"Gurus", Big Promises and Success...

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You know, I was just looking through some links when I found something online about 'virtual wholesaling' and I couldn't help but seeing something that kinda nagged at me.I think that coming from the internet marketing space I've become used to the big promises by a wide variety of gurus and 'self proclaimed experts' on how if you "just take action right now" your life will never be the same. (Yes, I've even seen plenty of examples of a digital download being referred to as "it will be all gone by midnight tomorrow...and still there a month later).

Truth is, the information that's promoted as potentially life or business changing may or may not be accurate. But the real issue I find myself battling with is when I see claims of riches and success ..."with no money down, no credit, no credit cards, no internet, no laptop, no partners, and yes, the best one...NO EXPERIENCE AT ALL...and oh, of course this one..."it only takes 2 hours of work, a month and then it's autopilot! (ok, I'm exaggerating a bit) but you get the point...

The reason this is wrong on so many levels is that they aim for the heart. Too many of these "experts" don't even practice in the fields they so called "mentor/train" people in. Too often these marketers are just that...MARKETERS. My experience tells me that to be successful in business or anything else for that matter takes allot of work, lots of time, effort, dedication, commitment, ups and downs, trials and tribulations and yes, many times it DOES take money (even if it's not your money or even a ton of it, nevertheless it takes some). 

To be fair, we as business people and consumers must also take responsibility for ourselves and our actions. Meaning, it's up to us to take the actions necessary to succeed in our chosen field or path. It's on us to learn the skills needed to achieve our goals, make the connections, and rise above mediocrity. If we take full responsibility for our successes and FAILURES, I think that our growth will be magnified drastically...and best of all, it will happen organically.

To success,

LG

Disclosure: I offer coaching and I am affiliated with a coach.

You know, there's a lot of "guru bashing" on this site. Some of it deservedly, some of it not. But..... here recently, one of the main guys of this site, non other than Mr. Brandon Turner, has published a REI book for sale relating to buying real estate with no (or low) money down. So, does that make Brandon a "guru"? In my humble opinion, each guru/teacher/coach etc. and each product that they sell needs to be evaluated on it's own merits vs. the price to be paid for the coaching/training/product. For example, I think that Brandon's book is around $20 or so. I'm sure that I could garner $20-worth of information from it (probably more). So, Brandon would be a good guru and his book would be a good product in this example. And truly, real estate actually CAN be bought with no (or low) money down. I bought a house one time and actually walked away from the closing table with a check (that was before the crash, so I don't know if I could pull that off again). Anyway, read on and learn for free here at the site, and maybe even spend a little money on some high quality education.

Originally posted by @Bryan L. :

You know, there's a lot of "guru bashing" on this site. Some of it deservedly, some of it not. But..... here recently, one of the main guys of this site, non other than Mr. Brandon Turner, has published a REI book for sale relating to buying real estate with no (or low) money down. So, does that make Brandon a "guru"? In my humble opinion, each guru/teacher/coach etc. and each product that they sell needs to be evaluated on it's own merits vs. the price to be paid for the coaching/training/product. For example, I think that Brandon's book is around $20 or so. I'm sure that I could garner $20-worth of information from it (probably more). So, Brandon would be a good guru and his book would be a good product in this example. And truly, real estate actually CAN be bought with no (or low) money down. I bought a house one time and actually walked away from the closing table with a check (that was before the crash, so I don't know if I could pull that off again). Anyway, read on and learn for free here at the site, and maybe even spend a little money on some high quality education.

 Hey Bryan,

Thank you very much for your response. First off, I agree with you 100% that not all who sell education or coaching are a "guru" or deserve to be based. (I just purchased Brandon's new book btw) What I'm referring to are people who have no proof that they have ever done anything in the field, or not in a very long time and sell info by making ridiculous claims of instant riches. And oh, one of the biggest giveaways is when you see "testimonials" by "Bob A. for Chicago"

Personally I have invested a small fortune on my education in the marketing and business world and will continue to do so. I am all for education and at times paying for it. I just see allot of empty claims being thrown around and I think we need to pay attention to that and use our best judgment when making a decision. Plus, i also said that we must take responsibility for our actions, meaning that we cant invest in a program then NOT take action and blame the teacher!

And lastly, being that im new here to the community, i haven't read any "guru bashing threads" nor do i intend to participate. I just wanted to give my opinion on something that happens in many industries.

Thanks again!

LG