The “It takes money to make money” is such a cliche that people just accept it, so when the king pimps say it, people just listen and go along and start spending money.
One issue I had was that my business is based on custom software that I have written and much of it was quite complex, so I’d have to be quite obsessive about writing parts of it. I had sections that I had to focus on for weeks at a time, spending as much time as possible on them. I had to give up a lot of my life while doing that. It was also working, intentionally, on the idea that I could do most of the work up front and when I was done, I could relax and let it keep going and bringing in the money.
With my ex-gf, that was a big problem in trying to show her some of the problems with their system. I had set my business up so once the work was done, I could relax, it was based on replication (I write one piece of software and add more clients, but it takes very little time to deal with each client), and the pattern looked too much like what the king pimps were promising.
One funny, at least to me, story about how blind an IBDrone can be involved her upline, one everyone thought was quite wise. He was a nice guy, but his faith was literal and that was part of what they had tapped in to (see the other thread on the rant on religion if this doesn’t sound familiar).
One night we were on a date and he called her. That, right there, shows one big difference between my business and hers: I would *never* take a business call on an evening date. My clients wouldn’t be calling me then, but in “The Biz,” it was their whole life. (I kept expecting one of them, at some point, to quote the Blues Brothers with, “We’re on a mission from God.”)
While she was talking to her upline, he asked to speak to me (which makes me think it was all part of a set up). He told me he was at a ball game and talked with an old friend who needed some database programming and I could talk to him about it. I thanked him, but told him that taking a “pay per hour” job was counterproductive for me and I’d lose money on it. I told him that whatever work I put into my system paid me back many times over when anyone wrote me a check. He simply didn’t understand.
Many of you may not see the point, but if you’ve seen The Scam, er, The Plan, then you know what I’m talking about. They make the same point: you work at a job and get paid by the hour, but they claim in their forum, each bit of your work is multiplied by every member of your downline. They preach replication and duplication and that’s exactly what I told him was going on with me, but he was so trapped in his brainwashed views that he didn’t see that.