Packages sitting un-opened - Posted by John Behle
Posted by John Behle on March 14, 2006 at 17:00:42:
Not every guru or course is necessarily up to par, but there is an issue your post touches on.
Many of the students do nothing with the material. Yet, they blame the guru. They send the course back a year later un-opened. Or, it just sits in their garage. Sometimes in company with tens of thousands of dollars of courses.
I have literally met wanna-be investors who park on the street because their garage is full of home study courses.
We were having a lunch one day at an investor’s conference. Several of the speakers and exhibitors were sitting chatting about the subject of “how many people use the material?” No one had any studies, but one guru had an interesting experience.
He said he received a desperate call from his tape duplicator. He said he had just found a problem with the tapes.
This guru had sold many, many dozens of this newly packaged course over the weeks before this call. The problem he found out was that the first side of the first tape was recorded and the last side of the last tape was recorded, but that an error had left the rest of the tapes blank.
Hal says he was able to get all of the tapes replaced before anyone even complained - or noticed?
Success has much more to do with the student or the course. And yes, many blame the gurus for their lack of success. Some read a book or two and with drive and determination create big results. Others buy every course they can find and never a property.
Fear has a lot to do with it.
At the same time, there are gurus out there that actually tend to cater to those who are least likely to succeed. They know that promises and systems and bonuses and discounts draw money from the gullible. They take sales and speaking courses, use techniques of group persuasion and even NLP and hypnosis type techniques. They run to the back of the room waving a hundred dollar bill with lemmings chasing after them to try to get it.
Those who use the techniques sell more and sell more to those less likely to succeed. Then, with a total lack of conscience they then make the students feel it is their fault for the lack of success and the only cure is the advanced course or training. Usually this is the same guru that told them the basic course was all they would ever need in life.
All the courses in the world will not make someone successful. A success can make it with little or no training. Someone can fail or not even try after buying the best course available while others can get their start through one of the worst courses or gurus available.
So yes, there are good and bad gurus. There are good and bad courses. Yet, in the long run success most depends on the individual and their drive and determination.