Living on the Leading Edge

by | Jun 2, 2012 | Archives

Living on the leading edge can be fun… interesting and lucrative as well.

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Walking here, along the edge of our North Carolina farm, can be beautiful but it’s easy to get lost in the wilderness too.

In our current era there are so many leading edges that it is hard to keep up!  Also many leading edges are sharp!

Merri and I know as it seems we are always stumbling (or being led-depending on how you wish to look at life) into something new and somewhat unknown.

!When Merri and I began our seminar business, our courses were about international investing.  In the 1970s and 1980s almost no one else was talking about this arena.  Wow!  Some people really hated us for that.  They thought it was crazy… this idea of investing globally and totally unpatriotic.  I had to learn how to deal with hecklers in this era.

Finally by the 1990s the investment establishment was catching on about the time our global investing research  led us to Ecuador.   Oh dear, when we had moved on to seminars about investing in Ecuador and then tours about Ecuador real estate how some of our readers did howl!  They felt we had gone crazy… again.

Our Ecuador business helped us see the need  for a better, easier way to learn Spanish and our Super Thinking + Spanish courses began.  Once again many wondered if we had been eating too many fruit loops when we declared that people can learn to speak Spanish in three days.   They wondered if we were crazy until we decided to teach others to teach learning Spanish in three days.  Then they knew we were crazy… or so they thought.

Yet look at these results from the leading edge.

One delegate who attended a recent Super Thinking + Spanish course taught by our Super Teachers, Shawn and Suzanne Bandick, in Mexico wrote:

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We would like to share three quotes below that can help you learn a key factor that brings true success when living on the leading edge.

The first was by Bob Dylan in last week’s message about how to gain from cultural differences.

What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and gets to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do.

A hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.

The second quote is from the Abraham Hicks’ website:  You’re not going to have a lot of people you can talk to about this. There is never a crowd on the leading edge. 

The third quote is a poem from the great poet, Rumi, (bolds are mine): These spiritual window-shoppers,  who idly ask, How much is that? Oh, I’m just looking.  They handle a hundred items and put them down, shadows with no capital.

What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping, But these walk into a shop, and their whole lives pass suddenly in that moment, in that shop.

Where did you go? “Nowhere.” What did you have to eat? “Nothing much?”  Even if you don’t know what you want, Buy something, to be part of the exchanging flow.

Start a large, foolish project, like Noah.  It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you.

The key to successfully living on the leading edge is make sure it is YOUR leading edge.  Be true to yourself because when you are… you gain the enormous added energy of conviction of purpose.

With conviction you’ll find that you’ll care what people say when you see that you are fulfilling your purpose.

This is why Merri and I are pleased to see about these Super Teachers and the Super Thinking + Spanish courses they are providing.

Here are a few quotes that do matter to us… from delegates of courses conducted by our Super Teachers.

One delegate from St. Louis wrote about his courses with Mark Frakes:

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. Mark was a very capable leader and teacher,and his choice of Daniella as a pronunciation coach was well received.

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 Ecu 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,and I look forward to other courses that you offer,and I have absolutely no doubt they also will work beneficially.Thanks to Mark,who you chose well to represent your program.

Best regards,Denis Molloy.  Actually I now answer to my course acquired name of Antonio.For that I am also grateful. Love, Antonio.

Another wrote about Glenn Sterling’s course:   Buenos Dias, Gary y Glenn,

Below 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 Super Learning.  I had high expectations for the course and they were exceeded.

The course was taught in English by Dr. Glenn Sterling, a witty, engaging, retired chiropractor, and Alberto, his Ecuadorian side kick, who made sure we learned to pronounce everything correctly.  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 Thinking 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 Learning is placing the student in the optimal state for learning.

During the course of the day and night, humans experience four types of brain waves: alpha, beta, delta, and theta. It turns out we learn best in alpha state. Research has shown that alpha state can be induced by meditation, listening to Baroque music (or any music that has about 60 beats per minute) and by taking a theanine (the active ingredient in green tea) supplement.

Getting into alpha involves slowing down and relaxing. So, class includes baroque music and guided journeys to support relaxation. Imagine learning while relaxing and having fun. That’s not how I remember school!

The brutal truth: In recent years, I’ve rarely relaxed (No wonder I have high blood pressure!) and, suddenly, I’m aware of it. Why?

1. Since early April, I’ve been living in a small town in a country with a slower pace of life and I’ve been affected by it. Positively, I’d say.

2. In class, the past three days, I’ve been re-introduced to guided journeys and introduced to the calming effects of Baroque music ( What a blessing! I’m inclined to make one or both a daily part of my life.   Rob Christi  Cotacachi, Ecuador

Another attendee from Mexico 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.”

“I liked how simple it made speaking Spanish. Shawn and Suzanne are amazing teachers. 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. To Shawn and Suzanne, thank you so much. You are gracious hosts and wonderful teachers. I learned so much. Muchas, muchas gracias.”

“I loved the relaxed environment. I picked up quite a lot of new vocabulary. Being new to Mexico, 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 learned a lot of new vocabulary and the class gave me an opportunity to practice my Spanish, especially the pronunciation – thank you Guillermo. I would recommend this class because Shawn and Suzanne you are great teachers, the original way of teaching the language, and the pronunciation practice.”

“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.”

“Thank you Shawn, Suzanne and Memo. It was a great learning environment. I liked that it was not strict and regimented.”

“Marv and I both absolutely loved the classes.“

Spiro Michas taught in Montevideo.

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After Day 1, one delegate (self-described as ” no previous ability to communicate in Spanish at all”) was able to fully express himself with the hotel staff in Spanish; as well as the taxi driver and bakery in Spanish – all in the morning before arriving for class on Day 2!

On Day 3, another delegate reported having had a full conversation the night before with his Uruguayan girlfriend completely in Spanish.  Thoroughly impressed, the ecstatic young lady told him “Whatever you’re doing in this class for the past two days, it’s working.  Don’t stop!”

After Day 3, Spiro received this note from one of the delegates:  I think the class gave me confidence to go out and try to make things happen on my own with bad Spanish. Since class I went to the Direccion Nacional de Migracion to renew my cedula (greencard) on my own, and also went to a doctor who interviewed me and prescribed care for my needs all in Spanish. It wasn’t smooth, pretty, or comfortable – but thanks to a better confidence to try – as a result of the class (and the patience and kindness of the people of Uruguay) both missions were accomplished in Spanish.”

The average written evaluation ratings collected after completion of the Montevideo class:

1.3             On a scale of 1-4 (with 4 being highest) when asked to rate level of Spanish prior to course
3.7            On a scale of 1-4 (with 4 being highest) when asked if they would recommend this course

Evaluation Comments included:

“Can now communicate on a basic level”
“Course has encouraged me to start using Spanish more”

“Good presentation, instructor communicates well, was easy to understand, created a good class atmosphere”

After the Vancouver course taught by Ernest Neumann we received an amazing email.  One of the registrants had a medical matter that posed difficulty with concentration, attention and focus.  They had a doctor’s prescription (legal in Canada) for medicinal marijuana.  Following they emailed us and said that taking the first joint of the medicinal marijuana the delegate realized it was no longer necessary and made the decision that he no longer needed this and due to the complete life changing alteration he had experienced was a result of the class!

Rick Brown who taught in Toronto wrote this:  Well, we’re done for the first day. It seems to have gone well. I have arranged a tour of the adjacent Military museum for tomorrow immediately following class. People are having a good time and I’m amazed at the Spanish coming out of them already!!

Here is one more rave from a Mexico course.
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You can get more details on any of these Spanish courses below by clicking on the links.

June 15-16-17 Sarasota, Florida  Super Thinking  + Spanish (Teacher: Mark Frakes)

June 29-30-July 1  Washington DC  Area  Super Thinking + Spanish (Teacher: Karen Zhussanbay)

July 6-7-8 Sarasota, Florida   Super Thinking + Spanish (Teacher: Mark Frakes)

July 27-28-29 Vernon B.C. Canada  Super Thinking + Spanish (Teachers: Shawn & Suzanne Bandick)

August 10-11-12  Madrid, Spain  Super Thinking + Spanish (Teacher: Spiro Michas)

August 15 – 16 – 17  Panama City, Panama  (Teacher Robert Girga). See details here.

August 20-21-22 Marbella, Spain   Super Thinking  + Spanish (Teacher Spiro Michas)

October 24 – 25 – 26 Panama City, Panama  (Teacher: Robert Girga).

Nov. 2-3-4   Mt. Dora Florida   Super Thinking + Spanish  (Gary & Merri Scott)

Dec. 3 -4-5  Panama City, Panama  (Teacher: Robert Girga).

To gain the ability to communicate in Spanish in just three days is definitely on the leading edge. We invite you to join us or any of  the Super Spanish teachers!