The Value of Being Earnest

by | Mar 20, 2019 | Archives

Here is a secret that can help you earn extra income.

Be earnest.

Earnestness has a growing value because it’s becoming increasingly rare.

We see the growing scarcity of sincerity in every walk of life.

A phrase in the Wall Street Journal article “An Idiot’s Guide to Bribing and Cheating Your Way Into College” (1) shows how dishonesty is becoming a growing force at even the youngest level.

The article discusses how the the university admissions system has let a culture of entitlement run amok.

The article says: In a few instances, the skulduggery was expensive but straightforward, like a parent allegedly paying $75,000 for a child to take the ACT exam privately, with a proctor on site to correct errors.

More often, college sports was the mechanism for the hustle. Singer allegedly built relationships with college coaches who allegedly agreed to push the candidacies of undeserving students—students who would later be admitted as full-paying athletic prospects, even if they lacked athletic talent. The coach allegedly got an envelope of cash. In return, a paying parent allegedly got a child admitted to a school he or she wouldn’t otherwise be admitted to. As soon as the kid showed up on campus, they could bail on the sport they couldn’t play, with no repercussion.

There is something so entitled and 2019 about all of it—yet another example of the powerful endorsing cheating and lying, and rationalizing that the scammery doesn’t really matter, if the ends justify the means. Hard work, integrity, truth…those are increasingly quaint values to an entitlement culture conditioned to get what it wants, and believe what it wants to believe.

If you or your children earned admission to college the hard way, I am sorry. Those chumps who stay up all night with calculus, or slog through Faulkner, or ride the bench for junior varsity field hockey—that sort of earnest commitment is apparently for suckers. Turns out, if your parents are rich and crooked enough, there’s no need to be yearbook copy editor, student body treasurer, co-chair of the reptile club or spend any time in the driveway honing your 3-pointer.

Look at how core values in Western democracies have changed.

This is the value I grew up with… that the common man could succeed with earnestness, tenacity and struggle.

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(Photo from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.)

The 1939 movie “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, winning for Best Original Story.  This is a story about a senator and how one earnest man, doing good, can have a positive impact on American politics.

Today shows like “House of Cards” rule.

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Photo at from the Netflix series “House of Cards”. 

Netflix’s “House of Cards” made Emmy history with nine nominations.  This award winning show is about the House Majority Whip who has an elaborate plan to get himself into a position of power.  The hero is primarily about ruthless pragmatism, manipulation, power, and doing bad things.

This program shows how bad politicians can be in fiction.   Then allegations suggest that the lead actor may even be worse in real life.

Those are just examples of how education, politics and entertainment use privilege to subjugate the earnest.

Every institution, big business…. health care… military… from church to state,  have become increasingly defrocked and less earnest.

Who believes the government when it earnestly says, “I am here to help you?”

Perhaps such deceit has always been the norm.  Maybe our cynicism grows because we have better access to information.  Perhaps the idea that the allies overcome real evil in Germany and Japan gave earnestness an exaggerated importance for 50 or so years.

Whatever the reason, hundreds of millions of people grew up with a shared belief in the value of earnestness.

Those people still believe in and want earnestness.  This creates an opportunity for you.

The value in being earnest comes because earnestness has real power and is self sustaining.  If enough people  in a society are earnest, that group will thrive.  If there is too much deceit in a nation, then it will eventually fall.

The Merriam Webster definition of earnest below shows that earnest things are things of value and value is the way we describe items and actions that have a positive, uplifting, sustainable tenacity and life supporting essence.

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We can take advantage and live better lifestyles by writing for truth and good.

The key to profitable writing is marketing.  The key to marketing is having access to a group of like-minded souls who share common goals.

When you a writer and have a self publishing business, you automatically create this asset, a list like-minded souls who share common goals.

A self publisher’s list of readers is a trail lined with gold.

For example, Merri and I noticed that our international investing business attracted a disproportionate number of US southerners, Chiropractors and people of the Jewish faith.  This puzzled me for years.

“What is the connection?” I asked again and again. Then one day the answer hit me.  “The connection is persecution”.

Many Southerners felt persecuted since the War between the States.  Chiropractors felt persecuted by the AMA.  The history of Jewish persecution has been repeated again and again.

The connection between these three groups and international investing was that they did not trust the establishment.  They were looking for alternate solutions in investing.

This focus allowed us to fill events with readers looking for alternative, non establishment ways to earn, invest and have natural health.

Once a writer has refined his or her focus, organizing profitable publications is easy, so if you are looking for a way to create a pinnacle career that earns extra income and does good by spreading truth, consider becoming a writer and self publisher.


Turn Words into Cash

Why words are better than cash.

You can turn words into cash.  Mix in a little wisdom and deliver benefits.  The value of honest word’s never deflate.  A dollar, decades ago, was worth 15 greenbacks today… or more.   Useful, wise words, even hundreds of years aged… are often worth more now.

Take these 153 year old words: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.”

Has time diminished the value of these words?

Learn how to earn extra income from an events business created by travel or staying at home.  Create events where you can earn from speaking something good… or if you don’t like to talk… letting others talk (and earn) for you.

Do you crave freedom… and perhaps adventure?

Do you at least desire to get out of the rat race?

Do you want to travel…spend time…live…laugh or love in more than just one place?  Do you the places you go to be ones you choose?

Or would you rather settle down in a low stress, safe, nurturing town, abroad or in Smalltown USA?

You can write and talk your way into the lifestyle or let others talk for you.

There are few people more capable of promising this type of life than Merri and me.

For 50 years (from May 1968) we have been paid to travel and live exactly where we have wanted to be… because we write and have had an events business conducting seminars, workshops, courses and tours.

All we have had to do is write, gather groups and talk about what we do.  Sometimes we let others do all the talking!

Our writing and events business has allowed us to visit and to live almost anywhere we have chosen.

Sometimes we have incredible adventures.


Here I am with Merri and an Ecuadorian Yatchak deep in the Llanganatis Jungle creating a shamanic tour.

However, when we want to stay at home we can also do so.  One does not have to travel to have an events business.


Here I am (in brown shirt) speaking to a subscriber at an event that we conducted at our Florida home.

We even built a…


seminar hall on Little Horse Creek so we can stay in the mountains when we desire… and still get together with subscribers.

Here is one of the small groups at a retreat we conducted in the seminar hall.


However, you do not have to do this much as an owner of an events business!  Lesson Two of a course we have created called “Event – Full Business” shows how to start small and gradually build a larger events business (if that is your desire) as we have done.

We have conducted events as small as two delegates and some with over 400.


We know the events business inside and out… large and small.  Here Merri and I are speaking to over 400 + people in Quito, Ecuador.

There are innumerable fringe benefits to writing and events.  For example, almost all of our global travel has been tax deductible for all these years.

The pay has certainly not been bad either.  As you’ll see below, one time we earned  $142,260 in three days.  In another instance, we earned over $135,000 in two days.  Once our earnings exceeded $200,000 in just three days.

Yet the income has been a small part of this adventure.  The expanded horizons… the people we have met… the adventures we have shared… the tens of thousands of delegates we have enjoyed and hopefully helped… the poor we have served… the freedom we have felt… to be able to go where we desire and come home, when we desire, with more than when we left.

These facts have dramatically enriched our lives….and we hope others.

Now we would like to help improve your lifestyle as well… if… earning with a seminar, tour events business appeals to you.

We have written about and conducted seminars or events or spoken at them in… (alphabetical order)  Australia, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Canada, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, Ecuador, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary (before the Iron Curtain came down), Indonesia, Isle of Man, Jamaica, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands,  Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand and at one time or another most of the United States and more.

Then when we wanted to spend more time with my mom, children and grandkids we arrangeed events at our home.

There is a possibility that Merri and I know more about writing and conducting events from home than 99.9% of the people in the world.  Because so many have asked… we created an online correspondence course on how to create your own writing and events business.

A writing and events business not only creates unusual profit opportunity now… but when a seminar business is properly run, it can create income for a lifetime!

This course shows how Merri I and have created riches and a lifestyle beyond our wildest imagination and shares steps you can take to create a profitable and fun business conducting seminars, workshops, conferences and tours wherever and whenever you like.  (Or perhaps you want to conduct seminars online or live or with a video sent through the internet.)

This course shares how we have done this… what we did right… what we did wrong… how you can get started and what you can do much better than we have.

Lessons include:

#1: How to earn millions from seminars, courses and tours. See how we have earned as much as $200,000 for three days’ work. (Once $135,000 in two days.)

#2: How to build a seminar business. See the one day Washington-Atlanta-San Francisco system that helped our courses evolve and how to use this approach to help your teaching grow.

#3: When and when not to use other speakers. Seminars for speakers… a way to get it all out as your bank accounts gets it all in.

#4: How to use other speakers. Gain the key to the room and the people within. Why the golden pen is mightier than a glib tongue, the sword and the overloaded brain.

#5: Dealing with hotels/locations. Why the marketing does not talk to catering who will not communicate with accounting and the mess this could mean for you. How to choose…arrange and survive the hotel. Forget the $11,314 coffee bill… for swill.

#6: Scheduling seminars. Magic dates and times for marketing… how far in advance to market and seminar death dates to avoid.

#7: Creating a back end business. How Merri made $12,936 dollars at a seminar in 37 minutes by just standing still.

#8: Three types of courses…delegate driven…speaker driven…third party driven.

#9: The importance of strategic partnerships for added wealth.

#10: How to market seminars, courses & tours.

#11: List building.

#12: Alternative seminar and course location options.

#13: The benefits of both big seminars and small courses.

#14: How to survive the dreaded problems: What to do when enrollments are low. Handling the heckler, the takeover and the cell phone. When the hotel fails. Surviving speaker no shows and all of those types of things!

#15: How to enhance your other businesses with seminars.

Join The International Club.  Save $418.78. Learn How to Turn Words into Cash.

Club members start by receiving seven workshops and courses on how to earn everywhere with home micro businesses.  We call this our “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”.   The program contains a series of courses and reports that show ways to earn and be free. These courses and reports are:

  • The course “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Self Publish & SNAP”
  • The course “Event-Full – How to Earn Conducting Seminars and Tours”
  • The course “International Business Made EZ”
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3
  • The report “How to Raise Money Abroad”
  • Report and MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”

Club members also learn ways to be be healthier and have more energy.   I have created three natural health reports about:

#1: Nutrition

#2: Purification

#3: Exercise

Each report is available for $19.95.  However you’ll receive all three FREE as club member and save $59.85.

Next, club members participate in an intensive program called the Purposeful Investing Course (Pi).  The purpose of Pi is finding value investments that increase safety and profit.  Learn Slow, Worry Free, Good Value Investing.

Stress, worry and fear are three of an investor’s worst enemies.  These destroyers of wealth can create a Behavior Gap, that causes investors to underperform in any market good or bad. The behavior gap is created by natural human responses to fear.  Pi helps create profitable strategies that avoid losses from this gap.

Lessons from Pi are based on the creation and management of numerous Model Portfolios, called Pifolio.

We combine the research of several brilliant mathematicians and money managers with my years of investing experience.

There are no secrets about this portfolio except that these mathematicians ignore the stories from economic news (often created by someone with vested interests) and is based mainly on good math that reveals the truth through financial news.

The Pifolio is a theoretical portfolio of MSCI Country Benchmark Index ETFs that cover all the good value markets using my 50 years of global experience and my study of the analysis of four mathematical investing geniuses (and friends).

This is a complete and continual study of what to do about the movement of international major and emerging stock markets.  I want to share this study throughout the next year with you.

This analysis forms the basis of a Good Value Stock Market Strategy.  The analysis is rational, mathematical and does not worry about short term ups and downs.  This strategy is easy for anyone to follow and use.  Pi reveals the best value markets and provides contacts to managers and analysts and Country Index ETFs so almost anyone can create and follow their own strategy.

The costs are low and this type of ETF is one of the hardest for institutions to cheat.  Expense ratios for most ETFs are lower than those of the average mutual fund.  Little knowledge, time, management or guesswork are required.  The investment is simply a diversified portfolio of good value indices.  Investments in an index are like investments in all the shares of a good value market.

Pi opens insights to numerous long term cycles that most investors miss because they have not been investing long enough to see them.

The Pi subscription is normally $299 per annum but as a club member you receive Pi at no charge and save an additional $299.

Club members also receive Pi and the $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns for 50% Profits or More” and the $39.99 report, “The Silver Dip 2018” FREE.

Save $418.78… when you become a club member.

Join the International Club and receive:

#1: The $299 Purposeful investing Course (Pi).   Free.

#2: The $299 “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program including SNAP”.  Free.

#3: The $29.95 report “Three Currency Patterns For 50% Profits or More”.  Free.

#4: The $39.99 report “Silver Dip 2017”.  Free

#5: The three $19.99 reports “Shamanic Natural Health”.   All three free.

#6: The $39.99 “Live Anywhere – Earn Everywhere” report. Free.

#7: Plus all updates and other reports I release over the next year.

These reports, courses and programs would cost $767.78 so the  membership saves $418.78.

The International Club membership is $349. 

Join the International Club for $349 and receive all the above online now, plus all reports, course updates and Pi lessons for a year at no additional fee.

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(1) An idiots guide to bribing and cheating your way into college



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