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Get Rich Quick (Or Maybe Not)

Get Rich Quick (Or Maybe Not)

I recall the old multi-level marketing (Ponzi Scheme) pitch that went: “I’m making more money part time today than I did in my full time job. Come to our meeting tomorrow night.”  At the meeting, some guy with a diamond pinky ring and an ostentatious Caddy showed us how we could make money selling detergent or phone cards—oh, and also by recruiting new members.

Today, we’re asked to subscribe to series of videos and seminars to learn what? To learn how to become like the provider, and launch more videos and seminars. Or we’re lured to online platforms where for a mere $50,000 or more we can have all our intellectual property placed online and make a million while people pay to watch all this while we sleep.

Let me tell you how to really get wealthy, for free: Provide real value that helps organizations and individuals demonstrably improve through tangible skills and clearly observable behaviors. That pragmatic improvement for others is worth a lot of money (unless you’re dumb enough to charge by the hour).

“Get rich quick” schemes don’t make you rich and aren’t quick. The pinky ring is fake and the Caddy is borrowed.

© Alan Weiss 2015

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Alan Weiss is a consultant, speaker, and author of over 60 books. His consulting firm, Summit Consulting Group, Inc., has attracted clients from over 500 leading organizations around the world.

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