Conspiracy Theory - Posted by Matthew Chan
Posted by Matthew Chan on April 19, 1999 at 24:36:13:
I have a little story to share with all of you. Tonight I was at a good friend’s house catching up on past events and so forth. I told him about my current activities with Creative Real Estate and Paper and how I was really having a good time learning and exploring this new world. I told him about Kiyosaki, Rich Dad Poor Dad, the CREOnline Convention, LeGrand, Bronchick, Behle, etc. and all the eye-opening information I got that was not common knowledge to the general public.
I know I should keep this Creative Real Estate stuff a secret since friends and family are the biggest skeptics. But I believe I encountered skepticism at a level I haven’t heard thus far.
He stated his concerns of crooks in the business and the need for large amounts of cash to do deals. I told him I understand there may be some crooks in this business like McCorkle was (which was unfortunate), but I wasn’t going to let the fear of a crook stop me from studying all the books and materials I could get my hands on and pushing forward to make deals. I told him that that there may well be some shady elements/players in this business but all industries have crooks. I told him that I found it VERY difficult to believe that EVERYONE I talked to and met was being dishonest. Having been exposed to so many individuals in person, books, and online like members of this board, the CREonline convention attendees, speakers, authors, etc., I told him that if this entire Creative RE/Paper business was corrupt, that this was the biggest conspiracy I had ever seen since the government. And that it was the greatest coverup I had ever seen.
After that statement, he basically stated that “yes” it was one large conspiracy with all the participants being less than honest in teaching these “undoable and shady techniques”. He went on to say that if the speakers were so good, why did they teach and charge for the materials if they were so rich. Being an instructor of technology, I asked him if I was a crook since I was teaching instead of “doing” it? He said no but that was different. I told him I really could care less if the speakers/authors have slowed or stopped doing deals AS LONG as they ACTUALLY did them as they taught. He believed that if you were teaching, you were not and unable to do deals.
It was emotionally draining and I was truly flabbergasted. I expected resistance along the lines that “it is illegal” or “it can’t be done that way” etc. But to have someone say that the ENTIRE Creative industry was one tightly held conspiracy? Whew! I just couldn’t respond.
It was clear to me I wasted my time. While I was prepared for some resistance and negativity, I was simply not prepared for the degree of it and the whole conspiracy theory he proposed.
Everyone of his suggestions was one from the “poor” mentality. 1. Wait a year so I could save enough money to do “real” deals. 2. You have to deal with banks & mortgage companies when dealing with properties. 3. He thought I had too much time on my hands by working only 1 week a month in my current self-employment job. (I told him that was the point of the last few years efforts so that I could have the freedom and luxury to pursue new and exciting opportunities; that I didn’t want to be like “everyone else” who work so hard that they can’t even think straight.)
What really bothered me was that he was so closed-minded that he would not entertain even the notion that there was some truth to all of this since it came from several sources (I showed him web sites, tapes, books, etc.) and different vendors. He had such a problem with the profit motive of the speakers, web sites, etc. that it blinded him to the possibility that people can actually make a profit AND tell the truth simultaneously.
I was so disappointed at his rigidity and his pessimistic view of life. I would not say I am an optimist but I amd a realist who is opportuniistic. I try to balance and if there is a reasonable possibility of good, I simply explore it. I hate lost opportunities.
As all of you can tell, I had to vent my frustrations. Thanks for listening.