What Is In Panama? — Let’s Find Out

Over the past few months I have written about a few places around the world that you may find interesting to visit, live, or retire. Panama There really are many beautiful spots from which to choose depending on your preferences concerning cities, villages, mountains, beaches, lifestyle, safety and affordability. In this article let’s find out what is in Panama which may also be an attractive option.

In fact, what makes Panama a suitable alternative for people is a question currently being asked by the President of Panama, who desires to attract more business people. He desires to know how to make Panama more competitive with other possible locations. But in reality, Panama is competitive already.

So What’s in Panama Which is So Interesting?

Well to begin with, Panama offers many attractive residency and citizenship options. It has a Friendly Nation’s Visa Program which has a list of fifty (50) countries where a person can obtain residency and a work permit. All this requires is to either buy real estate, set-up a Panama corporation, or show a job offer.

For those not on the “friendly” list of countries, residency can also be accomplished by a real estate investment. The minimum investment is $300,000 USD. On the list of fifty (50) countries there is no minimum investment requirement.

Since there is a big demand for these options in Panama, it does take longer than in some other countries to move through this investment process. It also costs more for government and attorney fees. Since certain documents require to be signed off by an attorney, they will not provide these signatures without you retaining them for the entire residency process.

Since a good, qualified attorney makes this entire process more easy and efficient, it is good to use one in any country you are desiring to move and gain residency. You definitely want someone who understands the ropes in this location to handle these type of affairs, plus they speak the local language. City Life

In some countries where the process is much easier, like Colombia, it is possible to download the documents off of the country’s embassy website and do it yourself. Not so in Panama, as things are a bit more complicated.

The main challenge in Panama is the volume of applications which they receive. This results from people relocating for employment and retirement options, as well as immigrants from Venezuela and Colombia. Many young people who come for residency and a work permit only stay for a couple of years. These are people using the country’s Friendly Nations program to travel about and gain new experiences.

But the country is by no means overflowing with people. It is most definitely moving in the direction of a First World Country. Although other countries in the region compete for tourism and retirement destinations, they don’t have any viable competition in the area of business investment.

But Panama definitely needs to put some effort in cleaning up the corruption which exists in the business arena. Many banks from other countries still will not deal with businesses here because of the Panama Papers scandal of a few years ago. So they do need to go a ways to clean things up in order to gain First World status.

Some Basic Facts About Panama

  • It is an isthmus between Central and South America
  • It links the Pacific and Atlantic oceans
  • Its capital is Panama City which has a rain forest within its city limits
  • Population about 4.1 million
  • The President of Panama is Juan Carlos Varela
  • Gained independence from Spain in 1821
  • Gained complete independence on November 3, 1903 with assistance from the United States Panama Canal
  • The US Army Corps of Engineers constructed the Panama Canal between 1904 and 1914
  • Panama assumed full control of the Canal from the United States in 1999
  • The canal stretches fifty (50) miles) from Colon on the Atlantic side to Panama City on the Pacific side
  • The Panama railroad which opened in 1855, and runs alongside the Canal, is the oldest continually operating railroad in the world
  • The Canal contributes $1 billion to Panama’s economy each year
  • Due to its southern location they experience few hurricanes
  • There are over 1500 islands in Panama
  • The highest elevation is at the summit of Volcan Baru at 11,401 ft.
  • Home to species native to both South and North America, Panama has the most diverse wildlife in Central America
  • In addition to 10,000 different plant species, there are over 1200 varieties of orchids
  • The most popular sport is baseball
  • The official currency is the US Dollar
  • The national currency is the Balboa
  • Agriculture is a large sector of the economy (bananas, coffee, cocoa beans, beef, timber, coconuts, corn, shrimp, chicken, sugar cane, soybeans, rice, and potatoes) — 7.4% of GDP
  • The well known Panama hat is actually made in Ecuador
  • The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute was established in Panama in 1910
  • Edward Murphy, Jr., the inventor of Murphy’s Law, was born here
  • The Harpy Eagle is the national bird
  • Has more bird species than the entire United States
  • The first country outside of the USA to sell Coca Cola
  • The most popular food is fried plantain cakes (patacones de patano), chicken stew (sancocho), tamales, and ceviche (marinated raw fish).
  • The national alcoholic drink is seco which is distilled from sugar cane and often mixed with milk (very popular in the rural areas). Beer overall is the preferred beverage of choice.

If You Enjoy the Beach Life Beaches in Panama

About an hour outside of Panama City is the City Beaches, which is a string of resorts and developments. There are numerous restaurants, department stores, strip malls, hotels, and resorts. With a large amount of expats here, there is no need to know the Spanish language. It is a bit crowded though in this area.

Beyond these city beaches on the Pacific coast, you will discover many undeveloped areas to enjoy and explore. Here you will gain a more authentic Panamanian experience. The surfers will lead you to the best beaches along the coast. Ask any surfer and you will discover many beautiful and less populated shores.

Very few tourists inhabit Morrillo Beach. Travel down the Pan American Highway past the City Beaches just past the town of Santiago. Although the eastern coast of the Azuero Peninsula (Chitré, Las Tablas, and Pedasí) is more well established, its western coast is just beginning to develop. But there is affordable beach living on either side.

Since the western coast is more mountainous, it provides ocean views in all directions. Cerro Hoya National Park is in the area, so you are completely surrounded by nature. There are capuchins, howler monkeys, sea turtles, as well as dolphins and whales.

Most of the small towns in this area (Mariato, Malena, Morrillo Beach, Torio, and Quebro) are sparsely populated. In Torio an expat community of about three hundred (300) retirees has emerged, and there are now guesthouses, restaurants, and bars. Development is now increasing in this area.

In fact, in a country where education is lacking, the Mariato District (province of Veraguas) just got a new school serving a thousand (1000) students. The government is attempting to make education a priority.

Not a Bad Place to Check Out Wildlife in Panama

Panama is an interesting place whether you are looking for a vacation spot, or planning to relocate or retire. It has an intriguing history from its days as a Spanish colony as well as during the construction of the Panama Canal. With its great shopping spots and gorgeous beaches, it is most definitely a destination target for many.

With its above average healthcare, affordable costs, and beautiful beaches, many retirees find a home here. Panama was the first country to adopt the US dollar as its official currency.

In many areas of the country, especially in the areas inhabited by expats, you can get by without speaking Spanish. The country offers first world amenities and a solid infrastructure. There are parts of Panama where you can live for about $1000 USD. There are lots of friendly locals and beautiful scenery.

Panama’s climate is tropical maritime. May through December is rainy, hot and humid, and the dry season is January through May. These are the only two (2) distinct seasons, but regardless of the elevation, temperatures don’t vary by more than twenty (20) degrees.


In the remote areas you can get a home near the beach for around $60,000 USD. Of course, there are the upscale areas as well if that is your preference. Homes in other areas range between $100,000 to $150,000 USD. Depending on the area, rents range from $300 to $1500 USD per month. With reliable power, high-speed internet, and water drinkable from the tap, you are not missing much from any other place in the world.

Even with its flaws, the government in Panama is stable while supporting business, civil liberties, and foreign-friendly laws. No other country in this region has this type of track record.

Although a small country, it is quite diverse with its beaches, mountains, and cities. There is plenty of surfing, scuba diving, and fishing. And the healthcare is some of the best in Latin America. This just may be one destination you will want to put on your travel plans. So go check it out and see for yourself what is in Panama.

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Allowing Ourselves To Succeed

There are so many ways which we sabotage ourselves in the process of pursuing our dreams. It is so very true that we are our own worst enemy. We don’t have to worry about any outside factors, as we do a good enough job ourselves of preventing our success. Why is allowing ourselves to succeed so difficult? Allowing Success

It seems we find it easier to find ways to block our progress, than we do to move forward with abandon toward our goals, “knowing” it is just a matter of time for things to play out in our favor.

Turning Simplicity into Complexity

When we want to achieve something, it is a rather simple process. Decide what we want, plan out a way to get there, be grateful for our progress, be flexible and adapt as necessary in making changes, and arrive at our destination.

Why is this any different from planning a vacation or business trip by getting our proverbial ducks in order as in packing, making reservations for flights and lodging, figuring out what time to leave, and anything else we might need to do to get where we want to go? This is a simple process which we have probably done numerous times over our lifetime with a good amount of success.

Although some people find traveling a bit stressful, this did not stop them from moving through this process of arriving at their destination. It was not difficult to visualize what needed to be done in order to get our desired result. Why is it so different when we are striving for success?

One thing is that any doubt and fear which arises, which didn’t stop us in our travel plans, somehow gets amplified to such a degree that it paralyzes our efforts in constructively moving forward toward our dreams and goals. But in a strange way, we have actually succeeded even with this, as we have taken a simple process and made it extremely complex. That in itself takes a bit of creative effort.

Redirecting That Energy Redirecting Energy

All that energy which was used to block our progress, can be redirected to move us consistently to whatever goals and dreams we have set forth for ourselves to achieve. With a little bit of awareness and presence, we can simplify what previously was made so difficult.

First we need to realize that all our power exists in the present moment where our choices are made. Then we can expand our awareness of where we are, what our thoughts and assumptions are toward success, and make any changes in those areas before implementing our plan to arrive at our goals.

When we set a goal, one of two things occurs. The first, we achieve it and we then can be grateful and say “thank you”. Secondly, we do not achieve it, and we then wonder why. Without blaming others or outside circumstances, we can look within and ask if this was what we really desired, do we need to give it more time for it to arrive in just the right way, or do we need to change things up a bit.

It is critical to be honest with ourselves, and acknowledge any fears we have about this, or any mistakes we have made in the process. This will allow us to redirect our energy in a way which will produce the results we are after.

Creating a Feasible Plan

When we are clear on what is holding us back, we can directly address it, and simplify the process of goal attainment greatly. We move forward knowing we will succeed at the right time and in the right way.

Just like planning a trip, we put the pieces of our plan into place (subject to change of course), see it clearing in our mind, and release any doubt of getting there. In breaking it down into doable steps, we ensure we are progressing on a consistent basis.

We just concentrate on the step which is in front of us before moving on. We may not even be totally clear what the next step is as things can change along the way, but once we accomplish that prior step, it will be utterly obvious what the next step is. This is how we Trust Ourselves to Succeed.

To get the hang of this, it helps to do a training run on some smaller goals you want, and observe how it all plays out. Then when you address your more ambitious goals, you will have the knowingness and confidence that this works.

Doing this not only simplifies the process, but puts your plans into effect effortlessly with much less apprehension and stress. Doubts, which previously got in the way, naturally dissolve as you see concrete results transpiring. With a feasible plan in hand, you will most willingly allow yourself to succeed.

Waking Up to Who We Are

Many of us spend more time with outside activities than spending a little bit of time in getting acquainted with ourselves. When we were young, we had a much clearer picture of ourselves in terms of our likes and dislikes, strengths and weaknesses, and how to remain present and enjoy what is right in front of us.

There was much less noise in our heads, which gets in the way of clear thinking. When we think clearly, minus the false data picked up along the way, we make good decisions based on what is best for ourselves and others. This is how we are truly of value to others by our beingness. Becoming Authentic

Our beingness in then expressed in ways which are aligned with our natural abilities and gifts, and this in itself makes life effortless and enjoyable. We get to the point of welcoming challenges which enable us to test ourselves in order to become stronger and more proficient.

Once we wake ourselves up, see who we really are, we will never settle for less again. We are no longer afraid to express our power, since we will channel it in constructive ways for the benefit of all. We don’t shortchange ourselves, or others, by pretending to be someone we are not. Fear really does make us do silly things, and think in silly ways.

Being Authentic

This whole process of allowing ourselves to succeed is about being authentic. When we are our true selves we don’t get in our own way, and we don’t blame others or outside circumstances for any failures or mishaps. We own what happens to us, so that we can then make appropriate changes as needed.

And most importantly, we contribute in ways that is most valuable to others, as we are expressing our true talents and abilities. We understand that success occurs whenever we make progress. The size of the success does not matter; it is the consistent progression in the direction of our goals, which is made up of many small wins.

When we are authentic we know our destination, and we go there. Our actions are aligned with our intentions. We eliminate all stray distractions which used to previously get in our way, because we gave them attention and value. Instead, everything around us is used to validate our improvements. We see things differently when we are being our true and authentic selves.

When we change our viewpoint, we change our lives. We see the good in others, and ignore the bad. We know our intentions make sense because they produce the results we desire. Instead of spending ninety-nine (99%) percent of our time preventing problems, we spend that time creating solutions and getting results.

Being authentic allows us to use our full potential. There is no holding back or playing safe. We understand how we give value to incidents in our lives, whether good or bad, and how we are in control of our thoughts and viewpoint. In order to help others, we understand we must be authentic and help ourselves first.

Allowing ourselves to succeed is not all that complicated at all. In fact, it is much simpler than spending the majority of our time being distracted by stray occurrences, which really don’t deserve our attention. When we value ourselves and others in our lives properly, we move forward with abandon, and with the intention of allowing ourselves to succeed.

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Joseph

Baby Boomer Dating – Some Things To Be Aware Of

There are those folks who are in the baby boomer category (born between 1946 and 1964) who find themselves not in any romantic relationship for whatever reason. Thirty-three (33%) percent of baby boomers are single. Because of this niche, many online sites and services have sprung up to address this baby boomer dating niche. Baby Boomer Dating

As with any other type of dating services regardless of one’s stage of life, it is important to do your research, take a few precautions, and understand exactly what is going on. So let’s review a few tips to consider before entering the dating arena.

The Online Mystique

For people in the baby boomer category, dating consisted mostly of meeting people at school, social functions, clubs and bars, as well as through family and friends. There were no online options back in the day. Since this is new water to tread, it’s good to get familiar with the environment.  There are definitely a few sharks in these waters.

Research has shown that the numbers of baby boomers entering the dating game are increasing at a rapid pace. This may be because of divorce, separation, or a deceased spouse. There may be a long gap of many years since this transpired, so this whole process can be overwhelming and nerve-racking. But since we as human beings crave companionship, we are willing to take the leap.Online Dating

When younger it was easier to meet people at work, clubs, and bars, but as we age our options tend to narrow. That is why so many boomers have entered the online world of dating. Many have found this to be a very productive and fun way to meet new people.

At the same time, it is important to locate a trustworthy and reliable online dating service. And once registered, it is imperative to be specific about the type of person you desire.

For those who only want to initially dip their toe into the deep end of the online dating game, there are group dating clubs available as well. You get together with like-minded people for various activities of interest such as painting, cooking, fishing, pottery, chess, golf, tennis, bird watching, poetry readings, and other types of gatherings where you mix and get to know each other a bit better. You make friends in a group setting and go at your own pace.

Staying Safe

In this crazy world of ours it is important to stay on your game and put safety first, whether meeting someone online or at the local pub or dress shop. Unfortunately people are not always who they portray themselves to be.

I have spent some time in Asia where there are various services to attract seniors to meet locals for dating and marriage. While there are legitimate firms which provide valid dating services, there are many con artists as well. Many of these inscrutable people are very convincing and believable, and are not shy at all about taking advantage of foreigners with a few bucks in their pockets.

They are much more interested in your money and property than your companionship, so they are full of false promises. Especially if contemplating any type of long-term commitment, it is very wise to do some thorough investigating and obtaining a background check.

Your Time is Valuable

Life is short so it’s important not to waste time with trying to make this dating process work. Trust your intuition and have fun with this process. If you feel something is off with a potential match just move on.

Many of these web sites are fun for socializing, as well as finding people to engage in enjoyable activities including travel. It’s important to have fun with this, and not take this too seriously. If you find yourself getting a bit intense with the process, take a break and just let others approach you off of your profile.

Whatever your parameters are in finding a suitable companion do not deviate and settle for less. Be true to yourself and don’t waste time with people who do not fall within your parameters. Be as choosy as you would like to be as this is your life, and you want your time invested well.

Health and Wellness in a Happy Relationship

When we are happy and surrounded by people whom we like and trust, we feel good. Happy relationships lead to wellness and health. Living from our heart allows us to express our true essence and function at optimal levels. Happy Relationships

Because of this it is critical to be very selective with whom we spend our time. There are a lot of very good single men and women who use online dating, because they simply don’t know where to go or what to do to find a fulfilling relationship with a person with whom they can enjoy spending time.

For the longest time I thought all these online dating sites and personal ads were useless and only for desperate people. Now twelve and a half (12 1/2) years later I am still with the love of my life whom I met on an online site, and it took less than ninety (90) days. In fact I think we corresponded after only thirty (30) days, and met face-to-face a month or two later.

So from personal experience I can tell you that you can meet that special person for whom you are looking, but there are some things of which to be aware. In order to avoid turning your online experience into another version of the bar scene, here are a few ideas to consider.

It’s important to gather the correct knowledge and skills about the dating game, and have the right mindset going in. With these you greatly increase your odds in finding an appropriate person online.

One thing to consider is to create in your mind, and even on paper/word document if you prefer, a detailed description of your ideal mate. You need to know what you want to get what you want. Otherwise you will waste your valuable time chasing after false images. Define the qualities and characteristics in a person which are important to you, so that you will recognize the person who is right for you.

The next point relates back to the safety factor in that it is important to screen people thoroughly. With online dating you are presented with plenty of information to review. Their profile as well as how they interact online and on the phone will provide plenty of clues to discern if they are being authentic, or just trying to play you. When you take the time to do this, folks who misrepresent themselves and are lying will provide plenty of red flags which you will be obvious.

Don’t ignore any red flags because you are enamored by the person. You will be doing yourself a disservice and setting yourself up for much hardship in the long run. When you get real good at screening folks online, the dating game becomes a fun activity.

Finally, as I mentioned before it pays to be choosy. Don’t be afraid to say “next”. Your time and energy is too valuable to waste on people who are not a right fit. This becomes easier when you have a clear picture of the type of person for whom you are looking. Spend your time looking for the right person, and not wasting it on the wrong ones. Just like sales, online dating is a numbers game.

Have Fun and Enjoy the Process

As a baby boomer online dating may or may not be something you wish to pursue. But as there are more and more boomers who are jumping online to find their mates, I look forward that this article provides some insights for those who choose this avenue.

As my motto has been for many years, “if it isn’t fun, don’t do it”, this also applies to the online dating scene. If you are not going to enjoy this way of meeting people, don’t do it. But if you may be interested in other ways of expanding your social circle, this can be a viable alternative given the precautions and tips mentioned above.

No matter what our age, it can be a challenge meeting new people with whom to develop various types of relationships. As we age the social scene can seem even more challenging. I look forwar that if you do choose online dating that you have a very fun and worthwhile experience.

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Do Baby Boomers Want Retirement? — Let’s Check It Out

In our ever-changing world our attitudes can be quite different that those of years ago. My parents’ generation looked forward to retirement, and the chance to lay back and relax after a lifetime of hard work. As now, it was the same then, that many did not enjoy their work, but rather it was a means of survival. So, do baby boomers want retirement? Baby Boomers

Of course each person’s individual case is different depending on interests, health, and financial condition. But let’s explore this subject a bit, and then I would love to have your opinions on this as well.

Ever Changing Landscape

While many people in the baby boomer category have already retired or are contemplating it, there are many who want to continue to work. Some may find it necessary to work for financial reasons, while others just want to keep busy or they simply love their job or profession.

There was a study done earlier this year that many baby boomers in Canada want to continue to work at and beyond their retirement age, but many companies do not offer that option. If you want to check this out further, this was a survey conducted by the Harris Poll, and was commissioned by Express Employment Professionals.

Many of these baby boomers would love a semi-retirement situation, and it doesn’t make sense that these Canadian companies are not open to this, given the fact that there is a shortage of working age folks in Canada. In this survey many of these baby boomers, about forty (40%) plan to retire later even if they need to find employment elsewhere, because of lack of savings or they just want to continue to work.

For these people, continuing to work on a full-time or semi-retired basis makes sense, and it is unfortunate that businesses and the government are not offering this option to them given the work shortage. Once again in our most interesting world in which we live, common sense seems to not be part of the equation.

Many of these folks would love flexible or reduced work schedules, or even transition into a consulting role. Unfortunately, only thirty (30%) percent of these employers offer this option of semi-retirement, and only thirty-six (36%) of these companies have ever rehired a former employee who has retired.

Thirty-nine (39%) percent of baby boomers who plan to retire later that retirement age indicate lack of adequate savings, some unexpected expenses, and just the desire to keep working. So transitioning to retirement is definitely a challenge for many.

While the exact percentages will vary by country, there is definitely an increasing trend to continue working past the age of retirement for some of the reasons stated above.

Why do People want to Retire? Retirement

Regardless of what generation you are from, Baby Boomers — Gen X — Millennials — Gen Z, there are always people who desire to retire at the earliest age possible. Freedom to manage one’s own time is a big motivator regardless of age.

As the underlying theme of this website states, “Why Retire when you Love what you Do?”, it is quite possible to have sufficient time and money while enjoying your job, profession, or business. Over the years, and even still today, the work I do in the human services/non-profit area is not work but what I call “being fully engaged in life”.

No matter what the challenges have been in my work in this arena, I always saw it as a “process of life”, and engaging with others to make their lives a little easier. Now, I myself, cannot call this work. Work to me is doing a tedious job just for the money needed to pay bills and survive.

Now I can totally understand why people who have such jobs, and are completely tired, bored, and frustrated with them, want to retire. But when this is not the case, there are many who are not in a hurry to retire at all. Many who retire, and are even financially comfortable, feel lost without their regular routine.

Finding Suitable Alternatives

Now people in this baby boomer category (about 75 million folks), who were born between 1946 and 1964, all have their own unique circumstances to address. But the important thing to remember is that no matter the circumstances, there are solutions.

Now for those with serious health challenges, the majority of their time is being spent addressing these issues in order to stabilize and regain their health. As we all learn at some point if we were not previously aware, health is our most valued possession. With good health figuring out this other stuff is a walk in the park. It is still challenging, but we have the strength and energy to get things done.

With a large amount of people with insufficient savings, the gap is wide between financial ability and desired lifestyle. Many people have been forced into hard decisions, such as support from family members, creating a multi-generational housing arrangement, shared transportation, and a change in habits in terms of lower spending, more borrowing, downsizing, and cost-cutting wherever possible.

Now none of this is bad in itself, as it leads to closer family relationships and a simpler lifestyle. But these decisions are better made out of willingness to do so, and not out of necessity. Jobs

Now as I had previously mentioned above about how companies and government agencies are reluctant to rehire or offer semi-retirement options to baby boomers, there are many companies and government entities which do. The reason is not only an employee shortage, but the recognition of how knowledgeable and well-informed the people of this generation are. These companies are making available sponsored retirement and semi-retirement options.

This involves at times providing a group of employees for part-time work at a discounted rate. The employers get the help they need, and the employees are rewarded both financially and psychologically by knowing they are still wanted. The worse thing psychologically is retiring with low resources and no clear purpose. This can be a factor of why many pass away shortly after retirement.

Creating these type of employment options for people at retirement age is setting a positive stage for those generations following the baby boomers. As companies recognize the importance of creating low-cost benefit programs to prepare people for retirement, more employees will be motivated to join and stay with companies which care for their employees.

It is never too early to plan for retirement, as many who have reached or about to reach this age will attest. By providing education to employees on how to plan various aspects of their retirement including savings, and the best ways to spend, borrow, and invest throughout the years, creates better current employees and a great example for future employees.

Summing Things Up

Again I must emphasize that within the baby boomer generation everyone’s circumstances are unique, but there are some very specific trends which I have outlined. Taking an honest assessment of your current situation, whatever it is, will provide a starting point to make any desired improvements.

It all comes back to realizing that any changes we are going to make starts right now with the first step. Then we proceed from there. This can be so emotional and overwhelming that it is critical that we get some help and support when needed in order to make the desired progress.

With the changing relationships between employers and employees in terms of consulting and temporary contracts (gigs), no one really knows the meaning of retirement anymore. And this can be both good and bad. The baby boomers are like the guinea pigs for other generations who will follow.

That magic moment when you retire completely seems to be gone forever. Whether it is a blend of volunteer work with traditional employment, or some sort of partial employment with shorter hours and reduced responsibilities, more companies are offering retired folks some alternatives.

Also in some industries these retiring folks are not easy to replace. Losing talent in mining, manufacturing, and non-profit sectors is a major concern for these organizations. Finding employees with similar knowledge and skills is not easy for employers in these sectors.

Of course in some areas technology will and already has replaced these job functions. Robotics and artificial intelligence plays a major part in this. But passing on your knowledge to computer programs and machines is not feasible in all areas of industry.

What is most important to realize is whether we as baby boomers are ready to retire or not, there are always options available for those willing to do a little research to discover exactly what is going on, and what opportunities exist. We all have skills and abilities which will never be outdated, and which can always bring value to others, as long as we are flexible and willing to adapt.

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Joseph

When Undecided, What Is The Perfect Time?

What are we waiting for? There seems to be a mindset which we picked up at some point in our lives, which creates the illusion that we need to wait for just the right time to do certain things. Well then, what is the perfect time? The Perfect Time

Exploring this issue a bit may help us discover a few insights which will not only help us to break out of any inertia we may be experiencing, but also inspire us to gain the clarity we need in order to sustain that effort.

And once we gain this clarity, life takes on a much different outlook based on our new viewpoint of what is possible, instead of “I’ll do it when the time is right”.

Manufacturing a Variety of Excuses

When I think back over the years of all the excuses I came up with when I did not want to do something, I just have to laugh. It definitely was not funny at the time, as this was serious business. It was extremely important that I come up with something, at least somewhat believable, so that I could get out of doing what I didn’t want to do.

Sometimes it worked, and sometimes it didn’t, but that did not deter me from getting creative the next time I needed an excuse. This went on for quite some time, until one day a very good friend opened my eyes to the reality of the Excuse Factory.

We were doing some work in a personal development group, and her and I were discussing how excuses hold us back from getting stuff done. She then said to me, “Joseph, when you need an excuse any old one will do. There is no need to overthink it or get too fussy about it”. With those few words, a light went off in my head, and I just knew that excuses would no longer work for me. I had to let go of my Excuse Factory.

Although excuses most definitely get in the way of us getting things done, there are even more pressing issues which inhibit our efforts, and get us to buy into the Perfect Time Illusion.

Planning our Way into Oblivion

One of those issues happen to be planning. Yes, I know it has been said many times by numerous business and self development experts that “if you fail to plan you plan to fail”. And this is excellent advice when it is not misinterpreted. Planning is an important step in the process of accomplishing things, but only a step.

Planning is meant to be setting up a game plan, which is then implemented in order to take action in efficient and effective ways. It is not meant to be an end-all, where we again find ourselves waiting for the perfect time to implement that plan. Many folks spend a good part of their lives planning to do things. They never seem to get the plan just right, so of course they cannot begin implementation of an unfinished or faulty plan.

Unless we are some type of research scientist in search of certain discoveries, this type of over planning is not necessary at all. In fact, it kills the magic of the moment. The moment when we are inspired to implement that plan.

Detours are Okay Detours

Getting started in the direction of our goals with a plan in hand gives us a good idea on how to proceed. But a good plan is flexible, and allows us to adapt to unexpected challenges and situations. Kids have no problem with this. They get going and figure stuff out along the way.

Taking a detour to get where we want to go is perfectly okay, and is to be expected. No plan, no matter how much time and effort went into creating it, works out exactly as conceived. What makes the journey to our destination so much fun are the challenges and course corrections along the way. Actually, it would be quite boring if everything went exactly to plan.

We are grateful for these detours because they provide us with learning experiences which guide us back to the correct path to our objectives. Also, we discover that it is okay to make mistakes, as they lead us to the correct actions to take.

A Process of Self Discovery

Some of the most important things we learn when embarked on any endeavor to achieve something, is Who We Become in the process. It’s not only about achieving this or that one time; it is becoming the person who “knows” how to get results on a consistent basis, and has the confidence to get stuff done.

When we have this type of confidence, we are able to duplicate this mindset in all areas of our lives. At this point, waiting for the perfect time to get started is not even an issue. We know what we want, and we are confident we will get it.

Situations and problems which bothered us before will no longer register on our radar, since the problem may be an eight (8) or nine (9) on a scale of ten (10), but our confidence and mindset is at a nine (9) or ten (10). We may not know exactly how we are going to solve the problem or accomplish our goal, but we know that we will. The information to get it done has just not shown up yet. Self Discovery

We have left a fear-based existence and entered a world filled with expectation of success. No longer do we wait for others to do it for us, or for some unexpected event to fall into our laps. We act like we know because we do know. We have discovered our Authentic Selves. We have re-introduced ourselves to the confident person we once were when learning to walk. We just figured stuff out along the way.

There is No Pefect Time

When we get to this point of self discovery, this conclusion is a no-brainer. It becomes plainly evident that when we ask ourselves what is the perfect time to do something, the answer is “Now”.

The fear and apprehension we once had may still be there to some degree, but instead of stopping us, it fuels our efforts. We now are able to accept our current state of affairs (both internally and externally) and move forward anyway. The reason for our being is so strong that we do not allow anything to get in our way.

Life becomes an adventure even when doing the simple day-to-day stuff, because we truly see and understand the importance of getting things done effectively, not only for our benefit, but also for the benefit of whomever we are privileged to encounter in our daily affairs. This is a viewpoint which we are proud to duplicate.

I encourage us all to awaken to our Authentic Selves, and embrace all that life has to offer in a way that makes a positive difference in the lives of others. Many times, all it requires is a simple smile to turn around someone’s day. Yes, there is no perfect time to be our best. That time has always been Now.

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May your Perfect Time be Now,

Joseph

Domainer Elite Pro Software Review

Domainer Elite Pro Software Review Domain Flipping

Name: Domainer Elite PRO Software
Website: DomainerElite.com/pro/

Price: $67 One Time Investment with Upsells
Owner: Jamie Lewis
Overall Rank: 80 out of 100

Product Overview

This product is all about flipping domains. This is an improved version over the initial release of this product. Domainer Elite was launched in January 2016. Within this product are the key strategies which Jamie Lewis, the product’s creator, uses himself to flip domains as well as websites.

Jamie Lewis has established himself as an absolute expert in this area of the online world. He has earned substantial income with the exact techniques which he teaches within this product.

Included in the product is plenty of training as well as custom software which is specifically created to locate valuable domains which you can then sell for a profit. There are numerous training videos within the training area to lead you step-by-step through this course.

The product contains software, training, resources, and detailed instruction on how to locate desirable domains, and then flipping or selling them for a profit.

You learn how to sell domains properly, and most importantly how to locating the types of domains that will be in high demand in the marketplace. The course leads you through the process of first finding the domains, purchasing them, and then posting them for sale.

The Good & the Not So Good

The Good:
1) Get training from an expert in this field who has actually made money doing this

2) Fourteen (14) day Money Back Guarantee

3) With the upgrades you really get a business-in-a-box ready to go

4) There are continual updates to keep improving the product

5) Support is good especially with the upgrades

6) Content of the video training is good as the concepts and ideas are explained in a clear and concise way

7) Jamie Lewis is well-versed expert in this field who is passionate about what he does

8) Good supplementary resources

The Not So Good:
1) The training videos within this course are not organized very well and not the best quality (low production value)

2) It takes a good amount of time to learn and apply this system properly

3) Requires upgrades to get the full benefit of this course

4) Too many expensive upsells

5) Lots of competition from others in the domain world

6) Very tedious work

7) Not entirely clear on process of transferring domains to a new owner

8) Only focuses on Go Daddy and Flippa and ignores the other available sites

Who is Domainer Elite PRO Software For?

This product is for people who are genuinely interested in learning how to successfully flip domains at a profit, and desire to make this a major part of their income streams since it does require time and dedication to make this work. This knowledge is also transferable to flipping websites as well.

Tools & Training

A series of training videos and written instructions in the members’ area.

Custom software designed to locate available and expired domains

You get Three (3) listings on the Domainer Elite Marketplace

What you will learn:

  • teaches you how to sell nine ($9) dollar domain for a profit
  • how to properly value a domain
  • point-and-click strategies which are user-friendly
  • find and sell domains in any niche market
  • how to locate domains valued at thousands of dollars and acquire them for less than a hundred ($100) dollars and sometimes even for less than ten ($10) dollars
  • get more than twenty (20) niche word lists
  • be able to view Jamie Lewis on video training students
  • learn how to sell these domains for maximum profit
  • have access to a domain listing template
  • get access to Jamie’s broker network
  • learn how to set-up a cash site on a domain

More info on the back office:

In the Members Area

Here you can access all the training videos and other available resources.

One thing to note is that on the left side of the page where it says Resources, some of these are upgrades as well as third party resources.

Instructional Videos

An introduction to the basic principle of flipping domains.

Video 1 – Domainer Elite Basics

This video is about thirty-six(36) minutes where it takes you through the process of finding domain names as they become available.

Then you are led through a system of purchasing domains from GoDaddy. You are provided with some ideas for finding lists for potential domain names. Then there is a brief introduction to using the bulk domain search function which helps in your search for domains.

Finally, you are then made aware of a membership site called EstiBot, which provides Droplists in excel format. These are lists of the latest domains available on the market. You can use this to research expired domains as well as the domains for auction on GoDaddy.

Video 2 – Let’s Sell Some Domains

This is an eleven (11) minute video of how to sell domain names on various sites, such as Flippa.com, GoDaddy.com, and Sedo.com. The majority of the instructional time is on Flippa.com.

You learn about Domains, Starter Sites, and Established Sites. Flippa has a listing fee of $9 per site, and the guidelines for setting up reserve and starting prices, and creating titles and descriptions for the domains are discussed.

Video 3 – Domainer Elite Presentation #1

This is a five (5) minute upsell for the Domainer Elite Software program. This is designed to automate the domain flipping process.

Video 4 – Domain Name Sale for $5,000

A four (4) minute video of a case study of purchasing a domain name for nine ($9) dollars and selling it for five thousand ($5,000) dollars. This took a few months to do and it seems he got really lucky in the process.

Video 5 – A Quick Case Study for a $36 sale

Another four (4) minute video of a case study to prove you can do this stuff.

Video 6 – Domaining Research Trick

This is the last video of this section lasting thirteen (13) minutes). He figured out how to set reserve and starting prices for the domains which he was selling on Flippa.com. He mentions that using EstiBot isn’t always reliable for the estimated prices, and he shows you another way.

Then he shows how to use other sites to determine the sale value of similar domains that have recently been sold and the age of your domain or site.

Private Mastermind Class

The Private Mastermind Class has four (4) videos lasting about ninety (90) minutes. These are more informative than the previous videos.

Support

Support can be reached on the Contact Link on the website or directly at: domainerhelp@gmail.com

Price

$67 One Time Payment

Upgrades:

1) $47 one time payment (when on special or usually $97 per month) for unlimited listings in Domainer Elite Marketplace

2) $147 one time payment — allows access to Tuesday and Wednesday live webinars which last three (3) to five (5) hours, when Jamie answers questions from the attendees. Jamie also increases your knowledge of the domain business by providing lessons and exercises. These webinars have been going on since 2011.

3) $497 one time payment — with this upgrade you get a model and road map of Jamie’s entire business

4) $997 one time payment — Jamie works with you to create your own custom website for this domain flipping business. You receive the following:

  • work directly with Jamie and his team
  • all ingredients of a web-based business
  • site set up using PayPal or Clickbank
  • professional copywriting
  • hands-on tech support
  • traffic strategies
  • complete customized website
  • custom domain name and logo
  • access to the PSDs (Photoshop Documents) to your graphics and documents to all copy so that it may be edited if desired
  • personal assistance in setting up traffic campaigns

Final Thoughts

For those interested in spending the time and effort to make this type of business a good part of their income stream, this product has all the information and support that you need. In order to get the maximum benefit from this it is necessary to invest in the upgrades, and make to total commitment to learning and applying these skills.

On the other hand, if you are a self-starter and don’t require continual support, you can effectively make this business work with just the front-end offer. This will vary per person.

Flipping websites and domains can be a very profitable venture when you know what you are doing. That’s why I emphasize that to make this work effectively you really need to enjoy doing something like this, as well as enjoy the learning process.

Jamie Lewis is an expert in this field and he has been updating and improving this product for years. It does take time to get through all the videos and learn how to execute the finding and then selling of these properties.

Here’s another reason why I said that you have to be committed, dedicated, and passionate about this type of business to get the most out of it, because although you can make good money doing this, there is a lot of competition from those doing the same thing. The majority of logical domains have already been purchased and are being held.

So the key to success here is you have to be avid and diligent in following the droplists of the domains which are re-entering the market. And you have to be fast on the draw in picking them up before someone else gets to them. Since these lists show up at 2 AM, it pays to be a night person in order to acquire the best domains.

You really do get some good information here for selling websites and domains, but it is rather poorly presented. If this is what you really want to do, you will definitely learn the basics here.

Final Conclusiton About Average

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May you enjoy your Flipping away,

Joseph

Living In Bend Oregon

This is an area of the country which just grabs my attention. Previously I had heard of it, but was not intrigued enough to check it out to any degree. Recently I perused an article about it which motivated me to find out more about what living in Bend, Oregon is like. Bend Oregon

It happens to be Central Oregon’s largest city with a population of about 95,520, and is the county seat of Deshutes, Oregon. It has long been an area known for outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, hiking, golf, paragliding, mountain biking, rock climbing, skiing, and white-water rafting. It resides along the Deshutes River on the eastern edge of the Cascade Mountains. It was incorporated as a city in 1905.

Some Interesting Facts

  • It started as a logging town in the early 20th century
  • Home to the last Blockbuster video store in the entire world
  • In previous years it has been ranked as one of the Ten (10) best places to live
  • Because of its volcanic terrain, astronauts trained there between 1964 and 1966 in preparation for a moon landing. In fact, one of the astronauts, Jim Irwin of Apollo 15, actually took one of the volcanic rocks with him to space.
  • The first commercial sawmill, the Pilot Butte Development Company, was established in 1901
  • The elevation of bend is 3,623 feet (1104 meters)
  • It has a semi-arid, high desert climate with sunny days and cool nights. Average snowfall is about twenty-three (23) inches (58 cm) per year with winter temperatures averaging around Thirty-one (31) degrees F (-0.5 C). During the winter daytime and nighttime temperatures do not vary much. Summer temperature can vary widely from about eight-two (82) degrees F (27 C) to lows around forty-two (42) degrees F (5.5 C).
  • Tourism is one of the largest sectors of the economy
  • The average home value in Bend is $440,400 with rents going for about $1180 per month
  • The Medium household income is $52,471
  • The Willamette Valley has approximately seven hundred and twenty-five (725) wineries
  • There is no sales tax in Oregon
  • State income tax ranges from 5% to 9.9%

Things To Do

With approximately three hundred (300) days of sunshine each year, there are plenty of outdoor activities in which to participate in this area. From whitewater rafting to swimming in the warmer months to skiing and snowboarding in the winter, there is certainly plenty to do There are also over a dozen golf courses in the area as well. Outdoor activities

You can spend more casual time downtown where you will find many fashion boutiques, independent restaurants, and microbreweries. You will find most of the action happening in the Old Mill District.

Year-round there are many seasonal festivals to keep you busy. During Winterfest you can enjoy ski races, a snowman contest, a skating rink, and a carving exhibition. Other events include the snowboard and ski rail jam and the Winter Wine Walk. There are also summer and fall music festivals with hayrides and pumpkin pie making.

Art and Culture

Beautiful art is displayed throughout the city as a result of the efforts of an organization called Art In Public Places. Education and artistic expression truly define the culture of this city.

Due to the efforts of Donald Kerr, the nationally acclaimed High Desert Museum opened in 1982. While raising a wolf cub for a school project, Donald developed a passion for animals which inspired him to open the museum in order to share that passion of nature and wildlife with others.

There are many art galleries, movie theaters, special events, and concerts throughout the year. For Indie film lovers, the Bend Film Festival takes place in October with plenty of independent cinema. Year-round the historic Tower Theater amd the Tin Pan Theater provide plenty of special productions and films.

The Les Schwab Amphitheater holds concerts year round, and there are many theater companies in Bend producing plays as well.

Employment in the Area

The unemployment rate is low at 4.2 percent, and jobs have increased over the past year. This favors the approach to life here which is “work hard, play hard”.

The largest employer in the area is St. Charles Health System. There is a wide range of careers available in the healthcare arena.

With people traveling to Bend from around the world as well as the United States, tourism offers many job opportunities. Outdoor recreation jobs are always in need year-round.

Bend has the most microbreweries per capita in the nation which opens up a variety of employment opportunities. For example, Deshutes Brewery is the sixteenth (16th) largest brewery in the nation and has been in business for thirty-one (31) years.

The aerospace sector is growing rapidly with many high-paying jobs contributing about $1.6 billion to the state with almost three thousand (3000) direct jobs which does not include service companies or parts manufacturers.

Jobs are also plentiful in the retail and hospitality areas.

City Life

There is plenty to do in this city with the variety of cultural events, and the numerous restaurants, shops, breweries, and wineries.

It is also easy to get around in this town with most things only within a fifteen (15) minute drive. There are ample bike lanes and paths since many prefer biking as their main mode of transportation. The bus service, The Cascades East Transit, offers many convenient routes to get you where you want to go in the city.

Oregon State University has a branch here, OSU Cascades, which is a four-year college without the emphasis on big college sports. The school offers a good range of subjects with twenty (20) majors and thirty (30) minors available.

For students looking for a two (2) year program for transfer degrees, technical education certifications, and associate’s degrees there is Central Oregon Community College (COCC). Also there is Cascade Culinary Institute for those interested in the culinary arts, dietary management, nutrition, and sustainable food systems.

Final Thoughts on Bend Grest scenery

This Central Oregon city certainly offers much for the casual visitor or the local resident. This may be an area which is attractive to some contemplating retirement. It’s population has steadily grown over the past few decades.

Especially if you enjoy outdoor recreation and activities, you will never be at a loss visiting or living here. Twenty (20) miles west of Bend is Mount Bachelor, which has some of the best tubing, snowboarding, and skiing around.

Also Bend has the highest number of sunny days throughout the state of Oregon. This is just perfect for all the outdoor activities which take place around there.

Even with its steady growth and increase in population, Bend still retains a small town feel with friendly residents with a quaint downtown area without any big commercial stores or skyscrapers. It definitely has a laid-back atmosphere with no rush to get anywhere. There are lots of smiling faces around here.

With such a strong sense of community, and a relatively low cost of living, it is no wonder folks find Living in Bend, Oregon so desirable. Add to this its spectacular scenery, business friendly environment, and its thriving art community, this can certainly provide the perfect blend for many to consider as a destination spot.

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May you enjoy your travels,

Joseph

How To Unlearn What You Didn’t Need To Know

Especially in today’s technological world where we have access to more knowledge than ever with just a click of our smartphone or tablet, we don’t realize that a lot of this information, as well as all the data gathered and absorbed over the years, may not be serving us all that well. In fact, it may be preventing us from learning “what we need to know”. So the question becomes: “how to unlearn what you didn’t need to know in the first place?”  Unlearning

Having gathered so much useless knowledge does inhibit our ability to know “how to think” and solve problems effectively. We have spent so much time learning “what to think”, that we have forgotten how to accurately assess this information in a way that contributes to our overall objectives. Actually, we have crippled our thinking ability.

Never Stop Asking Questions

Our educational systems has trained teachers to present knowledge to students, and then test them on their rote memory skills primarily through multiple choice tests. These grades then determine a student’s future prospects at least some degree, but are these students prepared for thriving in a world which is built on innovation and change?

All of this previous knowledge inhibits our decision-making because having all this information does not guarantee we understand it so that we can effectively apply it to get Results. The only real security in our lives is our ability to create and get the results we seek. This is true empowerment. When we have disabled this function, we are then left with looking for security outside of ourselves.

When presented with information, we should never stop asking questions. As I have mentioned in previous articles, “why” is a wonderful term to use to get to the bottom of any area of uncertainty. By continually asking “why”, we will eventually get to the ore issues of our inquiry, and thereby discover “what we need to know”.  Asking Questions

Stuff We Don’t Need to Know

There is much knowledge and information which we have picked up which we simply don’t need to know. This includes a lot of past conditioning by schools, parents, religious organizations, friends, family, and the government. When properly analyzed, much of this data is either overstated, false, or just doesn’t make any sense.

It is a matter of bringing this stuff up to the surface, logically analyzing it, and keeping what works and letting go of the rest. Yes, it does take work and is time consuming, but it is very much worthwhile. It is a freeing experience which you will thank yourself for the rest of your life.

I remember a story of a business person who was visiting a third world country, and he was walking through a village with a business person from that area, and the foreigner commented on how unfortunate it was that a young child was caught up in poverty and lack of proper education. The business person from that particular country interrupted the foreigner, and said to him that the child has far fewer roadblocks to learning than himself and the foreigner.  

Obviously the foreign business person was taken aback by this, since he was a high level executive with an Ivy League education. But the point that the local business person was making was the fact that the child had less useless information within his mind to inhibit his ability to think and create, than the foreigner with all his knowledge and ability which contained much useless data which actually prevented him from learning more.

I don’t remember if the foreigner actually got the point or not, as this was a story I heard many years ago. But it clearly points out the importance of making some room in our minds, so that we are able to then learn what we need to learn, to do what we need to do, without any unnecessary interference from old baggage of useless and false data. Yes, we do carry around a lot of rehashed data and information which confuses us, and tricks us into thinking we know what we really do not know and understand.  We are operating on “Borrowed Data”.

Cleaning Up the Mess

When we spend the time to effectively clean out the false data in the closet of our minds, we are able to free up a lot of space for knowledge which will serve us best. We also then are able to more easily source our needed information and knowledge from within.

Our intuitive abilities will kick in, and we will receive new information which is not tainted by memories which may not be true. At this point we learn how valuable it is for us to source our information from within, and to question all information from without. We are learning to think for ourselves, and we have separated ourselves from the herd who have been brainwashed by standard educational sources to rely on outside knowledge.  Cleaning Up

By no means is this an easy project. Many years have gone into conditioning ourselves to outside influences, and these habits of the mind run deep. We will experience much resistance as we break away to freedom. But that is okay. It’s part of the game which we signed up for when we showed up on the scene.

The main thing to remember, as I have mentioned many times before in previous articles, is that Presence and Observation will lead us out of any limiting experiences, and clean up the mess within our minds. When we become the Observer of our thoughts and experiences, we are the Captain of our Ship. We are now able to steer our ship in any desired direction without the hindrance of inaccurate maps, and this allows us to navigate effectively. Any storms we encounter along the way will be met with a clear mind with which to consider our options.

A Whole New Viewpoint

Once this mess is cleaned up, we will have developed a whole new viewpoint of life. We will know how we have put all our previous ideas and beliefs in place, which then directed our decisions and actions. The cloud cover will have dissipated so that we now see things from a much larger viewpoint.

This new viewpoint is something which we will want to duplicate, so that we can effectively steer our ship to our desired locations. This allows us to more easily accomplish our goals.

By “unlearning” many unconscious beliefs and assumptions we have freed ourselves to expand, progress and experience more of our potential. The chains have fallen off of ourselves.

This whole new viewpoint is beginning to penetrate all areas of life. We are beginning to see changes in our educational systems where teachers and administrators are seeing the importance and value in unlearning old systems based on assumptions, beliefs, and behaviors which no longer work, and maybe never did. These groups, individuals, and organizations have been discovering new ways of working together by releasing old habits and beliefs and supporting change in many areas.

So it is not only us on a microcosmic level who are recognizing the importance of how to unlearn what we didn’t need to know, but this is being reflected on a global scale as well.  New Viewpoint

Embracing the Challenge of Unlearning

Since we have been bombarded from all directions since we entered this plane of existence so many years ago, there will be a few challenges to letting this stuff goal. Especially the stuff which has seeped into our belief systems to such an extent that it seems so real that it just has to be true.

Changing our mindset, and ultimately our viewpoint, will alter how we see ourselves and the world. This can be a scary proposition at least to some extent. Resistance emerges when we want to hold on to outdated beliefs, assumptions, and traditions which may have served us well in the past by helping us to get by and survive on a day-to-day basis.

Just like Linus and his blanket in the cartoon Charlie Brown, we are not eager to give up our security items. We get reminded and re-triggered all the time from stuff in our environment, which then kicks in our old ways of thinking and doing things. This results in a good amount of stress and resistance to change. There are many ways we can use to block ourselves from  unlearning and changing habits.

We best accept and embrace the challenge of unlearning, when we recognize the benefits of developing a flexible mindset, which empowers us to meet the issues  we encounter in our every changing world head on, and develop the needed solutions. Developing this type of adaptive mindset allows us to be effective in all areas of our lives.

Students benefit most from developing this type of flexibility in thinking at an early age, which not only makes the transition into the workplace easier, but teaches them that there is more than one way to generate answers, and mistakes are welcome as part of the process of problem solving. This will serve them well their entire lives as a creative problem solver.

A Few Final Thoughts

Being able to unlearn what we didn’t need to know is a valuable skill that is not only being used by individuals, but is currently being embraced by education and industry. For example, the Learning Innovations Laboratory at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education is studying the advantages of unlearning in the private sector as well as in schools.

When we unlearn the stuff which is not serving us and our goals, we are then better able to move forward as a creative thinker and discover new ways to solve problems both at work and in our personal lives. Solutions appear more effortlessly as a result.

Many companies and organizations now realize that new processes and ideas will not be successful without first providing ways to unlearn what is not working. This involves unlearning habits that are most likely deeply embedded within those organizations.

When we truly realize and understand how our previous experiences and old habits of thought affect our choices and subsequent actions, we are then inspired to do what is necessary to make any changes. When we truly see the benefit involved, we will then be willing to embrace the discomfort of change.

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May you enjoy the Process of Unlearning,

Joseph

A Review Of Big Content Search

 

Big Content Search 5.0 Review   Private Label Rights

Name:  Big Content Search

 

Website: BigContentSearch.com

Price: Three (3) Day Trial for $1 then $37 per month or yearly (see options below under price) pus Upgrades

Owners:  Big IM Toolbox

Overall Rank: 70 out of 100

Product Overview

This is a membership service where you can obtain content from PLR (Private Label Rights) articles.  With this membership you have access to around two hundred and twenty-five thousand (225,000) PLR articles in about two hundred (200) niches which you can then dowload to edit for your specific  needs.

Some of the nice categories include:  Arts and Entertainment, Food and Beverage, Business and Ecnomy, Health and Fitness, Self Improvement, Society, Home and Family, Sports and Recreation, Education and Reference, Computers and Technology, Travel and Leisure, Internet Business, Writing and Speaking, Currency and Trading, and Product Reviews.

The basic membership allows you to download fifty (50) articles per day.  These articles cover a large number of subject which you can use for blog posts, creating reports and eBooks, or any other website content which you may need for your promotions.

You can also request and vote on new articles as well as use an article spinner to make this content original.  This service helps you find PLR articles on almost any subject.

Big Content Research also provides advice on how to best use these article to generate sales.

The Big Content Search 5.0 Version has made some significant improvements such as adding additional article on many more topics.  Now instead of spinning just one article at a time they have a Cart Spinning Function where you can spin groups of articles at the same time.  There is now full compliance with all GDPR (General Date Protection Regulations) law.  Time has been spent on making corrections to many articles, and removing Spam articles.

The Good & the Not So Good

The Good:

  1. Saves time in creating content for your website, blog, or promotional materials
  2. Sixty (60) day guarantee
  3. Easy to use


The Not So Good:

  1. Need to access upgrades to obtain more features
  2. Don’t like using article spinners to make content unique
  3. Does not state clearly on sales page that in order to access some of the features requires upgrades
  4. Content has large amounts of spelling and grammatical errors which need to be edited

Who is Big Content Search For?

For internet marketers who need large amount of content in running their businesses.  Ideal for bloggers and content creators.

Tools & Training

Provide a Three (3) day Free Trial where you log in to the Members Area and search for articles using your own specific keywords or keyword phrases.  Then a list of articles will be displayed based on your specific request, which you can then review and select the ones you desire for download as a group.

As a Basic Member you can download up to fifty (50) articles each day, one hundred and fifty (150) as a Plus Member, and three hundred (300) articles as a Premium Member.  You can then sort your articles by date they were published, relevancy, or aphabetically.

The majority of articles are free of spelling mistakes, but the punctuation, seentence structure, and grammar left much to be desired.  You do need to spend some time editing this stuff.

Article Spinner — this is provided as part of the membership. This is where you take a term or word and then add a list of synonyms  in order to make the content unique and avoid duplicate contnet for which you may not be penalized by the search engines, but they may put that content in a supplement index which is then zero benefit for your Search Engine Optimization (SEO). You can use this to spin articles and then send them directly to your submitter of choice to be published in order to create backlinks.  You need to check thoroughly that the end result makes sense after spinning these articles, and do any necessary editing before publishing.

Training Center — In this area you will find basic information on internet marketing, a more thorough explanation of exactly what PLR is and how to best use it, information on setting up a Word Press blog or building your own website, and a Resources area with plenty of general information on locating niche markets and placing to obtain free images.  Additional information is provided on how to best use PLR content such as email autoresponders, a screencast with slides, and reading your PLR article in creating a Podcast.

Premium members can set up Auto-Blog platforms. You are provided services such as WP Robot which automatically fills in your blog with articles form the database at Big Content Search.  Although this does save you substantial time, the major drawback here is that this content will not be original, and it will most likely be populated with many grammatical and spelling errors.  This is more of a strategy of quanity over quality.

Here is the Bonus which you receive:

Big Content Search Exclusive Report — this is a fifty page (50) report on how to best make use of Private Label Rights (PLR) to generate sales.  This explains everthing from how to create a home study course, generate reports, repurpose your PLR articles, create web content to creating membership courses.

Support

Web-based contact form and Live Chat.  Phone number available but it is in Slovenia.

Price

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Where Is Little Switzerland?

I personally had never heard of this town before. I didn’t know where in the world it was; whether overseas, near the country of Switzerland, or in some other area of the world. So, where is Little Switzerland? North Carolina Highway

To my utter surprise it happens to be right here in the United States of America. It is in the North Carolina Mountains, right along the Blue Ridge Parkway. It has a most interesting history, as well as many attractive reasons to visit. It is a great place to get away and relax in the wilderness, and enjoy exploring the beautiful area of western North Carolina.

A Little Background Information

To be specific, Little Switzerland is an unincorporated town with an elevation of 3500 feet located in the counties of Mitchell and McDowell in the state of North Carolina. About an hour north of Asheville, it was constructed as a resort village in 1909 by the Switzerland Company, which was formed by Heriot Clarkson, a North Carolina State Supreme Court Justice. The resort began operation in 1910.

Over the years there have been many disagreements and court cases over land rights during the construction of the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Carolina, Clinchfield, and Ohio railroad. As a result, this area is now the narrowest point of the entire Blue Ridge Parkway, and the railroad ended up locating its station four (4) miles from the town.

Little Switzerland is named after the Jura Mountains of Switzerland. Many buildings have a Swiss architectural style. It is mostly a summer colony attracting visitors during that time of year. Its population is only 46. North Carolina Mountains

Things to See and Do

There are many sites and interesting activities in this area.

One area to check out is Emerald Village. It consists of a group of twelve (12) historic mines. These are real mines in which you can take underground tours. Folks come from around the world to explore these mines, and this area has also been featured on many TV programs such as the Travel Channel, and in many magazines such as National Geographic. You can also spend time in the North Carolina Mining Museum, and explore the nearby Bon Ami Mine and waterfall.

The Diamondbac Trail is a fascinating twelve (12) mile stretch favored by motorcycle enthusiasts for its two hundred (200) curves. This route goes right through the Pisgah National Forest with many breathtaking views. Many people traverse this road to escape the summer humidity as there is a twelve (12) degree temperature drop at the summit.

Grassy Creek Waterfall Trail is near the center of town and is a short hiking trail to the falls. It’s a thirty (30) foot waterfall which is located on private property. The property owners allow visitors to hike the trail and check out the waterfall.

Starting and finishing at Skyline Village, Murder Mountain Run is a stretch of one hundred fourteen (114) miles with many peaceful roads with low traffic, and much beautiful scenery. It’s located right off the Blue Ridge Parkway and goes through two (2) National Forests, and got its name because of a murder which occurred many years ago.

For some of the finest mountain music Geneva Hall is the place to be. I recall being entertained by a few musicians from this part of the world many years ago, when I was working on a summer camp for children, and the musicians actually built as well as played their instruments. This hall has been around for over eighty (80) years. You also get to participate in some square dancing as well. There’s also some great fellowship with the local folks.

In the Linville Gorge area which is a bit remote, you will find Wiseman’s View. About fifteen hundred (1500) feet above the Linville River, you have a view of the deepest gorge in the whole eastern United States. In addition to viewing the gorge, you get a good look at Table Rock and Hawksbill Mountain. North Carolina Waterfalls

In the Crabtree Meadows Recreation area, you will find a trail head which leads to a footbridge over the creek and you will be at the base of Crabtree Falls. It is a trail worth taking to get a view of this waterfall.

Lodging and Food

As far as places to stay and eat, you will find some good choices with plenty of local flavor, and a very friendly atmosphere. Here are a few places where you can bed down for the night.

Skyline Village Inn — this is a family-owned Old-World style establishment right on the Blue Ridge Parkway. This three-story inn has a lot of history as well as a panoramic view from the third floor balcony. This hotel offers dining with a great selection of wines and beers.

Switzerland Inn — This inn provides accommodations in their main lodge, as well as having cottages and mountain view suites available. It is also located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. In addition to comfortable rooms and cottages, this establishment offers fine dining, an enticing spa in which to relax, and on-site shopping with a variety of different stores.

Big Lynn Lodge — This is the place to stay for delicious food and spectacular views. Included in your room rates are breakfast and dinner for two. This lodge has forty-two (42) rooms and has been around for over one hundred (100) years. Mountain Lodging

There are a variety of places to eat in the area including pizza and fast food. I will mention a few of the nicer places such as The Switzerland Cafe and General Store where you can get basic American food with vegan options. The Chalet Restaurant offers a variety of American dishes also with vegan options. But for you meat eaters, I have heard good things about their New York Strip. Little Switzerland Books and Beans provides a refreshing respite from all the hiking and sightseeing, where you can browse the book shelves while enjoying a good cup of java, and some great tasting homemade desserts and cheeses. Now, for a good burger there is Fowl Play Pub where you can have a tasty brew with your food. Finally, the Mountain View Restaurant offers a variety of dishes including a great t chicken pasta capri.

An Interesting Place to Visit

For a refreshing change from most tourist destinations, Little Switzerland offers beautiful views of distant ranges and deep valleys which are very similar to the foothills of the Swiss Alps. This area provides a relaxing getaway in the middle of the North Carolina Mountains where you can hike, play golf, sightsee, engage in a variety of outdoor activities, attend festivals and local events, wineries, retreat centers, and get a taste of the local charm, friendly people, and relaxing atmosphere.

Located about two (2) hours east of Asheville, it is also a possible retirement choice for some. The nearest hospital, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, is located in Spruce Pine which is about fifteen (15) minutes away (8.2 miles). Mayland Community College is also in Spruce Pine, while Mitchell High School is located in Bakersville which is 17.2 miles away, and takes just under thirty (30) minutes to get there.

You can get additional information about this area from the Mitchell County Visitor Center and Mitchell County Chamber of Commerce.  If you like the outdoors, it is most definitely a worthwhile destination either for a visit or possible place to live.

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