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RANT The Personal Development SCAM

Discussion in 'General Entrepreneur Discussion' started by Max Shapira, May 15, 2019 at 2:53 PM.

  1. Max Shapira
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    The Personal Development SCAM

    Fair Warning!
    This message may be a little long.
    But you have my promise it will be well worth your time.
    For some of you, this message is really going to clean your clock!
    For some of you, it will open your eyes.
    And you will be FREE!
    Maybe for the first time in years.
    Maybe for the first time ever.
    About halfway through the article, we'll take a trip together down the Rabbit Hole.
    IF you're brave enough...

    What is the SCAM?
    When Jim Rohn said "Work harder on yourself than you do on your job"
    He didn't mean success could be found out there.
    He meant success is already within you.
    Personal development is NOT about buying
    The next book
    The next eBook
    The next CD
    The next MP3
    The next course
    It is NOT about watching
    The next video
    The next DVD
    The next LIVE stream
    It is NOT about attending
    The next webinar
    The next meeting
    The next event
    The next company call
    Personal development IS about making the most of
    What you already have
    Where you already are
    With what you already have
    Right NOW!
    True personal development is not about MORE
    It's about LESS
    Bruce Lee called it "hacking away at the unessentials."
    Michelangelo didn't sculpt, he freed what was already in the marble.
    Yoda told Luke "You must unlearn all you have learned."
    I want you to understand something
    This is PROFOUND
    This could F.O.R.E.V.E.R change your life and your business if you get it:
    As long as you keep thinking that there is something more you have to learn, you
    justify to yourself your lack of action, and therefore, your lack of results.

    Read that AGAIN!
    Can books, events, courses, and webinars help?
    YES!
    If you're new, you have to start somewhere.
    But if you've been doing this a while
    And you're still not absolutely CRUSHING it
    Another book won't help
    Another course won't help
    Another event won't help
    Another webinar won't help
    You've fallen victim to the personal development SCAM
    And only YOU can free yourself.
    How many times have you bought a book
    Started reading it
    Then stopped reading after the first chapter
    Because you bought ANOTHER book?
    Now apply that scenario to a new course.
    You buy this life-changing material
    Invested a nice chunk of change
    It's going to take your business to the next level
    Everything is laid out for you like a success buffet
    Step by step videos
    Quick action checklists
    Everything you need to "get 'er done!"
    You download everything and dive right in!
    You watch the first video
    The instructor gives you an action step
    You don't do it because you think there is more to learn
    You feel you have to watch every video first
    You feel you have to know everything before you take action
    But wait, what's that over there?
    Here We Go Down The Rabbit Hole!
    (Follow me if you dare!)

    Is that another new course?
    Hey, if I get that one too, it will help me understand this one better.
    Then I can really explode my business!
    Okay, just made payment and I'm downloading everything.
    This is going to be so cool.
    Okay, download complete.
    This is exciting!
    Now to watch the first video.
    Wow.
    That was really great.
    Not going to do the action steps right now.
    I'll just wait until I finish the course and do it all at once.
    Yeah, that will work!
    Okay, second video...
    Wait, what's that on my Facebook Timeline?
    This webinar looks really interesting.
    Maybe I should attend that before I finish the course I'm doing.
    I think it will really help me understand everything better.
    This webinar is awesome!
    Such good ideas.
    Sounds simple enough.
    But wait, the speaker recommended a book.
    Got to buy it!
    I think it will really help.
    I'll read this new book first.
    Then I will finish the second course.
    Then I will finish the first course.
    Then I will be ready to make it happen!
    Sounds good.
    Okay, this first chapter is really great.
    But wait.
    This author mentioned a vintage book in the preface that really helped him.
    Can't get it out of my mind.
    Got to get that book!
    I know it will help me understand the first book better.
    Wow, this vintage book is really hard to find.
    Took all day looking for it online and finally found it.
    Spent a little more than I wanted but it's worth it.
    Shipping notification says it will take a week to get here.
    No problem.
    It will be worth the wait.
    Hey, what's that over there?
    A new system?
    Everything is already in place?
    Hey, I can get that set up while I wait on my book!
    Then, when I finish both books and both courses, I can really make this work.
    Okay, spent today setting up this system.
    I'm really making progress.
    This is exciting!
    It says to take a few small action steps but I'm going to wait.
    Until I finish those 2 books.
    And those other 2 courses.
    Then I'll be ready!
    It's a vicious cycle that NEVER ends.
    It's the Personal Development SCAM!
    And only YOU can save yourself.
    If you keep going "down the rabbit hole"
    You will never succeed
    Because you will always think there's something else
    Something new
    Something cutting edge
    You have to know first
    Before you can take action
    Therefore
    You will NEVER take action
    Your business will never grow
    And you will never change
    Until NOW!
    Because NOW you understand
    You've been scamming yourself
    You got lost in the Rabbit Hole
    If you're new
    Seal off the Rabbit Hole now
    Kill the monster while it's little
    Buy that first course
    Buy that first book
    Attend that first webinar
    But before you do ANYTHING else
    DO what the material says to DO!
    If you've been around a while
    Look at all of the books around you
    Look at all of the courses you have on the shelves
    Look at all of the courses you have parked on the Internet
    Look at all of the eBooks you have on your Tablet
    Now seal the Rabbit Hole!
    Take a solemn VOW that you will NOT buy anything new
    Unless and until you use what you already have to the fullest
    Until you are getting the results you want
    From this moment forward, you are FREE.
    I've shown you the escape route from the Rabbit Hole
    From the Personal Development SCAM
    From the trap
    From the excuses
    From the lack of results
    My friend Diane Hochman says
    "If you haven't gotten a new result in the last 7 days, you ain't doing the deal!"

    So, do the deal.
    STOP buying stuff.
    Use what you ALREADY HAVE.
    Commit to getting a new result this week.
    Something
    Anything
    That only ACTION will produce
    If you will DO that simple thing
    Not only will you be forever FREE from the Rabbit Hole
    You will be well on your way to unleashing the greatness inside
    That will change you
    That will change the world.


    CREDIT: Ron Henley
     
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    Best Part!

    /but now i have to search who Diane Hochman is! Maybe she wrote a smart book <3
     
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    Really true, it's remind me the excellent thread of @Andy Black, i think it was "what if you know enough ?" .. You guys have to read it and don't overthink it. rep+
     
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    The funny thing is, if you would only read more books after you have applied everything that is the The Millionaire Fastlane and in Unscripted you would likely be doing so good you would hardly need to read any more books on success. :cool:
     
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    Today, we have so many books/courses/videos/seminars on how to get rich.

    But lately I have been thinking, how did guys like Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller, Henry Ford get super rich, in times when there were no books or courses on how to get rich.

    Something to think about.

    @Kak said it best:
     
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    Unfortunately, only a handful of Personal Development guru's are really all out, meaning would give everything, to help out.

    I also don't think majority of them are there to scam you (or even think "I'm gonna write a book, do a seminar to scam people!" but some are), some are out there just to share their message, experience and thinks that the time they are allotting (airtime) has a cost value attached to it.

    It's now up to the individual to put down the book and take action. That's where forums like this comes in. They support and they make you take action.
     
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    MJ said this before: "Read books that solve your problems". Meaning, if you have the following books on your shelf: TMF, UNSCRIPTED, and The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster (by Darren Hardy) - there's no need to purchase more books regarding entrepreneurship. Why? Because you will find nothing new on the subject that alter your life forever. Three books on the same topic are quite enough to help you solve the problem that sits in front of your face.
     
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    Haven't read The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster yet, I'm sure it's awesome and I do agree, TMF and Unscripted are books that would lead to a path of success. Lucky are those who found the books early, but what about those who doesn't know about the book? It may take them a couple of books, seminars, entrep videos, etc...before finally getting their hands to this book. ;)
     
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    Yeah. Totally agree, and I must admit I am guilty of this as well. I've been into personal development books, youtube channels etc for more than 2 years.

    It's not a bad thing. But it's like Tyler Durden once said:
    "Personal development is mental masturbation."

    You want to solve problem A, you look for a way to solve problem A by books.
    Apply this book for X amount of time, but REALLY apply it. Only after that can you start a new one.
    No other book is going to solve your problems if you're not applying it anyways.
    That's one of the only reasons why you should buy books.
     
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    I have been thinking the same! People climbed the mountain of success and greatness coming from the deepest valleys without ever having personal development help.

    That's because success only has had one formula, consistency through passion.

    But hey, that's just a theory.
     
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    Long but true.
    If you don't know what you're doing then self-improvement can trigger some sort of chain reaction. Happened to me a lot. Posts after Posts. Videos after videos. Courses after courses. And ultimately stress and anxiety for not seeing any change after "working hard".

    Movement matters. If I'm thirsty I'll need to find water, walk to the fridge, and drink it.
    No point in looping endlessly over the "finding" part.

    They just did what they had in mind. Not to say they blindly followed their thoughts. But, in my opinion, they knew that to figure something out you have to do more of that something.
     
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    People have no self esteem + they're lazy. That's where it comes from.
     
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    I hate personal development scams. 90 percent of personal development is doing: making the hard, repetitive steps to be better even if you can't personally see results. It usually takes action, and results in hearing from others that we are making any progress. Very little of it involves thinking/visualizing the change.
     
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    nail on the head.
     
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    Thanks Max for this sharing.

    It's funny I read it just after I post my "first" thread, where at the end of it I talk about all the books I am reading and I am not sure what to think with all these great ideas.

    Often I go down this rabbit hole...

    But on the other hand I am reading books on various subjects because I am interested in knowing how things work on those. I am still not acting though.
     

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