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? 

Do Farmers eat Ranchers?

A cannibalistic sharecropper traversing this world and eating poor helpless ranchers.

“Honey! I’m craving a rancher.” The farmer said.

“Okay dear, I’ll get you a rancher to have with your lunch.” She chirped, in that beautiful voice he loves to hear.

“You are a wonderful wife.” He replied as he kissed her on the cheek. Then continued doing the things that farmers do that make them crave ranchers. 

We all know that the act of making lunch is not what makes a wonderful wife. But, the farmer shows his appreciation for even the little acts like packing his lunch. More importantly, she knows that if he packed his own lunch it would consist of one rancher after another. Sure ranchers taste amazing but you can’t live off ranchers alone. Imagine a diet consisting of one rancher after another, it shouldn’t be done. But, having a tasty rancher with lunch can’t be beat.

Imagine This:

You’re reclining on your tractor with your feet up on the steering wheel. A cool refreshing breeze blows across your skin and makes its way to the leaves dancing in the trees. This is your calm and relaxing time in the midst of a busy day of doing what you do. Your mouth begins to water. It is as if your taste buds are starting a rebellion in your mouth. The only thing that you can do to tame this watery uprising is eat a rancher. You do, and it is amazing. It is all you hoped for and more. 

And We’re Back:

It has been said, a time or two, that you need to cherish precious moments. Imagine having moments like that every day. They wouldn’t be as few and far between as people say. Those precious moments could be anytime you want them. Or, as allowed by those who strictly adhere to healthy lunch packing guidelines. Either way, you have a chance to taste greatness. Why not put all your worries aside, only for a moment, and enjoy the heavenly experience of eating a rancher. 

 If you’ve made it this far you are in one of two mindsets.

  1. You are totally and utterly shocked at the idea of a cannibalistic sharecropper traversing this world and eating poor helpless ranchers.
  2. Your knowledge of the hard candy industry tells you that Ranchers are quite Jolly and extremely tasty.

Either way, wasn’t it wonderful to take a break from the real world and enjoy a  short story about a farmer’s eating habits? At most, you have a burning desire to go out and buy some Jolly Ranchers. At the very least men have learned to appreciate even the little things.  Women have realized that if it weren’t for them, men might eat candy for every meal. It is a win/win situation.

Info:

I am not affiliated with the makers of Jolly Ranchers. I just enjoy the candy and got the idea for this post from looking at a bag of Jolly Ranchers.

The Positive Impact content mills have on writers

Be the Copywriter with humility and the one who celebrates all successes no matter how small.

  

For the “working” Copywriter content mills may be off putting. For the newcomers like myself they are good and bad. It all depends on how you look at the situation. 

A simple Internet search provides you with a list of content mills and reviews. You will find people that think some are good. You will find others that believe that they are an evil business that consumes a writers’ soul. 

In the real world, where most of us live, “Copy” is another way of saying text. “Writer” is a word that describes someone who writes. So, that means a Copywriter is a person who writes text. This is not to say that a six-figure earning, persuasive writing machine “only writes text”. It is a simple statement that Copywriter means someone who writes text. This means, if you are writing, you are a Copywriter. Congratulations!

Content mills are often a positive place to start your writing career. You all know that content mills don’t pay much. You would have to work hours on end researching and writing articles. That work means nothing if the writing doesn’t sell.  Yet, when your writing sells is when the positive impact comes in to play.

That email saying, “Congratulations you’ve sold your first article” is an amazing confidence booster for a new writer. The second, the third, and the fourth email mean you must be doing something right. In that moment it doesn’t matter to you that you only made $8 for something that took you two hours to write. It only matters that you sold it and that you’ve succeeded. The feeling of success is a very powerful motivator. That feeling will keep you writing, learning, and reaching higher.

The more you write, the more you will improve. As your writing improves, you will get noticed. Then out of the blue you get that email that says, “You are a preferred writer for such and such agency”. There it is again, that feeling of success comes back. In that moment it does not matter if this happens to millions of people a day. All that matters is it has happened to you. A business likes your writing and work ethic so much that they prefer you to do their writing. 

Though your goal is to create a good living as a writer; these small successes can be the catalyst you need. Every Copywriter started somewhere. In some cases the ego grows quicker than the success does. This creates a person that believes they are larger than life and too large for you. Don’t be that Copywriter. Be the Copywriter with humility and the one who celebrates all successes no matter how small.  

Is Your Action Inspired or is it just action?

“Small, deliberate actions inspired by your true desires create a life you love”
Danielle LaPorte

  

This world is full of gurus that tell you to find inspiration. They say it is everywhere. All you need to do is find it. In a sense they are right. Inspiration can be found anywhere. Who or what will inspire you?

Truth be told, no one and nothing is inspiration incarnate. Inspiration comes from inside of you. Your favorite celebrity or philanthropist can do something inspiring. For you to feel inspiration you need to nurture that feeling. What you see as inspiring, another person may see as mediocre and mundane. Does that mean that whatever you see as inspirational is not inspirational? Because so and so doesn’t see it as inspirational? No, it doesn’t mean that at all.

Picture This:

You have a garden. It is not like your average fruit and vegetable garden. It is a garden planted with seeds of inspiration. Some of them grow and some of them don’t. Why don’t they all grow? Doesn’t every seed of inspiration grow like Jack’s magic beanstalk? No, like any other seed, they don’t grow because you don’t nurture them. You don’t fertilize them. You don’t pull the weeds from around them. It boils down to the fact that they are not as inspiring as you thought.

And We’re Back:

You now know that inspiration is a seed that you plant. For it to truly inspire you, you have to act on it. Water it, fertilize it, nurture it, and pull the weeds from around it. 

Writing can be a good example. You received an email or saw online information about being a writer. Not only do you get to be a writer, you get to make money doing it. This is one of those seeds and you plant it in your garden. You find out that you don’t make much money writing for content mills. You can’t afford the training that helps you reach your goal. Finding ideas to write about is not as easy as you thought. Those are your weeds. Do you pull those weeds and continue on or let them grow and give up? Will you fertilize and water your seeds? Will you let them up and disappear like a burp in the breeze?

Action, (As compared to inspired action),  is a zombie like walk through life. Doing what needs to be done to have the material items that you think you need.

 Inspired Action is a joyful bounce through the life that you are creating. You are doing what you want and getting what you want. Best of all it does not feel like work.