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Success Stories in Ecuador

Here are some success stories in Ecuador.

Our mantra for decades and the core of creating a pinnacle career is to “turn your passion into profit”.   Here are some success stories shared by Roberto Ribadeneira that show how Ecuadorians in all walks of life are following this ideal.


What is Really Important

By Roberto Ribadeniera

There is one key thing when it comes to thinking about the future, either if it is short or long term.

What do you want from it?

I recently asked a lot of business people (that I got to be friends with)  this question. The answer varied depending on the age, the business they run, and how successful they have become. That is pretty obvious, but there were similar thoughts in almost all of them.

They all had an important advice for me. If you can, do what you love, because then working won’t be a curse but a blessing. Everyday you will wake up wanting more, looking to do more and hopefully getting more in return.

A friend who is an engineer and during his career has built everything from houses to bridges and many, many buildings, is enjoying a happy retirement. During his successful professional life he was great, not only that, he managed to make his own projects and now is happily retired.

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A friend’s Hotel in Quito

But when you talk to him you can see the passion when he talks about numbers, he is always thinking about ways to improve the infrastructure and still enjoys working on projects. He did what he really wanted and became successful because of that. It didn’t matter working long hours, because the final result was the best result.

One of my uncles was one of the best surgeons in Ecuador; in fact he was so good that he spent time out of the country on international conferences several months a year. Almost everyone that met him was impressed of how nice he was. Working as a surgeon with so much pressure was not easy, but he was so devoted to what he did, that it was not a burden, it was a pleasure for him. What time he spent working was done with all his heart. He got sick and passed away a few months ago, but he worked really hard to accomplish his dreams, even when he was already ill he operated for as long as permitted. That was his life and he enjoyed it until the end.

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Hospital Metropolitano (photo credit ASCHPE)

A friend of mine is a designer. She loves fashion, in fact she will explain to me (although I fail to understand) all about the trends in the fashion world: names, tendencies, colors, etc. All are important in this business and she knows everything about it. What is nice about what she does is that she designs purses, shoes and boots. She has hundreds of customers in Quito and they patiently wait for her next new line of products. She makes sure that everything is as she wants it to be. She is working on new things, is passionate and knows what ladies want, so her designs are not only “chic” but also comfortable. If you think about fashion 24/7, may as well work on something related!

My grandpa was also very important, he used to write for El Comercio – one of the best newspapers in Ecuador – he was also a University Professor and former President of Casa de la Cultura Ecuadoriana (which is The House of Culture from Ecuador) and built their magnificent building.  This is one of the nicest structures in Quito, at El Ejido Park. He was also passionate about what he did. He loved culture, movies, books, he was also a writer, gave many conferences and traveled all over the world.

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Casa de la Cultura (photo credit El Comercio)

The thing about him was that he never accumulated money, he had a terrific and great life, but money was not important to him. What lesson this brings is: there is no doubt that he was successful, but his success was measured in the importance of his cultural contribution, not the monetary one. He wrote his last article a week before he died; he worked until he could not do it anymore. His passion was knowledge and that moved him until his very last days. People followed him because he loved what he did.

Another friend (who is also retired) worked in the auto industry for several years. He was the CEO of a big car dealer in Ecuador and made a good income. Now he enjoys the time he has by playing tennis and has some businesses that bring steady money to him. He knows everything about cars, he is business wise, he still works in small projects but enjoys his free time. He also mentioned that he became a CEO because the owners of the company trusted that he would do what it takes to make things work. He did not feel it was a problem; he saw in every thing an opportunity to succeed and now has a comfortable life. He is investing now and works on things that he is interested in, not because he has to, but because he wants to.

Another friend is the sales manager of a tire company. He is in his mid 30s and he is the key person that makes the company thrive. Customers will wait for him to serve them, he talks to them, he is knowledgeable and on his free time he enjoys working on cars and runs on 4 X 4 rallies. His life is around cars, which makes perfect sense for him to work with them. People notice that and this is why at his early age he is running the sales department of a big company.

With another friend we usually see each other at dinnertime and it is not a surprise anymore but she is always working. We discussed this very thing and I asked her…why does she work so much? She is beautiful, talented and very responsible, so I was expecting a solid defense of her case. But she kept things simple: “because I like my work and I can do it all day long”. I pressed wanting to know if there was anything else hidden, but no, it was that simple, and why shouldn’t it be? She will answer phone calls, emails and texts, even late at night and always be kind and professional.  I tried to advise her that you have to disconnect every once in a while from the office, but when I see her eyes light because she is getting something done from work, I just sit back and relax. Turns out that if you are doing what you love nothing else matters.

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View from ECU 911 (friend’s work place)

What these stories show is that happiness comes from doing what you love. It is not always possible but we should try our best to do it. It also tells us that success comes from being stubborn. Many people failed when they first started and struggled when their businesses were young. But they not only believed but also put all their effort in what they did. They were also good because if you are not good then things won’t work either. But it is easier to be good at what you do best.

A good friend used to say: “If it were easy then everybody will do it”. Well things that are easy do have a lot of competitors. That is why a niche market to start is a good idea. Most of my friends that have good businesses started small and worked their way up.

Remember if you are great at something the chances that you will  have success, along as having lots of fun. These are greater than if you don’t love what you do.

If you read about professionals and how unhappy most of them are, you will know that income and happiness are not related at all. Which doesn’t mean that if you do what you want, you won’t be making a lot of money.


Learn how to do what is important to with Writing to Sell at our June 14, 15, 16 or  August 31- Sept 1-2 Super Thinking Writer’s Camp in the Blue Ridge.   See details here.

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Seven P Secrets of Self Publishing

When you write, you can work anywhere. 


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.