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!

Hot Girls, Pyramid Schemes and Old Tricks

You are just interested in "Me" right?

At a recent Networking Group I was at, a friend of mine who ran the group got into a lot of trouble!

The Networking Group was basically subverted by a group of people from a “Pyramid Selling” type of organization that primarily uses “Deception” as a way of luring you to Seminar or a Coffee Chat.

Quite a few Multi-Level-Marketing Companies are quite good and very noble (e.g. Send Out Cards, Neways, Herbal Life etc) in my experience – but some of them really like to screw you into a meeting.

I had a very funny one.  Well several, but I had this very tall and attractive “Asian” girl show a lot of interest in me at a Networking Event.  I didn’t pay much attention to it, but then about 8:30PM the next night, she was on the phone to me inviting me to an “Event of Like-Minded” individuals.

Hmm interesting, I instantly asked so what is this about and she replied “It’s not Dodgy”.  After more questioning, I eventually found out it’s “That Scheme” which we all have had lots of trouble with!

On another funny note – at a more recent workshop, this girl I met wanted to meet for an innocent coffee chat.  She strangely wanted me to bring my wife & meet with her husband as well to talk about business goals and such.

Hmm, when I asked she kept dodging, and yep! It turned out to be the “Scheme” we all know about!

So please be really careful out there – although lots of time has passed, you get lots of people using old tricks to try and trick you into seminars and stuff.

Your time is your gold and don’t let any suckers like this push you around!

Boy, I wish I learnt this 20 years ago! 🙂

Positive Thinking: And how it has robbed me of Money & Time!

"Positive Thinkers" - The Common Thief?

“Positive Thinkers” – The Common Thief?

I met this complete “Douche Bag” at a Networking Event recently. Well, actually – they more met me.  This person just was so “Positive” and really “Nice” to me.  In fact, this person kept following me around at the Networking Event!

I had this strange conversation with the person in that he was asking me a lot of questions, but when I asked him – I got vague answers such as:

– I help people make money.

– I build teams to help people make money.

– I am a Networker of Businesses.

I kept asking precise questions such as “What do you do?” and this Weasel kept ducking them again and again!

This conversation went on for a few minutes and I decided to move on.

On a funny note, this “Slime Ball” tried their stuff on others – and was actually alienated from other people in the room! (And left very early).

You know and I know, this person was one of those lovely people from some certain Pyramid / Multi-Level-Marketing Shonk that was obviously looking for new people to prey on.

Over the years, I have had very good friends get caught up in these “Shonky” schemes.

The true sad part of all this is that out of at least 10+ people I have seen caught up, NONE of them have actually remained in the schemes or have made money.  The sad truth is that “Positive Thinkers” have used this as a means to try and not only rip people off – but they end up selfishly wasting the time of others.  In my own life, I have encountered many of these “Bottom Feeders” who want nothing other than to rob me of both for their own Selfish Agendas.

Are Rip-Off Merchants New? Of course not – but what I find just fascinating how the are really “Con-Men/Women” and they use the whole “Positive Thinking” / “Abundance” / “Rivers of Cash Flowing” – to get us to overcome our natural intelligence so they can take our hard earned cash. Our Time and Money is precious (especially time as you can’t make it back) – watch out for not only the Rip-Offs, but also how “Positive Thinking” can make you inactive.

Remember, while the intelligent people are working hard, overcoming real issues and making money – while the “Positive Thinkers” are busy imagining stuff that won’t ever happen to them. Be careful out there and stay realistic! It’s a Jungle out there and watch out for lions disguised as “Positive Thinkers!”

Networking: Why Do Unethical & Dodgy Bastards Love It?

You are Creating Wealth and “Passive Cashflow” – For someone else if you aren’t careful Awesome Friends!

“Networking” or building a “Network” as a concept has really been tarnished thanks to many Scams, Dodgy Pyramid / Multi-Level-Marketing Schemes and generally unethical sharks that see Networking Events or Groups as a means of ripping people off.  Quite often with promises of “Financial Freedom”, “Passive Cash-Flow”, Buying Your “Ferrari”, being a “Playboy Millionaire” or working just 5 hours a week on a beach.  All cleverly designed words which are used to completely manipulate you.

I think this actually quite sad in the respect that “Networking” in it’s true sense is actually a very powerful means of Expanding Ones Network, Finding Great New Suppliers, Learning more about how the World Works and in particular – getting yourself a great support community especially if you are new in your own small business.

I have learnt and proven to myself that “Effective Networking” is where you:

– Go Out There – Make Friends with Like-Minded Individuals and do Business with Each Other.

That is, you may use some services, refer them business, accept referrals from them and support from building a community.

BUT OH NO.  The Dodgy Scammers, Rip-Off Merchants and Unethical People from Multi-Level-Marketing schemes as usual – are trying to destroy the quality of our lives and take our hard earned cash so they can become “Financially Free” and “Enjoy their Passive Cash-Flow”.

Now please don’t get me wrong, there are some Multi-Level-Marketing type of Programs out there such as Nutri-Metics & Herbal-Life which I have a lot of respect for.  Like many things, there are many of us that are doing our best to get by – but then, we get Scammers that thrive from stealing time and money from people like us.

One of my very good friends (a Fellow Business Coach) gave me a funny phone call the other day.  When I first started out in Coaching I went to a “Speed Networking” event. You meet 40+ people in these events.  What happened to my poor friend that he got “Sucked” into a certain Pyramid Selling / MLM Scheme which I bet people have tried to suck you into before.

And funnily enough, he got conned by a “Potential Client” who booked him into one of their upcoming MLM / Pyramid Seminars coming up under the guise of wanting a “Free Coaching Session”.  When I spoke to my friend (as he suspected it sounded “Fishy”) and we compared notes and it was the same person who used the same tricks (on me) to con them into going into Dodgy Seminar which promises “Financial Freedom”, “Passive Cashflow” and the like.

We we both found out it was the same rat that wasted my time and tried to rip me off – I was able to let him know so he could get out of it!  I saved him 5 hours of his life, but what is sad is that many others from Networking Events are getting nailed and conned into going to these seminars!

So Networking itself is a great thing, whether you do it “Formally” through Networking Groups or you do it “Informally” through building your Customer Base and working with other people – it’s very powerful especially if you work in Small to Medium type of businesses.

However, myself and my friend have learnt the hard way – you get some Dodgy Bastards out there that use Networking (especially Networking events) as a useful opportunity to prey on “New Victims”.  This so called “Positive Thinking” is designed to make them rich – at your unfortunate expense? (As if they care).

Networking is great for people like ourselves who are ethical, good-natured and have genuine desire to help other people.  Unfortunately, you got to watch out for people who want to take away all your hard earned cash – “Be Careful out there it’s a Jungle!”.

Why are “Positive Thinkers” Always Trying to Take My Cash?

At least this Cowgirl / Hustler is Honest About it!

“Positive Thinkers” have really annoyed me lately. I have been harassed by a bunch of “Positive People” from Multi-Level-Marketing Schemes (“MLM”).

They are so “Positive” and are all making “So Much Money” – hence, they tried to put lots of pressure for me to join their schemes.  I have noted something incredibly interesting lately.

I know lots of multi-millionaires who are the “Real Thing”.

Yet, compared to these other Con-Artists:

– Absolutely NONE of them are “Positive Thinkers”.

– They are all HARDCORE “Realists”.

– When I have told them about “Positive Thinking” they sneer / laugh at me.

So this is very interesting – I know so many “Poor” people who go around, being “Positive” pretending they are doing very well.  When I suggest to them (even politely) they should look at both side of the equations and be pragmatic, they usually defend their beliefs quite strong and label me as “Negative” or not really understanding “Positive Thinking”.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that we all need to be in fear of Nuclear Annihilation all the time and incredibly negative.  I am just saying that lately, lots of people who are so positive (near delusional) have really showed me the limitations of the thinking.

One extremely unethnical practice I have noted are some of the Multi-Level Marketing schemes out there.  Now don’t get me wrong, I think some are extremely good and I am not attacking the industry (i.e. I have had very good experiences with NutriMetics & Herbal-Life) – I am talking about some shonky players that I bet you know about!  In actual fact, I think MLM is a good type of model.  But like anything – it can be misused.  My favourite biblical example is in the use of a knife, i.e:

– You can use it to cut bread.

– You can use it to cut someone up.

One thing that I think is so unethical (which in my opinion should be made illegal) is:

– They Get in “Poor People”.

– Sell them “Financial Freedom”, “Fluffy Clouds” and “BS”.

– They attack our Western Society, Our Way of Life and tell you how bad it is.

– Con them into handing over what little Money & Time they have.

– Manipulate them into believing that in 1 – 3 years, they will be millionaires.

One poor person I recently Coached has been completely sucked into these schemes.  They are so “Positive” and because they “Believe” (or more likely have been Conned by their MLM company) in what they are doing – they basically have put their career and life on hold to chase the fluffy clouds.  Don’t you love “Positive Thinking”? Yes – thank you for helping to destroy this person’s life.

That is really bad an unfair! This MLM company doesn’t care about the lives of people it’s damaging, doesn’t tell them clearly what they are up for – and even worse, when this person most likely doesn’t achieve their $10,000+ / Month of Passive Cashflow – they will then blame this person for not “Following the System” or being not “Positive Enough”. To go the next level, I have spoken to many Multi-Millionaries I know about this MLM company – and guess what? They all think it’s a complete rip off.  In fact, one used this exact words to me some years ago:

– It’s an evil company that teaches poor people, to prey on poor people.

When I first heard that, I thought I was a bit extreme – and not very nice.  But it’s really true.  There are some mean people in this world, that just love preying off other people. These companies use “Positive Thinking” as a means of getting people to lower their ability to scrutinize so they can rip them off and take over their lives.  This top trader I know Chris Lori has this great saying “Be Careful, it’s a Jungle out there!” – so true and relevant here I think!