Message from Walt
So, today I'd like to share a few exciting things with you, and a
lot of links!
1. First, I'd like to thank Winston
Wu, of HappierAbroad.com (the global dating community site), for becoming a fan and
sharing his discovery of my Achievable Freedom/ PassionProfit/
LivingTrue concept with his legion of followers. Winston is
founder of Intellectual
Expat, and DebunkingSkeptics
. Here are a few links to a bevy of posts he's been
generous enough to share about us on his sites.
There's a lot of interesting reading on these forums!
2. So, to help get everyone on the same page making moves
to achieve the freedom you desire, I'll post your questions as a
regular feature of this newsletter, starting with today's edition.
So tell your friends to sign up! The more the merrier!
3. Also, those of you who've been on my list since 1997, know
that I'm no slouch when it comes to being consistent with my
weekly emails. I wrote and sent a new Llife Rhyme each
Friday--without fail--for 9 straight years! (Yep, I'm proud of it!)
However, as I evolve and develop clarity on what's needed for the
Achievable Freedom concept, that lack of full clarity, plus my
2012 resolution to focus on marketing--has blown my record of
consistency out of the water. These weekly emails have not been
weekly at all! So, I hereby promise to make a better effort to
send these emails out once a week. There! I've said it. Now, you
can help by emailing me and telling me what you'd like to
actually see and experience in these emails. Is achieving the
freedom do profit/prosper, the freedom to escape, and the
freedom to "age less" important to you? If so, what sorts of
information, inspiration and ideas would you like to receive
through me? Which day is better for you to receive it? At the
"start" of the week (on a Monday), or the "end" of the week (on a
Friday like today in the western hemisphere)? Let me know!
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Freedom to Prosper: Website or blog for my bakery?
NADIA THE VEGAN IN CANADA asks: Hi Walt,
We want to open a vegan cafe that focuses on education and
empowerment. I am wanting to set up a website or even a blog
so that people could see what I am doing and so that I could
start posting prices, pictures (etc.). What would be better, a
website or a blog? Especially for someone who has no sense
when it comes to all *this kind of thing.* It would have to be
something that I could run myself..
SHORT ANSWER: The best thing would be a blog for right now.
The two most popular services (both free) are blogger.com and
Blogger.com might be a bit easier to navigate until you get more
familiar with web stuff. Your web address would look something
The other thing you might want to do if you can spend an extra
$6-10 or so a year is to have a unique domain name that
"points" to your blog like I do for
http://www.jamaicaninchina.com. When you type in
www.jamaicaninchina.com in your browser, it redirects to the
blog; I can help you do the redirection if you choose to do that;
it's not 100% necessary, but it does add some credibility to your
business if you have an actual domain name rather than a blog
I use 1and1.com to reserve domains and host my sites. Please
use this referral link to check them out:
So, check out http://www.blogger.com, follow the instructions
for setting up a blog, and see how you like it, then let me know if
you have any questions.
My advice is that it will require that you start the learning curve
to get better at "this kind of thing." It's a necessary skill for
success in this age. Resolve to do it!!! :-) And, if and when you
"graduate" to a full blown website, you'll have the domain name
and you can always redirect it to the new site.
2. You also want to set up a paypal account so you can insert
"buy" buttons on your blog for people to purchase with credit
cards. Very important.
And, Nadia, because vegan products are dear to my heart, I'll
share the link to your IndieGoGo donation site. I'm sure there are
people out there who would be willing to help you get started!
NOTE: IndieGoGo is a great concept that Nadia introduced me to!
It's along the same lines as Prosper.com, where individuals help
other individuals without the need for banks and other
predators. It's another manifestation of Individual Capitalism!
According to the site: "Have something you are passionate
about? On IndieGoGo you can create a funding campaign to raise
money quickly and securely. Our trusted platform has helped to
raise millions of dollars for over 60,000 campaigns, across 210
Check out Nadia's IndieGoGocampaign and help her launch her
Vegan cafe at:
Love or use the "view details" link below:
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Freedom to Escape: Saving money???
WINSTON THE DEBUNKER IN TAIWAN ASKS: Btw, in your
interview, you said that when you first started running your own
business, you had no savings to depend on. But if you were a
civil engineer with a professional salary for 7 years, wouldn't you
have a huge savings account from such a salary? I don't get it.
I'm able to save money even with a small salary, by simply
learning to not waste money.
THE SHORT ANSWER:
hahah! Great question. I absolutely believe this is a cultural
thing. Living on Saipan, dating Chinese girls, speaking with
fellows who also had Chinese girl friends/wives, and also when
was writing Chicken Feathers & Garlic Skin: Diary of a Chinese
Garment Factory Girl on Saipan, with Chun Yu Wang, I learned of
many of the girls who were earning $3.00/hour who had been
working on Saipan for years and who had bank account balances
of $70,000, $80,000 and more!
At the same time, what I learned when I was involved in network
marketing in the US, was that many of the doctors and lawyers
and engineers who were striving for success, were in debt up to
their ears, paying off car notes and mortgages and living the
"American Dream" living from paycheck to paycheck.
That's why (or, at least one reason why) I'm not impressed by
fancy cars, big houses and so-called status. In America, when
you see someone "richer" than you, it simply means in most
cases, that they're simply living at a richer level of debt!
Donald Trump declared bankruptcy a few years ago. Sears is
going out of business. American Airlines is in Chapter 11. The
whole financial system and the society are founded on
consumerism and debt.
Now, being the minimalist I am, I don't consider myself party to
the whole immediate gratification, buy-all-you-can mindset.
And I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship to Columbia, so
I didn't have any school loans to pay once I graduated. However,
I did spend practically every penny in my attempt to grow my
business (financing music videos, traveling to music industry
conventions, etc.) in an effort to free myself from corporate
So, regarding saving money:
1. It's easier for people to save if they dont' have a business to
bootstrap and finance.
2. When I have it, I tend to give it away to friends/family.
3. I believe the saving esthetic is a cultural thing and is prevalent
in other cultures Asian (or specifically, from my experience,
Chinese) culture, and of course, in the frugal, simpler societies
and lifestyle that my grandmother in Jamaica lived, for example.
(Unfortunately, I didn't pick up that particular talent or gene
when I lived with her....:-) )
In other words, things aren't so clear cut when it comes to saving
money for your escape, especially in a consumerist, debt-
To listen to the interview of me that Winston is referring to, click
on the "More" link below then find, "KY Show Interview"
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Freedom to Age Less:
"J" THE BROOKLYNITE ASKS: My doctor says I have the symptoms
of arthritis in my neck, and I also have migraines occasionally.
What can you suggest other than pharmacy drugs?
SHORT ANSWER: One of nature's great healers and balance-
restoratives, and one of the supplements I suggest in How to
Reverse Aging, is raw, organic, apple cider vinegar.
Check out this link at EarthClinic.com:
What I like about Earthclinic is that your confidence in a
particular suggestion is increased when you learn the number of
people who respond that the remedy worked for them. It's sort
of a democratic prescription for health! A tablespoon a day in
water can do wonders for a variety of ailments including
migraines and arthritis.
Check out How to Reverse Aging using the link below. Available
for kindle and nook!
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Our health talks have really opened my eyes to the truth about what's inside the ''food'' I eat. I have stopped eating chicken nuggets ever since I now know what they're made of. Wow! The things you said made a lot of sense and I am trying to slowly but surely ease my way into healthier eating habits. Just earlier, I even bought a bag of those organic tortilla chips you introduced me to (instead of the msg-laced ones ) which really do taste good. You are a great advocate for healthier eating and I know more people would live longer if we followed the diet habits you preach!'' --Ronald M.