The short version How I moved to Colombia.

I was sitting at my work desk in Minnesota in 2000. The leaves were cascading in the wind and the glory of fall was past. You could almost smell the snow coming and I had a sudden realization; if I didn’t do something different I would be sitting at that desk until I was 75, perhaps longer.  I enjoyed my work, the people I worked with and they supported me in every way possible to be successful.  The murmur repeated and I thought, “If You want me to move, offer the way and I will follow.”

I had taken one day off the previous eight years. Work really was that much fun! I was encouraged to lighten up a little. In 2001 I spent over four weeks vacationing. One week in southern California taking a ‘vacation’ called the “failure” course the path glimmered. The next week I spent in northern California and the glimmering became a bright white light. Events aligned and I moved to California. If it didn’t fit in my car, I sold it or gave it away. The murmur suggested I travel with as little baggage as possible.

After two weeks in Berkeley I knew I was not at my final destination. I began researching where I wanted to live using the internet. I discovered ‘The Valley of Eternal Spring’ Colombia. I knew no one there or the language and saw no way of ever moving there. My research told me the world’s view of the place was contrived, however.  I knew if He wanted me there the path and events to have it happen would appear. I promptly forgot the planted idea and continued my adventure in California. A friend of mine suggested I entertain a dating service. Most services are local affairs and reminded me of high school dances. I chose one more international in scope. Everyone the system suggested lived outside California. Imagine that! One afternoon, Clara’s bio appeared and our conversation began.

Clara was already planning to visit her parents in southern California for two weeks. Their plans included visiting Death Valley. I called where they were staying to find out that weekend needed reservations a year in advance if you wanted to stay in either of the two hotels in the area. While on the phone with the second hotel someone canceled and I had my reservation. Our first face to face meeting is a sparkling memory. The glimmer was really bright. It rained that weekend in Death Valley, an unusual rain. We spent the next weekend wandering the usual tourist spots around Los Angeles. Clara went home and we continued talking.

A few months later I visited Clara in Medellin. I have been here now over five years. Clara and I married a little more than a year after our first meeting when it rained in Death Valley. My sister Virginia sent me an email as a wedding present. I had sent her the email three years earlier telling her about my dream of living in The Land of Eternal Spring.  I had shared with her my excitement finding a place on the planet that had the first two weeks of Minnesota’s June spring weather, every day. I then realized the path had indeed appeared and the seed is producing fruit.

The only Dangerous thing about this city is if you come here you will not want to leave.

Any interest your dreams actually coming true?
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Prosperity Affirmation

Dr. Joe Vitale posted this prayer on his blog a few days ago and so many people loved it he thought he would share it with me via email. Will Bowen, author of A Complaint-Free World, says it is the greatest consciousness conditioner available to attract prosperity and he sent it to Joe.

Here it is…

Prosperity Affirmation

(Read Aloud Every Day for 30 days)

I am the source of all wealth.  I am rich with creative ideas. My mind abounds with new, original, inspired thoughts. What I have to offer is unique, and the world desires it.

My value is beyond reckoning. What the world needs and desires, I am ready to produce and give. What the world needs and desires, I recognize and fulfill. The bounty of my mind is without hindrance or limit. Nothing can stand in the way of my inspired creativeness.

The overflowing power of God life energy overcomes every obstacle and pours out into the world blessing and prospering everyone and everything through me.

I radiate blessings, I radiate creativity, I radiate prosperity and I radiate loving service. I radiate Joy, Beauty, Peace, Wisdom and Power. Humanity seeks me and rewards me. I am beloved of the world. I am wanted wherever I go.

I am appreciated. What I have to offer is greatly desired. What I have to offer brings a rich reward. Through my vision the world is blessed.  Through my clear thinking and steadfast purpose wonderful new values come into expression.

My vision is as the vision of the mighty ones. My faith is as the faith of the undefeatable. My power to accomplish is unlimited. I, in my uttermost God Source, am all wealth, all power and all productivity. I hereby declare my financial freedom, NOW and henceforth forever!



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The Source of Inspiration


This last weekend, while working on our 2009 Business Plan, I reviewed my notes from the books I have read this last year, the webinars, seminars and courses I have attended.  I noticed a lot of similarity. In general everyone is saying the same things. There may be sixteen steps or they are collapsed into ten, five or three but the information is common. Common to what resonates with me. What have I been looking for in all this?  I have been looking for the “Big” why, the motivation, the inspiration, the right dream, the best answer, the ideal that will put me into action and keep me going. I have watched people, especially young people who have a burning ambition to do something, to attain some object or skill. The worlds refrain is slow down, don’t push so hard, lighten up, take your time, be more considerate of others…. A burning ambition frightens some people.


In 1980 I served aboard a USN submarine and I had spent the previous five years aboard her and one other. I was eligible for shore duty. I was very good at what I did.  I was offered three years aboard the USN NR-1. I could take three years of duty as a recruiter. One other choice was two years working on a submarine base.  I took the recruiting opportunity.


After six weeks of school based on Psychological Reciprocity and Decision Dynamics sales courses I arrived.  The goals were set and achievable. If you did not make your minimum goal you were sent back to sea. If you managed to find twelve in three months you earned special recognition. I did not want to return to submarines, not in three months or three years. I thought if I totally broke the records and I would be allowed to stay.


I offered my plan and was given some extra leeway in how to organize. My first month I recruited six, sixteen in month two, twenty-seven month three and never less than thirty a month for the next thirty months. My ideas about how to arrange certain things changed how everywhere did it. I also was sent back to a new submarine after my three year tour.


I really enjoyed the experience and still the monthly climb back to the top of the mountain got old. Recognized by your peers, superiors and yourself as being the best is a kind of drug too. The goal, the why, that motivated me produced huge results but not the outcome of my intention.  The experience “That’s it? That’s all?” is a cruel joke and an insight into existence.


Since then I have had many successes but I have been hesitant about going for it all.  I have been considerate and understanding and willing to be comfortable instead of climbing the mountain all the way to the top again. In reading my notes I noticed I was looking for someone else to motivate me, something outside of me that could be held responsible for every outcome good and bad. I was stuck and afraid of the experience of “That’s it? That’s all?”


How many ‘gurus’ does anyone need to follow anyway?  Are we all supposed to become gurus?  The latest info spin seems to be ‘raising the bar’ on the industry, making it work for everyone or something similar.  I like Randy Gage’s Manifesto as a place to begin the conversation. The steps are clear to those who are willing to take them.  For those who choose to do the same thing… nothing usually… they will continue with their normal results.


My insight is that motivation, inspiration, the “burn” for success, the BIG WHY, the dream or whatever it is that keeps people engaged is NOT going to get it done.  The source of it all is also not a guru but only YOU. Perhaps only a select few ever achieve their dreams, the ones we are afraid to talk about out loud. The rest attend seminars, buy ‘how to’ literature to feed their dream and guru pockets. The “Burn” does not make anything happen wherever it’s located or whoever is providing it. It is necessary and needed but does not get it done.


Some effective action(s) moving you in the direction of your choice is necessary and required. If you do not know what effective action is, any action will do fine to start. If that action does not work, do something else. DO. 


Perhaps you need to be ‘motivated.’ Then when “IT” disappears you stop. Whatever reason we use to stop never gets it done and appears to be the most common refrain. Getting people over the line, getting you over the line with a commitment to never quit no matter what is a tall order. There are ‘gurus’ who appear to hawk a new deal, a new come on, every quarter. Look at your book shelf. How many different ways can you rewrite Think and Grow Rich or the Science of Getting Rich?


The business we are in, in my lowly opinion, is learning how to lead and then how to create others who will lead. Too many Lone Rangers pitching being the Lone Ranger will not get it done.  I will produce and publish our 2009 Business plan by this Sunday. It will be a work in progress and the mountain top beckons anew!


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There is an old Polish Proverb roughly translated says,

“Stick your hand out in friendship and shun any person
who hesitates to return the gesture without thinking.”