Headlines for Thursday:

  1. Yes to social networking, no to MLM (328 words)



1. Yes to social networking, no to MLM: 00:46

Because of a matter involving some people I know, I ended up taking a look at Success University. I have to confess that as much as I love social networking, I find that multi-level marketing gives me the heebie-jeebies. While there are somewhat respectable examples of it (Tupperware?), it still makes me nervous. I think that there's too much of a danger of it taking money from the people who can least afford it and who are least qualified to make the most of it, because it appeals to people's greed. While there are some people who no doubt manage to get themselves rather comfortable lives that way, I think most people don't even break even. Sure, it depends on how much effort you put into it, but I wouldn't want to build a business empire on the backs of people's mistakes!

Anything that focuses more on recruitment than on the actual product makes me want to run. I don't care if the product is the best thing since sliced bread. I am *not* going to see my friends and contacts as just "prospects", and I am not going to dedicate my off-time to chasing after leads. I am *not* going to evangelize greed, and I do *not* want to clutter the Internet.

I don't want to get rich quick. I want to get rich slowly, learning lessons along the way. I want to grow sustainably. I want to learn how to manage money as I go along. I want to be able to teach other people how to grow as well. I can't just depend on luck or my personality. I can't just convince people to do something that benefits me and doesn't work out for them.

I'm getting really bad heebie-jeebies about that one... It might be okay with some of my friends, but it's really just not my thing.

Random Emacs symbol: lisp-mode-shared-map - Variable: Keymap for commands shared by all sorts of Lisp modes.


  1. E-mail to Jevon MacDonald
  2. E-mail to Pete Forde
  3. Reply to Jedediah Smith - sent today
  4. Reply to Jedediah Smith - sent yesterday
  5. Reply to Leigh Honeywell - sent yesterday
  6. Reply to Reign Varilla
  7. Reply to Charles Cave - sent today