Archives May 2012

The Evil Boss: Fired me just before end of Probation.

Tom & Rob + Evil Bosses.  From all of us working people, you suck and I hope you get what you deserve! :)

To All Evil Bosses – From all of us working people, you suck and I hope you get what you deserve!

Before I pull out the violins and tell my sob story – I just wanted to point out how common my story is. I know quite a few people around town who have started new jobs (i.e. including ones when they were poached) and they worked their hardest to make the best first impression and succeed in their roles.  Their bosses would “Make them feel good” and then at the last minute, with no warning – would fire them say 1 – 3 days before the end of their probation.

I once had this type of experience.  Some time ago, I had a Marketing Manager role for a Large Corporate.  I originally didn’t want the job, but this evil manipulative man by the name of “Richard”, backed up by his sinister HR person “Norbert” – lured me into this job.

It was a tough job, I worked my butt off – did some crazy hours and at about 10 weeks I checked in how things were going.  They told me I was great and nothing to worry about (where my probation ended on week 12 – i.e. 3 months).

Then what happened, about 2 days from the end – they got rid of me.  The reality was that conditions changed in the business and they couldn’t keep me – but instead of saying that, they just made up fictional stuff that couldn’t be substantiated.

Is this just me not being able to take feedback? Not at all.  If they hated me great or if there are issues – tell me so I can fix it.  But NO – they just got rid of me, tried to pin it on me so they could duck responsibility.

Both “Richard” and “Norbert” were evil little cowards and I would certainly enjoy finding them in a dark alley at some point.  They were just greedy little politians who enjoyed hurting others to make themselves look good.

As you can tell, there is a bit of venom in me on this one – but what makes me quite sad, is that my story is nothing compared to what I have heard others go through out there.  So what is my lesson and thoughts on this one? If you don’t have a business, the reality is that you need your job and you just can’t punch people in the head.

But what I would say is that if you are getting a raw deal, make sure you don’t make my mistake and sit there unhappy and blame everyone.  By all means, defend yourself against evil bullies, BUT make sure you are looking for a better deal.

This may be within the organization or outside of there! I learnt that the most “Loyal” people in Corporates earn’t the lowest level of pays and gained the least respect.  The most valued were the ones that continually moved and had amazing CV’s.

Interesting no? Anyway – “Richard” & “Norbert” – if you read this one day, I hope you have changed your wicked ways.  If not, hopefully someone will trash your car in the next few days. Protect yourself everyone and stay strong! The world is too small for evil bosses these days!

The Evil Networking Director who Bullied Us. What?

If I only gave the Jerk more Cold Shoulder at the Time! Rats :) If you are out there Richard, I am up for Round #2!

If I only gave the Jerk more Cold Shoulder at the Time! If you are out there “Brian”, I am up for Round #2!

If you know me, this has been quite a “Corner Stone” / “War Story” of me starting up my business.  Even though I wished too, I didn’t want to publicly name the Networking Group that did this to us.  I know some good people in it – and if I was to publicly name the group, it would make it just harder for them – but believe me, I would like too!

However, in light of protecting my buddies – I still wanted to present this story as a warning to everyone else out there.  When I first started my business, it was tough.  I was under-confident, not too happy, had Vista-Print business cards and no money.  So going out to a Networking Group for the first time was hard as!

I then found a local Networking Referral Group.  If you aren’t familiar with this wording – it’s not so much a Networking Group where you meet people (e.g. say 4Networking) – it’s more of “Closed Network” where  you purchase a seat.  That is – you have one of each profession and YOU MUST refer to each of them.

The Group measures you by the number of visitors and referrals you give and if you don’t deliver – you will get shunned and eventually kicked out.

There was a start-up chapter of this group nearby in Inner West Sydney.  It was about $1100 to join and besides the odd person I didn’t get along with – it was a great group of people.  Then about the 4th meeting, we have this “Director” by the name of “Brian” come along.

The man was mean and abusive and sat there and told us all that we have to “Bring Visitors” along.  If we didn’t, we would be asked to leave.

That day, quite a few members left the group and had quite a horrible reaction to being treated this way (i.e. it wasn’t just my view, it was a common view of this being handled poorly).  It put an incredible amount of stress on me and it was some very tough times for me.

I found another Networking Group which was fantastic (i.e. 4Networking which I love), and then about 3 months later the Chapter collapsed.  So I bet on the right horse and did well getting out of there!

I think I grew up 5 years in 2 months over this experience and it taught me of some of the lack of ethics some people have.  When people start out in business, they are already going up against the odds – and some evil characters exploit this.  I always said to myself, if I see this “Brian” fellow in the street – I would give him a piece of my mind.

He is the type of character I bet that would often be rude to waitresses and probably have beaten up smaller children than him when he was at Primary School.

My lesson is one big time – if you are starting out, make sure you are mixing with a positive and supportive crowd that have your interests at heart! If you get caught up in the wrong circles like I did – don’t take it, don’t get upset, just move on! I was very lucky to meet the likes of Grant Dempsey from 4Networking to help me back on my feet!  As for you “Brian”, if you ever read this blog – be thankful I didn’t use your last name.  I probably should have you meanie!

So if you know who I am talking about, make sure you try and steal his wallet if you see him in the street!

Here’s to looking after and protecting the underdog!

Die Already: The Positive Wimp who said I was Negative.

I would love to whisper profanity into that Whackers Ear!

I would love to whisper profanity into that Whackers Ear!

As if I would be Negative? Come on.  Attacking One certain MLM organization? Critising Fat like Coaches telling me how to lose weight? Exposing Rip off Merchants for who they really are?

This is the irony of me writing all these articles and is the justification of me doing all this work – people who are really negative (who pretend they are positive) are the ones who will attack me.

Some people’s feathers have really been ruffled by my blog and it confirmed my original thinking.  That is, truly positive and ethical people who have nothing to hide have really liked my blog and found it a good laugh.

However (except for a few), most of the criticism has come from people which I know aren’t considered positive at all.  I had a very funny experience with my recent post attacking the “Fat Life Coach” who was giving me dietary advice.  Someone on a LinkedIn forum was saying that I am “Truly Negative” and such.

The person who said they were positive attacked me for being negative.  Doesn’t that mean they are negative? I showed the post of the person trolling me to some friends and they had a snigger.

This has been a powerful lesson for me.  The “Lame Positive Thinkers” out there aren’t positive at all.  They merely use Positive Thinking as a way of hiding their true negativity or worse – use it as a means of bullying / ripping people off.

So keep an eye out for the amusing irony.  The people who accuse you of being negative, are actually the negative ones! 🙂

The Arrogant & Fat Business Coach who said I suck.

I can't wait till I see this Fat Meanie Again :)

I can’t wait till I see this Fat Meanie Again!

One of the fantastic people I work with (by the name of Ralph Rintoule – a high end Property Investor) has been a fantastic reverse client.  That is – although he has hired me for Marketing Help, his years of experience has “Reverse Mentored” me in many ways.

He said something quite interesting the other day in that:

– When we start out, we secrete a “Pheromone” which causes every leech to try and take advantage of us.

That is so true – now I am well beyond “Start Up” stage and have an established business – the people that pushed me around at the start, I am actually now competing with and winning. This is not because I am “Brilliant”, but because I am not a stupid, arrogant or an  unqualified liar like some people I am talking about.

This one fat guy I am talking about in particular, I met when I started my business.  He is this “Awesome Business Coach” and when I had Vista Print Business Cards, no money and was very insecure – he used it as an opportunity to try and intimidate me in front of other people. He questioned what I did, my credentials, my training and I feel very bad for a few days.  2 years later, I am an Sponsor of one of the events he now visits infrequently and he must be making no money.

One time I saw him at an event, my blood boiled and I said to my friend next to me “Hey you see that fat dickhead? Yes, he is the guy who pushed me around when I started”.  The fat dickhead heard me and awesome – he got really intimated and now won’t even come near me. Besides fulfilling my no doubt “Immature” need for retribution, when I speak to many “Zeros to Heroes” I work with – they all have similar stories.  They started, had no money, no network – odds were against them and horrible scum bags like this fellow put them down.

And they found it distressing, but what was very funny – was each of these people often within 12 months grew and overtook the capacity of the people attacking them. It’s not very nice and these people totally suck.  I am glad that this dickhead who put me down, is a fat loser – and is making no money from the networking group. Competitor or not, we must all remember how hard it is starting something new – and just because evil people were mean to us, doesn’t give us any right to be mean to others.

People starting out need support and care! In fact, I have been making this a point of in my business – and people who may have Vista Print business cards need a helping hand – not abuse like this evil idiot dished out. Perhaps next time I see him, I may *Accidentally* bump into him.  Hopefully into oncoming traffic.  People who start out in business needs support – so next time you are at a Networking Event, remember yourself in that position!

And if you happen to be the Fat Business Coach reading this article who bullied me when I started out – I hope you change your wicked ways!

Positive Thinking Wackos: Business is Easy? Right.

I Awesome and So Positive.  And Sane.

I Awesome and So Positive. And Sane.

I remember meeting a few of the Positive Thinking morons out there that think everything “Is Easy”.

I think some genuinely are feeding themselves a line as part of the their “Positive Thinking Delusion”, however the majority I have found are trying to Scam You, Put you down or Take Advantage of you in some way.

If I consider the wealthiest people I directly work with – they are all very similar in their outlooks.  They are all realists and openly say things to the effect of:

– Life is Hard, Get used to it, Deal with It.

The (general poor & unsuccessful) Positive Thinkers I know run around despite the disasters around them saying junk like:

– I am Awesome. Life is great.  It’s just so super.

What is sad about this is that their own dishonesty to themselves is putting them into a position where they can’t help themselves.  That is – if things aren’t good, you have to admit that – so you can do something about it.

Not distort reality so it’s all shitty and you can’t do a damn thing about it.

In quite a few of the “Positive Thinking Cults” that have really harmed some top people I know.  They are always pushing this type of thing.  For example, one you know in particular work;s hard to make out “Every Business is so hard”, but our system is just “So Easy”.

If this was the case, then why in Sydney there are so many people who have lost out to to this company.  I know, it’s because “They didn’t follow the system”, “They are bad”, “They are Stupid”.  I have actually heard people from that company say that by the way – and in the same breathe they say how fantastic their lives and businesses are.

Then of course, they are driving cars less than $2,000, overweight, working full time jobs and going to rally’s week after week.

If you are one of those Positive Thinking liars trying to con people – either stop it, or go and kill yourself.  The world doesn’t need people like you corrupting it.

If you are however (like I was and many of my friends), one of those poor people caught up in this web deceit – please take a deep breathe and protect yourself from these people.  Go and talk to someone you trust, and if you don’t go and walk into a Church, Synagogue, Mosque or whatever you are into and talk to the Spiritual figure there.

Make sure you don’t end up manipulated and canon fodder for these wackos!

Evil MLM’s: Forcing innocents to buy Motivational Rubbish?

A good way to redeem yourself? :)

A good way to redeem yourself?

I have seen this on blogs for sometime, but I have met someone who was previously “High Up” in this dodgy MLM you all know about.  Whey the reached a certain level, they were told to start “Forcing” people beneath them to purchase Motivational Goods by their own upline.

If you don’t know much about this system, it’s quite a monolitihic organization that works by you building “Your Team” beneath you.  It’s your job to get them to sign up as many people as possible and as your empire get’s bigger, you get a cut of what they do.

What has been discussed a lot though, is that many people in this system make more out of peddling their own “Motivational Goods” than from the actual system itself.  I know people that are reporting this now – which combined with the wealth of information on the internet, makes me think it’s true.

This is very sad.  If this is really occuring, then this dodgy MLM besides being deceptive is truly Evil in that respect.  I do suspect this is quite true in that expect for say 1 or 2 – almost everyone I have met from this organization have used Deceptive Tactics to lure me to events.  Combined with that person that tried to bully me – it all fits! The story comes together nicely.

And what’s better is that they use the charade of “Positive Thinking” to make out they are visionary and “Loving” people of course.

Ha ha – I think you are getting busted dodgy people from this MLM! Even better, in the Networking Events I am going too – people trying to rip people off using this system are become alienated and don’t even finish the events (i.e. they leave early).

If you are one of these bad people, refer to the nice image for “Spiritual Guidance”.

Dodgy MLMs: Turning great people into LOSERS!

Want to come to a Meeting?

Want to come to a Meeting?

Some of these dodgy MLM’s are amazing.  You have to admit that.  Despite the Court Actions and the evils committed – they are still going.  And what brings me incredible sadness is what I have seen them do first hand to some fantastic people.

About 2 great people I know – true, honest characters, with great ethics and a sense of honour to do the right thing – were at a desperate point at their lives.  With the carefully (and almost criminal genius level) constructed sales pitch – they were conned into joining one of these rip-off organizations in Sydney.

I originally told them to leave – they said I was “Wrong” and “Dis-empowering”.   Now, these poor characters have nothing – save to say upset friends and family, a ruined reputation and lost opportunity.  Even worse, their financial set backs hurt their family.

One of my great buddies Lorna Hollinger (who is a pro in NLP) grilled me today and asked “Why am I so uptight about [insert evil company name]?”.

It got me thinking and seeing great people lose out so some fat cats get rich greatly upsets me.  I supposedly am a Christian, so if I am really a Christian I better do some good by protecting those who are being harmed.  To me, deep down – seeing my friends being effectively turned into “Losers” has made me thing – this is wrong and it must be stopped!

One thing that Lorna did get me thinking about and I wanted to make clear is that not everyone is evil in these systems.  Don’t get me wrong, a good chunk of them obviously are by their actions – but some great people have been fooled into what is becoming well known as a dangerous scheme around Sydney.

So please, if you have good friend get caught up with these schemes – by all means, they are responsible for their actions – but try and give them some compassion.  It’s the only way to best show them the light to win them back! As for you evil MLM people – leave my friends alone! You have taken out two of them.  You have enough – stop hurting them!

If you are an evil MLM person, feel free to leave your Home Address and details of where you keep your spare house key. Come on, you know you want too – it will help you become “Financially Free”.

The Synergy between Automatic Weapons and Dodgy MLM’s

Me on the weekend fighting Amway :)

Me on the weekend the evil MLM’s on the weekend! (I wish – Awesome Fun here!)

As you can probably tell – this well know particular MLM has scammed me for the last time.  Whenever I hit the City Speed Networking Events (which I really like BTW), there is always some evil person peddling their dodgy pyramid schemes.

I am attacking the dozens of people I met who break the law everyday when it comes to the Trade Practices Act.  That is – they go to events and use their “Charm” to lure people to Coffee Chats for other reasons.

Then, while they have you – they start scamming you with a pre-planned questionnaire designed to get to your wallet.But there is some good news! Besides me strongly suspecting that Automatic Weaponry and dodgy MLM’s mix well (Boy I would love to see that!) – many of these scum-bags don’t even make the event.

That is, they come in – try and screw everyone and very quickly they start getting ignored.    And you hear people bantering, “Watch out for him / her – she is trying to scam us with this X scheme”.

So let’s get together and shoot some evil MLM people tonight who have no respect for good honest business people, trying to make a living the “Right” way.

The Fat Life Coach giving me Health Tips

You are Fat and U Suck.  Now pay me money (some people actually sell with this mindset - I am not kidding!).

You are Fat and U Suck. Now pay me money (some people actually sell with this mindset – I am not kidding!).

I don’t know what to say.  Seriously I don’t.  I have had it happen about 3 times over the past 2 – 3 months.  Overweight Life Coaches telling me how to lose weight and such.

I usually have something to say, but in these moments I am speechless.  Do I insult them? Do I state the obvious hypricosy? Do I stare at the wall? AWKWARD!

I don’t think I am Hugh Jackman and I need to lose a good 5kg – but I am pretty good, but many Life Coaches around are in bad shape.  Then, people wonder why that industry has a bad reputation.  I do know a few great Life Coaches around town, e.g. Sue Mitchell, Lorna Hollinger, Lisa Penson etc – but I can tell  you they are rare.

With these Fat Life Coaches, there are two likely possibilities:

– They are incredibly stupid and assume no one can pick the hypocrisy.

– They are just lying to rip you off.

This also implies that they don’t believe in the basic pillar of leadership, i.e. “Leading By Example”.  You can also conclude that they don’t believe in Credible Selling either.

Am I saying that every Life Coach has to be 45kg and starving? Of course not! Nothing wrong with being overweight – but if you are claiming to be a “Health Expert”, you better have the results yourself.

So regardless of what you do, only sell what you have credibility in and also – if someone can’t follow their own advice, don’t hire them!

In fact, if you see me doing the same thing at any point – punch me in the face and bring me back to reality.

Evil People: They love Screwing Us!

Much better to talk to than Amway People!

Much better to talk to than dodgy MLM People!

I love telling this story.  Some time ago, I met this “Very Nice” Girl at Networking Event.  She was almost too nice to me and I thought she must be a multi-level Marketer of some form.  At the time, I was just starting out my business. If you have started your own business before, you know the “Insecure” feeling I am talking about.  If you haven’t, but say are working – then imagine the first day of your new job – repeating itself “Groundhog Day” style for a year straight (i.e. you are insecure).

Anyway, this lovely girl invited me to a meeting of “Like-Minded Individuals”.  So one night, out I drive out to lovely Parramatta RSL and there are people everywhere. I mean in the hundreds I am talking.  So they are all my “Instant Friends” and then they take us into a big room pressure cooker style.

They do us this big pitch about Financial Freedom and then they pull out the whole MLM thing.  At the time, the same girl dragged this other woman along by the name of Lara.  She  is this cool mum who was lied too as well – she even hired a baby sitter so she could come along.

At the end, all of the minions were trying hard to sign me up.  “Come on, it’s only $80”, “Aren’t you serious about business?”, “Don’t you want to be part of us?”. What was funny was that as one would fail, they would send another one to try and bully me into joining.

After the 5th Cycle the gave up.  What was very sad about the whole experience is that I know weaker-willed individuals would get sucked in and poor Lara – she lost her whole evening.  The girl lied to all of us! Very shonky and very bad – and it’s actually illegal to mispresent solicitations like that.

So are these people evil? Well – some are.  I don’t think all of them are – but if you commit enough evil deeds, when do you become evil yourself? If any of you dodgy people read this blog and know I am talking about you – please leave a comment.  I would love to expose your lies to the world!  So be careful out there boys and girls! These bastards are out searching the forest to feed on the naive!

Defending Earth against Evil MLM’s and it’s Minions

Okay you Scamway Bully.  You Won the first round, so let's go round number 2!

Okay you Scamway Bully. You Won the first round, so let’s go round number 2!

If you are a Sydneysider like me, you have no doubt been bombarded by these people who are some how trying to get into your wallet.  Fighting dodgy Multi-Level Marketeres are a bit like fighting aliens, it almost doesn’t matter how many you stop – they keep landing!

In lots of science fiction films and games, let’s say you are the Hero.  Some aliens are invading Earth (or whatever) and you are the only one that can stop them.  And of course, humanity is out-numbered and unless you get the “Queen” or stop the “Heart” of them – you will eventually lose!

To me, these dodgy MLM’s around Sydney is a bit like the first 30 minutes of a Video Game or a Movie like this.  There are MLM people everywhere, and you seem to be busy fighting them off – and don’t know how to stop them!

I had a very good some time ago.  Some time ago at a Networking Event when I started my business, I wasn’t too confident about myself.  This quite nasty MLM guy who is out and about town trying to rip people off really got stuck into me with some persuasive questioning.  He honestly got me off guard and said hostile things to me like:

– So is your business really passive? What is you stopped working, will you get paid?

– Have you ever created anything? “Dodgy MLM X” is true creation.

– I am successful and you are not.

At that time (when I was a bit vulnerable), although he didn’t get anywhere with me (in fact he got nowhere – I told the Networking Host who kicked him out of the group) it was quite aggressive and hostile questioning that was used against me.

I consider myself a tough savvy guy these days and looking back, what I found almost evil about this was that weaker willed individuals would have been conned into this.  And of course don’t start me about their deceptive behavior, i.e. they drag you to a Coffee Chat about some other reason then hit you up with their pyramid scheme.

Are they evil? Whenever I ask friends who are part of it – they always say “I am Wrong / Stupid” and that I “Don’t get it”.

Well, to the people from dodgy MLM’s who have attacked me, I ask you this:

– Why do you like conning people?

– Why do you hate your fellow-man and enjoy deception?

– If you are so rich and wealthy, why do you need me?

So watch out everyone! I better be careful too, the big scheme I am attacking my send a hit man to get me at 2AM in the morning!

Whackers Being Addicted to Lying and Deception?

What Card?

What Card?

Regardless of which side of Politics you sit on, if you are from Australia you will know what I mean.  If you are from the US or England, I bet you know what I mean more than what I do!

The poorly run Labor Government in Australia has been caught out again and again lying and trying to do “Snow Jobs” on the Australian public.  What is so stupid about them, is that they can’t stop! It’s almost like:

– They have been Shonky for so long, they forgot how to operate with some level of integrity.

This really got me thinking in lots of powerful ways and has reminded me about some of the dodgy operators I have seen around the Sydney Scene lately.  From Overweight Life Coaches, to Poor Wealth Mentors, to Real Estate Investors which don’t own any property – it has made me reflect on how some people work.

You can tell that many people out there are just addicted to Lying & Deception.  Like being Brave, working out at the gym or just getting used to Coffee – some people are so used to telling porkies they don’t know anything else!

From the Government to dodgy people around town – there are lots of them!  It’s important to keep an eye open today and watch out for people trying to scam you.  They are out there and there are more of them than you!

The good news? They are being caught up.  Besides our Prisons becoming fuller of Evil Con Men, our silly Labor Government is being voted out.  One state at a time.

Good things do come to those who wait, huh?