Global economic shifts have altered the way most people can earn.
Recent statistics suggest that unemployment has fallen in the US… but at the cost of enormous added stress. Millions are under employed or working so hard that the process is not fulfilling, healthy and barely worth the effort.
Millions are escaping the rat race… creating their own business or moving abroad.
See below great opportunities in publishing and vineyards.
Small magazine publishing businesses are one great way to earn. Merri and I learned how to earn in Ecuador with publishing. Our friends Dave and Sherry Johnson learned how to earn with publishing small magazines.
Dave and Sherry’s first magazine in Asheboro.
Publishing Benefits. The income from small Positive Community Magazines is wonderful… as much as $17,000 gross a month (with profits over $11,000) but it’s the wonderful fringe benefits that come to publishers which make this business really great.
Dave sent a note about these benefits.
#1: Freedom of setting your own hours. Working when you where and when you want to… not what you are told. This saves time, frustration and stress. Dave says he has no commute unless you count the 8 seconds it takes to walk from the bedroom to his office. You don’t have to ask permission to take time off to attend your children’s sporting events, concerts, plays or any other event.
#2: Freedom of expression. One of Dave’s favorite reasons for having his own publishing business is that he can work at home in his pajamas! One great writer I know used to work in a SuperMan suit! Whatever yanks your chain is okay in this business.
#3: You have complete control over your earnings. If you want to earn more, give yourself a raise by working more and increasing your revenue.
#4: The tax benefits are tremendous. An expanded portion of your lifestyle becomes tax deductible.
#5: When you work hard, you are working hard for your benefit and wealth not someone else’s.
#6: You get PRESS credentials. Dave says that some big venues (like NASCAR) require official credentials which you can get by calling the press office. Publishers can create their own “PRESS” badge and it usually gets them “behind the scenes” access. In addition when there, everyone of course wants to talk to the press so they can end up in the magazine. Being part of the press also (usually) gets you free admission into most events. Worst case scenario, you trade/barter an ad to gain admission.
Recently Dave attended an event called the “Big Sip”. Not only did he get free tickets, he received free VIP tickets which gave him and his wife Sherry access to the show early and gave access benefits that non-VIP ticket holders will not have… separate and earlier session, special demos, a special program, commemorative glass, more participation, a coupon booklet and entry to win free tickets to a national Big Sip Expo.
#7: Prestige (Celebrity Status). Dave & Sherry get invited to everything because people want their magazine at their events. Additionally, they are very well known around town.
#8: Service You Provide to the Community. The Johnsons are told again and again told that the content of the magazine they publish shines a positive light on the community.
#9: You can give a voice to positive organizations that normally wouldn’t have one. They raise the awareness to programs being hosted by the myriad of organizations in their town that most people would normally never hear of.
#10: Philanthropy. The Johnson’s have chosen two non-profit organizations to support. One of the things non-profits need is press coverage and advertising. They give about $10,000 worth of advertising a year to our non-profits and various other groups to help them get the exposure they need.
#11: They even save lives. In one issue of their magazine they told the story of a little boy who was struggling with a rare disease that caused life-threatening seizures. One day, while his mom was out shopping, the little boy had a seizure so she rushed him to the hospital.
She called ahead and the nurse met her at the emergency room. As it happens, the nurse had read the article in the magazine (which someone had brought to the nurse’s lounge) and she recognized the little boy from the article. Since she knew immediately what was wrong with him, no time was wasted and he was treated quickly. They were told that this particular seizure was especially bad and that the article probably saved his life. This doesn’t happen every day but once in a lifetime is good enough!
How’s that compared to being stuck in a cubicle just to make the mortgage?
With these thoughts in mind, Merri and I share with you the report How to Earn With Positive Community News
See another way to create a multi dimensional lifestyle….
Wine and Vineyard Investing
By Steve Rosberg
In the six years Ushay has been involved raising capital and operating the Los Arbolitos Vineyard project, we have come across the most varied investor questions and related situations.
Perhaps one of the oddest happened last year, when an acquaintance – who has been in the investment advisory service business for years – approached to ask wine-wizard Andres Rosberg if he would consider joining him and a group of his customers on a tour to Austria.
His goal was to combine a wonderful luxury pleasure trip with the exploration of investment opportunities, and wouldn’t Andres go to cover the topic of “wine investment”.
“Wine investment? Hmm, what exactly do you have in mind?” he asked him. “Do you mean buying bottles and holding them as they age? Buying a winery? Buying a vineyard and selling grapes to wineries? Or enjoying the life of a house in the vineyard?
He looked – a little lost – and said “I don’t know, I never thought about it!”
So, let us go over a little of what we have learnt these past years.
Starting with aging wine, this goes from the absolutely hedonic notion of buying wine before (or right after) the wineries release it and storing it until it has reached a more advanced level of maturity – but not more, as it goes downhill after that. The dividend? Better wine at home, nothing to be sneered at. And occasionally, the possibility of taking something that through aging has become special (“You can’t get any more of this harvest … etc.”) to share with friends, and making a bit of a social splash. In this scenario, you need to see that what you buy is apt for aging, and you have to store it in the right conditions, or it will be a disappointing exercise.
One step up, although we don’t know how you could tap into it on a small scale, is to note that, f. ex. in Buenos Aires restaurants that have a real wine-list, the general price difference between one vintage and the next of the same wine is seldom under 15% and often over 20%. Pretty steep, considering you have a zero credit-risk asset in storage, no?
Then, playing in the serious leagues is buying top end wines – the kind of stuff we can’t afford.
A good place to learn about this (and, eventually, invest in it) is Liv-ex, the London based fine-wine exchange (www.liv-ex.com). It gives the concept of “liquid financial asset” a new perspective. See below the LVX 100 chart.
Click on photo to enlarge.
Moving closer to the grapes, the next level of wine investment is the winery. And that too, comes in all colours, sizes and locations – so no two are the same. Broadly, this ranges from garage crushing for home consumption to large-scale concerns producing industrial wines – which too go from bulk to high-end with a focus on quality. And not to be forgotten, the incredibly alluring boutique winery which will carry YOUR character and maybe your name into the mystical realm of a bottle of wine.
The spectrum is so broad …
If you are serious about doing a “real” winery investment, you not only need to have a grip on grape-sourcing, processing, aging and finance skills, and overall understanding of the wine business, but also a powerful distribution arm, unless you plan on increasing inventory every year.
If you are into the more romantic boutique winery concept, consensus is that your best bet is to wait for the next cyclical shakeout (crises happen everywhere from time to time) and buy somebody else’s dream project for a song. It keeps capital costs down, no mean feat in a super-capital intensive project. No matter how romantic it is, believe me, it IS capital intensive.
There is, of course, the variant of the winery with its own vineyard, the type which provides a scenic background for photos of cool-looking people talking and looking at a glass of wine surrounded by lush green vines laden with ripe fruit. This is better than winery alone, as you get to source part or all of your raw material from a vineyard that you control. But it requires that, aside from having the industrial marketing and financial skills mentioned above, you also be a good farmer.
You may find hybrid projects, where there are teams on the ground to farm your land, to run your winery, and to ship your produce. We have seen some spectacular ones in our neck of the woods, in Mendoza, Argentina’s wine capital. These are valid options, provided you know what you are going to do with the wine.
Somewhere in here is a niche for the gifted wine-trader, who can sell a shipment and then go and source it for delivery. Definitely not for amateurs, if you want to keep your shirt. But for the right persons, ROI is infinite as they have no investment. Success as a trader is the best way in to a winery ownership project.
Getting to the grape – to the pure agriculture play – we have the possibility of buying or planting a vineyard, with the aim of being good farmers and selling the produce to the wineries.
This was the path Ushay chose at Los Arbolitos Vineyard, as we have the best land, the dream-team team on the ground to operate it, and the right market environment to sell high quality grapes for recurring profits, plus great capital gains.
But be careful. Before you buy a vineyard or land to create one on, check with the neighbors (not only sellers or their agents …) about the environment. Is it hail city? Frost paradise? What about water? Is there any, surface or well? And salinity? Is the water table too high? And the soil? Is there electricity to run the pumps? Available labor? Are you thinking of the right variety/ies, in the appropriate wine region?
The person flogging the property may not be so concerned about these things as you need to be. And you really don’t want to buy the property and learn the answers to all the questions afterwards.
New, exotic wine regions are often very short of supplies, skilled labor and service providers – let alone customers, so this too is a major consideration.
Finally, there is the possibility of living in a vineyard full or part-time.
This is not such a frequent find, unless you want the whole farming package too.
But it exists, as in La Morada de los Andes (www.lamoradadelosandes.com).
In this case, you have a real-estate investment which allows you a life-style you normally only read about. You are surrounded by vines, you can take a glass of any wine you like and have your photo taken in the vines, with the mountains behind you, and get together with neighbors who are also into embracing nature, pristine air, and year-round breathtaking landscapes. You can hear yourself think. And, like buying wine to age yourself at home, it allows you to enjoy the best in life with family and friends while at the same time creating an enduring legacy.
Yes, investing in wine is worth looking into. That granularity – as opposed to the uniformity of financial assets – makes it fascinating at every step of the way, requiring our attention and intelligence to separate wishful thinking from desirable reality. Which brings the added bonus of stimulating our vitality.
Others are leaving the stress and pressure behind and moving to a country with less stress. Ecuador Ateam member Stephen Milden tells how North Americans are earning in Ecuador.
The world is changing and this is making it harder for the middle class to earn a living without giving up a life. We can shift with the times in many ways with our own small multi dimensional business abroad or in small communities.
Learn Spanish in Three Days ONLINE
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The “Learn Spanish in Three Day Course” is now available online.
Read below to see why we are offering our Super Spanish course online for the first time.
Speaking Spanish is a huge benefit on its own. 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 Spanish at all.
You can tap into all this potential 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: “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.
Though you may choose to take more time using this course to learn Spanish, thousands of our readers have learned 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!
This method was created and refined by the Bulgarian educational master, Georgi Lozanov, who transformed the entire Soviet educational system to such a degree that this third world country beat the USA into space.
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 70s. 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 delegates 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 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 Scott was among just a few who learned directly from Lozanov.
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 .
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. Normally $149, this is available at the highly reduced price of $79. Simply use coupon code SPANISH110 at checkout.
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.
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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.”
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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!
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