This is the best era ever for earning and gaining freedom anywhere in the world.
This chess piece created an Ecuador export idea as Merri and I flew through the night on Delta’s redeye, Quito to Atlanta.
The Olga Fisch Spanish Bishop.
This Delta flight is a great way to get back and forth to Quito… Delta #680. We lifted off to a nearly full moon and Quito’s cool night air at 30 minutes past midnight. We eased into Atlanta Hartsfield gate at 5:24am. I know the exact time because we could not exit the plane until 5:30am when customs and immigrations officially opens. The entire weary plane load had to just sit and wait…
What a perfect time of the day to enter our great nation… fresh… awakening… no lines… no tired officials. We moved straight through C&I, security and sat in the Delta Sky lounge for a bit before easily picking up the Delta 6:55am, one hour Atlanta to Orlando flight.This brought us back to Mt. Dora and a sparkling day for a late breakfast around our pool.
What an incredible era we live in… to have this mobility and such expanded horizons…. which is what I was discussing with 385 attendees of Americans, Canadians, Australians and Europeans in Quito the day before.
More on that in a moment. Back to passions chess and Ecuador exports.
This has been a busy three weeks. Merri and I enjoyed sharing a long weekend with 70 investors and business people here in Mt Dora, February 11 to 14. Then we hustled to Cotacachi on the 15th to start a week long Super Thinking plus Spanish course for a full house group of fledgling professional photographers organized by American Writers and Artists Institute (AWAI).
While in Cotacachi, we enjoyed the completion of the final condo in our Casa Blanca condo building. This is a two story, one bedroom rental unit in…
a four story building (with three units) that we have for sale. See more on this at Cotacachi condo offer.
We completed the Super Thinking plus Spanish course on Feb. 23 and immediately drove up to Quito where I gave a series of five talks to nearly 400 delegates at the International Living Ultimate Event. Here I am going on about Ecuador, Ecuador exports and roses.
A big part of talk was how to earn money in Ecuador by turning passions into profit with Ecuador exports…this finally gets me to to subject of the day… passion…. opportunity…. Ecuador exports and chess.
Chess is my game. I love it and one of my greatest material treasures is an ivory chess set purchased in Hong Kong in the late 1960s, that has stayed with me through the decades. In fact this is the only item I have held onto from that time in my life.
This set sits in our North Carolina farm.
Another Gothic set… circa 1950s… is in my Florida office.
I like to play chess with my kids (who are scattered round the globe) by email so other chess sets are set up… one set in pewter was brought to me by our daughter Francesca from Burma (Union of Myanmar). Richard Goebel, who heads up North Carolina for us and I play chess every day.
I have another in glass and one in wood and one in marble and am always looking for unique chess sets.
You could say that chess is one of my passions.
This started the idea about a chess related Ecuador export idea.
I have had my eye on a chess set in Quito at the magnificent Olga Fisch Gallery in Quito.
Olga Fisch was a Hungarian artist and a collector who immigrated to Ecuador in 1939. She soon recognized the vast potential of the folk artisans in Ecuador. She was a humanist and a visionary who knew how to recognize quality in a work of art so she helped Ecuador’s artisans refine their artistic expressions and closed the the gap between folk art and traditional fine art.
We begin all of our Ecuador export expeditions at the Olga Fisch Gallary so delegates can see different interpretations of Ecuadorian ethnic tribes, mostly from the Andean region, represented in clay by well known Ecuadorian artisans.
Delegates will see many types of pottery, all hand made, one of a kind hand painted pieces, fine silver jewelry and then they enjoy her magnificent collection in the museum there.
Potters are a part of the Olga Fisch team; they work the clay to make utilitarian pieces that can be used both as dinnerware and as decoration. Often they use volcanic ash which they mix with clay to enhance the beauty of their work as they look for trends in reproductions of old things.
One goal in our Ecuador Exports Expedition is to put the potters and delegates in touch. Then we help delegates on the expedition figure out trends so they can create Ecuador export products that are easy to market.
I have had my eye on this wonderful chess at the Olga Fisch Gallery for 4 or 5 years… yet never seemed to have time to get over and buy it.
This trip I made time. The combatants are the Incas and Spanish conquistadors.
Here is the king and queen of the Spanish army and the…
Inca (a six inch piece) and his queen.
Incan castles and knights.
armies…pitched for battle. We know how the conflict ended in times past… but what happens next?
So brought the excitement of pitting the past and the future into…
our Mt. Dora sitting room.
The set came in a sturdy…
box that easily defied the challenge of the trip back in Delta’s cargo hold. Everything at Olga Fisch is…
high style united with function. Each chess piece was…
individually wrapped in…
The set comes with a fine painted board.
This set at $181 is too expensive to become an Ecuador export.
At our export expedition we teach delegates that the qualities for good exports are:
Portable in size and weight
Focused to Market
Profitability is dependent on mark up and requires as low a starting price as possible. $181 is a pretty high cost… yet here is the point. There are hundreds… maybe thousands of unqiue niches to which chess sets could be adapted. There are potters… so if chess is a passion… along with some other idea get your own potter… create your own design and create your own unique Ecuador chess set to export.
Or if saving the environment is a passion, an Amazon or Galapagos theme would be great. Bird watchers might love a battle of the birds. Fishermen could have a set of fish fighting to survive on the board. The themes are endless and this is the key to successful exporting adapting proven themes to new… tight niches.
We have never had such great opportunity to live earn and be free in Ecuador or wherever we choose in this wonderful game of life. Now the game of chess can create opportunity and help us be free.
Improve your Ecuador export skills by speaking better Spanish. Join Merri and me March 11-14 Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Mt. Dora, Fl.
Jon our Ecuador Living team and travel to Quito March 15, 2010.
March 16 Travel Quito to Cotacachi
March 17-18 North Andes, Imbabura & Cotacachi Real Estate Tour
March 19-20 Cotacachi Shamanic Tour
March 21 Travel Cotacachi to Manta
March 22-23 Manta & Mid Coast Real Estate Tour
March 24 Travel Manta to Cuenca
March 25-26 Cuenca Real Estate Tour
March 27 Travel Cuenca to Salinas
Mar. 28-29 Salinas & South Coast Real Estate Tour
The Ecuador airfare war makes it cheaper to get to Ecuador than ever before… and there is still time to enjoy great Ecuador tour savings.
You enjoy discounts by attending multiple seminars and tours. Here are our multi tour adventure discounts.
Even Better. Greater Savings. Our 2010 International Club membership allows you and a guest to attend as many of the 51 courses and tours we’ll sponsor and conduct in 2010 (fees would be $40,947 for all these courses individually) is only $3,500.
International Club Three Monthly Payments of $1,190
Our Spring 2010 schedule starts April. 12-15 with our Ecuador Export Expedition Tour ($499 or couple $749)
Here are clay figurines that you will see on this tour at the Olga Fisch gallery.
These clay necklaces at the gallery are great models for Ecuador exports as well.
Stay on and look at Ecuador real estate opportunity.
Here is the balance of our 2010 schedule.
May 9-12 Super Thinking + Spanish Course, Cotacachi Ecuador
May 13-14 Ecuador Shamanic Mingo
May 16-17 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
May 19-20 Coastal Real Estate Tour
May 22-23 Quito Real Estate Tour
May 25-26 Cuenca Real Estate Tour
June 24 Quantum Wealth North Carolina
June 25-27 International Investing and Business North Carolina
June 28-29 Ecuador Travel & Andes=
June 30-Jul 1 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
July 3-4 Coastal Real Estate Tour
July 6-7 Quito Real Estate Tour
July 9-10 Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Sept. 3-6 Ecuador Export Tour
Sept. 8-9 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Sept. 11-12 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Sept. 14-15 Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Sept. 17-18 Ecuador Shamanic Mingo
Oct. 7 Quantum Wealth North Carolina
Oct. 8-10 International Investing & Business North Carolina
Oct. 11-12 Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Oct. 13-14 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Oct. 16-17 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Oct. 19-20 Quito Real Estate Tour
Oct. 22-23 Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Nov. 4-7 Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida
Nov. 8-9 Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Nov. 10-11 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 13-14 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Nov. 16-17 Quito Real Estate
Nov. 19-20 Cuenca Real Estate Tour
Dec. 3-5 Ecuador Shamanic Mingo
Dec. 7-8 Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Dec. 10-11 Coastal Real Estate Tour
Dec. 13-14 Quito Real Estate Tour
Dec. 16-17 Cuenca Real Estate Tour