I often focus on primary love relationships and family relationships, but today I am going to take a sharp left turn and talk about business relationships.
This isn’t really such a sharp departure; if you think about it. And here’s why:
Relationships drive everything in life.
Good business relationships result in smooth transactions and solid referrals.
Sales people, who take pride in the products they sell or represent, take pride in their business relationships and don’t have to resort to sleazy, pushy and obnoxious behavior.
Corporate politics can be kept to a dull roar when respect and integrity flow from the top down.
Building healthy, solid relationships takes time;
Building your good name and high visibility takes time;
Building your business and wealth takes time; and all of these results depend on
- Acting on your own behalf;
- Saying what you mean and meaning what you;
- Doing what you say and saying what you do;
- Being in personal integrity no matter what; and above all else…
- Operating in the greater community and your personal world with good will and with good intention.
Joan Sotkin, a respected colleague, "money mentor" of mine and a woman whose values are very much aligned with mine, addressed an utter outrage and a growing concern of hers in her monthly newsletter Prosperity Tips.
I am going to republish Joan’s article on my blog because I share her outrage and could not write about this better than Joan already has.
Re-published with Permission:
Prosperity Tips Issue #94
Publisher: Joan Sotkin
Article: Can You Really Get Rich Quickly?
It takes a lot to push my buttons. But last week something did and I’d like to share it with you. Here’s what happened:
I received an email from a site is considered a main player in the self-improvement field. The email started out by saying that the writer was sick and tired of get-rich quick schemes. Instead of one of these, he was touting something that promised financial nirvana. And all I had to do was to just click here.
I’m always interested in what people are offering, so I clicked. The page I came to started out with this text:
I couldn’t believe it, but there it was in front of me… $187,296 in 24 Hours!
I couldn’t believe it because I had… No Product.., No Promotion Costs.., No Experience and No Talent!
‘Will You Spare Me 7 Minutes To Show YOU How To Copy My Exact Plan?’
We’ve confirmed this is the easiest, fastest and cheapest way for the ‘little guy’ to get rich…
Be one of the select few to find out what we’ve uncovered with the only resource designed to help YOU START an internet business with less than $1000….
This was followed by some text (about how his 10 year old was making money) and a form for filling out your name and email address to get more info. (This is known as a squeeze page.)
The next page was a long, long carefully-worded pitch for the product with a bunch of bonuses (worth $447) and a link to another page, with another long, long pitch. No price given for the product–only a Register Now button.
I clicked on it and was taken to another text page where I learned that the basic DVD was $77 plus shipping and for another $49 I could have a money-making manual.
Designed to Suck You In
The text was written following all of the tested techniques for direct-response copy. People spend years learning how to write this stuff. I know because I study it too.
But it really bothers me that this copy, and the copy on dozens of sites like it, are designed to manipulate you into (a) giving them your email address and (2) buying. They don’t care about you, they don’t care if their product is going to work for you or not, they don’t care if buying the product is a stretch of you. They only care about how much money they can make.
And what really got me about this get-rich quick pitch is the way they started out empathizing with the reader about disliking get-rich quick schemes.
It really bothers me that so many people buy into the promise of riches without having to work for it–and will pay dearly for the products.
It’s Rarely Quick and Easy
I’ve been around the financial field long enough to know that some people have a knack for making a lot of money, but most people don’t.
Although everyone has the potential to become wealthy, in order to effectively change their financial position, most people have to develop a new way of thinking, believing, and feeling. More often than not, those who do get rich rapidly, lose what they have gained. I’ve seen it over and over again.
Why am I writing about this? Because I hope that when you come across these sales pitches, you’ll step back for a few moments and look at them with a discerning eye.
I’d also like to suggest that you examine your financial habits and your relationship with money and realize that no matter what book you read, DVD you watch, or program you sign up for, if you aren’t willing to go through the somewhat lengthy process of transformation, no matter how badly you want your situation to change quickly, a year from now or two years from now, you’ll still be in a just-enough or less-than-enough position.
The fact is, that financial healing, like any other kind of deep healing, is as much about your personal growth and development as it is about your finances. It’s about altering your state of being in order to become your prosperous, healthy self.
I’d like to suggest that you listen to my podcast #73 (15 minutes long) which is all about understanding your state of being and how it relates to your financial position. You can download it at http://TheProsperityShow.com
Thanks for ‘listening.’ I had to get this off of my chest.
Thanks Joan, for reminding us that we must pay attention to our BEING; become our prosperous, healthy Self and then get to work creating our best life and love life for the rest of our life!
Until next time remember…
Only YOU can make it Happen!