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Believe And You’ll See

Believe and you'll see

A few months ago, I was on FB when a chat window popped up. It was someone on my contact network.

“I’d like you to write an article for me. What do you charge?”

I named my price.

(It’s high. It took me years to work up the confidence to ask for it.)

There was a significant pause. Then he replied.

“That’s a bit out of my budget.”

“I’m sorry to hear that,” I responded. “If you like, I can recommend other writers who are just as good.”

“No, no. I want YOU to write for me.”

He waited. I went on browsing my timeline in another window.

After a while, he typed… “Let me try and come up with the money.”

He did. I wrote for him. He loved it.

The secret to this happy result is being able to believe.

On my side, to believe that

  • a. there are people who can afford to pay well for quality work
  • b. that I can deliver value for the money they pay

On his side, to believe that

  • a. what he gets will be worth paying for

People say “seeing is believing”. It’s not. Once you’ve seen, NOT believing is foolish!

That’s why there are many excellent writers willing to ply their trade for a couple of dollars per piece… they refuse to believe UNTIL they see.

Flip the paradigm around.

Believe it – and you WILL see.

Not intuitive. Not easy. But rewarding – in incredible ways.

Go, believe!


It’s a REAL World Online

I’ve been using the Internet and World Wide Web since 1995. Over 14 years, I have seen sublime acts of sacrifice and support, generosity and greatness, heroism and helping.

But unless you’re a Polyanna clone, you’d have come across instances of the ‘flip side’. Horrifying acts of deadly depravity, distributed worldwide through the frictionless Web.

Nasty things that pop-up obscene pictures kids have no business seeing, or take control of your computer to wreak havoc on your property, and others’ peace.

Worse is the ‘thought poison’ that quietly pervades minds that consume it through the medium of the Web.

That’s what prompted this word of caution to help or guide the less experienced.

It’s a REAL world online, people!
Out there, separated from your ‘safe’ cocoon by nothing more than a mouse-click, are the dregs of human society… robbers and thieves, pimps and murderers, terrorists and anarchists.

On Twitter, I said:

Should the new social media mantra be: “When in doubt, DON’T trust?”

It can be a good guideline… at least until you gain enough insight to judge wisely. And it applies to EVERYTHING you read on the Web.

Things may not be what they seem.

Trusting your health, life, money, success or happiness to the evanescent reality of a Web-based persona is either foolishly hopeful or remarkably stupid.

On the REAL world online, “Verify – THEN trust!”


If they tell you…

Trust but Verify

Last week, just as has happened many times in the past, I saw someone say this on a forum discussion:

“XYZ pulled in $1.3 million from {Product Name} launch alone”

… and my instinctive reaction is:

“Yeah? And you know that because: