The Transformative Butterfly Going in the Wrong Direction…When It Comes to Money, Honey, Some Have It All Wrong!

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ONE OF THE THINGS I PROMISED MYSELF SEVERAL WEEKS AGO WAS THAT I WOULD WRITE MY BLOGS DAILY, AND I WOULD WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING RELATING TO MONEY THAT HAPPENED THAT DAY…

AND I HAVE HELD TRUE TO THAT PROMISE.  YES, THE BLOGS COME AT DIFFERENT TIMES EVERY DAY, AND SOMETIMES THAT IS BECAUSE NOTHING HAS JUMPED OUT AT ME UNTIL I SIT DOWN AND WRITE!

ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO, I BECAME PART OF A GROUP THAT IS HOLISTIC IN CONCEPT, MEMBERS, ETC.  ABOUT TWO YEARS INTO IT, I REALLY KNEW THAT I DID NOT FIT THE GROUP.  YES, I PRACTICE PERSONALLY AND PROFESSIONALLY IN A HOLISTIC MANNER, BUT I LET SOMEONE WHO I THOUGHT I KNEW CONVINCE ME THAT I  SHOULD CONTINUE ON.  BELIEVE ME, TRUST YOUR OWN INSTINCTS.  THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR, I DID NOT RENEW MY MEMBERSHIP.

SO HERE IS WHAT HAPPENED TONIGHT, AND IT BEGAN LAST OCTOBER.  IN GROUPS SUCH AS THIS, THERE ARE MEMBERS WHO PATRONIZE THE OTHER MEMBERS IN AN DISINGENUOUS MANNER–THEY BUY YOUR SERVICES SO THAT YOU WILL BUY THEIRS.  THEY DO NOT DO THIS BECAUSE THEY WANT YOUR SERVICES, THEY DO IT SIMPLY TO GET YOUR BUSINESS DOLLAR.  

BUT I DID WANT AND NEED THE PRODUCTS OF ONE OF THE OTHER MEMBERS.  I SPENT A LARGE AMOUNT OF MONEY FOR WHAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN A PREMIUM PRODUCT…IT WAS NOT WHAT I EXPECTED, AND, YES, I DID LET THE OTHER MEMBER KNOW IN A NOTE WITH THE PAYMENT FOR THE PRODUCTS.  THERE WAS NO RESPONSE.  YES, I WAS DISAPPOINTED BECAUSE I LIKED THIS PERSON–SHE SEEMED TO BE GENUINE.  BUT, THERE WAS DISAPPOINTMENT AS THERE WAS NEVER A FOLLOWUP CALL.  I HAVE A PRACTICE OF LETTING THINGS GO.  I MADE A MISTAKE IN JUDGMENT.  END OF STORY.

UNTIL TONIGHT, WHEN OUT OF THE BLUE, THE MEMBER CALLED ME.  I LET HER KNOW MY DISAPPOINTMENT; SHE LET ME KNOW THAT SHE WAS DISAPPOINTED IN HER BEHAVIOR AS WELL.  I LET HER KNOW THAT I WOULD NOT EVER USE THE PRODUCTS AGAIN AND THERE WAS NOTHING AT THIS POINT THAT SHE COULD DO TO MAKE UP FOR IT.  I WAS THRILLED WHEN I LEFT THE CONVERSATION.  I COULD HAVE ASKED FOR A REFUND, BUT THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN ALL ABOUT THE MONEY!  THIS WAS NOT ALL ABOUT THE MONEY.  THIS WAS ABOUT DISAPPOINTMENT IN POOR SALESMANSHIP, POOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP, AND MORE.

THIS MEMBER, THIS GROUP, PORTRAY THEMSELVES TO BE REALLY GENUINE PEOPLE.  THEY MAY BE, BUT AFTER FOUR YEARS, THE GROUP IS NOT GENUINE, THEY ARE PARADING AS BEING ABOVE THE FRAY.  THE SALES METHOD USED BY THE PARTICULAR MEMBER I SPEAK OF TONIGHT IS VERY SHALLOW.  A TRANSFORMATIVE GROUP IS SOMETHING I USUALLY RELATE TO AS THE BUTTERFLY IN MY LOGO IS THE SYMBOL OF  TRANSFORMATION.  BUT THIS BUTTERFLY IS HEADED ON THE WRONG DIRECTION, AND TRANSFORMATION CANNOT HAPPEN WHEN IT IS ONLY ON THE SURFACE!  MONEY TRULY DOES BRING OUT THE BEST AND THE WORST IN PEOPLE!

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