Sheep Spend and Lose, Leaders Make Money|
© Sopan Greene
Remember that leaders spend more money on learning and
growing, but they do their homework and work hard to
Sheep follow the herd blindly with their wallets open
hoping someone else will will do their work for them.
Jumping into the newest multi-level marketing program
will drain your wallet and your faith in humanity.
You're checking out internet marketing? Great! Just
be sure to market what you're passionate about so you
don't bail off the ship at the first sign of crashing
waves and high winds. There will be obstacles and the
way to go through them is to be putting your time,
energy and money into work you're passionate about.
Be smart. Don't join any program that hasn't been
around and proven itself. There are a lot of programs
popping up that look like you can join and make a lot
of money from the "spill factor." It's a myth. I've
been on the receiving end of that one and saw many
others there with me. I even created a lot of spill
and saw it go away a few months later.
Yes, you can make money from getting "spill," but the
people who really benefit are the ones CREATING the
spill. Not the receiversof the spill. Like everything
in life, the fruits go to those who provide the labor.
Would you rather receive the benefits of being Bill
Gates who created Microsoft or receive the benefits
of getting welfare because you signed up for the
program and chose not to work? (Which is the same as
signing up for a multi-level program that you don't do
any work on building yourself). Forget the money,
which one is more satisfying to your soul?
Nothing against these programs, as with everything,
20% of the people involved make 80% of the money.
That's true in every industry and yes, some people make
a lot of money, but they work their butts off to get
there. They deserve the money they EARN.
If you're looking for a Free ride, it aint gonna happen
my friend. It takes commitment and a good work ethic to
produce results no matter what you're doing.
A big problem with these programs is that almost everyone
who jumps in is hoping to pay some cash in the hopes of
cashing out like they bought a lottery ticket.
Business opportunities aren't lottery tickets. I know
this flies against the lack of common sense used by the
"biz op seeking herd of sheep," but it's the flat out
truth. Do you know of ANY business that generated a lot
of money without someone or many someones putting in
Why would you expect anything less from a home based
business? It's home based, but it's still a business.
It's no less legitimate than a non-home-based business,
the only difference is that you get a lot more money and
Freedom...once it's built. You have to build it.
It doesn't build itself for you. And you have to do
research on the business to make sure it's not a scam
before you put down your cash or give up your credit
Can you make money while you sleep? Definitely. Do
you have to put in work and build a foundation, a
reputation and...a business first? Definitely. Can you
buy into some new program, advertise it for a week or
two to see how it does and make a lot of money?
Definitely not. Tire kickers don't make money with
So what should you do? I invite you to look inside
yourself, maybe look at what turned you on as a child
and make money with something related to that. What did
the acorn inside you do with all the Free time you had
as a child? Did you write, race, build, help others?
Do what works for your soul.
I understand the pull to want to make money easily.
I was pulled into that trap many times before I figured
out that I had to do what felt more like play to me than
work. Then I had to make a commitment to succeed and do
everything possible to make it happen.
When you see a herd of sheep racing toward the "next
big thing" exercise caution, slowly head in the other
direction and don't try it out until you've given it a
year to prove that it'll still be around. Otherwise your
time, effort and money will have ran out to pasture
with all the other sheep.
Instead, study leaders in the field you're interested in,
copy what works for them (using your own unique style),
and build a foundation that will get you to the bank with
the most money. As our friend the tortoise showed us in
his race against the hare, slow and steady wins the race
Sopan Greene, M.A. is a marketing consultant & editor of the Net
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