There are a lot of great business opportunities available on the Internet. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of scams. There are also a lot of unscrupulous people who have joined very reputable systems but market those systems like carnival pitch men. I know because I’ve been burned by some of these people. Mentors who promise you the moon and then won’t even answer your email once you’ve forked over the big bucks to “Join their team” are one of the most common scams. So what gives?
These people are obviously people of talent who do a great job of getting perfect strangers to pay to become a part of their opportunity. They know how to sell. But they have a short term mentality and are only focused on “what’s in it for me?” These are not the people that will build long term success. At some point their business will come crashing down around them.
Why? The reason is they are focused only on themselves and not focused on serving those who have put their trust (and money) in them. The problem is these people have suffered a breakdown in character.
One of my favorite authors is John Maxwell. Maxwell, an internationally recognized leadership expert talks about this in his great book, “Talent Is Never Enough”. He lays it out very clearly: “Absence of strong character eventually topples talent. Why? Because people cannot climb beyond the limitations of their character. Talented people are sometimes tempted to take shortcuts. Character prevents that. Talented people may feel superior and expect special privileges. Character helps them know better…”
What powerful words those are. Often people are led astray by the lure of power and money and fame. But as it says in Proverbs, “Better is the poor that walketh in his uprightness, than he that is perverse in his ways, though he be rich.”
There is an old saying that says character is doing the right thing even when nobody is looking. I like that… but I think it is flawed. Someone is always watching…God is always watching.
Strive always to do the right thing and be a person of strong character. You are a gift to the world from God and as Maxwell says “Character protects that gift.” Approach your internet business with character and integrity. Under promise and over deliver in all your business dealings. Practice servant leadership. Always remember what it is like starting out in a new business and be the person that helps the newbie succeed. It may take a little longer to build your business but people will respect you and the business you build will be a long lasting one that will pay you dividends for years to come.