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Ecuador Good Friday

Good Friday is a day focused on the importance of giving.    Giving is good.  When we make our lives, business and investing centered around a fun and fulfilling service we increase positivity and happiness.  This joy is the most powerful force in the world!

Good Friday, in Ecuador, is remembered in different, distinct ways by the indigenous.

On Good Friday and several other sacred days during the year, the Indigenous believe that their friends and families who have passed away want to come back to this world and visit them. As a result they visit in huge numbers to Cotacachi cemetery.

Indigenous family at Cotacachi cemetery

Indigenous family at Cotacachi cemetery

Well tended graves

Simple but well-tended crosses

Easter in Cotacachi has its own distinct flavor; for example it is totally natural for the Indigenous to consider taking food and drink to offer to their deceased and while I was there I noticed a very light energy about the cemetary.

Indigenous girls at the cemetery
Indigenous girls at the cemetery

Serious prayers were taking place, but there is a contrast between the sorrow and grief of the elders and the vigour and light-heartedness of the younger generations.

Indigenous man sits silently
Indigenous man reflects silently

Amongst the community there are certain elders who are recognized as being especially devout. They attend and pray for the recently deceased on behalf of family members. The elders, often lacking materially, do this in return for alms.

Indigenous elder prays

Indigenous elder prays

Ice cream also seem to be a traditional food on this day. The ice-cream vendor in the cemetery was doing a roaring trade at 25 cents for an ice-lolly. Ice lollies consumed, food offered and prayers recited .. it’s time to head for Cotacachi’s main square to see the impressive processions.

Indigenous ladies leave cemetery

Indigenous ladies leave cemetery

Indigenous Culture - young vitality

Indigenous Culture – young vitality

Yet even on the holiest of holy days… business goes on… even at the cemeteries.

Ice cream seller in cemetery

Ice cream seller in cemetery

Masapan is one business that grew from cemetery celebrations and creates a way to have micro business that provides charitable benefits as well as income.

There are more explanations about why it is good to remain active are below.

A special art form called Masapan, made from bread dough is made into almost anything and is great as an export.

Masapan evolved from Ecuador cemetery celebrations which include giving to the spirits of their departed loved ones.   The celebrants gave food, leaving it at the graves… usually bread and fruit.   Since most of these celebratory dates are in the rainy seasons the bread was quickly dissolved and left a mess. Someone created the idea of making the bread so hard it was impervious to the wet.  Next someone thought of shaping them like fruit and painting them.

Viola!  An art form began.

Here is it is as tiny fruits…made into pins, fridge magnets and such.

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Over the years the rat evolved into many different forms but it is good to remember Masapan’s root… a focus on giving.

Looking at the giving of a business is important because the great pleasure of service we can gain makes business better for everyone.  Malcolm Gladwell’s book, “Outliers-The Story of Success”, explains numerous studies have shown that those who have a fulfilling business are happier and healthier as well as better off financially.

The three keys for a business to be satisfying are:

#1: Autonomy.

#2: Complexity

#3: A direct relationship between effort and reward.

This is why earning in Ecuador or globally offers such satisfaction.  This method of earning fits all three requirements.

A reader recently sent this note:  Gary, I learned that you have helped many communities in Ecuador. I admire that. At the end of the day, helping people other than oneself is when one really makes a difference. People feel good helping others and seeing communities thrive.

There is a lot of poverty in Ecuador.  I am a firm believer that education can alleviate it.

As you know, there is an impoverished province in Ecuador, Esmeraldas, from which many of the soccer national teams players come. A handful of them have even made it to intl’ teams. Unfortunately not everybody can be a soccer star so to get out of poverty everybody else needs to get an education. The problem is that many kids barely finish high school and have no way to go to college. Attending college in the big cities of Quito or Guayaquil is usually an elusive dream.

Moved by the situation, an old Italian priest put together a program sponsored by some of his Italian friends to bring youngsters from Esmeraldas to Quito and help them get through college and obtain a degree and a job. A beautiful initiative that has produced a few graduates that now are helping their families. The challenge is that his old friends are passing away and the new generations are not carrying on the funding. I have personally being helping with my own money to keep the project running but there is just so much a person alone can do. I think there are many other people that would be delighted to help such an effective program grow to new levels. We are teaching these kids how to fish, not giving them the fish in a Venezuelan wellfare fashion.

What would be a good way to give some of your 30000 readers the opportunity to help this project and feel good about it? You are a wise man that went through a lot of trials and tribulations and hence will sympathize with this cause. Please advise me on how to grow this initiative and do more good for the Ecuadorean youth.

Here is my reply: Jean, congratulations on your good work.

Because there are so many charitable causes looking for funding, we do not ask our readers for donations even for our projects.  We are asked regularly to give and how would it be possible to say no to one and yes to another?

Instead we donate all the profit… plus quite a bit more of our other Ecuador profits from our flower sales and hotel instead.  Our total donations are nearing a million dollars now… more than we have earned in Ecuador so this makes us feel really good.

I recommend that you create a micro export business… some product from Ecuador that you can sell and donate the proceeds.  Regards, Gary

Helping the poor is a global social economic concern we all need to be involved with.   There is a growing trend of people wanting to see the whole picture and do more than just earn.

For example, when people previously went for a cup of coffee they wanted the best coffee, served in the least expensive, fastest, most convenient way.  Now more and more buyers want more.  They want to know where the coffee was grown, what type of coffee… what did the growing process do to the environment…  how were the processors and growers of the coffee treated?

They ask what will the coffee do to the body and environment? Was the cup organic? Is the cup recycled and so forth?

Starbucks is a good example.  They launched an aggressive plan to ensure that its coffee came from environmentally friendly farms paying workers a fair wage.

They were setting up strict rules on everything from forestation to pesticides to labor practices.

Starbucks made this move because they have suffered bad publicity from coffee drinkers who wanted more than just a cup of coffee.

People today:

*See a bigger picture.
*Consume and invest in values not just material value.
*See connections.
*Are highly sensitive to being mislead.
*Are willing to pay a bit more for a whole product.
*Want authenticity.
*Are getting organized.

So if you have discovered that due to, what seems like misfortune, you have to work more… be happy. You may live longer, healthier and happier.

Back to masapan.

Here is how to turn bread into dough…  the cash kind by making fund raising products out of dough.

Ecuador Living’s export service helps delegates visit the village of Calderon and look at mazapan.   Masapan is made from bread dough that is glazed and baked rock hard. Delegates see all types of goods being made.  Masapan offers excellent Ecuador exports opportunity because it can be shaped into almost any form ranging from beautiful flowers to toys, nativity sets and much, much more.

Masapan products are excellent Ecuador exports because they are light and compact for low cost shipping, the product is inexpensive but with a little value added can be marked up enormously.

As Ecuador exports they have be made into pins, refrigerator magnets, necklaces, earrings and ornaments.   Exports delegates get to see how these Ecuador exports can be merchandised in many ways.

One delegate who owned a  number of Hampton Inns in the USA had mazapan flowers and llamas created to use at his hotel as a turn down treat.  So many guests asked for them that he created a small leaflet and began selling them.  Later he began  wholesaling to other hoteliers.

The last time I talked to this exporter he was having pins made in the form of his University Alma Mater  mascot to sell at college ball games and such.

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samples of mazapan.

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There is also a masapan factory near Cotacachi (Quiroga) and near the colonial Inn Land of the Sun.

For details on export tours click here.

Gary

Learn How to Write to Say or to Sell

Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 

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Here I am working poolside in the winter, at our Florida farm.

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Here I am with our hound Ma, working during the summer at our North Carolina farm.

Learn how to earn everywhere, while living anywhere you choose.  I have been able to earn by writing in Hong Kong, England, the Isle of Man, Dominican Republic and Ecuador to name a few of the place I have lived.  Everywhere I have been… too numerous to share here, I have been able to work.

All I need is my laptop.

That’s all you need too… a laptop to be free!

Before computers, a pencil and pad did the job.

Freedom is just one benefit you can gain from writing.

Another benefit is income.   Writing has brought me both our farms, free and clear… plus a lot more.

Another good example of earning potential is my friend Hugh Howey.   He was working for $10 an hour in a book store when he self published his novel Wool, typing in a storage room during his lunch breaks.

Soon he was earning over $100,000 a month on Amazon.com.  This helped secure a six-figure book deal from Simon & Schuster, and an option for film by Ridley Scott, director of Blade Runner and Alien.

That’s what he’s doing now.

Hugh Howey

Sometimes Hugh and I get together at my  farm and play chess (he beats me badly).

Writers like High are great inspirations.

A couple of years ago Hugh  left Florida, and moved to South Africa.  He had a sailing catamaran built for him and now can sail the world while he continues to write.

Hugh explained it like this: And that’s the miracle of working as a writer: I can do it from anywhere and everywhere. The past few years, I’ve done a lot of writing from airplanes and airports while on business trips abroad.  SAND was entirely written overseas while traveling through seven different countries; I think it’s a better story because of those inspirations.  In upcoming years, I may be writing near your home port.

Hugh’s a super star writer and his success could not happen to a more deserving and talented person.  He pours enormous energy into being worthy of his readership.  But you do not have to be a million dollar a year earner or a traveler to benefit from writing.

The good news is… you do not need a huge success to have a rich and fulfilled lifestyle.  Self Publishing can bring you a life that most people only dream of, as a journeyman writer, instead of a super star.

May I hastily add that the path to stardom begins as a journeyman… so the journeyman’s path brings success without stardom… but can also lead to stardom.

What most success stories like Hugh’s rarely explain is the many hours of writing that was devoted before their self published book sales soared.   Hugh, like most writers were journeymen first.  Stardom came later.

Here are sevens secrets that can help you become a journeyman writer. 

The secrets are a writer’s armory of tools that allows almost anyone to create successful publications for income, freedom and fulfillment.

Take Merri’s and my publishing business as an example.  

Merri and I are not writing stars.  We are journeymen who have for more than 40 years, year in and year out, earned solid income writing and self publishing dozens of publications about multiple subjects.

Some years that income has been more than solid… over a million dollars.  Yet in terms of stardom, we are hardly known.

In a moment you’ll see why that’s fine for us and probably will be for you too.

First some history.

Merri became involved in self publishing over 40 years ago… first helping a veterinarian publish a book on a very specific market… animal acupuncture. Then she showed a needle point artist how to sell more books to an even more specific audience… “needle point enthusiasts”  about her needle point work to an audience larger than the population of the city she lived in.  This led Merri to eventually become Executive Editor of an award winning magazine in Florida.

My story allowed Merri and me to work and live from Hong Kong to London to Europe to Eastern Europe, then the Caribbean and then Ecuador… making millions in the process of following our adventures… having fun… while helping a large readership adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s what self publishing can bring, profit, adventure and fulfillment, a great feeling of worth and wonder.

Self Publishing has created exactly the lifestyle we desire allowing us to span the world and work with meaning and purpose.

Self Publishing has become a new business art form. 

The seven secrets can help you start your own self publishing business now.

Everything in publishing is new and exciting and changing.  Publishing is being recreated by the wonderful power of destructive technology.

Everything is new… except the seven secrets. 

Change in the publishing industry is disturbing many.   We love this evolution due to these seven secrets we call the 7Ps.  The 7 Ps are so fundamental to writing and publishing that new technology enhances rather than reduces their power.

The First P is Passion.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it AND create income with self publishing.  This can be your direct ticket to the kind of fulfillment you’ve always wanted.

Whether you want to travel the world or live as a recluse, work 12 hours a day or not work much at all,  you can set your schedule to succeed, if you’re willing to learn these seven secrets.

You can start part-time with any dream, passion, and budget.  Once you’ve created a product, you’ll enjoy the “multiple effect” of producing profits over and over again.

So the question is… What do you love to do?

What’s Your Passion:  An example is that thirty years ago, a client of Merri’s had a passion to help people who were in pain?  He published a series of pamphlets explaining various chiropractic disorders in very simple terms.  For example: “What Is Whiplash?”

The pamphlets contained solid information, but were simple 5″ x 7″ brochures with drawings and explanations. He sold them with a rack to chiropractors, who put them in their offices for patients to read.  These little self-published items sold year in and year out for decades.

There are thousands of ideas of this sort that can lead to big business.  It’s just a matter of defining and then acting on your passion.

Although I can work when I please and go where I wish, for me the most important reason for being a publisher is the satisfaction it brings. 

I love the projects I take on, so work doesn’t feel like, well… work.

What do you love?  If you love golf, then you can write and sell publications about golf.  Love travel, fishing, dogs, dolls, or art?  Write and sell publications in these fields.

Are you concerned about crime, war, poverty or environmental issues?  You can publish information products that help reduce these concerns.

Would you like to help the world be a more spiritual place?  Publish a newsletter, write a book (or hire someone to write it for you), record a tape… publish something that enlightens people.

Whatever your passion, you can immerse yourself in it and earn income by publishing for ereaders, print on demand, CDs, lists, bound books, or any format you choose.

Be immersed in your passion and get paid well for it. 

This is why stardom is not the main goal for most writers and self publishers.  Extra income, more freedom and fulfillment are usually more than enough enough.

The seven Ps are:

#1: Passion

#2: Problem

#3: Person

#4: Profitably Priced Product

#5: Prospecting Pathway

#6: Promise

#7: Presentation

The first time I exposed others to the secrets in Self Publishing was in a weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.  We offered the camp for $1,500. 80 delegates enrolled.  People from all walks of life attended—chiropractors, businessmen, investors, doctors, realtors, inventors, airline pilots, engineers, and housewives.

Merri and I were so overwhelmed by the response, we decided to make it available to a larger audience.  We created a written course based on our current self publishing activity called “Self Fulfilled – How to be a Self Publisher.”  Then we recorded the weekend “Writer’s Camp” seminar.

Thousands have used the course as it has evolved over the decades.

You can receive both the written course and the recorded weekend seminar, in an MP3 file, in a special “Live Well and Free Anywhere” program I am making available to you.  The normal fee is $299 for the written course and $299 for the recorded workshop.   I’ll send you both the course and the recorded workshop and my course “International Business Made EZ (also $299) all for $299.  You save $598.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within 60 days for a full refund .

These courses are not theoretical.  They describe, step-by-step, how Merri and I built a million-dollar international business and how we are running this self publishing business right now.   We use the 7Ps today just as we did four decades ago to create a strong annual income.

This correspondence course is for those who would like their own international self publishing micro business for fun and profit. If you want fun, freedom, extra income and fulfillment with your own full or part time writing or want to build your existing business, by writing to sell you can profit from this course.  The course can help who want their own business or who want to have a business together or a family business.  This is the perfect course for those who can no longer find employment, who are looking for ways to earn abroad and who wish to retire and supplement their income.

Whether you are retired, an investor, chiropractor, doctor, dentist, professional or already own your own business, this offers another way to make money, to turn your passion into profit. We guarantee that we have shared all we know to help you start and run your own international business.  Enjoy and live a life of following your Passion to Profit… through writing.

Here is a special offer. 

We provide two emailed courses  “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell and be a Self Publisher” and “International Business Made EZ”.

We include the “Self Fulfilled Writing and Self Publishing Course” because there are two reasons to write, when you have something to say or when you have something to sell.  In this day and age many of us want to do both, make a statement that makes the world a better place and earn something extra in the process. 

Whatever your passion, however you do business, chances are you’ll be writing either to create a product or to sell a product. 

You save more than $598 because you also receive a recorded webinar conducted by our webmaster David Cross (at no extra cost).

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David Cross

David has been our webmaster since our website began in the 1990s.  He is Merri’s and my business partner. We could not run our business as we do without him.

Learn the tactics we use in our web business that condenses 27 years of practical experience about search engine optimization, and writing for search engines.

For the last 27 years David has worked with companies large and small – IBM, Agora Publishing, AstraZeneca and many small business owners.  He has worked in 22 countries, and lived in six of them.

David’s clients span the globe and represent companies and charities both large and small.  From corporate giants to small, one-woman businesses and everything from finance, healthcare, publishing, technology, real estate, veterinarians, alternative health centers and everything in between.

David is an essential part of our web based business.

Myles Norin, CEO of Agora, Inc.  wrote:  “I have found David’s knowledge and experience unmatched in the industry.  Without David’s expertise and guidance for the past 7 years, we would not be nearly as successful as we are.”

As Senior Internet Consultant to Agora Inc. in Baltimore, MD, he worked closely with Agora’s publishers and marketers and – over a 7-year period – helped to propel Agora’s online revenues from around $20 million to well over $300 million.

David’s webinar will help you gain benefits in your micro business that large internet marketing companies use.  In this practical recorded workshop you will learn valuable skills to help your micro business.

There has never been a time when the opportunity for small businesses abroad has been so outstanding.  Expand your borders now!  Increase your economic security freedom, independence and success.

If you are not fully satisfied that this offers you enormous value simply email us for a full refund within 60 days.  You can keep all three courses as our thanks for giving our courses a try.

You also receive a report  “How to use Relaxed Concentration to Brainstorm Business Ideas” and a recorded workshop “How to Become and Remain Rich With Relaxed Concentration” at no additional cost.

Plus you get more in the program.

You receive regular writing and self publishing updates for a year.  Businesses usually need to evolve.  Merri and I continue to publish and have our independent businesses.  Some basics have remained for decades, but new strategies occur all the time throughout the year.  We’ll be sending along updates that share our most recent experiences as we learn and continue to grow our international micro business from Smalltown USA.

My special offer to you in this “Live Well and Free Anywhere Program”, is that you receive:

  • “International Business Made EZ” course
  • “Self Fulfilled – How to Write to Sell” course
  • Video Workshop by our webmaster David Cross,
  • The entire weekend “Writer’s Camp” in MP3,
  • MP3 Workshop “How to Gain Added Success With Relaxed Concentration”
  • Any updates to any of the courses, workshops, reports or recordings for a year.

We are so confident that you’ll gain from this offer that if you are not fully satisfied, simply email us within the first three months for a full refund . 

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a quarter of update lessons $79.   Click Here.

Order “Self Fulfilled – How to Publish to Sell” and a full year of update lessons $299.  Click Here.      

See success stories from Self Publishers and a few who have attended the “Writer’s Camp” that you will receive on MP3.