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Seek Simplicity


Seek simplicity in an increasingly complex world.   Being simple is not being dumb.  Wisdom looks for the shortest formula to solve complex problems.  Simplicity creates value.  Simplicity is nature’s way.

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Last week’s message on the value of your savings and wealth  shows how complex our world is today.

The shortest, simplest solution to most complex problems is the most effective.  Wise people have told us this again and again.

Albert Einstein said: “If you can’t explain it to a six year old, you don’t understand it yourself.

Leonardo da Vinci summed this up in a slightly different way.  “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

Confucius exposed the culprit of complexity:  “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Be simple and you’ll be happier and more effective.

We stress the importance of simplicity in writing at our writer’s camps.  

Keep it simple when communicating.  This simple tip can bring you extra influence, especially when you are writing…  but really in any communication.

There are eleven times more non fiction books written than fiction.  When writing non fiction, the writer wants the reader to recognize his or her authority of the subject.

Many writers assume that if they make the subject complex, readers will assume the writer is smarter.  Such thinking may be wrong.

The more complicated the writing, the more stupid the writer seems to look.

The extract of research in 2005 on simplicity in writing (1) says:  “Most texts on writing style encourage authors to avoid overly-complex words. However, a majority of undergraduates admit to deliberately increasing the complexity of their vocabulary so as to give the impression of intelligence. This paper explores the extent to which this strategy is effective.”

The study found that as the text became more complicated, readers gave lower estimates of the author’s intelligence.

Many writers try to impress with fancy language assuming it looks clever.  Instead, if you want to be perceived as more intelligent create a relentless quest to keep your writing simple.

Gain more from the complexity of this world by being simple.

You do not need to dumb down.  Search for the shortest formula to describe a complex phenomenon. Be obsessed with value and simplicity, because in simplicity lies the true beauty of nature.

Gary

Learn Super Spanish

Learn Spanish in Three Days ONLINE

The “Learn Spanish in Three Day Course” is now available online.

Learn Spanish in a day, or a week, month or any time frame that works for you.

I’m Gary Scott.  Over fifty years ago I started a business that has helped hundreds of thousands of subscribers learn about investing in Hong Kong (1960s and 1970s), Switzerland, London, Isle of Man (1970s and 1980s) and across Europe.  In the 1990s we took investors to Panama, Mexico and Ecuador.  That’s when we realized an incredible need for an easy way to learn Spanish.

See below how my wife Merri was able to create a program that allowed students to be speaking and understanding Spanish in just three days.

Thousands of subscribers have learned Spanish at our three day Super Spanish course.  These courses have been taught across the US, in Canada, Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Uruguay and Spain.

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A Super Spanish course in Florida.

Read below to see how and why we are now offering our Super Spanish course ONLINE for the first time.

Speaking Spanish as a second language has huge benefits.

You can become one of the rare North Americans who can get along in Spanish speaking countries.  You can be one of the special people who can communicate with 10 million non-English speakers in the USA.  Spanish is the second most used language in the USA.  There are more Spanish speakers than speakers of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Hawaiian, and the Native American languages combined.  According to the Census Bureau, Spanish is the primary language of nearly 50 million people in the US.  This is the largest Spanish-speaking community outside of Mexico. Only half of these speakers also speak English “very well,” and 19% do not speak English at all.

You become one of a leading few when you speak Spanish.  Yet there are more benefits.

An article in England’s leading newspaper, the Telegraph, entitled “Why learn a foreign language? Benefits of bilingualism” (1) sum up the biggest benefit of learning a second language and increased intelligence.  The article says (bolds are mine): “Learning a foreign language is more than just a boost to your CV or handy for traveling. 

It will make you smarter, more decisive and even better at English. 

Physiological studies have found that speaking two or more languages is a great asset to the cognitive process.  The brains of bilingual people operate differently than single language speakers, and these differences offer several mental benefits.”

The article then explains studies that show seven cognitive advantages gained from learning a foreign language.

#1:  You become smarter
#2:  You build multitasking skills
#3:  You stave off Alzheimer’s and dementia
#4:  Your memory improves
#5:  You become more perceptive
#6:  Your decision-making skills improve
#7:  You improve your English

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

You may choose to take more time using the ONLINE course to learn Spanish, but thousands of our readers have learned to speak Spanish in only three days at our Spanish courses.

There is a scientific method of learning… proven and described in numerous best selling books that create educational jumps by making education natural, easy and fun.   This course works because it is education without stress!

A special method of learning (called Super Learning) was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov.   Lozanov transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.

My wife Merri was lucky to be one of a handful of students outside of Bulgaria who were allowed to be taught this system in the early 1970s.  She practiced this unique and remarkable form of education for  four decades. It was a delight!

Merri and I began integrating these techniques with other shamanic and educational tactics we had gained in our global travels and then applied them to teach Spanish in three days.

The course has been proven again and again by the thousands who have used this system.  You can read a few of the many raves we have received from students who have learned from the Super Thinking Spanish course we created.

Here are a few quotes from delegates of the course.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote:  Hi Gary,  Just ended forty-five years in dentistry last week, and I’m on to a new career.  What is my new career?  Still formulating, but the eye -opening,mind expanding Super-Spanish course last weekend in St. Louis surely shows me the opportunity exists to expand my horizons.

Besides having a lot of nice people to learn our new language; the methods Merri and you developed proved to be just what you said they would be.  We all and I in particular relaxed our way to new learning.  I feel so very comfortable with the basis of my new language skills that I know I will be spitting out great Spanish sentences by the time I reach Ecuador in October.  Last year I spent six weeks in Ecuador and now I plan on conversing with the people.

Today’s excerpt of your newsletter really hit home. You do what you say you will. There are no surprises or hidden sales tricks. The only tricks are beneficial to our learning.  Thank you for a wonderful experience that I was quite unable to grasp how you would pull it off.  You did, however, and I look forward to other courses that you offer, and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.  Best regards, Denis Molloy.

Another wrote about the Super Spanish course:   Buenos Dias, here is a testimonial for Super Thinking-Super Spanish.  Please feel free to use all or part in promotions for the course.  In addition, you may give my email address to any prospect “on the fence” about enrolling.  Yesterday, in Cotacachi, Ecuador, I finished Super Spanish.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

After three days, I can speak Spanish in complete sentences. In simple conversations, such as buying groceries or ordering a meal, I can make myself understood. I think that’s incredible!

Although I am far from the competence level of a native speaker, I feel I’ve taken a giant step forward in learning Spanish so that I can experience the people and culture of Ecuador.  The foregoing benefits would have more than justified the time and money I invested in Super Spanish.  And learning some Spanish was not the most important benefit I got from the course.

Prior to leaving the USA, I had felt for some time that the pace of life there was unhealthy for me (and for most people) and I did nothing about it.

I’ve thought about the pace issue during the course.  One of the key elements Merri Scott designed into Super Spanish is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.  In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music (www.sundaybaroque.org).  What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi.  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from a course wrote:   “I took this incredible class a few weeks ago, and I would like to tell anyone that is interested, that it is an amazing three days of learning with lots of laughs included. You leave everyday wanting to learn more and are so excited to do so.

“Other Spanish classes and tutoring made us feel like it would take forever to get to the point where we could put it into practice, but this method gave us a more fluent use for everyday life almost immediately AND the confidence to use it.  It is a fantastic way to show people how much they know and give confidence to learn and use Spanish creating a momentum.

“They made learning Spanish easy and fun in a very relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.  I would definitely recommend this course.  Even if you know some Spanish, this helps make it easier because of the less stress that no verb conjugations gives you.  This gives you more confidence in yourself to try and speak it more.

 “The stress free atmosphere and tons of interaction and participation were very conducive to learning.  The relaxation techniques alone are worth the price.  The fact that I can now feel more comfortable conversing in Spanish with my new friends and neighbors is priceless.  Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment.  I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary.  I found this course very informative about how the language works, how I can make sentences and understand others better!  Muchas Gracias!  I had a call from Telcel (the local phone company) after our second class and I was able to speak and understand them for the first time. Despacio (meaning slowly) … a great word!  Everyone should take this course before they pick up bad habits.”

“I liked how simply the course was organized and the positive attitude about learning.  Thank you so much for helping me to learn Spanish!”

“I liked the laid back yet professional approach.  I highly recommend this new, relaxing method of learning Spanish,  I feel a lot more confident in the delivery of my words and sentences. It was taught in an excellent and very professional way.

“It was a very enjoyable class.”

How The Course Works

The first tactic is to use Baroque music to create Relaxed Concentration in the learning process.  At least three best selling books, “Superlearning”, the “Mozart Effect” and “Superlearning 2000” have revealed insights about how to learn and think more powerfully based on systems drawn from the Bulgarian educational master, Dr. Georgi Lozanov.  

Merri was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.

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Super Spanish relaxed concentration session.

You gain six valuable ONLINE Relaxed Concentration sessions in the online course that is delivered via the internet.

The second tactic uses 17 unique lessons to provide Spanish fluency in a short time.   Let me prove to you how this tactic works by teaching you hundreds of Spanish words in less than 30 seconds.

Here is the proof.

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

There you have it.  How long did it take you to read the sentence?  You now know hundreds of Spanish words that you will never forget.

See examples of the words you already know below.

How long would have taken you to memorize all those words?  How soon would you have forgotten them?

This is just one of seventeen Spanish lessons in the course.

The next lesson teaches how to pronounce each of the nouns.

Then, the third lesson teaches almost as many verbs, almost as quickly.

The fourth lesson shows how to avoid conjugating verbs by sticking with the infinitive (far easier than it sounds).  This simple lesson leaves a person sounding like a Spanish professor without ever conjugating a verb.

Lesson five shows how to sound infinitely polite and yet get almost anything desired in Spanish.

Lesson six gives valuable connectors and the seventh lesson triples the Spanish capacity with three words for “yesterday,” “now” and “tomorrow”.

By the end of three days you feel comfortable speaking Spanish.

Plus the system is Impro-Dynamic.  This means your Spanish keeps getting better even though you do not seem to be studying… practicing… or speaking Spanish.

I was amazed by this as I traveled back and forth from the USA to Ecuador.  The longer I was away from Ecuador… the better my Spanish became.  My second language was automatically improving The self improving feature comes because you learn to create Spanish sentences rather than remember them.  The portion of the brain that creates is more powerful than the portion that recalls.  When your mind creates something… it owns it!  You do not have to remember .

During the course you learn 4005 Spanish words that you already know.   This eliminates the need to memorize 99% of Spanish words.

You then learn how to create Spanish sentences from these words.

Throughout the course you learn how to pronounce the sentences you create.

When the course ends… the mind keeps working… and creating… so next time you begin to speak Spanish you’ll be surprised .  You improve even though you have not actively worked on your lingual skill.

Due to the difficulty of getting groups together to learn this valuable technique, we created an online program for subscribers to use the Super Spanish course at home.   The normal three day course fee is $499 ($749 for a couple).

The ONLINE course is available at the highly reduced price of $79.

I’ll be in touch personally via email with each person who signs up for this course to see how it works or what is required to make it better.  Once this test is complete, we plan to offer the program on a larger scale and at a much higher price.

The ONLINE course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee.  Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

Learn Spanish online $79

Here are more testimonials from previous Super Spanish Courses.

Maggie wrote: It didn’t really seem possible that we would be speaking and understanding Spanish in only 3 days but the course made it happen in a very supportive learning environment.  I would highly recommend this course for anyone wishing to learn “practical Spanish”.  The teaching methods, use of relaxation, the use of native Spanish speakers for pronunciation and the teachers themselves who were approachable and helpful and always positive made this a very valuable class.

This course improved my self confidence in my ability to learn and retain a language.  It was presented with genuine enthusiasm, great energy and the style of learning is very effective. Gracias!  It was a great experience.

Nadine wrote: “Just spent the last 3 days in the most wonderful learning environment learning Spanish.  What an amazing learning experience!!  First day out of class and I could not stop thinking in Spanish WOW!!  I am amazed by how much I learned, retained and how much more is showing up now that I am out of class.  And the best part is THERE WAS NO STUDYING!! Indeed this is Super Thinking!!!  I would highly recommend this to anyone that has ever had a desire to learn another language or learn anything in record time.

And a few days after that ….  As I went through my day, just hanging out with my son, I could see myself starting to think in Spanish.  At first I thought it was amusing but as it continued and increased I thought “My goodness this is really remarkable amazing” It was really an effortless unfolding.  I wasn’t at any point “trying” to think in Spanish, just words I knew would fly across the screen in my mind.  And then this afternoon, my son cuddled up on the couch to watch some cartoons on his ipad and was watching Peppa Pig in Spanish…hmm coincidence?  I think not, I’m radiating Spanish so much that my son is being influenced!  Thanks a million again.  This weekend the best learning experience of my life!!

If you have ever had a desire to learn Spanish this is the way to do it!  By the end of the first day I had more confidence and more practical ability than I had from any previous courses I had taken.  It was fun and relaxed and full of laughter.  You will leave this class excited to use what you have learned.  Rather than leaving overwhelmed with how much you have yet to learn and master, you are equipped with the knowledge and know how to go out and communicate as well as the excitement to do it!”

Gary noted:  “The whole approach is positive and conducive to learning at a level that benefits ALL participants.  It is not intimidating and does not set up a pass/fail atmosphere.  The presenters are terrific and the results unbelievable.  It was relaxed, informal, friendly and effective.”

Twila said:  “This class provided a very refreshing and relaxed way of learning.  The atmosphere felt very safe to say the words you were practicing.  I learned a lot in a way that will make it easy to apply.  Starting with conversation is way more fun.  How quickly you can learn!  It was a great group, great instructors and great stories.

The atmosphere in the classroom was so relaxed that learning Spanish felt like a breeze and not like a painful task.  The relaxation exercises are really conducive to language learning.  We learned A LOT in a short time and it was fun and the environment was non-threatening.”

Brigitte sent this:  “Buenos Dias, Suzanne. su clase de espanol es excelente! Muchas Gracias!  
I have already done what you suggested and went into the program listening to the music and going over the lessons.  I know: Repetition……reinforcement…..thinking in the new language….it’s all part of it.  I loved your course and will certainly recommend it to friends.  Who knows….I might feel the urge and have the opportunity to repeat it at your beautiful place in Puerto Aventuras…..Quien sabe? Hasta otro dia y saludos a su familia.”

Marie wrote:  “I would highly recommend this course.  The amount covered in 3 days is amazing!  All with no stress.  The correlation lessons and pronunciation practice has greatly reduced my anxiety to go out and use my Spanish.  I really enjoyed the whole process and thank you for the take away tools.”

Learn Spanish online $79

Here is the English translation of a few of the many Spanish words you now know and will never forget.  How long would it have taken you to memorize them?  How soon would you forget?

“Most words in English that end in ION are almost identical, just pronounced differently.  For example, action is accion, education-educacion, manipulation- manipulacion, etc.”

Some more of these words:  Combination, Attrition, Education, Vacation, Petition, Lotion, Motion, Construction, Abduction, Pronunciation, Concentration and a ton of others!

Learn Young or Old

Most Super Spanish students are all ages ,

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Super Spanish students at this course ranged from nine to over eighty years old.

Become a Spanish translator!

The wife of one couple who attended explained how after just three days her husband ended up as an accidental translator.

She wrote:  Gary,  I have sent Merri a couple of messages, and  a story of Mike being able to translate yesterday for a Spanish person  who couldn’t understand what a man was trying to tell him!

Does it sound impossible to learn Spanish in three days?  Yes, it is impossible when you try to learn Spanish in the old, traditional way.

The video below shows a super fast way to gain the basics so you can communicate in Spanish in just three days.

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Click here for FREE Super Spanish video.

Still can’t believe you can learn Spanish in a short time?

You have nothing to lose but to try.

The ONLINE Super Spanish course has our, full satisfaction or money back, guarantee. 

Try Super Spanish for 60 days.  If not fully satisfied, simply let us know for a full refund.

Learn Spanish online $79

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(1) Abstract of research on writing and simplicity

Retirement Economics Part VI – Tax


Retirement income can be enhanced by writing that reduces taxes.

Tax burdens can grow as we reach the age for our pinnacle career.  One of the biggest tax savings we have is making contributions to pensions but at a certain age the money that went in has to come out.  These withdrawals are income that is taxed.

Self publishing writers can gain many tax benefits when they are writing about what they love.

This is important because tax has been around as long as society and we cannot count on it going away any time soon.

How long has unfair tax been around?  Well before Marco Polo for sure.

Almost everyone knows of Marco Polo.  A recent post “Retirement Economics II – Power In Writing”  outlined a fact not many know about him.   His legacy remains not because he was a great explorer, but because he was a good writer.

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Marco Polo image from Biography.com

Marco Polo had tax problems.  Most people are not aware of Polo’s run-in with the tax tough guys.

Here is an excerpt about Marco Polo from Biography.com (bolds are mine):  Finally, after 17 years in Khan’s court, the Polos decided it was time to return to Venice. Their decision was not one that pleased Khan, who’d grown to depend on the men. In the end, he acquiesced to their request with one condition: They escort a Mongol princess to Persia, where she was to marry a Persian prince.

Traveling by sea, the Polos left with a caravan of several hundred passengers and sailors. The journey proved harrowing, and many perished as a result of storms and disease. By the time the group reached Persia’s Port of Hormuz, just 18 people, including the princess and the Polos, were still alive.  Later, in Turkey, Genoese officials appropriated three-quarters of the family’s wealth. After two years of travel, the Polos reached Venice.

75% tax. Wow! That is a big chunk. How can a tax man get away with that?

The answer of course is…”With the threat of violence and force”.

We learned in the message “Retirement Economics and Prestige” that “Max” Weber, a founding father of modern social science, defined the state as an entity which successfully claims a “monopoly on the legitimate use of violence”.

Regrettably western societies are using increasing amounts of violence even against their own citizens to collect tax.  This ranges from Cyprus type bank “Bail In” to jailing of tax offenders.

The US for example has used a lot of violence on those who have avoided tax by banking abroad.

A recent CNCB article entitled “From 2 Tax-Evasion Sentences, a Lesson Comes” by Kevin McCoy, shows how harsh the taxman’s violence can be.

The article tells how Palm Beach heiress Mary Estelle Curran, 79, inherited a bank account from her husband.

The article says:  Curran, like Canale, inherited the account — in her case from her husband, Mortimer, who opened it and controlled it through overseas bankers until his death.

And like Canale, the lawyers depicted Curran as lifelong giver and benefactor to national philanthropies such as The Red Cross, and local charities such as the Early Childhood Center in Palm Beach and a West 53rd Street soup kitchen in Manhattan.

“Strong mitigating circumstances favoring Mrs. Curran … make this far from the typical offshore tax case,” defense attorneys Roy Black and Nathan Hochman wrote in a sentencing memorandum to U.S. District Judge Kenneth Ryskamp in West Palm Beach.

When Curran learned in 2008 that the UBS account could be subject to federal taxes, she hired an attorney with the aim of coming clean to the IRS.

But that attorney delayed for approximately one month, Curran’s current lawyers wrote. As a result, federal investigators already had obtained Curran’s name and account data from UBS before she contacted them.

UBS agreed to give U.S. authorities information about thousands of present and former American clients under a deferred-prosecution deal. The agreement, which also included a $780 million payment, settled allegations that UBS sent its bankers on secret trips to the U.S. to help customers hide assets. The one-month delay in disclosing Curran’s information to the IRS made her ineligible for a leniency program, resulting in approximately $13 million in extra penalties, her attorneys wrote.

“Mrs. Curran received no immunity from prosecution and has been subject to the highest possible (IRS disclosure) penalty even though she made a good-faith effort” to come clean to the tax agency, her attorneys wrote.

The best way to avoid tax problems is first to earn enough so tax is not a burden.  Second, earn enough so you can afford a good tax preparer and tax attorney. Third, earn in a way that enjoys tax advantages.

US tax code focuses on numerous ways to tax you.  The benefit in this are the tens of thousands of pages of tax code offering innumerable ways to legally avoid tax.

A business of writing to sell has many tax advantages when you are involved with like minded souls involved in a subject you enjoy.

For example if you are genuinely researching what you write about,  you can honestly write off every trip that is related to your business.  Every journey becomes a research oriented adventure and a TAX DEDUCTIBLE EVENT.

Writing to sell gives you the freedom to work any place you like, even operating from your bedroom or your dining room table if you wish.  This means that part of your dining room or home can become tax deductible.

You enjoy a fulfilling process… you would do anyway… but would otherwise use after tax dollars.

The big tax advantage from writing to sell is you can enjoy being involved with what you love and make all or part of this process tax deductible.

Whatever your passion you can learn how to improve your lifestyle by writing to sell something involved in what you enjoy and what you feel is your destiny.  Regardless of your skills and position there is some approach that will work for you.

As a writer or publisher, you’ll have one of the most respected and tax protected businesses in the country.  In addition, you are protected by the Freedom of the Press. No one can force you to get a license to write. No one can stop you from writing what you desire.

Having a business of writing to sell can help us reduce the burden of tax so we enjoy life more in the process of fulfilling our destiny to do something for society that is good.

Free report on ways to reduce tax. 

This is such an important issue that I am creating a complete course on ways to integrate service, your destiny, fulfillment and income in a tax efficient way.   We’ll offer the full course when it is complete, but  I have already finished a primer and you can have this report free.

This report is entitled “Filling the Tax Void” and explains how positive lifestyle shifts not only create greater worth and value in your life, but also reduce tax as your business efforts become more meaningful to the world.

“Filling the Tax Void” starts with this thought:  “The tax pinnacle we can all reach is when everything we want to do is tax deductible.”

This report includes details on:

* Why Pinnacle Careers are more fun and create more spending power.

*  How Pinnacle Careers reduce tax.

* Two ways to legally organize Pinnacle Careers.

* How an LLC used in a Pinnacle Career Can Cut Tax Audits in Half.

* 10 Most Expensive Tax Mistakes That Cost Business Owners Thousands.

* Contacts on Attorneys who specialize in setting up your business.

* Contacts on Tax Preparers who specialize in overseas reporting and pinnacle careers.

To access this report “Fulfilling Careers that fill the Tax Void” FREE , click here.

Gary

Other Ways We Can Help You Write to Sell

We offer an online course.  Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell for $299. See details here.

Even Better!  We offer a year long program including attendance to a Writer’s Camp.  You receive the  online course “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” free and save $299.

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).

David-cross-images tags:"2012-4-20"

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.

 

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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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wearing the white hat?

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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. 

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).

David-cross-images tags:"2012-4-20"

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.

 

Kissing the Gorilla


Sometimes writing seems like kissing a gorilla… not natural… not safe.

gorilla video

Then again… there are many aspects of life that are not safe…  like our income stream.

Yesterday’s New York Times headline “Recovery in U.S. Is Lifting Profits, but Not Adding Jobs” by Nelson D. Schwartz confirms a huge problem we first pointed out some years ago in our Trading Down series.  That even though some Americans are doing better there is a growing divide between the rich and the poor.

The article says: With the Dow Jones industrial average flirting with a record high, the split between American workers and the companies that employ them is widening and could worsen in the next few months as federal budget cuts take hold.

That gulf helps explain why stock markets are thriving even as the economy is barely growing and unemployment remains stubbornly high.

With millions still out of work, companies face little pressure to raise salaries, while productivity gains allow them to increase sales without adding workers.

“So far in this recovery, corporations have captured an unusually high share of the income gains,” said Ethan Harris, co-head of global economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. “The U.S. corporate sector is in a lot better health than the overall economy. And until we get a full recovery in the labor market, this will persist.”

The result has been a golden age for corporate profits, especially among multinational giants that are also benefiting from faster growth in emerging economies like China and India.

This growing divide between the haves and have nots is created by technology.  Big business and governments take more.  Those who have adapted to technology so they can serve and earn in the new technology based economy earn more. Those stuck in the old paradigms earn less or not at all.  There is no static either.  The purchasing power of all currencies is being eroded so we have to earn more to stay even!

Since half the new global economy is about communication… writing and publishing offer one perfect way to earn and get ahead… in an enjoyable way.

Our course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Writer and Publisher” has three goals… sharing how to write… how to write to sell… and how to publish.  In the how to write section the course shows ways to overcome “Writer’s Block.”

Here is an excerpt from a lesson that dealt with “Writer’s Block”:  The way to overcome the fear and writer’s blocks is to read…  observe…. and then write…. a lot… first to yourself and second anonymously.

For example, what would you do if you were kissed by a Gorilla?

gorilla video

Start Small and Grow

Good writers are good readers, good listeners, good observers and good editors as well as good writers.   Most of all good writers are good story tellers.

Writing skills are honed by hours of observing and converting the observations into written stories that we read to ourselves.

Picture the process of learning to write well like building a pyramid of writing skills from the topside down.  Start small and grow exponentially.

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The best way to be successful at writing is… to continually read, listen, observe, and write stories from what we see, hear, taste, touch and smell.

These are the qualities we focus on in our online publishers and writer’s course “Self Fulfilled”.

One section of the course contains writing exercises such as “Kissing the Gorilla”… a lesson aimed at developing  observational skills.

The assignment in the course says “watch the video linked below.   See the wild gorilla kiss the tourist and observe carefully the entire process. Take notes about what was seen.  Write a brief story around what the writer saw.  

Here is the video the students see for  observation Kissed by a Gorilla Video

Course students are invited in that lesson to anonymously post what they wrote to the course’s study website so all students can study and comment… to help one another improve their skills.

If you want to earn through writing… read…observe… write.   50% of the global economy is in the communications industry now… so the opportunities in writing and publishing are gorilla sized for those who write well.

The economic world is a scary place for many… when they do not adapt to change. Fortunately technology favors the micro business…. especially in writing and publishing so we look forward to sharing ways to prosper through communication in this environment with you.

Gary

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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. 

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.

 

New York Times headline “Recovery in U.S. Is Lifting Profits, but Not Adding Jobs”

2010 – Trading Dow Series Part I – 11 Reason for US Real estate Now

 

20% of the Trend


20% of a trend… if you get in early… brings a lot of success so about every 15 years, Merri and I make a huge shift in our main focus… like we have in the past three years.

However when you get 80%… wow!

At first,  we found it odd that our Smalltown USA focus had become such a dominant part of our business.   For over 40 years our business had focused on teaching readers how to be global and for 15 years our Ecuador Living site had taken up most of our time.

We were really settled in Ecuador… had been there off and on for 15+ years… had this 962 acre hacienda… a hotel… over a dozen rentals, penthouse on the beach….

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Front yard at Hacienda Rosaspamba.

Then three years ago events led us onto an entirely new path…. back in the USA.

“What’s up now?” I thought… “this is illogical”.   However we did not stop heading a new direction.   We have made small fortunes again and again by ignoring logic and following our hearts instead.

Once we bought Jyske bank shares based on this hunch.  We quadrupled our money in a short time.

We bought our Ecuador hotel on a hunch.  We bought a block of Ecuador condos after exchanging a 15 second glance.  Again and again we have earned hundreds of thousands of dollars based on “illogical” feelings rather than linear thoughts.

How typical!  Our Ecuador business was absolutely booming.  Our hotel was fully booked again and again. We were swamped with Ecuador business… lucky in an otherwise slow economy.  Our Ecuador real estate  investments had appreciated a lot… while property prices in the US had tumbled.

Ecuador business was pouring in and yet we received a message to expand our attention on Smalltown USA.

Let me outline the crazy illogical reason why.

First, we were in Florida visiting our daughter and grandson for a Christmas celebration.   I saw that Florida real estate prices were outstanding bargains…maybe even better than in Ecuador.  We were so impressed with the Florida real estate value that we hired our daughter, Cheri, part time to take a look.

But that would not have been enough.   We are early in – early out people but Ecuador’s cost of living was still so much lower… life so much simpler… business was so good and there is still so much growth potential in Ecuador.

Then came the chain of illogical events that we followed.  We know!  If you ignore the winds of change… when you are supposed to accept a mission… they will turn into a hurricane.

We had always continued to spend summers at our North Carolina farm.

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Merrily Farms.  In other words Smalltown USA was already in our blood and we had maintained a small Smalltown USA focus at our www.garyascott.com site but Ecuador dominated most of our time.

Then Susan Rotman, our business psychic consultant, sent an electronic card… all about US patriotic songs and sights.  See the card here.

This card is very patriotic… very not Merri and me.  Susan knew this.

Okay what’s this about?” I emailed her.

She replied:  “Interesting–I woke up yesterday morning from having a dream about you and Merri.  As delightful as you both are, I have never dreamed about you before!  And it was from that I was moved to send you the card“.

We called and asked for a consultation.  During our talk, she said although she disliked Florida but still saw us spending time there.

Then I realized that we were in our 14th year in Ecuador…7 years spiritual. 7 years business and in looking back… our business and lifestyles change every 7 years.

This is why the first property we purchased in Ecuador was our 962 hacienda, a former sugar cane plantation with a bold trout river. This is also why this is the only of our Ecuador properThis is why we purchased our 252 acre farm in North Carolina where we introduced the idea of Sustainable Draftwood.

Enough. Enough.  I got the point and we headed to Smalltown USA to look around and ended up with a new home in a small town (3,456 population) and in the orange grove business.

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Our home and orange grove in Florida.

This was long before I could distinguish between a Ponkan… Navel and Dweet (three types of citrus!)

For totally illogical non linear reasons we saw that it was time to make changes following hunches and clues.

We saw this as an adventure and were waiting to see how interesting this new lifestyle would be.

Some great things happened.  Our orange grove business really blossomed.  I have been able to spend more time with my mom (now 89).

We have four new grandchildren in Oregon and England and another on the way so it’s been easier to be with them.

Readers really gained from the advice we shared about buying good value Florida real estate.  Our writer’s camps in Florida and North Carolina began to bloom.

I kept waiting.  All these changes were good… but we had left left a really important social economic shift of Americans ready to move and retire in Ecuador.

I expected something new that was even bigger than this.

It has arrived…  Positive Community Publishing.   The potential for creating a groundswell of positive information at the grass roots level in Ecuador, the USA and everywhere is exciting.

This is the best opportunity we have seen in our 44 year career.

We realized that the driving force between our Ecuador and Smalltown USA services are the same… the public’s loss of faith in just about everything… the government…. the educational system… agriculture… the police… the church… the medical and legal community… the insurance industry… in short the establishment.

Almost two decades ago Merri and I noticed that 20% of Americans were thinking about leaving the USA.

How Big Is the Problem?

We can get a feel of this problem by viewing the wave of  Canadians and Americans leaving their homeland.  A survey done by Zogby International of adult Americans on the subject of relocation outside the U.S. covered more than 115,000 respondents.

Zogby wrote:  A total of 103,645 adult Americans were surveyed in six polls conducted from September of 2005 through December of 2006. The margins of error range from roughly six-tenths of one percent to one percent.

This report suggests that about 13 million American households planned to leave the US full or part time or at least own property abroad.  Our Ecuador Living service was created to help the percentage of that group who planned to become Ecuador expats.

Fortunately we have something even better than research like the Zogby study.  We have experience.   Research shows what people say they are going to do.

We developed  a business around this trend we saw and created EcuadorLiving.com… today one of the most read websites about Ecuador.

We see that this shift helps serve the other 80% who have lost confidence in the establishment but are not leaving!

Other studies show that a big percentage of this population will move to Smalltown USA.

Plus we have discovered that this service can help readers in Ecuador or anywhere globally as well.

Two readers, one in Ecuador and one in the UK recently asked if we could help them publish a positive community magazine at a distance.

Dave and Sherry Johnson who publish the two model magazines replied: The great thing about our model is you can start small (part time) and scale it to your particular time constraints.  We work this full time because it is our only income.  If I had a job and my wife wasn’t working, we certainly wouldn’t be putting out two magazines.

That said, depending on how much of the magazine you decide to do yourself and how much you decide to have us or someone do for you, will ultimately determine how much time is needed.

Of course the other factor that will determine how much time you commit is your revenue desires/needs.

This model has worked in a community with as few as 300 homes and could work well up to 50,000 population.  The sweet spot is 15,000 to 30,000 population here in the US, but I am certain it is similar in Ecuador.  A community could also be a niche group.  We had a youth soccer (football) league approach us to do a monthly magazine, nine months out of the year.  You are really only limited by your imagination.

The sales system we have developed is very unique with non-seasoned salespeople in mind.  It is more about getting involved with the community (chamber of commerce, networking groups, merchant associations, events, etc.) than actually knocking on doors and cold calling.  Once business owners discover what you are doing, they’ll get behind it especially if you are genuine, which it appears as though you are.

In a nutshell, we’ve developed a system that is as flexible as you need it to be where you can do as much or as little as you’d like in the process.  And, as far as competition is concerned, because our system is so cutting-edge, it would be hard for someone publishing using the traditional model to have a better overall offering.  Our program focuses on the three things that makes advertising work, having the right message, in front of the right people at the right time.  If the advertisers are happy, and they will be, the rest of the publication will almost take care of itself.

Sherry Johnson who does the ad sales for their magazines wrote“Do you know I have sold four ads in the past four days over the phone &
email.  Haven’t met the company, they called me – I didn’t even have to work at it.  That’s why I love this business, you do it for the right reasons and
the advertising just flows!  One was a full page ad for a year which is worth $5,340 to my bottom line in 2013!”

David Cross who handles all the website part of the business wrote: There’s a lot of different types of communities in Ecuador that this could scale well to and a person we train and give more time to virtually may be one way to provide support in that area.

In short we are all willing to give this a go.  We’ll meet with you when it works out but train and support via the internet until then.

If you can get the editorial and the ads… then we can do the design… the ad layout… the internet work, etc. and do our best with the printer.

That is our goal in fact.  The initial training teaches you how to do all on your own but our real earnings come from providing you with these services.

Yes you can start with 32 pages instead of 64 and go bi monthly or quarterly. PCM can do most of the work for you.

In the end the success depends on rates and effectiveness for advertisers.  The Johnson’s strategy of positive… hyper community and ridiculously low overheads make their combination hard to beat.

Please let me know.  As mentioned this is the beta stage so the cost will never be lower… but I can also send that refund instead.

Regards,

Gary

We can help you serve the world and your future better in the new positive community wave in three ways.

#1: Merri and I share our 45 years of writing and  publishing experience to help you learn how to write to earn at our Writer’s Camps.   Learn more about our Writer’s Camps

#2: Learn how to publish a small positive community magazine. See a sample of the first model magazine in our Positive Community Magazine venture,  Asheboro Magazine, here.

See why we believe in small positive community magazines. Order a FREE report here.

#3: Our online course,  “Self Fulfilled” can help you learn how to write and self publish.

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.

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.

 

How to Earn Overseas


Ideas on how to earn overseas from ways that expats earn in Cuenca, Ecuador

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Cuenca, Ecuador.

Here is the first of a five part series by Stephen Milden who heads the A Team Cuenca.

As is often the case we write about the things that people ask us. Of the over 400 emails received each month, one of the more popular questions is, “How can I make money if I move to Ecuador?”  A variation is, “How can I add to my retirement or social security while living in Ecuador?” Because this question comes up so often, it seemed appropriate to dedicate a series to highlight the various ways people have answered the question. So in the coming weeks, we’ll be writing about different businesses people have either started or bought.

You Can Earn in Ecuador

The short answer to the question is that there are lots of opportunities and, depending on whether you want to rely on previous work experience or re-invent yourself,  you can earn in Ecuador.

Many people comment that Ecuador reminds them of the US back in the 50’s and 60’s. Therefore it’s a bit like having a crystal ball in that you can use what happened in the US as a source for ideas. Business opportunities exist here that with some insight and perseverance can be the start of something quite grand. The insight is easy. Use the crystal ball or just listen to what people are complaining about, solve it and voilà!

Perseverance has to do with the culture and is the harder of the two for some expats to deal with. The bureaucracy in Ecuador can be challenging especially for those who don’t speak Spanish and think that if I talk louder they will be understood.

Fortunately you don’t need to know Spanish or even go to the various government offices to deal with licensing, taxes, etc. There are people here who do that for a living. We have several bi-lingual locals who for $10-12.00 per hour will do all the running around.  It is easy for them ecause they know the system and have lived in Ecuador all their lives, know the people on the inside which is key to getting things done.

What’s next?

In part 2 of this series, you will read about a couple who bought into a travel agency in Cuenca having no prior experience in the travel business other than calling their travel agent to make reservations.

Part 3 of this series is dedicated to a woman who was a Chiropractor back in the US and has re-invented herself as an author. She just published her first book and had a very successful book launch which sold out all copies.

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Cuenca book signing.

Part 4 will focus on a young woman who came to visit her parents and opened a successful cafe in Cuenca that is supported by both expats and locals.

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Cuenca cafe owner.

Part 5 will cover a husband and wife (who came out of retirement for the second time) and their two grown children who opened a restaurant in Cuenca that has become a favorite of the expat community and has been designated as a Friday gringo night hangout.

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Though this is intended as a 5 part series, we already have in mind to write articles about opportunities in agriculture as well as profiling a few people who have come here to work rather than open a business. Being an entrepreneur isn’t for everybody! However, we meet people with no prior business experience that have found starting a new life in Ecuador is a recipe for staying young.

If you have an idea about something you’d like to do in Ecuador as a job or business, please contact us and we’ll be happy to let you know what we think.

Stephen Milden at stephen@stephenmilden.com

Earn with Ecuador exports.

Earn in Ecuador as a writer.

Gain Extra Global Income

Many readers can learn how to gain extra global income with a micro business at our upcoming Super thinking + International Investing and Business Seminar.

This can be easy and can also be fun.

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Saturday Market at West Jefferson brought this truck load of giant pumpkins and this cute boy enjoying the spirit of the season.

Autumn has arrived in the Blue Ridge and the ways of earning extra income here are currently…

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very colorful.

Ashe County Farmers Market is…

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packed and we enjoy driving in and visiting with our friends, the farming people like…

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Stephen…

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Jeanne and…

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Ann Rose who has gone totally organic… plus the many other wonderful farmers and friend we meet there who are making extra income from their sales.

Everyone’s economic  future is threatened by the prospect of inflation created by massive global government spending.

Now government efforts to avoid a double dip recession are pushing interest rates to all time lows. Investors are avoiding risk.  Thus inflation can ruin the purchasing power of pensions, investments and savings…yet low interest rates and high risk in stock markets makes it hard to protect against the loss.

This is why it is good to gain extra income with a micro business.  Businesses always adjusts against inflation so business earnings can protect purchasing power.

Buying from all the markets in Ecuador and in Smalltown USA  reminds me of how easy it is to come up with business ideas with something like a pumpkin or squash.

For example… once when our son was ill in Ecuador… the shaman cut up a squash and had him sleep with the pieces under his arm.  I am not sure why but it sure worked!  The business idea?  A book of obscure healing ideas from the shamans… or a tour.

The craftsmen of Ecuador make many musical instruments from pumpkins squash and gourds.  The business idea?  Export them.

Or export these pumpkins with intricate carvings… or create classes so people can come learn how to carve like this.

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One Ecuadorian in Otavalo has imported American pie!
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Wherever you live… in Ecuador…. Smalltown USA…. or anywhere, there are three tips to having extra income with a micro business success that can help you fight inflation and enhance your lifestyle.

Micro Business Tip #1: Get started!

Micro Business Tip #2: Practice by doing.

Micro Business Tip #3: Use the business evolutionary cycle.

We’ll look at ways to get a micro business started in a moment. First let’s talk about the importance practice by doing.

Malcolm Gladwell has written three must read books for anyone who has a business or invests…. “The Tipping Point”, “Blink” and “Outliers: The Story of Success”.

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Malcom Gladwell speaking on Ted.

In the Outliers, Gladwell presents a strong argument that if you want to really succeed you have to put in 10,000 hours before your best success will come.

He says that practice makes perfect.

Gladwell acknowledges the importance of ability, work ethic, luck, a strong support base and even being born in the right year as being important parts of success.

Yet he points out that it is “learning through action” that hones one’s abilities and skills… and develops the contacts, insights etc. needed to be a top performer.

Gladwell uses the Beatles’ rise to fame in the 1960s as one example.  The Beatles performed live in Hamburg, Germany over 1,200 times from 1960 to 1964, amassing more than 10,000 hours of playing time, shaping their talent, so they were in the right place at the right time sounding like no one else when the rock boom exploded. These hours were their making.

Bill Gates is another example.  Outliers shows how Gates gained special access to a high school computer in 1968 at the age of 13, and spent 10,000 hours programming on it placing him in a position to take advantage of the programming boom and of course has become one of the world’s richest men.

“No one – not rock stars, not professional athletes, not software billionaires and not even geniuses – ever makes it alone,” writes Gladwell in Outliers: The Story of Success.

The third secret… The Business Evolutionary Cycle makes it possible for a business to continually adapt  to change as it unfolds.  See a link to the cycle below.

The first step… getting started seems to be the hardest part of all.

To begin start small with a smart business plan blended with good marketing supported by technology.

This is what Merri and I do and below I have provided some proof that we really do know what we are talking about as technology exists today.

Merri, our webmaster, David Cross, and I have been frontiering a new business concept that is the step beyond broadband.  We call it “Narrowband.”

Narrowband is about starting small and then staying focused and remaining small (but more and more profitable).   A Narrowband business uses the internet to create and unite a small band of readers with common ideals, needs and interests.

Our goal is to unite our customers with cohesion and authenticity.

Building a small Narrowband business requires three steps:

#1: Attract a steady flow of interested readers.

#2: Use a set pattern of information to weed out readers who really do not have a common need, ideal or interest.

#3: Develop an intimate relationship with the readers that are not weeded out and do have a common need, ideal or interest.

This is reflected in several ways the first being quality of communication.
Here are some reports from out emailing system as of July 29, 2012.  We have two main lists…. www.garyascott.com and www.Ecuadorliving.com that compose 31,926 readers.

Our system aims to assure that we send our daily message only to the readers most likely to benefit from what we share.

This high rating is attained by continually weeding out readers.

Sending away customers? Am I kidding?

I am not.  Bigger is not better and this is no joke.  We are selective about who are readers are and have a number of check points they have to pass through to remain readers. New readers who sign on especially have to pass certain litmus tests to remain on our list.

Now let’s look at the steady growth. Here is our list growth record for 21-12.  Each month the list grows steadily as it has for years.  If growth is too fast in a small business the consequences can spell disaster.
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The next important point… is how we make these lists grow on a profitable basis.

First, because we do not push and because we are not trying to be huge, we do not have to compete in expensive ways.  We use referrals…. Google rankings and low cost Pay Per Click.
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Here is a list from our home page of the titles of the  last ten messages we have emailed our readers and posted at our site.
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Let’s see how they rank at Google:

* Phrase for a Google Search:  “Household Toxin Report”
Google ranking #1.
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* Phrase for a Google Search:  “Wisdom of the Masses”.
Google ranking #11.
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* Phrase for a Google Search:  “International Investing Update”.
Google ranking #1 and #2.
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* Phrase for a Google Search:  “October Investment Risk”.
Google ranking #4.
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* Phrase for a Google Search:  “Micro Business Internet Income.
Google ranking #1 and #2.
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* Phrase for a Google Search:  “Ecuador First Class Home for Sale”.
Google ranking #1 and #2.  Plus note on the right hand side of the Google page that our Pay Per Click sponsored ad also kicked in here ($39,000 mountain view). This ad was #1 at the phrase Ecuador Home for sale also.

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Seven of the ten titles of my last ten messages ranked in the top 12 at Google.
In other words we know how to make the search engines work on a micro business’s behalf… right now.

We would love to help you get started in your own micro business with the help of the internet in one (or all) of three ways.

First… we offer an emailed course The Tangled Web – How to Have Your Own Internet Business.
See details of this course here.

Second… We offer our International Club  so you can attend all our seminars for a year FREE to learn how to use super thinking and invest and use super thinking to set up your own business.

Third… Over a third of the sessions in our October 5 -6-7 seminar in North Carolina is on how to create your own global business with the help of the internet.  Get course details here.

Whether you use our services or not, a global business that brings extra income can help you overcome the inflation that the current government spending will bring.

Gary

 

Smell the Roses – Rather Than the Rose Colored Glass


Smell the Roses – rather than look through the rose colored glass.

Here is a lengthy reply to a short question which may help you see ways to live better and prosper in this rapidly changing world.

Here I am working at our North Carolina home.  I love flowers and working amidst them… during the awakening of the day.

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Dawn rises early on summer days in the Blue Ridge.  After rising in the dusk… meditating, I grab a cup of French press, French roast and head to the front porch.

The horses come down from the barn to accompany the sunrise and…

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surrounded by the sun flowers and roses I get to work.

I love flowers because they remind me to follow the sweet aromas of life rather than to rush from the daily malodorous scents that so often blow our way.

This rose colored glass series is aimed at examining shifts that affect privacy and protection in our lives…I hope that it helps you to see ways to avoid any upcoming pitfalls and gaining from opportunities created by the change.

If you have missed the first four posts in this series you can read them at the links below.

#1: Beating illusions from the rose colored glass

#2: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in Canada

#3: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in Mexico

#4: Beating the Rose Colored Glass in the UK

A reader wrote this short but simple question: Gary, if Ecuador is so great… why did you move back to North Carolina?

This is a good question that has been answered numerous times at our site, but since our websites have over 6,000 pages spanning a decade and a half, many new readers who have read only current messages get just a narrow glimpse at the broad picture we have been painting for these 15 years not to mention what was said in our newsletters for another 25 years or so before.

First, let me clarify that we have not moved backed to North Carolina.  We never left.   We have always maintained residences in North Carolina, Florida and England as well as Ecuador for decades.  We were in North Carolina long before we moved to Ecuador.

We have always spent our summers in the Blue Ridge conducting courses at our seminar center here at the farm.

Since the release of my first book “Passport to International Profit” written in the 1970s, I have preached and practiced being beyond any one system by being a One Man Multinational.

The core message in “Passport to International Profit” is become a one man multinational with a six point command posture which is to:

Live in one country
Bank in a second country
Invest in many countries
Earn in two or more countries
Use a company incorporated in a fifth country
Take a second residence

This concept later evolved one step further.

Have a fulfilling six point lifestyle posture:

Live in one country you love.
Bank in a second country that is safe and that you really enjoy.
Invest in many countries you would like to explore or feel good about.
Earn in two or more countries you would like to explore or feel good about.
Use a company incorporated in a fifth country that best fits your circumstances.
Take a second residence in a place where you love and want to be at times.

Having lived in and out of the USA for 44 years, Merri and I believe that being global is vital from an investing and business point of view as well as enlivening one’s lifestyle.

If you are interested in Ecuador… you do not have to limit your dreams to that one nation.

The key to a six point lifestyle is the ability to earn globally through service.  The ultimate asset is the ability to produce a product or service that others are willing to pay for wherever you are.

Service is timeless.  Nations can come and go.  Eras have come and gone.  Businesses, industries and new technologies arrive, boom and bust… rise and fall.   Service, however, is always in the space through which the arrow of time flies… a weave in the fabric of reality that never frays.  Service is the lift that allows the Phoenix to rise.

We have had a home in the North Carolina mountains for more than two decades and have never missed a summer here.

What we have done for the farm and what it has done for us reveals a bigger picture about change and the technology.

Modern technology reduces our privacy but at the same time offers great opportunity.

Before we moved here, this farm was good for one thing… subsistence farming.   Modern technology… low cost travel, the internet and broadband changed all that.   These tools allowed us to alter the utility of this land from a low value property to a high earning, deep woods seminar center.

We started fixing our 252 acre Merrily Farms about 16 years ago and this shows how small business inspiration comes in all forms… how we can spot opportunity anywhere… every day.

The farm is on Little Horse Creek… where it is…

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always quiet and cell phones do not work.  Yet this month the telephone company is installing fiber optics so we can have a 50Mbps service.

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In times that many perceive as tumultuous, inspiration becomes even more valuable and important in business.  The news on the internet, in the papers and on TV are so filled with negativity that it can be catching.  In such eras, those who see positive realities gain an extra edge.

Your own small business can help you enjoy a lifestyle of freedom…such as Merri and I have so you can think beyond just one country.   We don’t believe in putting  all our eggs in one basket… even a country as great as Ecuador.

Our international micro business has allowed us to live part time at our remote North Carolina farm in the summer and Florida and Ecuador in the winter.

Here is the creek…

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deep in the forest…

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isolated and with many waterfalls.

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The creek becomes a bit swollen in the spring time. Changing from this to…

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this!    The creek starts on our land… fed by dozens of pure water springs. It feeds the pond below our main house and…

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fills our…

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deep woods…

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Japanese soaking tub that is heated with a wood burning stove and refilled after each soak… so the water never requires chemicals but is always clean.

The creek provides some great trout meals also. Here is a brookie our daughter Eleanor caught.

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The water refreshes in summer. Here is…

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our son Jake soaking in one of the pools on a hot summer day.

We have a…

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creekside…

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forest seminar center where…

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we can feed everyone on the deck looking over the waters.

This beauty and solitude here provide many positive inspirations. There is plenty of space to hike. We have put in over…

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eight miles of road (the blue lines).  Each leads…

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to a place… like our…

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isolated glen labyrinth which has a great view.  Vistas are…

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everywhere. The paths themselves are places of great solitude and beauty.

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We grow bold sunflowers and a lot of our own vegetables in the summer.

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We have…

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a flock of chickens who give us farm fresh…

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eggs.

Here is my office and…

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my sunrise view on…

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crisp mountain morns.

In the summer we get to watch the horses being…

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lethargic.

We invite delegates at our North Carolina courses to come up for an afternoon tea to…

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our house. The horses like to visit also.

Here is Thomas Fischer of Copenhagen’s Jyske Bank speaking at our seminar with roses we imported from Ecuador to North Carolina.

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Merri gets busy in our teaching kitchen…

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and cooks up the treats when…

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we have seminars.

Autumn arrives.  A blaze of color surrounds us.

We converted this…

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falling down tobacco shed into a great guest barn… with all amenities including a pillow top king size bed. This is very comfortable and quite glorious in the finery of fall.

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Autumn brings the bite of frost and invites…

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its colder cousins in the winter.  The meandering stream becomes part of the wonderland.

I can do shamanic exercises  when our son visits us in North Carolina even in the winter.

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Here I am chasing our horses past the primitive cabin during a snow storm.

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But when it gets too cold so Merri and I head south.

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This is why Merri and I like having our own international micro  business. North Carolina farm… Danish bankers… Ecuador flowers, Florida oranges!  The best of every world.

Technology that is frightening in some ways also gives us freedom.

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Technology is a boon and a burden.  Satellites let anyone who chooses to see us.  Here is our house, pond, cottages and seminar center at Google Map.  Should someone care to do so they can really zero in on our lives.

The same technology allows delegates to get to our isolated place with  their GPS.

There are benefits as well as the bad side of technology.  The changes we face help us have a business that provides freedom and allows those who choose to use new technology to live and work wherever they find inspiration.  We can all get away from the gray humdrum… and go where our horizons expand.

Inspiration is everywhere. Seek it. There has never been a better time for a micro business and an upbeat outlook on life.

One kind reader once sent me two coffee mugs, that said “Ille Gitimati Noli Carborundum.”

The translation is “Don’t let those who are illegitimate wear you down”.

Do not let the negative part of life’s changes wear you down.

Look for inspiration in your passions.  They may lead you to strange places… in the minds of the humdrum herds.  Yet success is waiting for you in the nooks and crannies where others do not go.

We continue to own over 1000 acres of farm land, a hotel and numerous rental units and conduct an active business in Ecuador as we do in the US, Canada and USA… plus we are getting ready to expand into Cuba… and have recently been offering courses in Spain, Uruguay, Panama and Costa Rica.

The reader’s correct question could have been… why Florida?  Tomorrow’s message explains.

Gary

Our next North Carolina course is our Writer’s Camp.  We just had a cancellation so have two spaces.   See the dates below.

How to Retire EARLY and Live Well in Ecuador II


This is part two of How to Retire EARLY and Live Well in Ecuador by Jean Marie Butterlin who heads Ateam Ecuador on Ecuador’s coast.

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Jean Marie and Pascale Butterlin.

How to retire early in Ecuador: Part II

by Jean Marie Butterlin

The expense side of the “retire early  equation” is one of the most important yet the easiest part to address:

–    From this side of the equation it will depend  on what you will need as additional income and the type of work you will do to meet those expenses.

A)    House Cleaning : one needs to go over each expense and decide whether it is absolutely worth keeping.  Here is the question one has to ask is: DO I REALLY NEED TO MAKE THAT EXPENSE? It always amazes me at how much you can save each month by cutting unnecessary things from your life like newspapers, movie channels etc…

B)    The Cost of Living in Ecuador: The Real Truth

a.    To live comfortably without taking rent into account, you will need $1,500 for a couple ; that includes internet, cell phone, Direct TV, utilities, HOA, food, taxis, restaurants, clothes, basic health insurance, etc…

b.    If you have some expensive tastes like good wines everyday on your table, you will need to budget that on top of the $1,500

c.    You will have to budget also airline tickets to go back and forth and the cost of owning or renting a apartment.

I know of many clients who just started thinking outside the box i.e. re-thinking their REAL needs.  We have many examples around us in Bahia and San Clemente of people in their fifties who live a more frugal life but all enjoying every moment of it.

They downsized some areas in their life that were not considered “priorities” and trimmed a lot out of their monthly expenses.  This allowed them to match their expenses to their planned income, be it passive (investments) or residual income from their businesses in the US for example.

I cannot stress enough how important that new logic is to prepare for a life change!  It will bring more hope to come and enable you to live the good life in Ecuador.

Jean Marie

Learn how to earn by writing in Ecuador:

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Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge


Our 252 acre Merrily Farms at Little Horse Creek is the perfect place for the Writer’s Camp.

Start a one year writing project. Attend our Writer’s Camp at the retreat center at our North Carolina farm in the Blue Ridge.   Start with our online course Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher FREE right away. ($299 value) then join us this July for the Writer’s Camp.

Join us:

June 14, 15, 16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, NC.

August 31- Sept 1-2 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp West Jefferson, NC.

Single $799

Couple $999

This part of the Blue Ridge is called the Lost Provence.  The motto of our nearest town (of 182 people) is: “This is not the end of the world but you can see it from here”.  That means Merrily Farms is at the end of the world… isolated… nurtured in nature… serene… a perfect place for creativity.

Welcome to Little Horse Creek… where it is…

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always quiet and peaceful and relaxing.

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In times that so many perceive as tumultuous, inspiration becomes even more valuable and important in business.  The news on the internet, in the papers and on TV are so filled with negativity that it can be catching. In such eras, those who see positive realities gain an extra edge.  This is the place where you leave all this behind and learn how to write or increase and enjoy what you have written.

Improve your writing as you enjoy the peace and beauty of the Blue Ridge… as Merri and I have at our Writer’s Camp.

Our writing career allows us to live part time at our remote North Carolina farm on Little Horse Creek.

Here is the creek…

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deep in the forest…

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isolated and with many waterfalls.

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The creek becomes a bit swollen in the spring time. Changing from this to…

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this!    The headwaters of Litte Horse Creek start on our land… fed by dozens of pure water springs. It feeds the pond below our main house and…

little-horse-creek

fills our…

little-horse-creek

deep woods…

little-horse-creek

with its Japanese soaking tub that is heated with a wood burning stove and refilled after each soak… so the water never requires chemicals but is always clean.

The creek provides some great trout meals also. Here is a brookie our daughter, Eleanor, caught.

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The water refreshes in summer. Here is a…

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creekside…

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seminar hall where we meet and…

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enjoy eating together on the creek side deck overlooking the waters of Little Horse Creek.

We share ideas and learn…

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in natural surroundings and…

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enjoy our teachings and sharing on the deck…

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overlooking the creek.

This beauty and solitude provide many positive inspirations. There is plenty of space to hike. We have put in over…

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eight miles of road (the blue lines).  Each leads…

to a place… like our…

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isolated glen labyrinth where Buddha lives amidst great views.  Vistas are…

Little Horse Creek view

everywhere. The paths themselves are places of solitude and wonder… quiet places for walking comtemplations.

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Blue Ridge mystery leading to beauty… year round and our camps enjoy the summer’s green and gold in autumn.

We grow bold sunflowers and a lot of our own vegetables in the summer.

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and have…

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farm fresh…

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eggs.

In the summer we get to watch the horses being…

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lethargic and enjoying the sun.

We invite delegates at our house for afternoon teas with a view.

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Merri gets busy in the kitchen…

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and cooks up the treats when…

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we have seminars.

A few people come stay with us in our…

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seven cabins and farmhouses for guests. This is the Blackberry…

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Cabin.  All have feather top mattresses and high thread count…

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sheets and mountain made quilts and Pendleton wool blankets for cool nights.

The blackberry has a great porch and…

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rocking chairs for idle afternoons.  The Trout Cabin…

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is next door. With a…

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big porch for Bar B Qs plus a king…

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size bed.

The Johnny Appleseed Farm House sleeps up to 7 and the Wildflower Cabin is here as well.

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The cottage and cabin sit right on the…

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creek so you sleep at night and gain the energy and imagination of the…

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sounds of the waterfalls.

We converted this…

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falling down shed into a great Guest Barn… with all amenities including a pillow top king size bed. This is very comfortable.

However if you are not into comfort we have a primitive cabin…

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deep in the woods… cold water and a pot bellied stove for heat and cooking… but still a great pillow top king size bed.

Get away from the gray humdrum… go where your horizons expand.

There is inspiration in “them thar hills”.  Seek it.  There has never been a better time for a micro business and an upbeat outlook on life.

One kind reader sent me two coffee mugs recently, enamel bumper stickers if you like, that said “Ille Gitimati Noli Carborundum.”

The translation is “Don’t let those who are illegitimate wear you down”.  Refresh… rejuvenate and learn with us at Merrily Farms.

Look for inspiration in your passions.  They may lead you to strange places… in the minds of the humdrum herds.  Yet success is waiting for you in the nooks and crannies where others do not go.

There are limited accommodation facilities for some delegates to stay on the farm. For details contact Merri at merri@garyascott.com

We look forward to begin sharing writing and publishing now that leads up to the Writer’s Camp in July on the farm.

Gary

Join us:

June 14, 15, 16 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp, West Jefferson, NC.

August 31- Sept 1-2 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp West Jefferson, NC.

Single $799

Couple $999

Clean Green Income


Here is a way to earn income, that is clean and green.

This is the sixth message in this series on Ecuador and business opportunity. See the first message at Ecuador organic cheese and wine. The second article in the series is at Ecuador organic wine and cheese II and Ecuador wine & Cheese III and Ecuador and Green Business and Internet business ideas and Multi Currency Debt.

Clean up your wealth with disinfectants.

Previous messages looked at a wonderful organic cleaner that I have used for more than a decade and how to earn income world wide as a distributor of this product.

You can see what I wrote about this organic cleaner below.

First let me introduce you to a new idea.

Recently I co hosted a great financial seminar with Jyske Global Asset Management in Naples Florida.

The delegates at this seminar…

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had a great time and talked among themselves about many investing and business ideas.

One idea presented to me by a delegate was a business opportunity as a distributor for a new organic disinfectant based on silver.

I learned a life saving lesson about the disinfecting power of silver  from a great teacher decades ago.   Silver is a germ killing element so powerful that the establishment has been trying to stop us from getting in on the act. Perhaps there is too much money at stake in antibiotics and other such expensive medicine to allow this simple, inexpensive germ killer to remain in the market.

But in this era of strange diseases in which we now live, it is imperative that we learn how to protect ourselves naturally from infection and disease.

Let me explain how I first learn about this powerful natural antibiotic from a grade school teacher!

Al Hoffman was his name. He was great. Mr. Hoffman taught music at Rockwood grade school in the 50s and 60s.  He was almost a myth, sending so many talented musicians on to the local high school.

How would I have guessed that a lesson he taught me then, might save lives now.

You know me as an economist, writer, adventurer, wacky philosopher, can’t-help-it traveler and two bit farmer.  But I bet you did not know that I am also a musician.

But I am (or rather was).  I started with the trumpet, but being a fat kid moved onto the tuba (fat boys always played the tuba for some reason) and I wasn’t bad. I made the metro league honor band and loved playing symphonies and musicals, plus marching was great, except the Portland Rose Parade, mile upon mile on a hot day with a heavy Sousaphone.  That was a bit too much.

Then when I moved to Hong Kong and switched to the baritone and played with a Dixiland band in a Kowloon jazz club (just for fun).

My traveling days made hauling the brass hard, so I switched to the flute.

I took lessons from the principal flutist of the Hong Kong philharmonic, but now haven’t played for years. This is a great regret from working too much, but I promise myself I’ll get back to it.

One thing I have not lost though is a lesson taught to me by Al Hoffman my first music teacher. He taught me about the cleansing power of silver the first day we met.

We were trying out for various instruments and he gave us each a trombone to blow. After I blew on it my neighbor (who eventually went for the clarinet) Tommy Barrett was handed the same trombone and was asked to blow as well. He looked at the mouth piece where my lips had just rested and said yuck, “dog lips have touched this” or something like that.

Funny how some pictures stick in your mind for over fifty years.

I see Tommy looking at that tainted mouth piece as plain as if it were yesterday. He asked what he was supposed to do to clean off that mouth piece.

Then Mr Hoffman gave Tommy the word and me a lesson that stuck for life.

“Germs can’t live on silver. It kills them the second they touch it. Just blow. Don’t worry about the germs.”

Later in life I remembered this message when I first learned about colloidal silver.

Colloidal silver is made up of tiny microscopic particles of pure silver in water that when taken kills germs safely and rapidly.

With colloidal silver you reduce the chances of catching bugs, viruses, bacteria and the lot.

Good bye colds, flu and the rest.

The stuff is so darn potent that drug manufacturers are scared to death. They have even worked on the government to try and shut the stuff down. But they have not totally succeeded because you can easily make the stuff yourself and many people swear by it.

Now it appears that there is a new disinfectant based around silver.

The delegates in Naples who introduced this idea to me is Mark Lord and Mark just sent me this note.

Gary, It was a pleasure seeing you and Merri again and hearing about some of the current topics of global importance at the Jyske conference. The conference was great, including the speakers, the facility, and the food. Mary and I made several new, like minded, friends and many thanks for inviting your MCI subscribers to attend at such a great rate.

On Sunday,  just before Mary and I had to dash off to the airport, I briefly introduced you to our exciting new hard surface disinfectant Allclear. This product has proven and documented efficacy (achieving difficult and expensive EPA registration) with a wide range of range of viruses, bacteria and fungus and in most cases kills quicker and more effectively than commonly accepted disinfectants. Allclear has the lowest toxicity rating possible to achieve from EPA (level IV) and is safe for children’s toys and sensitive areas without requiring a wipe up or rinse. It also has 24 hour residual kill, which is a truly needed and unique attribute. Allclear recently has gotten clearance from EPA to claim that it is in compliance with CDC guidelines for control of Swine Flu.

The above is just a quick outline of the many unique and needed attributes about Allclear and, although it uses silver ions as its main active ingredient , it is different from other silver products some of which have been used for centuries. For more information I directed you to our web site www.allcleartoday.com

I have included above some background information on the product and if you have any questions or would like a sample please let me know.  Best regards,

Mark Lord

This is the type of new product that can offer great green opportunity in the US, Ecuador or abroad.

You can get more information from Mark Lord by emailing him at archer59@msn.com

I have not used this product nor do I have any additional information about it. I am not involved in any financial way and you should use all normal business precautions and make sure you do your due diligence.

You may gain some ideas on how to sell products like this via the internet from our course on how to create an internet business.

Learn how to enroll in our emailed internet business course here.

Anther green product that has great international distribution potential is the organic cleaner Ted’s Stuff.

We take this organic cleaner to our Cotacachi hotel every time we visit because Our staff work to keep our hotel Meson de las Flores spick & span.

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This is one reason why the 180 year old colonial building looks so great.

Merri and I also give credit to the entire staff.  Most have worked here for decades and they love the hotel. They honor its history and work hard to keep it looking first class.  Especially our maids, Rosita De las Torres and ….

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Rosita Molena

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not only clean, but put great love, care and attention into making Meson look like a home that our guests will return to again and again.

We do all we can to help Cotacachi be organic because organic cleaners are important to the environment and our bodies.

The cleaner I use on myself, in our house, pur garden and take to our Cotacachi hotel… I call Ted’s Stuff.

Since we are lured into having many poisons in our homes and establishments, I look at everything.   I am always suspicious of cleaners..

For example, “Softsoap Antibacterial Soap” a brand of liquid hand soap manufactured by Colgate Palmolive. Check the label of this soap and you will read the words. “Proven to eliminate the dirt and germs your family encounters. Contains light moisturizer to leave your hands feeling soft. GENTLE ENOUGH FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY. As with any soap avoid contact with eyes.”

What does this really mean. How can we find out what this stuff is really like?

There is a way.

Every product shipped in the USA has to have an OSHA regulated form called a “Materials Safety Data Sheet”. This form is meant to protect workers shipping and handling products. You can find the real story behind a products toxicity by looking up the “MSDS.”    Take for example the Softsoap MSDS.

Get ready to cringe. The “MSDS” on this chemical based formula that is “gentle enough for the whole family” states under the general controls section “Avoid contact with skin and eyes.” It warns workers to wear rubber gloves while using this and such. How this warning is mysteriously converted into gentleness on the store shelves is beyond me, but you can see the “MSDS” for yourself.

Though it is doubtful that Softsoap alone will be really harmful to our health, we must wonder how many other things that are pushed on us as safe and gentle when they really are not. How many of these light toxins does our body have to deal with every day? How many of our allergies, diseases and imbalances are created by this continual bombardment of chemicals that do not kill, but each take their little tolls.

We have all heard of “death by a thousand cuts”.   Is our society suffering “sickness by a thousand minimal exposures”?

Merri and I have been away from the farm, its pure spring water and the fresh clean air and we feel the difference.

We must all be aware of our surroundings and take care. There is a saying that “Man can accomplish the impossible, but cannot overcome the inconvenient”. We have walked the moon and sent humanity’s imprint to Mars and beyond. Yet we cannot overcome the multitude of tiny toxicities that bombard us each and every day. This a true challenge. Everywhere we are, everywhere we go, poisons have been made easy to consume.

This is why I sent the reply below to a reader who wrote:

“Gary, organic biodegradable cleaner is nothing new…Watkins has been selling for years. You should be above shilling for these types! Anyone on the Internet can go to Google and debunk the hustlers…”

I agree with this reader that there are many scams in the name of organic, pure, all natural, and such stuff. In fact this why I have been recommending Ted’s stuff and my reply to this reader says it all.

“Ted’s Stuff is a product I have been using myself for many years and the difference is that it works so well. I feel it an obligation to let people know about the enormous danger that we all face and how our environment is being damaged.

Merri and I both feel that perhaps just to stop pollution at the lowest level may help people gain added years and added vitality to their lives.

You can learn more about distributing or using this leaner from the producer Ted Tidwell at tedtid7@yahoo.com

Until next message may your wealth get others to be green with envy!

Gary

Join us at an upcoming July and October North Carolina seminars. We have invited our  web master to speak on the future of  internet business and will have extended sessions on how to develop an internet business.

Learn more about these July 24-26  and Oct. 9-11 courses at IBEZ North Carolina