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Older can be better in a pinnacle career.   Many readers who move to Ecuador later to return to the USA.   This is the fourth chapter in our Older is Better series (1) and shares thoughts on the benefits of cultural change gained going to and coming from one culture to another.  A pinnacle career is like an encore career but better because it brings you better places that suit you better, better friends, better health and wealth.

North Americans move less than they did a few decades ago, but remain the most mobile people in the world. According to a Washington Post article on “Life Mobility” (2) a 2013 Gallup survey, found that nearly a quarter of Americans had moved from their city or area in the past five years. This mobility creates a problem as well as an opportunity.

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Graph from University of the Pacific website. (click to enlarge)

The problem of mobility is that many who are mobile then try to go back to their original home.

You are no longer the same person you were when you left so you have a different type of like minded soul.

A course on returning home at the website of University of the Pacific in California (3) outlines that returning home can be difficult because:

#1: It Is Largely Unexpected.

#2: The Reality of Home Differs from Reality.

#3: Change Has Occurred to Everyone.

#4: People May React to Returnees in Ways They Consider Inappropriate.

#5: Reverse Culture Shock Is Neither Recognized nor Understood at Home.

There are pinnacle career benefits in mobility.

At last weeks Writer’s Camp I asked delegates how many of them lived in the town where they were born and grew up. How many raised their hands? Not one. We at that course were like minded souls.

One delegate noted this when she sent this note after the Camp. “Merri & Gary … many thanks to you both for such a good conference… it was a nice group of like-minded people! I think there are things on the wings that are coming forth in good time for all of us. Things close to our hearts are revealed and come into form and matter at the right moments in time. At this wonderful age… we all feel a strong soul-call-direction to move forward with our intention to accomplish things dear to us… including quiet times of nothingness … which is where everything really is.”

We grow when we live in more than one place. Travel expands our horizons as we gain new sites, sounds, tastes and ideas. “Home” becomes a way of life rather than where you come from. You no longer fit into the shape of the puzzle piece that you left behind. The process of growing can mean that you never really feel settled. Where you belong is where you are and your friends are based on beliefs and being rather than location.

The Best Home

After the camp I spent some time speaking with one British delegate who is retiring. He has been employed in the the Middle East for decades. We discussed the challenges that this era of mobility has created. Once one has moved around far from the home of their youth, it is very hard to go back. The good news is with a pinnacle career there is no need to go back. You are free to be with friends wherever you desire rather than where you were born.

The Best Career

This is why Merri’s and my career are so important to us. Our clients have become our friends. Recently a reader of about 30 years sent this note. “Gary, your Hong Kong experience was what fascinated me at the time and got me on your list those many decades ago. I’ve not been disappointed since. Warmest regards,”

The Best Friends

One of the greatest benefits that Merri and I offer our readers (and gain ourselves in the process) is that we are a magnet for like minded souls. Again and again we find that one of the greatest benefits delegates gain at our courses are the ideas they gain from other delegates, from the discussions they enjoy and the friends they make from like minded souls.

Here are notes Merri and I received from delegates at our Writer’s Camp this last weekend.

“A WOW Weekend of Learning-Thanks! We just arrived home a few hours ago. Thanks for a great weekend training…I am so pumped! I describe myself to my family and friends as a Gary and Merri Scott groupie…LOL!”


“Gary and Merri–Great class–time well spent. Will be in touch further with Lady Legends of Real Estate. Other delegates expressed interest as Legends too. Who knew? All for now–cannot decide what I enjoyed most—your content Gary, or the meditation (never had but now researching more) or Merri or your speakers!!! Fantastic.”


Hi Gary and Merri, We really want to say thank you not only for what you do but HOW you do it.
You are great role models for us and we deeply appreciate the time we spent with you and also your generosity with contacts and tips for our trip ! Blessings to you both…. Love and Hugs.”


“Gary and Merri, We just want to be sure to thank you for a fabulous conference. It was great. Very interesting, stimulating and inspiring. So glad we had the opportunity to be there. The guest speakers you had were all terrific as well. We especially enjoyed Jackie and Bob Gandt and Candace was fabulous. We look forward to seeing you both again soon. love.”


“Hello, Gary and Merri. It was so great to see you both this weekend in Mt. Dora. I enjoyed the course so much, both the content and the participants. Great to get to meet Candace, and hear the other wonderful speakers, as well as the two of you of course. Thank you so much for inviting me to participate. Take care and hope to see you in 2015! Happy holidays. Love.”


“Hi Gary, Thanks for a great seminar. It was great to finally meet you and Merri plus all the attendees. I got some great ideas which will help expand my companies. Wishing you the best.”

Almost every delegate put the value of the friends and contacts they gained among the top benefits of the Camp.

Older can be better because the more you do, the more you have to offer to like minded souls who have a common interest. This is especially true when the people you meet in your pinnacle career are your friends as well.

Friendships Bring Wealth and Health

A Mayo Clinic article “Health Benefits of Friends” (4) shows that friends improve your health as they increase your sense of belonging and purpose, boost your happiness and reduce your stress, improve your self-confidence and self-worth, help you cope with traumas and encourage you to change or avoid unhealthy lifestyle habits, such as excessive drinking or lack of exercise.

What more can we ask from a career doing what we love?

Pinnacle careers can bring us better homes, better friends, better health and that’s a never ending source of wealth! Older can be better. Modern technology allows us to work with and serve like minded souls with common interests. The same tools mean that age is not a factor anymore. As you mature, as you gain greater experiences and have more to offer, instead of thinking “retire”, consider creating a pinnacle career.


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.





(1) Read the entire “Older Can be Better” series

Older Can be Better I

Older Can be Better II

Older Can be Better III

(2) Washington Post – The United States Still Most Mobile Country

(3) University of the Pacific – Returning_Home

(4) Mayoclinic.org Healthy Living Friendships