because he has to. He designed it that way.

Churchill had a a seemingly bizarre routine with days that began at 8 am.  After a bath and shave he jumped back in bed and read papers for a couple of hours with a whiskey soda and cigar.  Once the newspapers were read he answered mail, dictated memoranda and greeted any visitors he wanted to see.   Then he worked on speeches and books until a 1:15 lunch.  He enjoyed an unrushed sumptuous lunch.  After the mid-day meal Churchill walked to the pond on his property, fed the ducks and swans and began a period of uninterrupted thought and reflection before either painting, reading, or listening to music.  At 3 pm he took at two hour nap.  5 pm was time to spend a couple of hours with his family.  At 7 pm he took a second bath pondering future speeches and writings before sitting down to a big dinner at 8:30.  At 11:00 pm, Churchill began his second uninterrupted work period, writing usually until 2 am, sometimes even 3 or 4 am.

The Dalai Lama on the other hand wakes around 3 am.  After a morning shower, he begins the day with prayers and meditation until 5 am. At 5 am he walks until breakfast is served at 5.30 am.  During breakfast, the BBC World News is played.  From 6 am to 9 am there is more meditation and prayers. Then at 9 am he studies  Buddhist texts and commentaries written by great Buddhist masters.  Lunch is at 11.30 am.   Office work is from 12.30 pm until 3.30 pm, when typically, interviews are scheduled.  At 5 pm a light evening tea is served before evening prayers and meditation. The Dalai Lama does not eat dinner and retires around 7 pm.

The routines of these great men differ in many respects, but there are aspects of their activity that are common.  First, each routine is based around the person.  They each created a routine that works for them.  Second, each routine has time for plenty of reading.  Before these men act, they intake a great deal of information.  Third, each devotes a great deal of time to focused contemplation.

When Churchill sat at the pond, he preferred solitude.  He would dismiss his servant and sit alone with his reflections.  When Buffett reads, he’s in the zone, closes the windows and shuts off everything.  He focuses entirely on what he’s reading at that moment. The Dalai Lama meditates 4 hours a day.

The common thread that binds these factors and created their greatness is their commitment to mastery.  The routine, the reading, the meditation, contemplation and focus are all integrated to gain mastery over their chosen path.

This is why I want to introduce you to to “Mastery”, I coauthored with Bob Gandt.

“Mastery” shows how to use unusual factors to gain unusual success.

A huge part of the Western population has lost the sweet dream of freedom and expectation of a better life.  Getting ahead has become an empty promise.   Millions have resigned themselves to a slow, insidious erosion in their lifestyle.

Our book, “Mastery” shows how to use the three unusual factors to create a mission plan for reclaiming the Western Dream.

“Mastery” debunks the myths that age, ability and economic stability are limiting.  Mastery shows how, at any age, under any circumstance, you can dramatically improve your health, fitness and life style.

“Mastery” shares how to use the three unusual factors to attain mastery over specifics such as how to:

* Travel the  world with a new zest for adventure.

* Regain good natural health, overcome arthritis, memory loss.

* Launch a micro business.

* Write a book and see it published.

* Read 1000+words per minute and retain what you learn.

* Learn a new language.

* Learn to fly, meditate, juggle, cook, play a musical instrument.

* Restore vitality, build new muscle, run, race bikes.

*  Expand the fulfillment and meaning in every part of your life.

Here are four gifts you can give that will give forever.

mastery gandt

“Mastery”  prices at Amazon.com Kindle Unlimited  $0.00.  Kindle $4.99.  Paperback $13.99.

You can order these books at Amazon.com  Mastery by Bob Gandt and Gary Scott.  Click here.

How to Practice a Meaningful Life Dalai Lama $13.99

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life $13.99

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 $19.99

 

4 Unusual Gifts That Creates Unusual Success


Here are three unusual factors that can bring you unusual success.  Three legends reveal these factors. They are Winston Churchill, Warren Buffett and the Dalai lama.

churchill

The factors are unusual because the three men could not seem more different yet each is (was) preeminent and almost incomparable in their individual field.

Their endeavors have been totally different, one religion, others business and politics.  That’s unusual because the differences in their lifestyles seem completely apart.  One went to bed about the time another was rising.   One eats McDonald’s hamburgers and sells Colas while another is a vegetarian.  One of these men is celibate and doesn’t drink alcohol or use tobacco.  Another was famous for smoking huge cigars and his prodigious consumption of alcohol every day.

Yet all three used the same three factors to become the legends they are.   We too can use these unusual factors to attain unusual success.

These men have all used the same three factors to achieve vitality and success.  These factors brought them longevity as well.  Churchill lived and remained a member of Parliament to age 89.  Warren Buffet is 85 and still going strong. The Dalai Lama at age 80 remains inspirational and fully engaged.

What unusual factors do the Dalai Lama, Winston Churchill and Warren Buffett have in common?   First, without question, they shared success. They have been absolute, unquestionable leaders in their fields.  What factors brought them this?

These three titans came from such different fields, yes.  They lived very different lifestyles, yes.   The three factors they shared are the same:

Factor #1: Focus.

Factor #2: Routine.

Factor #3: Commitment.

The one especially important factor they all shared is commitment to personal freedom.

The Buddhist teachings exemplified by the Dalai Lama are based on freedom of choice.

Winston Churchill left the army to pursue a career in writing and politics. He chose to be free of  discipline and authority, and wanted to be independent.  He said “With nobody to give me orders or arouse me by bell or trumpet.”  Yet he created an even more strict daily schedule than the army gave him, a routine that he delighted in because he created it himself.

Warren Buffett is considered one of the world’s most successful investors, yet money is not his main goal.  His journey is the reward.  The money is simply a vehicle that brings freedom to design the life he wants to live.

These three behemoths also share an important adherence to routine.  Their routines are incredibly varied but the common factor is their huge commitment to routine.

Buffett is a creature of habit and spends about 80% of everyday reading.  He doesn’t spend his day reading because he has to. He designed it that way.

Churchill had a a seemingly bizarre routine with days that began at 8 am.  After a bath and shave he jumped back in bed and read papers for a couple of hours with a whiskey soda and cigar.  Once the newspapers were read he answered mail, dictated memoranda and greeted any visitors he wanted to see.   Then he worked on speeches and books until a 1:15 lunch.  He enjoyed an unrushed sumptuous lunch.  After the mid-day meal Churchill walked to the pond on his property, fed the ducks and swans and began a period of uninterrupted thought and reflection before either painting, reading, or listening to music.  At 3 pm he took at two hour nap.  5 pm was time to spend a couple of hours with his family.  At 7 pm he took a second bath pondering future speeches and writings before sitting down to a big dinner at 8:30.  At 11:00 pm, Churchill began his second uninterrupted work period, writing usually until 2 am, sometimes even 3 or 4 am.

The Dalai Lama on the other hand wakes around 3 am.  After a morning shower, he begins the day with prayers and meditation until 5 am. At 5 am he walks until breakfast is served at 5.30 am.  During breakfast, the BBC World News is played.  From 6 am to 9 am there is more meditation and prayers. Then at 9 am he studies  Buddhist texts and commentaries written by great Buddhist masters.  Lunch is at 11.30 am.   Office work is from 12.30 pm until 3.30 pm, when typically, interviews are scheduled.  At 5 pm a light evening tea is served before evening prayers and meditation. The Dalai Lama does not eat dinner and retires around 7 pm.

The routines of these great men differ in many respects, but there are aspects of their activity that are common.  First, each routine is based around the person.  They each created a routine that works for them.  Second, each routine has time for plenty of reading.  Before these men act, they intake a great deal of information.  Third, each devotes a great deal of time to focused contemplation.

When Churchill sat at the pond, he preferred solitude.  He would dismiss his servant and sit alone with his reflections.  When Buffett reads, he’s in the zone, closes the windows and shuts off everything.  He focuses entirely on what he’s reading at that moment. The Dalai Lama meditates 4 hours a day.

The common thread that binds these factors and created their greatness is their commitment to mastery.  The routine, the reading, the meditation, contemplation and focus are all integrated to gain mastery over their chosen path.

This is why I want to introduce you to to “Mastery”, I coauthored with Bob Gandt.

“Mastery” shows how to use unusual factors to gain unusual success.

A huge part of the Western population has lost the sweet dream of freedom and expectation of a better life.  Getting ahead has become an empty promise.   Millions have resigned themselves to a slow, insidious erosion in their lifestyle.

Our book, “Mastery” shows how to use the three unusual factors to create a mission plan for reclaiming the Western Dream.

“Mastery” debunks the myths that age, ability and economic stability are limiting.  Mastery shows how, at any age, under any circumstance, you can dramatically improve your health, fitness and life style.

“Mastery” shares how to use the three unusual factors to attain mastery over specifics such as how to:

* Travel the  world with a new zest for adventure.

* Regain good natural health, overcome arthritis, memory loss.

* Launch a micro business.

* Write a book and see it published.

* Read 1000+words per minute and retain what you learn.

* Learn a new language.

* Learn to fly, meditate, juggle, cook, play a musical instrument.

* Restore vitality, build new muscle, run, race bikes.

*  Expand the fulfillment and meaning in every part of your life.

I urge you to read Mastery and the other books below now.

mastery gandt

“Mastery”  prices at Amazon.com Kindle Unlimited  $0.00.  Kindle $4.99.  Paperback $13.99.

Order Mastery at Amazon.com.  Click here.

Here are other valuable books that can help learn how to make your life better using the three unusual factors.

mastery gant

Kindle $13.99  Paperback $9.27

How to Practice a Meaningful Life Dalai Lama

snowball buffett

Kindle $13.99  Paperback $12.35

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

the last lion

Kindle $19.99 Paperback $12.19

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965

You can order these books at Amazon.com

“Mastery’ by Bob Gandt and Gary Scott $4.99 (kindle)

How to Practice a Meaningful Life Dalai Lama $13.99

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life $13.99

The Last Lion: Winston Spencer Churchill: Defender of the Realm, 1940-1965 $19.99

 

Persistence VIII – Smaller is Good


This series has been looking to answer the question:  How can we be more persistent?  One way to be persistent is by shifting into a lower gear.

ecuador shaman

Merri and me hiking into a valley with an Ecuador shaman.

A shaman taught us a lesson on persistence when he invited Merri and me to hike into a remote sacred valley.  The hike was arduous, slogging at high altitudes over ground so boggy it suck our boots off.  The thin air left us heaving for breath and the rolling hills each just a little higher destroyed the soul.  The top of each ridge offered hope that the strain would end, only to disappoint with a view of an ocean of ridges each climbing higher and higher still.

We labored up and slid back, floundered in the mud and peat  as  each ridge laughed and defied at our weary muscles.  The shaman trudged on and when a slope grew steeper he never said a word, but showed us what to do.

He took smaller steps.     

We found by following him, as weary as we were, that we could climb the steepest slope by simply shifting our steps into a lower gear. The steeper the climb, the smaller the steps.

Thomas Carlyle explained nicely why we should have it:  “Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this, that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak.”

Winston Churchill simply said “Have it!  “Never give in.  Never give in.  Never, never, never, never—in nothing, great or small, large or petty—never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

But how?  What steps can we take, what lesson can we learn to be more persistent?  One way to be more persistent is to think smaller.  A book on mastery I am co-writing with Bob Gandt shows one reason why we may give up.

“But learning another language or a musical instrument or any new motor skill from scratch can be a rocky path.  Memorizing a new vocabulary, struggling with a seemingly incomprehensible grammar, repeating the same fumble-fingered mistakes on a keyboard—these minor challenges become a cumulative discouragement.  Three steps forward, two back.”

Then it shows how to persist:  To preserve your enthusiasm, take smaller steps.  Too many adult students of language or music or technical skills commence their studies in a burst of euphoria, then hit a wall of discouragement before reaching their first goal.

Lesson VII on Persistence looked at how we eat the elephant one bite at a time.  Next time you feel daunted or when your frustrations make you feel like giving up on a mission that is important to you, take smaller bites.  Chew a bit more and remember a few more of Winston Churchill’s words, :”If you are going through hell, keep going.”

See Persistence I to VII here.

Gary

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 

gary-scott-image

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

gary scott

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.

Hugh Howey

Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play 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 “International Business Made EZ (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. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

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:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “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”
  • 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 quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

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.

 

Lifepreneurship


Lifepreneurship can help us adapt to change.  The recent message “How to Avoid Ruts” looked at the importance of ideas.

A recent Economist article “Authorpreneurship”  (1)  tells how authors today need “more than a bright idea and limpid prose“.

Here is a quote: “Authors need to become businesspeople as well, thinking strategically about their brand, and marketing themselves and their products. There is more competition for readers’ and reviewers’ attention, and fewer bookshops to provide a showcase for new titles. In 2013 some 1.4m print books were published in America, over five times as many as a decade earlier.

Even the most successful writers need to promote themselves.  Very few authors can live by books alone.  Even some of the most successful writers create a large part of their income from public speaking, consulting or teaching, and/or use the prestige gained from their books to justify higher fees.   An example is author Chris Anderson, who is paid tens of thousands of dollars for each lecture or Alain de Botton, a writer on philosophy.  His writing reputation  brings paying students to his School of Life.

The phrase on the article that captured my attention is “Authors are becoming more like pop stars, who used to make most of their money selling albums but who now use their recordings as promotional tools, earning a living mainly from concerts.”

Our readers have been learning how to counter this problem for several years because we combine courses on self publishing with how to earn from seminars and tours.  See more at Never Run Out of Money.

The Bigger Issue

The Authorpreneurship article touched on a more universal problem.  The article said:  “The trouble with many budding writers is that they are not cut out for this new world.  They are often introverts, preferring solitude to salesmanship.  Readers these days want to get to know the creators of the books they buy.  Diffident authors may feel uncomfortable with getting so close to their fans.”

The necessity of selling oneself grows in importance in every field of endeavor and yet for many of us this runs against the grain of our nature.  Merri and I are recluses so we know this problem well.  One way to overcome this trait is to sell our purpose, not our personality.

One shaman that Merri and I studied with used to say “Have a purpose instead of a goal.

I spent some time pondering this before it had meaning to me.  A purpose is the BIG idea in life.  A purpose is the foundation of all our goals.  Our purpose gives us wisdom, infinitely flexible, capable of rolling with punches and shifting with change.  It becomes our reason for being here.

The economic and lifestyle goals of many can suffer due to economic turbulence that is bound too be ahead.   Those who are strongly cemented in a purpose have an advantage.  They might be knocked sideways by changing financial tides, but they’ll get up… dust off and move on with their purpose… because a purpose is not limited by size… duration or magnitude.  We can move on with a purpose regardless of external events.

Winston Churchill’s October 16, 1938 speech, “The Defence of Freedom and Peace” summed up the power of ideas and purpose.  

Here is a short quote:  Arms are not sufficient by themselves.  We must add to them the power of ideas.  People say we ought not to allow ourselves to be drawn into a theoretical antagonism between Nazidom and democracy; but the antagonism is here now.  It is this very conflict of spiritual and moral ideas which gives the free countries a great part of their strength.  You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police. On all sides they are guarded by masses of armed men, cannons, aeroplanes, fortifications, and the like – they boast and vaunt themselves before the world, yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear.  They are afraid of words and thoughts; words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home – all the more powerful because forbidden – terrify them.  A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.  They make frantic efforts to bar our thoughts and words; they are afraid of the workings of the human mind. Cannons, airplanes, they can manufacture in large quantities; but how are they to quell the natural promptings of human nature, which after all these centuries of trial and progress has inherited a whole armoury of potent and indestructible knowledge?

That was an idea worth great value. This is the power of purpose as it launches us beyond our personalities.  Merri and I try to invest and do business with a purpose and always remember the quote I have framed on my desk… “Action is Thy Duty… Reward Not Thy Concern”.   Regardless of whether times are good or bad, we keep moving forward with our purpose without great concern where the currents carry our correct actions.

We are all connected.  We are all a part of infinite intelligence.  We all have a purpose so whenever change makes everything seem out of sort, we can turn on Lifepreneurship by asking, “What’s the big idea, what’s MY big idea?”  The answer gives us the power of purpose.

This is the greatest asset of all.

Gary

The Secret Science of Wealth

Here is a ratio that can make us rich….1.6 to 1.  Leverage in this amount has helped build one of the greatest fortunes in history.  This ratio is one of three secrets in the science of everlasting wealth.  See how Yale University’s research on Warren Buffet’s investing strategy shows the actual science of how to borrow low and invest high.

I began thinking about the secrets of good investing over 30 years ago.  Well, actually I had thought about these secrets many times before that. “Why do some people make money again and again?  What is their secret?”

However, this thinking was super charged about 3 decades ago.  I was a speaker at an investment seminar in the Cayman Islands.  Another speaker was one of the world’s great investors, John Templeton.  Chance put us in the same room waiting to speak.  Then after we spoke chance brought us together, alone in the small departure lounge at the airport.  This was my golden chance, to speak alone, one on one, with this investing genius.  I took it.  “What’s the secret that sets you aside from the rest“,  I asked.

Mr. Templeton (he was not Sir John then) explained that he just did the same as every good investor to stay on top of trends.  But then, he added, his secret was to review everything with a black box… a form of thinking beyond logic.

Then his flight departure was called.  He flew away and I was left, more puzzled than before.  “Hmpf?”  I wondered.  “Knowing that secret doesn’t help.  What’s the science behind the black box?  That’s what I need to know.” 

I remained mystified.  Later the mystery deepened.   I was conducting a book signing for my novel “The 65th Octave”.

I was speaking at a (now defunct) Borders Bookstore about how the core of the novel was the Golden Words.  They helped reveal little known secrets for a more fulfilled life.  One attendee, burst out crying.  That was very puzzling so after the signing I asked her, “Why the tears?

She explained that she had been Warren Buffett’s personal assistant.  Buffett and Charlie Munger had used these same secrets and had encouraged her to use them.  She said those ideas had sounded too esoteric. She had ignored them and left Buffett’s employment.

That’s a clue, I thought.  “The same secrets in my novel can be applied to investing”.

This is when I realized how many secrets of everlasting wealth, may seem mystic but are simply well known mathematics of nature.  They have not been commonly applied in the science of investing.  Only a few investors have learned to apply the science of nature to finance.  This rarity has made these few investors almost unimaginably rich.

One secret that research has now proven, is a most interesting proportion of universal math called the Golden Mean or Golden Ratio.  The Golden Mean is the ratio of approximately 1.6 to 1  (1.6180339887498948482 to be more accurate, but 1 to 1.6 is usually accurate enough).  This rate of expansion is found everywhere-throughout nature.  The Golden Mean controls the growth of most natural things; trees, the shape of leaves, the spiral of shells, as well as the way economies and societies grow.

Good businesses and investments grow along the Golden Mean.  If they grow too fast or to slow beyond this rate, they face increased risk of loss.

The Golden Mean for example is regularly used in architecture.   Our house in North Carolina was built on the Golden Mean.

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It has a base of 50 feet by 30 feet… a 1 to 1.6 dimension on purpose.

The Greeks were aware of the pleasing impact of the Golden Ratio and used it as the core of many structures, such as the Parthenon.

In fact the symbol for the Golden Ratio, the Greek letter phi, is derived from the name of Phidias, one of the three architects, who designed this amazing monument.  Iktinus and Callicrates were the other two architects.  These three used Phi beginning with the exterior of the Parthenon.  The dimensions of the façade represent the perfect golden ratio.  Then the ratio is used in many ways within.

Ancient Egyptians used the Golden Mean in the Great Pyramids of Giza.  The length of the base of the pyramid is approximately the Golden Mean.  The height is approximately Pi.

The Golden Mean ratio is in the design of Notre Dame in Paris, the headquarters for the United Nations built under the supervision of Wallace K. Harrison and French architect, Charles E. Jeannere, reflects the Golden Ratio in several ways.  The windows have the ratio and also when looking at the width of the entire building and comparing it to the height of every ten floors.

“Great”, I asked myself again and again. “The Golden Mean can be found in the human body, nature, solar systems, DNA, the stock market, the Bible, theology, music, artwork, design, and architecture.  That all well and good, but what is the exact science for applying this ratio to investing?

Finally, research about Warren Buffet’s investing strategy published at Yale University’s website shows the actual science of how to use the Golden Ratio to become and remain rich.

A research paper published on the website of Yale University’s Department of Economics pinpoints this truth.  The paper shows the methods used by Warren Buffett to amass his $50 billion dollar fortune.  The researchers found that the returns from Buffett’s investment company, Berkshire Hathaway, far outweighed those achieved by any rival that has operated for 30 years or more.  The research shows that neither luck nor magic are involved.  Instead, the paper shows that Buffet’s success hinges on using leverage at the Golden Ratio to make large purchases of “cheap, safe, quality stocks”.

Buffett has amassed an amazing fortune by leveraging a good strategy for very long periods of time, surviving rough periods where others might have been forced into a fire sale or a career shift.

The study found that Buffett applies a leverage of about 1.6 to 1, boosting both his risk and excess return in that proportion.  He uses the Golden Mean in his borrowing, not too little, not too much.

Thus his many accomplishments include having the conviction, wherewithal, and skill to operate with leverage and significant risk over many decades.

The research paper shows these general features of Buffet’s portfolio:  Stocks that are safe (with low beta and low volatility), cheap (value stocks with low price – to – book ratios), and high quality (stocks of companies that are profitable, stable, growing, and with high payout ratios).  Even so at times his portfolio has fallen, but Buffett waits long periods for prices to recover.

This leaves the key question: What capability allows Buffett to hang on when his leveraged investments are losing value?

For example, from June 30, 1998 to February 29, 2000, Berkshire  lost 44% of its market value while the overall stock market gained 32%.  Most fund managers would have trouble surviving a shortfall of 76%.  Buffett’s reputation and structure as a corporation helped him stay the course and rebound when the internet bubble burst.  Having not leveraged too much because of the Golden Mean is a crucial part of his tenacity.

Another part of his portfolio science  is keeping finance costs low.  His company benefited from a AAA credit rating and was able to borrow funds at such low rates that Berkshire was able to issue the first ever negative interest loan in 2002.  In addition Buffet bought up insurance companies that could provide low cost finance.  Insurance float loans cost only 2.2%, three full percentage points below the average T-bill rate.

Buffet’s staying power also comes from his belief in how he invests and the companies he invests in.  Plus Buffett gets smarter by spending much of his time reading every day.

“Warren Buffet treats knowledge like daily compound interest that builds up as the hours tick away.” 

He combines this knowledge with fulfillment.  He says, “I pretty much don’t do anything I don’t like to do. I’m very fortunate in that… I’m pretty much in command of my own time, but I have a lot of fun doing it.”  He remains mostly disconnected from the busy investing world.  His success is the freedom to wake up every morning and work on something he is passionate about and that leaves him fulfilled.

These scientific facts that many consider secrets are one foundation of value investing course “The Purposeful investing Course” (Pi).

Another foundation of the Pi course was laid decades ago when I read one sentence in a book review of “The Wealthy 100″.

This book, shows the fallacy of working  just for cash. “The Wealthy 100″ is about the wealthiest people in the world (comparing their wealth at the time of their death in relation to the GDP of the USA).  John Jacob Astor was the wealthiest man in these terms as his wealth equaled 1/65th of the U.S. GDP.

The last sentence of this paragraph that shook me to my roots was (see underlined below):  “The stories of the Astors, Vanderbilts and Morgans have been fascinating.  They were not always the smartest, or best educated, but possessed a single minded discipline.  If there were a common denominator it was a passion they brought to business whether inspired by greed or desire to be the best. 

The backlash; many lived unhappily.

How would you feel if in the last 30 seconds of your life you realized you were the richest person in the world and yet had lived an unhappy life?

That simple question led me to years of soul searching and research for that foundation of Pi.  This is why I decided to create a course based my 50 years of  of writing and speaking about multi currency investing.

Pi combines my experience with wisdom gained from some of the world’s best investment managers and economic mathematical scientists I have met and worked with.

Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These are major foundations of the Behavior Gap, a trait exhibited by most investors, that causes them to underperform any market they choose.  The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  The losses created by this gap grow when investors trade short term under stress.  More about the gap in a moment.

Learn how to create profitable strategies that combine good value investments with unique, personal goals.

Learn the Golden Rules.  Pi contains “50 Golden Rules of Investing” that have been picked up over 50 years.  These rules help you avoid the pitfalls that create the behavior gap.  For example, The first golden rule is:  There is always something we do not know.  No investment story contains the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Every investment is based on some approximation.   This fact means some investments we make will rise in value and some will fall, at least temporarily.   It’s human nature to avoid loss. When investments fall, pride and fear create irrational, unscientific action.  Thus most investors earn less than the rise of the markets they invest in.  The shortage is the behavior gap.

Part of Pi’s mission is to help overcome this Behavior Gap.

Spanning the Behavior Gap

Behavior gaps are among the biggest reasons why so many investors fail.  Human evolution makes fear the second most powerful motivator.  (Greed is the third.)  Fear creates investment losses due to behavior gaps.  Fear motivates us more strongly than desire. By nature investors are risk adverse, when they should embrace risk.

Warren Buffett highlighted that fighting fear is easier said than done when he said, “There is no comparison between fear and greed.  Fear is instant, pervasive and intense.  Greed is slower.  Fear hits.”

Pi is based on an investing reality that very few investment advisers ever cover.  Most investments fail because they lack comfort.

The course syllabus includes learning how to create investments we are comfortable with.

Know Thyself

Pi helps us examine what type of investor we are.   Learn how to create strategies, choose tactics and decide how much delegation to use.

Start with unique personalized strategies that are individual, unique and are based on:

#1:  Our interests.

#2:  Our knowledge.

#3:  Our income, capital and needs.

#4:   Our age.

#5:   Our performance  requirements, (accumulation,  income production or  inflation protection).

#6:   Our liquidity potential.

#7:   Our volatility capability.

Pi examines each of these investing foundations through the examination of a primary Pifolio.

Combine our needs and capabilities with the secrets and the math.

Pifolio – The Pi Model Portfolio

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of a Primary Pi Model Portfolio, called the Pifolio.  There are no secrets about this portfolio except that it is based entirely on good math.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my (almost) 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends): Michael Keppler, Eric Roseman, Thomas Fischer (for currency positions) and Richard Smith, PhD (for trailing stop alerts).

The Pifolio analysis begins with Keppler who continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  He compares each major stock market’s history.

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Michael is a brilliant mathematician.  We have tracked his analysis for over 20 years.   He continually researches international major stock markets and compares their value based on current book to price, cash flow to price, earnings to price, average dividend yield, return on equity and cash flow return.  He compares each stock market’s history.  From this, he develops his Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  His analysis is rational, mathematical and does not cause worry about short term ups and downs.

In my opinion, Keppler is one of the best market statisticians in the world.  Numerous very large fund managers, such as State Street Global Advisers, use his analysis to manage over $2.5 billion of funds.

To invest according to the Country Selection Strategy, it is necessary to construct diversified, risk-controlled, representative country portfolios in every BUY rated country, weighting each country approximately equally in the overall portfolio.  It is not appropriate or enough to instruct a stockbroker to simply select stocks in the BUY rated countries.

To achieve this goal of diversification the Pifolio consists of Country Index ETFs.

Country Index ETFs are similar to an index mutual fund but are shares normally traded on a major stock exchange that tracks an index of shares in a specific country. ETFs do not try to beat the index they represent. The management is passive and tries to emulate the performance of the index.

A country ETF provides diversification into a basket of equities in the country covered.  The expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund as well so such ETFs provide diversification and cost efficiency.

This is an easy, simple and effective approach to zeroing in on value because little management and guesswork is required.  You are investing in a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  A BUY rating for an index does NOT imply that any stock in that country is an attractive investment, so you do not have to pick and choose shares.  You can invest in the index which is like investing in all the shares in the index.  All you have to do is invest in an ETF that in turn invests passively in all the shares of the index.

Second, each month Pi reviews modified portfolios with specific good value, income producing equities selected by Eric Roseman of ENR Asset Management based on the mathematical good value income criteria such as:

#1:  Are the shares traded in a good value market?
#2:  Does the share trade at fair Price to Earnings and Price to Cash Flow ratios?
#3:  Does the share pay a good value dividend?
#4:  Does the share have a good value relative to its previous price?
#5:  Does the company have rising earnings?
#6:  Has the share price been rising?
#7:  Is the company’s management good and is their product or service line in a wave of the future?

Finally, we continually look at the Pifolio with a unique trailing stop system created by our friend, Dr. Richard Smith.  His Smart Trailing Stops 2.0 system alerts us to any of the shares which deviate from their good value status.

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Richard Smith received a PhD in Mathematical Systems Theory from New York State University, Binghamton, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has spent the last 10 years researching and developing algorithms and services that give individual investors the tools they need to remain in their personal investing comfort zone, and to succeed!

The original Primary Pifolio began with 70% diversified into Keppler’s January 2015, good value developed markets: Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, Norway, Singapore and the United Kingdom.

30% of the Pifolio was invested in Keppler’s January 2015, Good Value Emerging Markets: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Korea, Malaysia, Poland, Russia and Taiwan.

The Pifolio consists of iShares ETF that invested in each of the MSCI indicies of these markets.

For example the iShares MSCI Australia (symbol EWA) is a Country Index ETF that tracks the investment results the Morgan Stanley Capital Index MSCI Australia Index which is composed mainly of large cap and small cap stocks traded primarily on the Australian Stock Exchange mainly of companies in consumer staples, financials and materials. This ETF is non-diversified outside of Australia.

The roots of the iShares ETFs dates back to the year 2000 when the British based Barclays Bank made a major contribution to the ETF market and launched over 40 new funds with an extensive education and marketing effort behind them, branding them iShares.

2016 is the count down year of my 50th anniversary of talking and writing about savings and investments, so the course uses the “50 Golden Rules of Investing”.   The rules are the 50 best investing lessons I have accumulated from five decades of global travel, investing and business.  The stories mostly come from mistakes made, plus some decisions that reaped really rich rewards.

For example in the 1980s, a remarkable set of two economic circumstances helped anyone who spotted them become remarkably rich.  Some of my readers made enough to retire.  Others picked up 50% currency gains.  Then the cycle ended.  Warren Buffett explained the importance of this ending in a 1999 Fortune magazine interview.  He said:  Let me summarize what I’ve been saying about the stock market: I think it’s very hard to come up with a persuasive case that equities will over the next 17 years perform anything like—anything like—they’ve performed in the past 17!

I did well then, but always thought, “I should have invested more!”  Now those circumstances have come together and I am investing in them again.

The circumstances that created fortunes 30 years ago were an overvalued US market (compared to global markets) and an overvalued US dollar.

The two conditions are in place again!  There are currently ten good value non US developed markets,  plus 10 good value emerging markets.

Pi shows how to easily create a diversified, worry free portfolio that includes each or all of these countries with Country Index ETFs.

The current strength of the US dollar is a second remarkable similarity to 30 years ago.  The dollar rose along with Wall Street.  Profits came quickly over three years.  Then the dollar dropped like a stone, by 51%  in just two years.  A repeat of this pattern is growing and could create up to 50% extra profit if we start using strong dollars to accumulate good value stock market ETFs in other currencies.

This is the most exciting opportunity I have seen since we started sending our reports on international investing ideas more than three decades ago.  There is so much more to write and the trends are so clear that I have created a short, but powerful report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More.”  This report shows how to earn an extra 50% from currency shifts with even small investments.  I kept the report short and simple, but included links to 153 pages of Keppler Asset Stock Market and Asset Allocation Analysis so you can keep this as simple or as complex as you desire.

The report shows 20 good value investments and a really powerful tactic that allows you to accumulate these bargains now in large or even very small amounts (less than $5,000).  There is extra profit potential of at least 50% so the report is worth a lot.

Research shows that most people worry about having enough money if they live long enough.  This powerful profit wave can eliminate that concern.  My experience of the 17 years in the 1980s and 90s combined with the science shared by my four friends (Keppler, Roseman, Fischer and Smith) can make the next 17 years so rich, you’ll always be rich.

You can order this report Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” for $29.95.  Order the report here $29.95

Or you can have the report free when you subscribe to Pi.

Leverage

The 50 years of experience the Pi course shares also explains when leverage provides extra potential.   For example in 1986 I issued a report called The Silver Dip that showed how to borrow 12,000 British pounds (at almost 1.6 to 1 dollars per pound the loan created US$18,600) and use the loan to buy 3835 ounces of silver at around US$4.85 an ounce.

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Imagine investing in a spike like this… with leverage!

Silver had crashed, I mean really crashed from $48 per ounce.   As prices decreased from early 1983 into 1986, total supply had fallen to 449.7 million ounces in 1986.  Mine production was restricted by the low prices at this time, with silver reaching a low for this period of $4.85 in May 1986.  Secondary recovery also was constricted by these low prices.

Then silver’s price skyrocketed to over $11 an ounce within a year. The $18,600 loan was now worth $42,185.

The loan was in pounds and in May 1986 the dollar pound rate was 1.55 dollars per pound.  So the 12,000 pound loan purchased $18,600 of silver.  The pound then crashed to 1.40 dollars per silver.  The loan could be paid off for $13,285 immediately creating an extra $5,314 profit.  The profit grew to $47,499 in just a year.

Conditions for the silver dip have returned.  The availability of low cost loans and silver are at an all time low.

With investors watching global stock markets bounce up and down, many missed two really important profit generating events.

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The price of silver has crashed all the way from nearly $50 an ounce to below $14 an ounce as did shares of the iShares Silver ETF (SLV).  (Click on chart from Google.com  (1) to enlarge.)

At the same time the silver gold ratio hit 80, a strong sign to invest in precious metals.

I prepared a special report “Silver Dip 2015” about a leveraged silver speculation that can increase the returns in a safe portfolio by as much as eight times.  The purpose of the report is to share long term lessons gained through 30 years of speculating and investing in precious metals.  While working on the report, when the gold silver ratio slipped to 80 and the price of silver dropped below $14 an ounce, I knew I needed to share this immediately.

I released a new report “Silver Dip 2015” so readers can take advantage of these conditions and leverage 1.6 times as a speculation.

The speculation is so time sensitive with such fast profit (but also loss) potential that I will only offer it shortly.

Order now by clicking here.  Email me The Silver Dip $27.

Or you can have The Silver Dip 2015 FREE when you subscribe to Pi.

Save $158.95

Subscribe to the first year of The Personal investing Course (Pi). The annual fee is $299, but to introduce you to this online, course that is based on real time investing, I am knocking $102 off the subscription.  Plus you receive the $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More” and the $27 report “The Silver Dip 2015” free for a total savings of $158.95.

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One Critical Reason to Write to Earn


The question and observation below shows one one critical reason to write to earn.

This question and observation is about a sentence in a New York Times breaking news story relating to the Boston Marathon bombing last week.

“The suspect at large had been identified earlier in the day by F.B.I. officials as suspect No. 2, pictured in photos distributed by the agency wearing a white hat.”

The question is was it the photos or the agency that was wearing the white hat?

Who is…

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The observation is… we all got it… the white hat was worn by suspect No.2.  The sentence worked.  We understood.

The purpose for bringing this up is to help you overcome the number one block that stops most people from writing.

Many who want to write, hesitate because they fear making a mistake.  If you write, I promise… you will.

The NYT lead mentioned here is a perfect example…. the perfect news… up to the moment…. vital information and the entire nation had a huge interest.  In the rush to get this news out quickly the English “a bit slipped”.

I know from experience that plenty of readers will send that writer snide remarks like… “Who is wearing the white hat?”

The paper should be thanked and congratulated yet there is an element of humanity who love to criticize.

Some criticism is good.  It keeps us on our toes.  Winston Churchill, a great writer with many critics, made a comment about this; “Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfils the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.”

He also pointed out the importance of not getting too caught up in putting form over function when he wrote:   “Ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.”

In other words put function over form.   If you communicate the information…. you have completed 95% of the job.  The remaining 5% is of minor consequence.  In fact to err is to be human and in this day and age when big government and big business are so suspect… being human actually gives an edge.  Big, slick, perfect and institutional have become suspicious. Small human and authentic are good.

The goal of this message is to help you stop worrying about errors when you write.   The only true error is to do nothing.   The path of perfection is cobblestoned with a foundation that is cemented in errors.

Negativity can only be balanced by positive action… so to become a great writer… you must write..

Write.  Earn.  Make a difference.

Gary

Writer’s Camps – Recorded on MP3

Learn how to learn how to wrote and self publish from our recorded Writer’s Camp…

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 

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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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Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play 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 “International Business Made EZ (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. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

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:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “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”
  • 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 quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

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.

 

Cotacachi Real Estate Upgrades


Cotacachi real estate upgrades  can create extra profit. Here are thoughts about thought from readers around the world and we hope that this helps your international investing.

Yesterday’s message, a thought on thought was about change  and upgrades and readers sent an overwhelming response from all over the world. We’ll look at that in a moment, but here is another shot of the Barro Viejo renovation and upgrades in Cotacachi. We’ll see what a magnificent job they did on the indoor swimming pool later in this message. First…

Change.

See more of this Cotacachi real estate at Cotacachi real estate rejuvenation.

This message shared a theory about how seven year cycles may change the way we process information in each cycle. This is vital stuff. Nothing affects our wealth, health and happiness as much as the way we process information.

Some readers found the theory helpful. For example, one reader from Alabama shared this idea:

Gary,

Your messages are resonating with me — especially this one. It explains so much of my spiritual searching since ‘rewiring’ from my Orthodontic practice 3 years ago. And I can’t wait to meet Blaine Watson for perhaps a further explanation of where I am headed. Thank you so much for your newsletter and see you soon for the celebration at El Meson and the course.

Others were confused. One reader from California shared this:

Gary,

Great thinking on thoughts. Hmmm. So, 7 x 7 = 49. 7×9 = 63. So even with 9 Chakras, emerging every 7 years that only takes us to 63. Then you shift to 2 year 50 cycle thoughts. Add in a couple of Chakras at 7 years each you get 114 not 119. First 50 plus second 50 = 100 + 2 seven year Chakra cycles and we get 114. Even if we repeat the 7 Chakra cycles, that is 7×7 (2) = 98 + the 8th and 9th = 112. Huh? So why do none of these formulas add up to what you are saying.??? What am I missing here? Love reading you thoughts. Just looking for clarity.

Hopefully my reply clarified the confusion and yours if you have as much as I do. I wrote:

There are nine chakras in Andean thinking . Nine X 7 years gets us to age 63. This is pretty close to what we call retirement age.

The second eight 7 year cycles takes us another 56 years and makes us 119 years of age. That’s pretty close to 120 which is about the length Vedic Astrology suggest we should live. Perhaps then we enter the second ninth chakra stage (the ninth chakra relates to the ultimate being). In this stage, perhaps if we have advanced as much as we should, we easily join with the ultimate being. A theory? Guess we only really know when we reach 120!

This still leaves a 13 year gap between the age 63 retirement and the age 50 retirement mentioned in Leviticus.

Another reader from England makes a suggestion about this and writes:

Hello Gary, I have a couple of thoughts. At the time Leviticus was written, 50 could have been a very great age. Most of the text (return to your property: ashes to ashes?; you shall not sow, reap, or harvest; take only what the land provides–could this all be an indication that you are soon to be returning to those already departed and that you shall contribute to the land once again.) suggests this as a possible meaning.

I’ve spend most of my professional life with those at least a generation older than me. I often encounter a resignation to the way things are, however bad. I realize that I’ve made a couple of jumps of thought here but my professional experience suggests that we do start to let go. Perhaps with greater longevity expectations, 50 is the age where we really realize that we’ll ‘never be President’ or attain goals once thought possible. I have definitely changed in the last few years (53 now) and realize that we are meant to be obsolescent and that the vigor of youth is NECESSARY to accommodate an ever changing environment. This is not to say that we at this age are incapable, only that we are less likely to embrace much of the new perhaps because we’ve seen the old tricks before (think politics) and really don’t want to jump thru the same hoops. As an independent entrepreneur, you have had different experiences/expectations than many (also a case of think or swim?) so I probably only speak for a minority.

In any case, thanks for a good article. The idea of advancing up the chakras (from base desires to enlightenment) is surely an idea that has merit, especially when the idea of higher purpose is not a mainstream concern. Your reader in London.

Another reader from Japan also outlined where there could be a one year gap in our thinking.

Hi Gary, Interesting e-mail. As an editor and sub-editor, I couldn’t help noticing this:

“What does appear in many religions and philosophies is a major shift at age 50.

“You shall have the trumpet sounded throughout all your land. And you shall hallow the fiftieth year and you shall proclaim liberty . . .”

No sir, that is at age 49. When you started your second year of life, you were one year old. When you started your 50th, you were 49. And to “hallow the fiftieth year” — that must be the sounding of the trumpets to greet its arrival. (Damn — just for the moment I can’t think of the musical term for a short passage which announces a change and a new direction.) So, you could argue that this too fits the seven-year cycle. Seven squared, in fact. Best wishes from a dull and drizzly Tokyo

Others just outlined how they changed in life during different seven year cycles. One reader from South Carolina shared this thought.

Dear Gary, From age 21 to 28, I lived mostly on an old sailboat (I have already written you about this). Maybe I can help with age 28. At that age, or perhaps late 27, I returned to the U.S. and visited all of my college friends. I had not been in a motor car for years, and I immediately smelled their stink. I got serious about my life and applied to Emory for medical school. My friends, all in fear of age 30, started drinking, doing drugs (more than they had before). At least five of them either dropped girl friends or divorced wives. Actually, I think it was more people than this. Several were killed in motorcycle accidents. Some died in Vietnam , although I don’t remember the precise age I was when this occurred because in many cases it took me years to find out. Hope my experience helps with age 28. I remember that Winston Churchill wrote that his twenties were the “best years of my life” Cordially Yours.

Here is an important point I believe that this reader stumbled across. Modern Western society is so youth oriented and so materialistic that it surrounds and bombards us with the idea that success relates to production and consumption and how much stuff we have and how many things we do and places we go. Western doctrine is all about the outward stroke. Thus inward urgings are met with resistance at every level. Those who start shifting within have zero support. They feel out of odds with society, out of odds with everything they have been told and out of odds with the flow of everything surrounding them. This creates enormous tension when our correct natural path gets out of odds with the way everyone tells us we should be. This could be what causes this phenomenon, when people go off the deep end and do something crazy, so often called the seven year itch.

This reader from Poland gave some great food for thought.

Dear Gary, Allow me to share few of my experiences regarding life circles. I agree with you that the life shifts every 7 years. In my case generally there is a small shift every 7 years and a bigger one every 14 years. I seem to have some in-between periods, where there is a lot of shift.

At 21/22, I officially moved away from Poland to Japan . At 29 my mother passed away – she was a very strict lady. Her death freed me to start walking my path. In the 7th year of my procedure I managed to get Japanese passport.

After studying, for 14 years, what I thought, at that time, to be spirituality, I made a 180 turn and jumped into business world.

After working for 7 years in a top Japanese company, I was delegated to Central Europe (Poland and Czech Rep.). Again after 7 years in Central Europe, I am going back to Japan . The result of these 14 years? I seem to have finally developed my own model for business that should allow me to become self-employed.

Next year I will turn 50. A really huge transition seems to be happening.

During the last 7 years, I was working to finally understand spirituality. I was differentiating everyday life from spirituality. This is the idea I heard from my birth for over 30 years. At 49, I finally accepted that the highest spirituality is to live everyday life, but live it with full consciousness. Every move, every thought, every emotion, every deed is to come from the spirituality within.

Our education is teaching us to look outside for spirituality. This actually is the biggest mistake. The real spirituality is within us. So-called “Heaven” is not somewhere in the stars. To get there flying to the stars, would take as long as all satellites or spacecrafts need to travel. Far too long.

The surprising thing is: when we start focusing inward, not only within ourselves, but when we go with our mind and spirituality into Earth, there is a shortcut to the Moon, Sun and Stars.

I am developing a coaching system for discovering the Inner Strength (Peace) within. The system is called WaKiDo.

At present I have a short sabbatical, in favor of first developing a more tangible subject. At my 50th birthday, I would love to be able to announce becoming self-employed.

In my case, I didn’t develop chakra by chakra. (By the way, There are far more charkas then 9, but this is not the important subject.) In my case the top chakra was overactive for 49 years. Finally at 50, I seem to be reaching the overall balance.

It might seem to negate your theory that after 50 people tend to move away from pure money making, into more spiritual side of work. Actually it does not. Spirituality that I was taught was a special, holy, world detached state of mind that did not really recognize holiness of the everyday life. If we talk about this kind of outside spirituality, then yes this understanding would contradict your theory.

Best regards,

I am sorry if this reader misunderstood my thoughts on detachment in the second seven year cycle. Merri and I are well into our second cycle and getting busier every year. But the business is not about the financial bottom line any more. I could not agree more that our work everyday life and work can be our holiness and especially agree with this reader’s comment:

At 49, I finally accepted that the highest spirituality is to live everyday life, but live it with full consciousness. Every move, every thought, every emotion, every deed is to come from the spirituality within.

I could not have said it better!

Until next message, may all you deeds come from great wisdom within.

Gary

You can see Cotacachi property like this on our next Cotacachi real estate Ecuador information tour.

Here is that swimming pool and another shot of the Barro Viejo renovation just down the street from our hotel.

Plus here is the Barro Viejo team with the owners of this renovation who so kindly allowed our group to tromp through their beautiful home.