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Ecuador Living is a gift from the Andes and Equator.

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Ecuador Living is living in  a way,  not living in a place.  You can live the Ecuador lifestyle in Ecuador or anywhere.

Ecuador Living is a lifestyle that integrates the brain and the heart, the thinking and the feeling, the logic and the intuition.

Ecuador Living personalizes your lifestyle so you enjoy adapting to change.

Take Ecuador and the change Merri and I have seen there, since first visiting in the mid 1990s.  Abdalá Bucaram was campaigning for the office of President.  He won but in less than six months was removed after being ruled mentally unfit.


A photo I took of President Correa. He was accessible in the beginning. Will he be now?

From that time there were nine Ecuador presidents in the next ten years.  In 2007 Rafael Correa became president.  Before his four year term expired he used constitutional reform as an excuse to be reelected for four more years and then be elected for a third term.

Now Correa is throwing this idea of term limits out the window.  A Wall Street Journal article, “Ecuador President Rafael Correa Seeks Law Allowing Perpetual Re-Election: (1) by Mercedes Alvaro and Dan Molinski explains that Correa has a new law to Ecuador’s Constitutional Court, (the judges are allied with Correa) that would eliminate term limits for all political offices.   The article says that Congress, is expected to pass this law.

Correa is quoted” “The easiest thing would be for me to retire in 2017 as one of the best presidents in our history, as the people refer to me.  My sincere position was always against re-election, but after deep reflection, and well aware that sometimes our choices are between the lesser of two evils, I’ve decided to support this initiative.”

Correa has done a lot of good for Ecuador where the political system had been manipulated for centuries by the minority of extreme rich.  Correa has directed the nation’s substantial oil revenues to improve transportation and into social programs that help the poor.  Poverty has fallen to 26% from 38%.   Health care has become more accessible.

On the other hand, the indigenous community has protested his changes that have opened tribal lands to oil and mineral exploration and seizure of national water rights.

He has also attacked freedom of the press and civil groups.  The communications regulation passed last year made it a crime for the press to report news in ways that regulators do not deem fair and balanced.

The government also cracked down on civil groups that oppose government policy.  One large indigenous environmental organization, Panchamama, was closed after organizing peaceful protests.

Great leaders who lead the way to great change are almost always controversial.   Chile’s Pinochet led the “Miracle of Chile”.  Chile was, for most of the 1990s, the best-performing economy in Latin America.  On the other hand his government was harsh.  Claims are that thousands of political opponents were killed, up to 80,000 were interned and as many as 30,000 were tortured during Pinochet’s reign.

Over 30 years in office, Lee Kwan Yew, helps Singapore grow from a developing colonial outpost to one of the most developed nations in Asia, despite its small population, limited land space and lack of natural resources.

He was also criticized as being authoritarian and intolerant of dissent.  He successfully sued political opponents and newspapers who opposed his decisions and plans.

Many world leaders have praised Lee.  One leader said if Lee had lived in another time and place, he would have attained the world stature of a Churchill, a Disraeli, or a Gladstone. Others called him “a remarkable leader and statesman” and “one of the brightest and most effective world leaders”.

One description I find most enlightening was Henry Kissinger’s prize. He said  Lee was “One of the asymmetries of history”.

Will Correa go the way of Lee Kwan Yew, Augusto Pinochet or worse like Hugo Chavez who brought his county’s economy to ruin and social disorder?  Venezuela is one of the most violent countries in the world.

Correa has two good things going for him. He (like Lee Kwan Yew) has a background of academia (Lee studied Law at Cambridge) instead of military, as did Pinochet and Chavez.  He and Lee also spent considerable time living in other countries which may enhance a more intelligent global view.

This gives a better chance that Correa’s intolerance of opposition will at least be carried out in the courts and not with death and the prisons.

This website has remained positive about Correa for most of his time in office.  However I may have read Orwell’s “Animal Farm” at too early a stage.  Perhaps the adage, “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely” is too ingrained in my mind.  I feel disturbed by Correa’s increased power and longevity in office.

Will Correa be another asymmetries of history?

This is a question that only history will answer and history suggests that the answer  will be controversial depending on every person’s view.

What we can know is that Correa will bring great change to Ecuador, good for some, bad for others.

This is a benefit of an Ecuador Living lifestyle that anticipates, accepts and makes the best of change. 

Ecuador Living began over five centuries ago with an Andean prophesy before the Spanish arrived.

This prophesy was taught to Merri and me by a yatchak with whom we lived and worked with for many years.

He told us, “The condor of the south would fly in the skies with the eagle of the north again”.

This means the indigenous people of the equator live too much in their hearts.  The people of the industrialized north live too much in their brains.

When we integrate our hearts with our brain, intuition with logic, feeling with thought, we restore equilibrium.

The yatchak taught us that as Westerners move to the Equator, this social awakening will unfold in three circles. The outer circle is outside the Andes (this is where we find our place for now).  The middle circle is on the equator.  The inner circle is Ecuador’s special remote, isolated valleys.

This expansion of global socio-economic integration is a reflection of the inner growth of individuals.  This Ecuador Living process begins on the outside with physical improvements in nutrition, exercise and purification.

The sets the scene for a holistic pinnacle career, the individual mission of service that defines each of us for what we are meant to be. This is a helpful, fulfilling, fun, expansive, healthful and profitable activity that brings peace of mind as it continually forsees and adapts to change.  Pinnacle careers create and maintain wealth through, multi dimensional, global micro businesses and investing for a purpose beyond the bottom line.

This leads to the inner circle of our individual consciousness as it integrates with the whole.  Super Thinking – Escape the Tyranny of Reason.


Learn How to Write to Say or to Sell

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.





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