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Get rich quick…

Get rich quick…

Is there such a thing as a get rich quick scheme? Yes of course there are thousands of them. Just type it into the search engine of your choice or answer your phone and talk to the nice person that start their conversation with the words ‘I’m not trying to sell you anything’. It must be so easy to ‘get rich quick’ because there are apparently so many ways to do it. But hang on. If these schemes are the ticket. Then why are these people working in call-centres (modern sweat shops) in Brisbane (South East Asia) and not sailing around on their luxury yachts with supermodels feeding them grapes? Good question. But ‘what the hey’ thousands of well-educated Australians ‘invest’ their ‘hard earned’ money into dopey get-rich-quick schemes and, surprise, surprise! They lose the lot. I generally live my life by the rule that ‘If it looks too good to be true, it is too good to be true’. Unless you are a chinless wonder born with a silver spoon in your mouth most people’s wealth comes from hard work over a long period of time. Most ‘overnight sensations’ are the result of years of training and experience, hard work, trial and error … and then ‘hey presto’ overnight sensation. So yes there are ‘get rich quick’ schemes but the punter isn’t the one that gets rich. Which leads me to another quote I lead my life by: ‘Early to bed, early to rise, work like hell … and advertise’. Thanks for that one Ted Turner. So, when you see someone that is successful or wealthy, or just has that watch, car, house, boat etc. that you aspire to have: don’t be jealous. Don’t be envious. Don’t wonder how they achieved their wealth – and don’t ‘wish’ you could have that wealth or know what their ‘secret to success’ or ‘get rich quick’ scheme was. Instead. Work hard and save your money … and of course take advantage of every elbow and opportunity that comes your way.

Tim Benson, Publisher
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