Recently there was an episode on "Last week tonight" with John Oliver in which he discussed the scourge. It re-ignited in me my unapologetic hate for it.
I will try to give you my thoughts on the matter. Remember, this is business that is built on half truths presented as facts as well as a plethora of logical fallacies including but not limited to, Appeal to authority, Ad hominem attacks and plausible deniability.
Some of my friends have been affected by the scourge throughout the years, and I found a common theme to why they failed at it.
- They didn't have enough time for it.
- They didn't take it seriously.
- They didn't put in enough effort.
Most of those friends who failed have talked to me about joining them. Again, there are common themes of how they approached me. "Dude, extra cash". "So easy". "Instead of sitting on your fat ass all day". "They are all lovely people".
Let's break this pyramid of bullshit down:
"Dude, extra cash"
No thanks. Cash is nice, but I don't think its worth my time. Especially since I will be conducting my business in a starbucks over cafe latte dopi vanti that I have to pay for.
How much extra is it really going to be?
Really? Why are all these other people failing? "well look at so and so he is driving a Porsche" Open a news paper and look for a used 2009 Porsche, buy it and now you are successful I guess.
"Instead of sitting on your fat ass all day"
I thought we were friends.
"They are all lovely people"
As evidence by your last statement? I'm sure they are.
You know why they love you? Because you are bringing in more people for them to sell shit to. It is a sad realization, but it is true.
I really want to give you more specific examples from my experience with this bullshit, but I can't as it will be easy for anyone who knows me to identify who I am talking about.
If someone you do not know approaches you about this, RUN. They are wolves in sheep clothing.
If you do know them, look for signs of change in their character. Is it a 180? RUN. Is it desperation? Pray for them. Is it greed? wish them luck, and back away slowly.
I have more to say on this subject, stay tuned. Give www.hamelmo.com a visit. He is the reason I am here after all.