Readers often ask, “how do you get ideas to write about”. I reply, “Usually when two ideas hit me on the same day and coincide with something I already believe or have been thinking about”.
Take for example the importance of sunset.
I have been thinking how lucky Merri and I, well into our 70s, have been through the pandemic. As recluses, we were not out a lot anyway, so we didn’t give up much in the last year. Florida has remained pretty open and the weather has been terrific.
Life just seems to keep getting better. I already believe that.
Then last Sunday I was purusing the The Wall Street Journal magazine and read an article in The Exchange about Diana Von Furstenberg (1). She’s a successful fashion designer, same age as I am (74). She has been listed as the 68th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes and was included in the Time 100, as an Icon, by Time Magazine plus was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.
The article highlighted her new book, “Own It: The Secret of Life”
In the article Furstenberg said: I am in the sunset of my life. It is the time you reflect on all the things you have done, How can I most create an impact using my voice, my resources, my knowledge, my experience,and my connections.
I know that three in four readers at our site are Boomers. We are in our near the sunset of our lives, so I thought… “I’d better share this thought”.
We should enjoy our sunsets. Sunsets are one of nature’s most beautiful times. When the sun is low on the horizon, it sends light through more air and this long path scatters the blue and violet light so or eyes see the glory of the sunlight’s yellow, orange, and red.
As our later years send events through a lens of deeper experience (and hopefully more wisdom and perhaps a bit more mellowness), we should see life’s richer more colorful meanings.
Sunset on East Lake at our Florida home
It appears we do enjoy life more as we mature.
The Furstenberg article matched up with another Wall Street Journal article on the same day, “Why Older People Managed to Stay Happier Through the Pandemic”. (2)
The article said: For all its challenges to mental health, this year of the plague also put psychological science to the test, and in particular one of its most consoling truths: that age and emotional well-being tend to increase together, as a rule, even as mental acuity and physical health taper off.
The finding itself is solid. Compared with young adults, people aged 50 and over score consistently higher, or more positively, on a wide variety of daily emotions. They tend to experience more positive emotions in a given day and fewer negative ones, independent of income or education, in national samples (work remains to be done in impoverished, rural and immigrant communities).
But that happiness gap always has begged for a clear explanation.
The coronavirus changed that. If the outbreaks across the country through the spring showed one thing clearly, it was that older people have been at much higher risk — both of getting sick and dying of Covid-19 — than the young.
After middle age, people become more aware of a narrowing time horizon and, consciously or not, begin to gravitate toward daily activities that are more inherently pleasing than self-improving.
They’re more prone to skip the neighborhood meeting for a neighborhood walk to the local bar or favorite bench with a friend. They have accepted that the business plan didn’t work out, that their paintings were more fit for the den than for a gallery. They have come to accept themselves for who they are, rather than who they’re supposed to become. Even those who have lost their jobs in this tragic year, and face the prospect of re-entering the job market — at least they know their capabilities, and what work is possible.
These differences will be important to keep in mind in the near future, if only to blunt a widening generational divide, experts say. A pandemic that began by disproportionately killing the elderly has also savagely turned on the young, robbing them of normal school days, graduations, sports, first jobs, or any real social life — and shaming them, often publicly, if they tried to have one. Now, in a shrinking economy, they’re at the back of the vaccine line.
There you have it. This is an era when the benefits of an elder’s experience is worth more than the cost of getting it. The old concepts of retirement don’t really apply any more and now we see that our sunsets not only can be successful, productive, meaningful years, but they are likely to be the happiest, richest and most enjoyed.
So here’s a good business idea. Share the good news, the richness, the happiness with our younger generation. Our kids need help and we are in a relaxed and good position to do so.
As you are thinking about how you can serve and be of value in the years ahead, look for ways to help the GenXrs and the Millennials. They have huge obstacles ahead.
Their problems create opportunity for those of us who are older, have more experience and more money to help.
Millennials, despite making up nearly a quarter of the population hold only 3% of the country’s wealth, according to the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances.
As young generations age, they accumulate and inherit wealth, a trend that has broadly remained consistent. But what has changed recently is the rate of accumulation. According to an article “The Growing Generational Wealth Gap” at visualcapitalist.com (3) in the last three decades this trend has changed.
In the U.S., household wealth has traditionally seen a relatively even distribution across different age groups. However, over the last 30 years, the U.S. Federal Reserve shows that older generations have been amassing wealth at a far greater rate than their younger cohorts.
Boomers and their few parents (The Silent Generation) control 70% of the nation’s wealth. GenXers control 27% and as stated Millennials just 3%.
Visual from www.visualcapitalist
So when you think, “what should I do? What would I like to do?”, consider a business, product or service that can help the younger generations.
Live Better and Be Free – 5 Global Earning Experiences
I began my international business over 50 years ago and have been creating and running international micro businesses since.
During that time my wife, Merri, and I have been able to live, work and earn all over the world. We could be anywhere we wanted because of seven secrets we gained. I share three of these secrets here with you. We have been blessed with global earning experiences that helped us make millions… but were also fun, such as with British Lordships.
See how this one micro business helped us rub elbows with British Royalty.
One of Merri’s businesses that worked with British Royalty was featured in Doonesbury.
Global Earning Experience #1: Lords. One of Merri’s ideas (in the mid 1980s) was to broker British titles to wealthy Americans. We made a ton from that… even gained 15 minutes of fame when Gary Trudeau learned about this business and immortalized it by having B.D. Zonker buy a title!
What fun… profitable, plus stimulating, meeting and working with the Blue Bloods of Britain… visiting their castles… invited to their events and affairs.
Global Earning Experience #2: Lepers. Our micro businesses have been fulfilling as well as fun. Merri started her international business in her 20s (long before she knew me) importing Italian clocks to the USA. This earned so much ($80,000 in the first year) that she created other micro businesses helping orphans in the Yucatan and Haitian lepers (at the Albert Schweitzer Hospital) produce crafts she sold for them in the USA mostly through Lily Pulitzer stores.
This brought excellent income ($80,000 in the 1960s was a lot of cash)… incredible contacts… working with Dr. Larimer and Gwen Mellon who created the Albert Schweitzer Hospital in Haiti… and enormous satisfaction. Merri still cries over 50 years later when she tries to speak of the gratitude of the lepers and her time and life in Haiti.
Plus she gained lessons that allowed her to live and earn… in many places and many ways.
Before I get ahead of myself, may I ask you a question?
Would you enjoy living in two or even more places wherever and whenever you choose? Would you be happier with more freedom, lack of debt, and a life of riches, adventure and fulfillment? Would you be glad to feel confident that you can discover interesting and fun business ideas again and again that not only bring in extra income but also help the poor and improve the environment?
If so then read on… because… Merri and I have led that lifestyle for decades and can show you how to live it too.
The key is to earn from home offices. They are part of a micro business secret and you’ll see why have two home offices (and using two cars in business) can save thousands in taxes.
You can also enjoy such a lifestyle because after years of search, I found business secrets that you can use and enjoy.
Waterfall at our North Carolina Farm. See enjoyable benefits of a micro business in water.
Global Earning Experience #3: Hospitality. Here’s a hotel we owned and operated in Ecuador. Once we sold this hotel we joined the sharing economy and began offering rentals in our North Carolina cabins through AIRBNB and houses in Florida. We became designated super hosts within months and added thousands of extra dollars to our income every month.
Caring is just one example of how to live anywhere and earn, especially now that the pandemic has changed how people vacation.
Having a variety of places to live is part of one of the secrets on how to earn more, have a better life with more fun, adventure and greater freedom.
Global Earning Experience #4: Import-Export. Here I am at our Florida house showing clients how to import.
I was wearing a hand tailored, made to order, high quality wool suit from Ecuador that could be imported into the US for as little as $135 . Plus that Panama hat was made in Ecuador. This is odd but true, all genuine Panama hats are made in Ecuador. We imported Ecuador roses year round as well, all from one of our tax deductible US home office.
The secrets we’ll share below are not about how to buy suits or flowers though. The secrets show ways to make money (while helping others) marketing any type of product or service wherever you are and where you want to be at home or aborad.
Global Earning Experience #5: Green Produce. We have an orange grove and lake at our Florida home and
are among the first to test new organic ways to make citrus farming better for the environment and the consumer. In North Carolina we cultivate Wild American Ginseng as well as aquafarm.
These are just a few of the business experiences that can help you have the freedom to earn globally. They are shared in our emailed correspondence course on how to be a self publisher..
The course teaches a system based on seven secrets so powerful that it creates money for you regardless of where you are: in town, out of the country, traveling or even in places as remote as we live.
These secrets have worked for us in real estate… titles… tours… agriculture… clothing… hospitality… alternative health… spirituality… printing… publishing and art businesses for Merri and me all over the world.
Merri and I have created a special, really simple program so you can “live well and free anywhere”. The course makes it possible for you to enjoy extra income doing something you love. You can gain full or part time and enjoy excellent profits as you have fun and do something good in the world.
My search stumbled on the fact that most millionaires make their money in business. This discovery led to a study of rich businesses, ones that generate everlasting wealth. Here are three of seven secrets we share in our program that we learned and have used in our micro businesses:
Secret #1: They must enjoy the multiple effect. A product once created must produce profits again and again, almost on a never-ending basis. Each investment needs to make huge returns.
Secret #2: They need to be greater than their owner’s time. They must produce income even when the owner doesn’t put in day-to-day effort. You may already be wealthy or earning a high income. You may not even need another business or extra income, but some day you might. One surgeon explained it this way. “I am making a fortune because peoples’ lives are in my hands. Once my hands are no longer steady, my income stops. My entire financial well being will then be in someone else’s hands!”
Secret #3: These money making systems should be enjoyable and fun. Sadly most people make money for the sake of making money. Many spend their lives working, just to have a few precious hours having fun. The most important fact about making and keeping wealth is that those who were richest absolutely love what they were doing. Money is of secondary importance to their effort. And as things are, this means they actually ended up making more money.
These secrets created a fantastic way to make money with my own international micro self publishing business writing about what I love!
You too can have everlasting wealth by turning your passion into profit.
You too can have the freedom to do what you love from any place you like, even operating (actually preferably) from your bedroom, dining room or den if you wish.
What do you love? Rare cars? You can make a fortune creating a business around them. Do you prefer fine art? Or do you love beautiful jewelry, coins, gems, real estate, furs, model railways, dolls, scientific equipment, war memorabilia, old and rare books, or whatever? Do you prefer social subjects rather than objects?
Are you concerned with the environment or humanitarian problems, with crimes, war or poverty? Would you like to help wipe these social problems out in the course of your business?
Are you a golfer? Do you love to travel? Why not make all kinds of money in a global business related to golf?
Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place, help people get along better together? You can do something good for the world, increase your income and live wherever you please in the process!
Whatever your passion you can learn how to earn by creating a micro business based on it.
Take fishing, for example.
I am no great aquafarmer, but the numbers and lifestyle our our trout raising business worked on a small scale. We pay about $3.50 a pound to stock the fish, they double, triple, even quadruple in size and we sell them at a local butcher shoppe for a modest profit. This is not a big deal, but does generate income, helps attract guests to stay in our rental cabins, gave us some great trout dinners on our table. Feeding the trout is a thoroughly enjoyable part of my daily labor. I need this to counter balance sitting in front of a computer.
Over a couple of months the fish grow… a lot.
Millions of people love fishing but don’t have a pond. This does not mean they cannot be involved in fishing. Here are just a few of many ways that others have profitably matched this passion with profit.
Two of my friends, John and Lou, grew up near me in the Oregon mountains. They were outdoor adventure types and moved to Canada, where they homesteaded 1,200 acres on a trout-filled lake in mid British Columbia. They built a fishing camp that attracts fisherman from around the world.
Duncan Kinderman on the other hand loved fishing and castles. He bought a castle on the River Tay, a great Scottish salmon river, and offered time shares for fisherman from Britain, Europe and the US.
Another entrepreneur I know was from Montana. His skills were in marketing so he sold fishing trips for fishing camps. He attended rod and gun exhibitions, met owners of these camps and arranged to sell their fishing trips to the US, Argentina and even in Russia to fisherman around the world.
Ralph Kylloe on the other hand loved fishing and photography so he created the book, “Fishing Camps”, which was published by Gibbs Smith publisher. This allowed Ralph to travel across the country enjoying fishing camps as he photographed and wrote.
Steve Ambrose, another friend of ours, had family commitments at home so he set up a bass fishing business in Florida that served Americans, Germans, Canadian, Dutch and Belgians. Later as his children grew, he used his client base to arrange fishing trips in Argentina.
Each of these people had provincial backgrounds and differed in age, situation and skills. Their common link, the love of fishing, led each to a global micro business. Each was able to blend a unique nature and set of skills to develop a global business that surrounded them with fun, like minded fishing souls.
There is such an abundance of opportunity that Merri and I have created this program to help you have your own micro business that can be managed almost anywhere. This program is unique because Merri and I are unique. We started our global business together. Since we’re almost recluses, we decided to do the whole business by ourselves… thus we create micro businesses that do not require large staffs.
We began working at home. Today, though we have tens of thousands of buyers and have made millions, we still work at home on our remote farms and employ only a few people to help.
You’ll learn how to turn advertising dollars into a fortune. You’ll learn how to create your own ads and when to use the internet… search engines… pay per click… classifieds, space ads, direct mail or word of mouth… even flea markets and roadside stands in some cases.
See how to build a PR list and social business network on the World Wide Web to gain thousands of dollars in free publicity. I even share my most secret results on my marketing so you will know why sometimes you sell more units of a product at $49 instead of $29.
Learn how one couple used ads about retirement to supplement their retirement income and received free trips all over the world.
Learn how we have made money over the Internet (specific details, specific experiences, hard earned knowledge over the last 13 years!) With an inexpensive computer you can easily run a business from home and still have tons of time left over – even if you are computer challenged. Merri and I have certainly proven this. We were one of the first to run a successful website and still rank high today even with millions of competitors. The secrets in the course include a step-by-step approach.
Merri and I with our webmaster, David Cross, were leaders in beginning internet micros businesses and have sold millions over the web. You gain ways to earn global income over the net from that experience as well.
Business people or professionals who want to add an extra profit center to their business or who want to change their business entirely will benefit. Those who want more control over their career can profit. Plus those who love global travel and want to turn their trips into profitable tax deductions!
Even older entrepreneurs are taking advantage of technology. One of our friends and clients, Mickey E., was a 72 year old real estate broker, when she began a small global business. With just a computer and internet, she created publications that attracted English real estate buyers. This allowed her to become a top sales person in the biggest real estate firm (selling over a billion dollars of real estate a year) in town. She later used the tactics she learned to move to Ecuador (in here late 70s) and start a micro business there.
This course is also for couples 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 micro business. Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit.
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The foundation of human society is the ability to communicate ideas through words. Words support a framework of love, hate and desire and all the emotions throbbing through the heartbeat of mankind.
Writing to sell is one of the most powerful forms of marketing and marketing is what we do in every aspect of life… every day.
The heart of all businesses requires marketing. We market ourselves, our business, our thoughts ideas and beliefs all the time. In business, marketing covers strategic planning, product design, packaging, distribution, advertising, public relations, promotions and sales. Marketing is the process by which anything and everything, product, service, idea, person is introduced and promoted. Without marketing, you may be or have something great, but no one knows it.
All marketing begins with writing… whether, a speech, picture, video, movie, advertisement, announcement, banner, jingle, song… the birth place is in the written word.
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We even built a cabin on a North Carolina creek.
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