Have you ever been hornswoggled, duped, or hoodwinked?
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?
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?
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.
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.