I get messages for my educational programs where people ask me to give them the info for free. But I have seen that the people who don’t make excuses and step up are the ones who win. Check out this post by entrepreneur Tony Rush. I couldn’t agree more, and say it any better so here it is…
No, I will not pay your way into my business.
A few times a month, I get an email from someone who says, “This sounds good but I can’t afford the cost to start. Will you pay my way in and let me pay you back out of my commissions?”
My favorite ones are the ones that go on to say, “If you’re not willing to pay my way into your business, then you must know that it really doesn’t work anyway.”
And the hilarious ones are the ones that say: “I believe that any program that asks me to pay money is a scam.”
Whoever said there was no such thing as a stupid question has clearly never received one of these emails. The people who write these letters are morons. So, here’s my public service today for morons: I’m going to show you where your thinking is screwed up so you can stop being so pathetic.
Here’s your problem: YOU WANT SOMETHING FOR NOTHING.
Read that again: you think that you can have something…without doing anything.
And, unfortunately, you’re not alone. I wish you were. But, there’s a few million of you out there right now and you’re ruining the economy for all the rest of us. I’d call it a “lottery mentality”….but even in a lottery you have to buy a ticket. And you’re not even willing to do that.
Let’s be clear: this is a BUSINESS.
It’s not a soup-kitchen.
It’s not a charity.
It’s not a campfire singalong.
And it’s not a hobby.
This is a business. And there’s no such thing as a business that has no expenses. Heck, even a kid’s lemonade stand requires the EXPENSE of some lemons and sugar. You know what that means? It means a CHILD is demonstrating a greater understanding of business than you are. You should be ashamed of yourself. Besides, if you’re a grown adult who doesn’t have $50 to do something that you want to do…..
….that’s the best evidence that you need to take a serious look at your life and start making some powerful decisions.
Seriously. How long have you been working? 10 years? 20 years? 30 years? 40 years? And you don’t have $50 to do something you want to do? There’s something wrong there, my friend. And don’t tell me that it’s “normal” for people to be broke. That’s bullshit. It might be “common”. But it’s not normal.
Stop. Think. If you’ve been working for 20 years and you don’t have at least $20,000 saved up to do something you want to do……you need to change how you think about money.
And, yes, I know that there are many people who are too sick or too old to work and they need to be taken care of by the rest of us. No one is disputing that. But those are also NOT the people who send me emails about how I should give them a handout. Or start their business for them. Or who think that their bank account is my responsibility. Heck, half these emails come from people whose signature line says “Sent from my iPad” or “sent from my iPhone”.
You’ve got the latest, greatest mobile device but you can’t come up with $50 to start a business? Give me a break. You’re standing in a gold mine and bitching about the price of a shovel. The truth is that I can introduce you to as many people as you want to meet who started with NOTHING — bankrupt, even — who decided to change their lives….and they made it happen.
How? By GOING FOR IT. By not settling. By not being a weenie. By not having a welfare mentality. By not thinking that their situation is someone else’s responsibility. So, when you say, “I want you to let me do this business for free because I don’t have $50″….what you’re REALLY saying is “I’m not really serious about doing whatever it takes to change my life.” And if that’s the case, then you have no business starting a business in the first place.
So, let’s be clear: I’m not a bank. I’m not handing out free money. And just because I was willing to work MY ass off to be successful doesn’t mean that it’s my responsibility to take money out of my pocket to solve your problems. If I want to donate to charity….I donate to CHARITY. I refuse to be more committed to your business than you are.
However….If you have the COMMITMENT and the COMPETENCE, I can give you the tools and the training to make thousands of dollars per week. I’ve done it over and over and over for people who are serious enough to commit to their own success. And it works.
But, if you think you can attract customers into a business that are more committed than you are…..you are deluding yourself. Life doesn’t work that way. If you plant apple seeds, you get apples and if you plant carrot seeds, you get carrots. You cannot plant weakness, enablement and entitlement and get success. That doesn’t work. It’s a violation of the laws of nature.
Don’t expect to live like a WEAKLING and earn like a POWERHOUSE. Step up and commit to your own success. Be self-reliant. Have some personal responsibility. If you need money, go figure out how to get it. Sell something. Work for it. Or put off starting a business until you get on your feet.
Because the truth is this: you’re not short on money. You’re short on IDEAS. And IDEAS are free.
But before we can even TALK about you starting a business, you need to get your head straight. Life is not happening to you. YOU are happening to your LIFE. You’re a giant drowning in three inches of water.