How to Survive Snake Oil Peddling Charlatans

Focus on the road ahead and continue driving.

  

Have you ever been hornswoggled, duped, or hoodwinked? 

I have.

Have you heard this?

“We will teach you everything you need to know to do what it is you want to do. Show up to our FREE live event and you will learn exactly how to be who you want to be.”

You arrive excited and ready to get the keys to the kingdom. You sit through an hour or so of exuberant jibber jabber. You soon find out that you don’t have the $5000, $10,000, or more to actually learn what you thought you were going to learn.

I understand that not everything is free and people need to get paid for their time. But, I still have that child-like sense of wonder. I believe dreams can come true. When I see or hear something that gets my heart racing, I engage it with every fiber of my being. I take the bait and am excited to be reeled into the boat. Then I am thrown back because I am not a fat enough fish.

I cannot say that all these free events, if any, are real or scams. I am saying that the feeling that you receive, when you can’t afford it, is what hurts most. 

How do you survive this torturous pain?

Belief! 

Believing in your dreams and desires is what will keep you going. Knowing THAT you will succeed is the key to success. It is not how or when you will succeed. It is THAT you will succeed.

When you are driving to work or wherever, you know where you’re going. Though you cannot see it, you know that it is there and that you will get there. Some people carpool. They know where they are heading and they all ride together. Someone may know a short cut and they get there quicker. That doesn’t mean you will not make it. 

You focus on the road ahead and you continue driving. Your road may be longer or slower going at first. But, soon you will learn the short cuts and tricks. Guess what happens then? 

YOU SUCCEED!

It is not always easy seeing people bound up the ladder. They skip rungs on their way up, while you have to take it step-by-step and inch-by-inch. But, remember this, your belief in your success got you as far as their $10,000 or $20,000 got them.

So… When you receive that email that says, “For our truly dedicated members” and it comes with a gigantic price tag. Know that your dedication has no bounds. Dedication is not dictated by the amount of money you spend. It is your belief, your desire, and your hard work.

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INFO:

The headline may seem a bit bitter. This is because I have bought into the idea of making money online. Only to find out that I will be selling the idea of making money online. I prefer the idea of actually providing a service. I love writing and I want to write for a living. This is the service I am offering. 

I am not saying that everyone who charges you for training is a “CHARLATAN”. I am saying that they are out there. Do not let them crush your dreams.  

Absolutely Free Investment Advice.

Invest aggressively or lay back and look for long-term benefits.

Wouldn’t it be nice to invest what you have in ways that will benefit you? Like a spoiled child with his or her favorite toy, you should hold on tight and only invest in what is worth it. 

Some of you waste it and inevitably regret the way you’ve spent it. But, that’s okay; you can always change your investments. You all invest in something. Some invest aggressively and others lay back looking for long-term benefits. Either way, invest in the things that will make you happy.

The following are examples of bad investments.

  • Anger – This is a horrible way to invest. Anger comes in many forms. All of which will lead to you realize one thing, “That was a wasted investment.”
  • Self-Pity – When all you do is spend your days punishing yourself for the past. You will never create a better future.
  • “Downers” – These are investments that bring you down. Watching horrible news stories that only cover the negatives. Watching videos or reading posts that are intentionally bashing someone or something. The returns on these investments are things like hate, anger, and sadness.

The following are examples of wise investments.

  • Love – This doesn’t have to be romantic love. You can love anyone. Enjoy the people around you and create a happy peaceful investment. This is one way to have that longevity you always look for when investing.
  • Self-Growth – Invest in YOU. Be the person you’ve always wanted to be. Work on that business you wanted to start but never did. Plant a garden, start a hobby, exercise, or read. Create a strong, confident, and happy YOU.
  • “Uppers” – These are investments that raise you up. It can be a friend, a new hairstyle or wardrobe, or even that freelance writing thing you’ve been researching. You name it, if it elevates your feelings and mood that is a good investment. 

The way you invest tells people what kind of person you are. Do you want the world to see you as that “Hate Monger” that invested in violence and anger? Or, would you prefer being the one that people see as a light in the times of darkness? 

Your investment strategy will either bring dividends or destruction. You cannot go back in time to reinvest your time. As time goes by you should, from time to time, reevaluate your investment strategy. Ask yourself this one question, “Am I investing my time wisely?”

ARE YOU? 

The Law of Attraction, Donald Trump, and Zombies

Your anger, frustration, happiness, and love are all created by your thoughts.

“No dream is too big. No challenge is too great. Nothing we reach for is out of our reach.” Donald Trump

We all have the capability to have, to do, and to be anything that we want. Look around at the people in your life. There are angry people, happy people, sad people, and the list goes on. Ninety-nine percent of those people blame their circumstances and condition on other people. 

You should judge yourself as you judge others. When you do, you will see the flaws and errors in your life. When you dig deep, you will find that your thoughts are what motivated you to make those mistakes or succeed. Knowing that, wouldn’t you want to keep the good thoughts and discard the angry ones?

Aside from the headline and the quote, you are wondering what this has to do with Donald Trump. It is not about his successes, or his failures, though The Law of Attraction played a role in each of those. It is about the rest of the world. 

Every angry thought that people have towards him creates more anger. How many people do you know that use this line, “I am so happy that I am so angry.” Anger is cancerous, it will eat you alive. Yet, there are still people out there who choose to be violently angry.

It can be argued that there are people that are happy he is POTUS, but are still doing horrific things. This has a partial truth, but they are not happy. They are as angry as the others, but for different reasons. These are the ones that do not believe in diversity and peace.

Finally we come to those who know that their current thoughts will create more of the same. Some of these people support the President and some don’t. What makes these polar opposites the same? Neither will allow any negatives to rule their thoughts. They know that anger and negatives will destroy the positive that they’ve created.  

zombie horde

All this anger will only attract more anger. As the anger builds, people that choose to avoid anger will be forced into hiding. Every kind and decent person you know will become a hermit. They will do this because they refuse to take part in anger. They believe in the positive things in life. The world will be filled with mindless zombies. They will roam the countryside looking for anything good and decent to devour. 

This angry horde of zombie like beings will attract more and more. Soon the world will forget why it was devouring good and decent things. All that will happen is the destruction of everything that you hold dear. Is it because Trump is President? Nope. 

People choose to be angry and to be prejudice. They choose to concentrate their thoughts on negative things. No one person creates the virus. It is a group putting in their own opinions and thoughts until a flesh eating monster is created. This monster doesn’t pick and choose who it destroys. It destroys indiscriminately.

rick grimes quote

Your anger, frustration, happiness, and love are all created by your thoughts. You are in control of how you feel. You are the only one that can push those buttons you so closely guard. Do yourself a favor and attract something wonderful into your life. Create a you that you are proud to see in the mirror. 

INFO:

I am not affiliated with Donald Trump or anyone on his team. I simply see the anger and hatred spreading. I would love to see people create something better than a zombie horde that devours all that stands in its way. The things that make your “blood boil” take up precious time in an already short life. 

He Proudly Admitted to being a Racist

I laughed so hard beer came out my nose.

As with all interestingly ludicrous stories, this one starts in a bar. 

I don’t imbibe the way I used to, but I do enjoy tipping back the occasional drink. After a long day of gazing at a blank page, I sometimes build up a desire to have a few. So I do, and who knew it would lead to inspiration.

Last night I sat in my normal booth, at my normal bar, and drank my normal drink. In the booth behind me I could hear the voices of two men. I couldn’t completely understand what was being said. I heard the occasional curse word. The rest was an intoxicated version of what the adults sound like on the Charlie Brown cartoons. 

Out of nowhere I hear, “I am a racist.”

I looked up and there he was, the self-proclaimed “racist”. He was older than me, but not ancient, I’d say fifty-five or so. The racist statement wasn’t what caught me off guard. It was the fact that he was an African-American. Because, when I hear the word “Racist” I immediately picture a bald, sheet wearing white guy with singed eyebrows from his weekly cross burning. So this was a little different but not all together unbelievable. We all know anybody can be a racist. 

“You must be proud” I sarcastically fired back.

“I am proud, nothing makes me prouder.” He said as he left his booth and took a seat in mine. 

“Being a racist is the only thing I have ever wanted to be. When I was a kid my dreams were filled with the life of a racist. I can’t say that it has always ended in victory for me, but for the most part I come out on top. It doesn’t matter who you are, you can go round and round with me and I will win. There was a time, when I was younger, that it didn’t matter what race or who it was, I would beat them down. My dad always taught me to treat people with kindness and respect. But, if you have a passion for something never let anyone take that from you.” He paused and smiled at me expecting some sort of irrationally motivated retort. I nodded my head, smiled and waited for the punch line.

“The kid is a racist too” He started back up. “Not my kid, I call him kid because he is half my age. Come over here!” He barked as he moved over to make room for the “kid”.

Imagine my confusion when a white guy about twenty-three or so walks around the booth and sits down.

“I’m confused” I stuttered.

Without hesitation the man says, “Why because a black man like me is friends with a white man like him? Do you have some sort of problem with a black man and a white man being pals and having a drink together? Is our ‘kind’ not welcome here? Who the hell are you to say that two racist friends can’t have a drink? What kind of establishment is this? It must be one that caters to people like you who have a prejudice against racists.”

Before I could be completely overwhelmed with intimidation, they both started laughing.

racing

“We race,” he said. “We race cars and motorcycles. A guitar player is a guitarist. A person who creates art is an artist. Someone who has nothing better to do with their time than yell at other people is an activist. So, we thought it only logical to call a person who races, a racist.” He smiled and he took a drink.

I am not going to lie, I laughed so hard beer came out my nose. I also learned a lesson.

Never lash out incoherently at others until you’ve heard the whole story. Sometimes the important part or the part you need to hear arrives at the end of the story or conversation. Lashing out like a child forced to eat carrots never ends well. Someone could end up hurt, or private property destroyed. You will end up banned from the only bar within walking distance. Eventually you drive to a bar and end up getting pulled over on your way home. You lose your license and then your job because you can’t drive. This all happens after you get out of jail for assault and destruction of private property.

Never begin an irrational child like tantrum until you’ve heard the entire story. If, at the end, you decide that a violently ignorant tirade is warranted. Then by all means be foolish and create a situation that will get you locked up, banned, and branded a “wack-job”.  

INFO:

I do not condone, promote, or support racism or violence in any way, shape, or form. I do support and condone rational conversations, calm interactions, and peaceful resolutions.