Can Negative Thinkers be Killed by Silver & Wooden Stakes?

Sunlight Helps as well.

Sunlight Helps as well.

Besides Edward Cullen from Twilight, Wesley Snipes from the good old Blade Series – or even a feminine (who loves Katie Holmes) Tom Cruise from Interview with a Vampire – we usually consider Vampires in the Negative.  This is obviously completely fair in the respect that Vampires are predators to humans.

These mythical creatures come along and can not only kill you by simple feeding on your blood, if you contract “Polymorphic Haemophilia” you will no doubt wake up with White Skin, no appetite for Weet-Bix and no doubt an urge to feed on the first passer by.

In an emotional sense, “Negative Thinkers” and people who run around trying to dominate others and “Kill Peoples Dreams” are no different.  Their mere presence makes our skin crawl, when we are in their presence they attack everything that is dear to us – and they generally either want to eliminate us or make us “One of them”.

If you know me well – you know I had a traumatic experience last week that knocked me off my chair for a day or two.  Within the limits of protecting privacy in a public article, a person who I have supported non-stop for years, supported in many ways beyond business – besides always putting me down and stuff, finally stuck their “Teeth” into me to either incapacitate or eliminate me emotionally.

The strange thing about this all is – that when we go through life, we may often have “Vampires” in our midst, but until they reveal themselves or try something that is really beyond the joke – we don’t know who they are.

Now I have identified the “Vampire”, it has been good in that I know to limit my exposure to them and also take them more with a grain of salt than the seriousness I would attribute to them.  In fact, this change in my view of this person made me think things such as:

– How do they treat other people they work with?

– Besides my own opinion of them, what is their honest track record?

– What is their real ethical foundation?

– Do they simply care about people for more than “What they are going to get?”

– And so on.

When I reflect more on this situation, it makes me really understand people like this – in that sometimes no matter what we give – they just like to drink our blood and try and convert us to serve their cause.

You may have people like this in your own life, “Toxic People” or “Vampires” who are almost radioactive – i.e. the more time you spend in their presence to more unhealthier or infected you become.

I would encourage anyone to be really careful about the Negative People they are hanging out with – if you do identify someone make sure you protect yourself from them.

Besides Silver Bullets, Sunlight, a Stake Through the Heart (which apparently works great for Buffy and other Vampire Hunters) the best approach is minimizing your exposure to these people. If you can reasonably avoid them for good even better!

Vampires are dangerous – and remember to keep them in check!

For you “Positive Thinkers” that are offended by this article – go and play a Guitar in the Park or something!

Money Making Schemes: Do I look like a Sucker?

If they make so much damn money, then why doesn’t everyone do it?

“Multi-Level  Marketing”, “Fantastic Money Making Opportunities”, “Income from Home”, “Make some dollars on the side” and even the good old “Pyramid-Schemes”.

I have had the unique pleasure of having pitched to me. Lots of people with the way of “Reaching their Dreams” really giving me the hard sell with that desire just to “Take my Money” and run. Now before you think “Oh No, Ed is now attacking MLM”, I am actually not.

I have had quite a few friends with very reputable MLM products such as Nutrimetics or Herbal-Life (which at least to me seem quite decent).  I am attacking the unethical practice of selling in which:

– They don’t tell you straight up what it is.

– They con you into a “Secretive” Meeting, suck you into the dream and then try and hit you up.

This really upsets me and I have been sucked into this several times.  In fact, I even got dragged along to a “Very American”, “Motivational Night” whereby they even told us:

– Never tell new people you are from our company. Tell them you have a great means of “Making a few bucks”. If they ask if you are from our company, just evade the question.

Very misleading and unethical! These companies have no respect for people’s time whatsoever and the whole approach is to sucker people into a meeting, use a bunch of fake techniques to “Build Rapport”, suck them into a dream of Financial Freedom / Fluffy Clouds, hit them with the signup and ask for their money.  “Positive Thinkers” using “Positive Thinking” to lie to you and manipulate you! Not Very nice!

I had a person recently try the same BS on me.  Late on a Friday afternoon (which totally thrilled me), they ring me up – and say “Hey are you interested in a great business opportunity?”.  I actually am not, as I am flat out right now – but I said “Oh Yeah?”.  I then just asked “What is this about?”.  The reply was “Well, I can’t really tell you over the phone”.  They then fed me a line about “Wanting to get to know me and such”.

What do you mean you can’t tell me over the phone? Are the Federal Police listening in? The CIA tracking you? ASIO got a shadow on you? The person then tried to tie me into a meeting and my intuition said “No Way” so I politely said I will get back to them. Then, I sent them an email asking the straight question – sure I am interested, but firstly “What is this about?”.  And you guessed it, no answer.

How does this make one feel or react? It’s a very sullen experience when someone tries to lure you to a meeting, but then acts in a secretive way as to what it is about.  Besides not being very nice, it really lowers my credibility and respect for this person.  Why don’t they just say:

– Hi, my name is Claire and I am from [X Company] and it’s really cool and I think you may like it. I would like to buy you a cup of coffee to present it to you?

Instead of this “Super Clever”, “Manipulative” approach, perhaps just an upfront question? I really think these days people are a lot smarter than they were 20 years ago and the fact some companies are still running like this tells me they are really out of touch! Man, I have been really sucked into these things a few times – you got to keep an eye on your wallet in this crazy world.  Everyone wants a piece of it!