When you visit or move to a new country like Ecuador, there are many things to learn… new places… sights, sounds, customs… as well as language.
Having just spent nearly a month with two of my newest grandchildren… I can see why so many people have problems learning Spanish… or learning anything for that matter.
Here our grandson, Leo, is teaching me about how to learn via his … everything in mouth trial and error technique.
The ability to keep learning is more important than ever before. Rapid change means we have to keep learning to just keep up… much less retire from the rat race.
This is why we have been increasing our focus on Super Thinking + Spanish through Frequency Modulation where delegates learn Spanish in just three days. (See our upcoming May courses in Canada and Mexico).
Super Thinking is the important part of this course. Learning Spanish in such a short time is the tool that proves what a powerful shift in learning that Frequency Modulation can create.
Of course learning Spanish is useful because Spanish it is the third most spoken language in the world. (According to the Krysstal site)
And of course it is especially useful in North America because such a large part of the Spanish speaking population is nearby in the faster growing portions of the Americas.
Countries in dark blue are Spanish speaking. The light blue shows where Spanish is most important.
How is it possible to learn Spanish in just three days? This note from a delegate at our last Super Thinking + Spanish course helps explain how this is possible.
Hello Merri and Gary, Just had to express my wonder and pleasure coming from the Super Learning and Super Spanish class in Mount Dora; it was absolutely fantastic!! You both have such a wealth of knowledge and expertise, I feel fortunate to have found you; I really mean that. Someone said “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear”. You appeared.
I have been amazed at how my head keeps pulling up the correlations we learned. Every time I see words I’m trying to put them into Spanish.
I did have the opportunity today on a flight to experiment some with a Brazilian lady. We each caught a few words.
I am saying all the English words, then repeating them in Spanish as we did in class. I have a home in Mexico where I will be able to do a lot of practicing in May. There is a gardener who has always tried to communicate with me; I will be practicing with him and the maid, then on to the “streets”! My granddaughter also was tutored for a year in Mexico; we will be conversing also. I’m very excited about this.
The July Writer’s Camp in July will be as good I know.
Muchas gracias por trabajo fantastico. Instrutors es excelente y patiente para estudentes.
(now as you said – these two sentences may not be completely correct, but I know you will know what I’m saying…and that’s all we really want to do!)
This is the key to learning Spanish in three days. The course gives delegates the ability to communicate in Spanish so they can create sentences every single day.
A study for the CIA on how to help people learn second languages showed that the key to learning was “the willingness to speak a language even though one was bad at it in the beginning”. In short those who learn the fastest and the best were those who applied trail and error to learning a language.
Enter Leo and Matilda our grandkids. Dada. Maa Ma. Is this perfect English? Not a bit but do you think it will communicate? Mom and dad will go bananas when they hear this first attempt to communicate.
The willingness to speak a new language even though not perfectly is the key to learning. Plus what is perfect? As languages evolve, isn’t it a bit silly to worry about perfection when “How R U” and “TQ” (Thank You) and “cool” “awesome” “I am 4 U” and other such short cuts are now accepted forms of communication?
The cool awesome thing about Super Thinking + Spanish is that it prepares you to communicate in just three days so you do not sound bad at all. Your three day Spanish is very eloquent and allows you to apply trial and error after the course in three different ways… speaking words you read and hear in your lessons… creating Spanish sentences that get your point across mentally in a technique we call “detouring” and by creating sentences daily. When you memorize a sentence you quickly forget. When you create a sentence, it is yours forever!
There is a fourth dimension to learning that every person can apply differently depending on how they learn so we want to share the test below. It can help you understand better how you specifically learn but first may I remind you that at the root of all scientific discovery is trial and error.
Trial and error IS the root of all scientific application… so much so that many higher education facilities now teach improved problem-solving skills in special events such as the Science Olympiad as explained (linked below) at the New Mexico Tech a scinece and engineering research university.
Application of problem solving skills as a long term endeavor.
Education is the importance of trial and error.
Emphasis on experiences rather than memorization.
We can apply trial and error in different ways and learn in different ways. Understanding how we learn best can help us be more effective! Here is the test at the selfgrowth.com site.
In Part 3 of the Self Improvement 101 course by David Riklan at that site says (bolds are mine):
Part 3: How to Immediately Determine Which of the Top 3 Learning Styles Will Work Best for You – by David Riklan says:
Today’s section (Part 3) focuses on the different ways in which we learn. By figuring out your most appropriate LEARNING STYLE(s), you will be able to determine which type of self-help you’re best suited for.
The three major learning styles defined by psychologists include:
You’ll certainly be able to learn more effectively by understanding which learning style works for you. But don’t believe that you’re limited to just one! In fact, mostly all of us use a combination of styles. It is important, however, for you to be part of an environment that makes the most of your learning ability.
VISUAL LEARNERS (approximately 65 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting information with their eyes. This includes looking at visual images or reading text. Visual learners usually prefer graphics, illustrations and charts. They are able to remember details and ideas in picture form, typically what they’ve seen before.
AUDITORY LEARNERS (approximately 30 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting information with their ears. This includes listening and talking. Although easily distracted, auditory learners learn by memorizing sound. For instance, they learn instructions by repeating them over and over again, even in silent form. They often like background music to block out interrupting noises.
KINESTHETIC LEARNERS (approximately 5 percent of the population) This type of learner is best at collecting meaning through touch and movement. Kinesthetic learners learn through physical interaction; most are young children. In essence, touching is a way of seeing.
So, which of these three styles is most effective for you? If you’re not sure, here is an exercise to help. Read through the following examples and note down how many apply to you personally. By counting how many check marks you have in each category, you can determine the type of learning that is right for you.
A VISUAL LEARNER.
—Reads or watches TV to relax.
—Tends to remember people’s faces but not their names.
—Gets distracted by untidiness when concentrating.
—Learns about a new idea by reading the book.
—Attempts to spell a difficult word by writing to see how it looks.
—Solves problems most easily by writing out possible solutions.
AN AUDITORY LEARNER.
—Listens to music or the radio to relax.
—Tends to remember people’s names but not their faces.
—Gets distracted by noise when concentrating.
—Learns about a new idea by purchasing the audio tapes.
—Attempts to spell a difficult word by sounding it out.
—Solves problems most easily by talking through possible solutions.
A KINESTHETIC LEARNER.
—Does a physical activity or plays a sport to relax.
—Tends to remember people by recalling things he/she did with them.
—Gets distracted by moving people when concentrating.
—Learns about a new idea by going to the seminar.
—Attempts to spell a difficult word by writing to see how it feels.
—Solves problems most easily through hands-on experience.
If you have a high score for visual learners, then I recommend you utilize visual presentations like illustrations, slides and videos. If you see that you are more of an audio learner, then audio sources like tapes or lectures will suit you best. If you happen to fit under the kinesthetic category, then a kinesthetic or hands-on approach to learning will help.
Certainly it is possible to score evenly across all three. This shows that you are able to learn well using either the visual, audio or kinesthetic learning styles. Congratulations!
The knowledge you gain about yourself from this test can help you improve your ability to learn through trial and error.
In these times of rapid change… this ability to keep abreast and get ahead of change can be the most effective step in moving forward in any career or situation that you desire.
My Error Saves You $24,000 in Ecuador
My Error Saves You $24,000 in Ecuador.
An Ecuador condo with this view is $24,000 less than I quoted. See my screw up below.
First, we continue our series on how to earn as you write to sell so you can earn in Ecuador or wherever you live. Today we look at how momentum in marketing and self publishing brings success.
We live in a competitive world. To earn through writing you need to expose your publications and build momentum via a growing readership. Even if you are just writing without a financial agenda… you need readers. Writers compete for reader attention with exposure. The writer with the greatest exposure will gain the most sales if the publication is focused and communicates well.
A good focused publication is always the first key. Self publishers do not market, to legitimize their work. Publications speak for themselves, if they are tuned to the times and deliver a message, they will speak for themselves. There is an audience for every book written so if the book is focused, speaks well and is exposed, it will do well.
However before a book can speak it must get into readers hands in a way conducive to reading. Publications need initial and regular followup exposure to build momentum.
Here are three ways to gain readership that builds momentum… through events, through social media and through search engine optimization.
One way to start and build momentum is through events.
James Redfield for example used personal visits to bookstores supported by speaking at church events to build the momentum of his self published book “The Celestine Prophesy”. The momentum Redfield created turned this book into a best seller for three years. Redfield is a quiet sort and let his book do much of the talking but he did work hard to get the momentum going. See an interview where Redfield explains this below. See Redfield’s website here.
The business end of self publishing can be enormously fun, but requires effort on the self publishers part. Take Hugh Howey as another example. Hugh is a top selling self publisher but he really works hard to keep the momentum of his success building.
Hugh Howey with our grandson Garren at a Comicon event. He is building momentum through events. Though Hugh has sold millions of books and his readers love him, he still attends many events all over the world to increase exposure of his books.
Before Taiwan, Hugh was in Turkey, Germany, Finland, Spain and all over the USA. He has many events ahead in the USA as well as trips to London and South Africa… all to keep the momentum of his book sales growing.
Hugh Howey has created quite an amazing self publishing story you should hear.
In 2011 while working at a book store, Hugh typed out a short story “Wool”, during his lunch breaks. Soon this publication was earning him over $100,000 a month on Amazon. He has sold over a million books at Amazon but to sustain and build upon this effort he spends more time attending events globally than ever before.
See my interview with Hugh on how to gain momentum in self publishing below. See Hugh’s website by clicking here.
Social Networking Builds Momentum
Then take a look at an interview with my sister Sandra who has built a website on art that has over 2 million visits. She uses only social media. See a link to this interview below.
Social networking is simply one more way to develop a list and expose your publications.
My sister, Sandra, is an artist and started using social networking to build momentum with readers focused around arts and crafts. She now has:
Facebook home page-260 friends,
Life Imitates Doodle fanpage: 94 (She just launched this two nights ago)
Flickr-775 followers; 1,030,079 page views
Life Imitates Doodles Blog-608,174 page views; 521 followers
Her site is http://lifeimitatesdoodles.blogspot.com/
Search Engine Example
One way Merri, David and I maintain momentum in our website and ezine activity (which leads to sales our courses, reports and books) is through search engine optimization. Our focus is on self publishing, Ecuador and value investing. Here are examples of typical headlines we use and the Google rankings we gained.
For example, yesterday I tested how well our recent articles on stock market values and Ecuador farm tours ranked at Google.
We ranked #3 for the phrase “Ecuador Farm Tours”.
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Our Major Market Value article ranked #1 at Google. Our emerging market article ranked #1 and #2. The title of our article yesterday on search engine optimization ranked #1 a Google.
Plus I am sure that many of the Valentine roses readers enjoyed this year because our article had a Google first page ranking for the phrase “Ecuador Valentine roses” and our images were ranked #1 as well.
All of these rankings help lead readers to our site. This leads them to sign up for our free daily ezine and this builds the momentum of our messages.
Knowing how to start and build momentum is an important part of successful self publishing. There is an audience for every book written and if you create a well focused publication that speaks well, use the three tools above to build momentum. When exposed, your publication will do well.
Learn the business end of self publishing as well as how to write to sell with our self publishing course.
Seven Secrets of Self PublishingHere are seven secrets that can help you earn as a writer and self publisher.
Join me as a wirter and self publisher.
These secrets are important because growing numbers of unknown writers have become famous writers and rich by self publishing over the internet.
Take for example Amanda Hocking. After self publishing her first book at Amazon.com in the spring of 2010 she became one of the the best-selling e-authors. In the next year her book sales grossed approximately $2 million.
In 2011, St. Martin’s press paid Hocking more than $2 million for the world English rights of a four book series. In 2013 she sold another series to St. Martin’s Press.
E.L. James is another such story. She sold 250,000 copies of “50 Shades” via Createspace and Amazon.com before publishers noticed her and published the erotic romance trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, and Fifty Shades Freed which sold over 70 million copies worldwide, setting the record as the fastest selling paperback of all time.
Hugh Howey is a third example. 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. 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.
These are great inspirations.
I know Hugh. This type of success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person. He deserves every accolade he receives and he does not take a bit of this success for granted. Hugh is pouring enormous energy into be worthy of his readership. We’ll share some of Hugh’s secrets in a moment.
Neither you or I are likely to have this type of success. That’s not bad. The good news is… we do not need this type of success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle. Self Publishing offers so many opportunities that one can have 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 those of Hugh Howey or E.L James or Amanda Hocking rarely share is the many hours of writing they devoted before their self published book sales soared. They were journeymen first… stars second.
The sevens secrets are the journeyman secrets… call them a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income 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 40 years, year in a 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 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 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 my adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.
Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world, have homes in Hong Kong, England, a farm in North Carolina, orange groves and home in Florida… hotel and condos in Ecuador and work that we love and feel has meaning and purpose.
Self Publishing has become a new business art form and 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 seems new… except the seven secrets. Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many. We love it 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 in life. 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 on writing to sell.
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 Whip Lash?”
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.
I’m passionate about investing, so I write and self publish ideas about investing. Merri and I love Ecuador… so we wrote about Ecuador.
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.
This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers. To be immersed in our passion and get paid well for it. That usually enough.
The seven Ps are:
#4: Profitably Priced Product
#5: Prospecting Pathway
In 1974, I had a business that never got ahead. I was almost penniless, in debt and living from hand to mouth. Then I discovered these seven secrets. They helped me write and sell book after book and report after report. Since then, our self publishing business has brought in millions.
How to build a solid business.
The key to building a successful self publishing business is to use the Golden Rule of Simplicity and the 7Ps to create your publication. The premise behind the Golden Rule is that if you have a passion… you have a problem. Your problem is a desire to fill.
The Golden rule of writing uses a writer’s desire as a compass to direct the creation and sale of the publication.
Here is the Golden Rule of Simplicity: Your Desires Are in Others. Your Desires ID Markets. Your Habits Reveals Pathways. Your Emotions Create Stories. Your Demands Create Publications.
This creative pathway works whether your publication is written by hand and sold on the street corner or published for Kindle at Amazon.com. These simple but basic fundamentals guide the creation of your works whether you use the most sophisticated equipment and algorithms or are totally low tech.
The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend seminar. We offered the course for $1,500 and were surprised when 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 course based on our current self publishing activity.
That was more than 20 years ago and thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades. You can see a few current success stories at the links at the bottom of this note.
This course is not theoretical. It describes 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 six figure annual income.
Another thing that is unique is that Merri and I do this entire business by ourselves with the help of David Cross, our son-in-law and webmaster. You will not have to build an organization to self publish. Though we have over 35,000 readers who have subscribed to our ezine and though we have have made millions we still work from home. You’ll be able to do the same—if you wish—because the course includes everything we did and do—explained in vivid detail.
To this end, I have created a special offer. When you enroll in a Writer’s Camp, I’ll immediately send you an online course “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher,” which is normally $299. I’ll also send our online course on how to use the internet and a website in your business and three additional bonuses.
Bonus #1: Get the 50 minute Video Workshop worth $99 “How to Start Your Own Internet Business” presented by our webmaster David Cross,
Bonus #2: Get FREE, the $299 online course “The Tangled Webs We Weave – How to Have an Internet Business”. To read more about this course click here.
Bonus #3: Our Super Thinking Workshop in an MP3 file so you can listen on your computer, burn a disk or listen on you Ipod or in your car. This recorded course sells for $199.
Bonus #4: A special report only available to those who enroll in “Self Fulfilled” entitled “Three Secrets for Creating Publishing Ideas”.
Bonus #5: Self Fulfilled 202 and 203. Self Publishing is changing so fast that the course continues to evolve. We added Self Fulfilled 202 in 2012 and 2o13. Now we are adding Self Fulfilled 303 in 2-14. You’ll get all new lessons we add for a year.
In all, you get $896 of bonuses FREE.
Whether you are an engineer, doctor, housewife, business owner, or retiree… self-publishing offers a way to turn your passion into profit.
Don’t miss this special opportunity. Order Self Fulfilled How to be a Self Publisher today.
Self Publisher and Author
Cotacachi, Ecuador with a Reduced Price
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Escape to the mountains and enjoy a million dollar view from your own, modern and open condo at Jahua Pacha 1.2 miles from Cotacachi.
Watch the sun rise from your own balcony.
There are 3 fireplaces and a grand room with…
Granite and tile throughout, including a Jacuzzi shower and tub.
There are 2 bathrooms.
Master bathroom with Jacuzzi tub.
Bathrooms have tile floors and surrounds.
A sun room offers a 3rd bedroom option, den or TV room.
Over 1,800 square feet of (183 m2 ) of lovely living, complete with dishwasher and double door refrigerator.
View from back of condo.
Walk to Cotacachi or a short taxi ride into this unique village.
Owner is selling partially furnished due to health issues and offers this fantastic condo for $125,000.
The new top floor units are selling for $159,500 unfurnished.
This condo was for sale at $149,000 but due to illness the owner must get a quick sale and has lowered the price to $125,000 with a number of upgrades, all light fixtures, a 2 door refrigerator (that was $2,997.00) and partially furnished. I featured this condo in yesterday’s post but failed to show the reduced price, so here you have it… a $24,000 savings.
May consider partial trade for property around the central coast. Contact Joan at email@example.com for further information and additional pictures.
We DO NOT investigate properties when they are advertised so be sure to complete your due diligence and always use an independent Ecuador attorney who represents you (not the seller) when you buy real estate in Ecuador. Also we want to be sure that you check the claims of the developer/seller and make sure that you are satisfied. We also recommend that you rent before you buy and become familiar with Ecuador.
See more on the how you learn at Selfgrowth.com
See the Krysstal site here