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International Investments: Lessons for Everlasting Wealth
By Gary Scott

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The Ancient Mariner - Experiences of Everlasting Wealth

I recently discovered an almost forgotten legend about an ancient race called the Lossen. They were a great ocean tribe far advanced for their time, plying the Pacific and bringing riches to their shores that no people in that time and place possessed.

One tale is of a famous Ship's Master named Turth who was famed for the way he traveled seas so swiftly and always returned with great treasure far richer than any had found. Shiploads of gold and silver, precious gems, rare spices and metals forged to unheard of hardness had made him one of the richest and most powerful men in the land.

Yet Turth, unlike other master mariners, had remained humble and he treated his men honestly and well.

One day, so the legend says, Captain Turth was approached by his apprentice Reekes. "Master, may I speak with you? I must request permissions and help from you, sir."

The rich master knew this young man's nature well. He was his most hard working assistant, honest, loyal and diligent beyond the nature of most seaman so the master bid him to sit and speak.

"Master," said the young apprentice, "you have seen that I have worked hard in your service, but may not know that unlike many of those who have sailed with you , I have saved all the wages that  you have paid. Avoiding taverns and the alluring temptations of port that keep most on board weak and poor have helped make me financially strong.

"I have enough to purchase shares in a new vessel about to set sail for rich cargo in distant lands. With success, I shall gain sufficient wealth to purchase my own vessel and be a master like yourself.

"I ask your permission to sail with this vessel and have also favor to ask."

Pleased with the young man, the master gave him leave and asked what favors he might need.

"Master," the youth continued, "you always seem to know of great riches even before you set sail. Your ships cross the great waters safely and swiftly. Sir, please share with me these secrets that keep the wind full in your sails."

The Captain leaned back, gazed over the calm Pacific as he quietly began to answer the young man.

"Son, you have worked earnestly and served me well. This tells me that the experiences will be good for you on the sea. I will speak of this knowledge though I do not share it easily as these lessons are meaningless for those who want the riches without the work.

"There are three lessons you must heed. The first is that a full wind singing in your sails is useless, even a dangerous siren, if you do not have a rudder that is well kept and attended by one who steers it true. The currents and winds on the seas are strong. Treachery is their nature and they feast on those who desire speed without  control. This first lesson tells us that correct steering is more important than speed. Have a strong rudder and use it with great care."

The old Captain then stood and walked to the water's edge, recalling many memories as he continued. "But steering is useless without direction. Your rudder is large and your sextant small, but without good navigation you'll travel to the wrong shores. The second lesson is to pay great attention to celestial beings. Only forces greater than ourselves lead us the correct way. Without them you cannot know where to go or where you have been. You may gain great speed but you will surely be lost.

"Finally," the Captain sighed as he returned to his seat, "you must have a sturdy anchor and stout line." Even the best voyage has times when skies are not clear. Then you must have a steady  anchor that in times of uncertainty gives you a steady hold.

"These are the three secrets that have served me well. Follow the heavens. Steer correctly. Then look for strong winds to increase your speed. When good conditions are not present, rely on your anchor. Do not be afraid to wait.

"Now go my son and may the winds be with you!"

The young man left and sailed on his new vessel the very next morn. Soon after the master set sail himself, found more treasure and returned many months later his ships heavy with silver and gold. As his vessel returned to port Turth saw the young apprentice standing shipside, looking bedraggled and poor.

"My master," said the youth as the Captain disembarked, "I have waited long for your return as I seek employment on your vessel again. Our ship left port with a sturdy rudder, good sextant and anchor, but less than a week from this port we were caught in an unexpected, fierce storm. We floundered in hurricane winds and raging seas. All was lost. I still wish to become my own master, but must start at the beginning again. Can you give me work and more training to help me avoid such storms?"

The legend of the Lossen continues as the ancient and wealthy mariner sits on a wooden dock and talks to his apprentice about experiences he has gained at sea.

"My friend," the old captain said, " I gave you important lessons for success and am sure that you have used them well. Yet your vessel was lost and you feel your wealth has been drowned in this sinking.

This is not so. Money is but the smallest part of wealth. Honor, loyalty, honesty, friendships, knowledge, experience and  persistence are assets valued far more than silver and gold.

"You have the education I have given you. Now let me share my experiences, for an education teaches you the rules. Experience shows exceptions to the rules.

"The lessons you learned were the same told to me when I was young and eager to set sail. I felt great confidence from these rules of the sea but shortly after leaving port a great storm swept from the west. Ravished by strong winds and high seas, our vessel ran aground and did not last the night. We could only thank the  almighty for our lives. This was all the seas did not take.

"I redoubled my efforts and eventually set sail on my own vessel again. This time I knew which winds to watch from the west and was alert. So focused were these attentions that I failed to see huge waves running from the east. A lashing storm destroyed this vessel as well.

"I gave even greater effort and concentration both east and west, yet my next craft was caught in a great vortex that lay hidden in the south. All that was left were a few hands and the drowning itself.

"Only after these three experiences did I gain success because I accepted the most important lesson of all. No past lesson guarantees our efforts of the day. Trips are never the same. We must always accept and be alert for shifting weather, changing tides and unexpected dangers. There is joy in this diligence and we gain great comfort in the when we learn to rely on the messages that the stars and sea give us.

"Success, wealth, and riches never stand still. Everlasting wealth is not riches but a never ending desire to serve matched by continual diligence to assure that we serve well.

"Never ending wealth is never ending growth gained in the following ways.

"To begin we only have ideas. Ideas are the most powerful sails, but useless without wind. Ideas just themselves have no energy. We must fill these sails with winds of enthusiasm that flow from our heart. We must move forward with caution but without fear to gain knowledge and experience. These experiences become your rudder and provide your course.

"This action is your duty. Reward must not be your concern. All action will lead to reward, but not always as you planned. Accept these currents of life. If you dictate what your reward must be, you close your eyes of possibilities and can gain nothing more than your limited desires. Yet our greatest discoveries come when unexpected tempests push us onto unknown shores.

"Embrace your ideas with action. Set sail and then leave your fate to the currents, stars and wind. Trust your inner guidance as well as your mind. Only in this way will your wealth be everlasting, without worry and concern.

"Finally always remember that every idea, experience and action is a gift from forces beyond our abilities or control. So enjoy the sea breeze and the salt in your face every day. Never take an hour for granted. Then the fruits of your labors will be full.

"Now go my son, back to the sea. Few answers are held in words.

The truth lays waiting in the waters and on the breeze. Heed little the words 'failure' and 'success'. Just sail, be aware and always be with the winds, currents and stars. They are wealth." With these final words, the old master, saluted the young man, turned and gazed upon the sea and then walked slowly back onboard.

The youth by the way, so the legend says, did not have to begin as an apprentice again. The wise master was also a wise judge of character and knew this apprentice would bring success. He backed the youth on his next venture, the worthy vessel, Orion, that sailed and survived its journey to find treasure richer than anyone had brought to port before. The treasure brought the youth and master wealth beyond imagination, something neither of them cared much for as they both continued to live and enjoy their love of life and the sea.

I hope you gain as much from this legend as I have. If so, please share it with eleven more. Have safe and successful sailing in every course of life. Good investing!

Gary A. Scott

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