Linked below is the report that you have asked for “How to Earn With Positive Community News”. We were overwhelmed with orders and feel privileged… honored and thankful that so many have responded. Thank you.
Before we link the report, let me share a great story to start this “Best Year Yet”.
Kyocera ceramic knife and a Ponkan Mandarin (called Nagpar Suntra).
Being ahead of the pack can be profitable and is always an adventure. Of course some times the leading edge is sharp!
One that subject, I am a bit of a knife and flashlight nut (I think it’s a guy thing). As we became increasingly involved in citrus preparation, I saw an excuse to acquire the sharpest knife possible for slicing lemons, grapefruit and orange. That led me to ceramic blades and the best I discovered were made by Kyocera.
This is the same company I wrote about offering solar panels at decreasing prices and in February 2010 this site looked at its shares as a potential green investment. The shares rose from $88 to $102 in just a couple of months.
However it is the founder of Kyocera that we should focus on today. As we start a New Year, if we desire a new lifestyle… he is definitely leading edge!
Yesterday’s message mentioned him, Inamori Kazuo. He started Kyocera, a ceramic company that now employs 66,000. Then he started Japan’s second-largest telecom network and at 78 years old became the new CEO of Japan Airlines and led the airline out of bankruptcy.
Now at 80, he is not slowing down!
I was writing about Kazuo’s feats at 80 when a reader sent this note.
Hello Gary, Just wondering about age. I’m 69. Do you think that might be too old to start writing and self publish? I only have a high school education to boot. What is your honest opinion? Thanks.
I replied: 69. Gosh you are still a kid as you can see below! Merri and I are still going strong. Some… in fact many of our delegates are in their 70s and beyond.
Education has nothing to do with good writing. As we mature we are more settled, have more experience, see a bigger picture and write better.
One writer who has attended our Spanish courses aged 72 just ran a Triathlon: 1/4 mile swim, 10 mile bike ride and 3 mile run.
Then I shared the following examples of people having success at ages way past their 60s.
A New York Times article by By Deborah Sontaga entitled “At 94, She’s the Hot New Thing in Painting.” shows one great example.
Here is an excerpt. After six decades of very private painting, Ms. Herrera sold her first artwork five years ago, at 89. Now, at a small ceremony in her honor, she was basking in the realization that her career had finally, undeniably, taken off. As cameras flashed, she extended long, Giacomettiesque fingers to accept an art foundation’s lifetime achievement award from the director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.
Her good friend, the painter, Tony Bechara, raised a glass. “We have a saying in Puerto Rico,” he said. “The bus — la guagua — always comes for those who wait.”
Photo of Carmen Herrera by Todd Heisler/The New York Times
And the Cuban-born Ms. Herrera, laughing gustily, responded, “Well, Tony, I’ve been at the bus stop for 94 years!”
The clue? Live beyond logic and work hard. We live in a chaotic… ever changing world where there is so much we cannot know.
Do what you love. Serve and stay with it as you embrace the change.
Another article popped up entitled “Super Gran: World’s oldest gymnast aged 86 performs jaw-dropping routine on parallel bars”
Photo at www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2202811/Super-gran-Worlds-oldest-gymnast-aged-86-performs-jaw-dropping-routine-parallel-bars.html
This one said: If you were inspired to take up a sport by the London 2012 Olympics but then quickly dismissed the idea because you thought you were too old – then think again.
A German gymnast has shown age is no barrier to sporting achievement by being named the world’s Oldest Gymnast at the age of 86. Johanna Quaas appeared on This Morning and amazed presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield with her display of strength and agility on the parallel bars.
That led me to Google the phrase “86 year old writers”.
Wow. I saw articles again and again of 86 year olds doing amazing things.
One article said News: 86-year old author introduces book to FHS students. Never say never… With shining eyes and a smile full of pride, Denis E. “Don” Bergeron presented his first book, a memoir titled In Front of Patton, to the Friendswood High School library. At the age of 86, this writer’s career has just begun.
Another title was “86-Year-Old Veteran Chronicles His Life in Heartwarming Rage Comic” and said: “Rage comics” are a memetic phenomenon. Because rage comics typically express primal responses to utterly mundane but often “scene”-specific experiences, it would seem unlikely that an 86-year-old man would be the author of what many Reddit users are calling the greatest rage comic ever made. Published earlier this week on the man’s birthday, the comic details in deeply personal terms the events of his life, beginning with his earlier memories from childhood and including his service in World War II, estrangement from his children and discovery of true love.
A Newsletter of the Society of Southwestern Authors article “What You Know Best & Love Most is Key” says: Martin Garaway was recently featured in the Arizona Daily Star. The article talked about his many years of writing short stories as he drove a taxi in New York. It took him over five years to write his novel, The Theft of the Anasazi Pots, finally getting it published at 86 years old.
Another article was titled “Linus Bike, a Commuter Bike Manufacturer, Gives Kudos to 86-Year-Old Paperboy”. According to the article published on the First Coast News website, 86-year-old Bud Schaefer from Minnesota started biking about four years ago after his children bought him a bike for Christmas. Being 82 at the time, Schaefer insisted the gift was a waste of money. Instead, the article affirms, he discovered a new found passion for biking. Schaefer even got himself a job riding bikes professionally. Well, as a paperboy that is. According to First Coast News, the job requires Schaefer to deliver 37 newspapers from the Rochester-Post Bulletin, around three dozen, each day. He even had to replace the tires due to overuse.
A theseniorvoice.com article tells of Om Prakash in India who published his first book at 86. The article says: When he was a student at the University of Delhi, the capitol city of India, he became involved in Gandhi’s “Quit India” freedom movement and served as a community organizer for the next four years until India gained its freedom from the British. Towards the end of this period he was imprisoned by the British for his activities as a freedom worker.
Dr. Om Prakash
While in prison, he had the time and opportunity to think about his future. One spring morning, while in a deep meditative state of inner awareness, the outline of a life of service to others began to emerge. By the time he was released from prison it had turned into his passion.
Dr. Prakash has been in the private practice of Clinical Psychology for more than 30 years. About 10 years ago he added coaching services to his practice and this year published his first book, From Change to Transformation & Beyond.
An article from a Chinese website shows that age is not a hindrance there either. Entitled: “More Universities for Elderly Students in China” it says: China now has 16,676 universities catering to the needs of the total 1.45 million students who believe they’re never too old to learn. The university curriculum lists more than 50 classes. Yang Quan, an 86-year-old woman, published a collection of her poems earlier this month and became the twelfth student in her school to see her poetry in print.
This site has a message about 15 year olds in business and centenarians still active in work and play.
Never say “Never”. No matter how old… how young… how rich… how poor…. or where you are there is a way you can improve your lifestyle in a positive way.
Seven P Secrets of Self PublishingWhen you write, you can work anywhere.
Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.
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 places I have lived. Anywhere I am, I am 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 a laptop business.
Another benefit is income. Writing has brought me both our farms in Florida and North carolina, 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 and I playing chess (he beats me badly).
Writers like Hugh 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:
#4: Profitably Priced Product
#5: Prospecting Pathway
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 on how to expand the profits of what you write called “Eventful Business” (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.
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 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:
- “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”
- The business course “Eventful Business”
- 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.