Is the LIFE Business Scamming the Public?
Fear is a great motivator which only
works for short time. Paradoxically, the temporary results generated by fearful
motivation often have permanent consequences.
For example, I saw the movie JAWS when it came out in 1975. I remember burying my head in my mom’s lap, scared spitless.
Growing up near the coast, we often went to the beach as a family; however, I refused to go out past my knees into the smurky Gulf Coast waters. I feared a shark attack despite the preponderance of evidence to the contrary.
Most people would flip their gourds to know that each time they swim, surf, or play in the ocean they’re typically in very close proximity to a shark; however in 2012, there were only 80 unprovoked shark attack on humans worldwide!
So then, what about financial fears? What are the chances that you’ll fall victim to a long con scam? Minimal.
Scams – The Short Con vs. the Long Con
As we’ve previously discussed, scams typically fall into short cons and long
cons. For most scammers, the short con is typically the easiest and most
prosperous; they’re in and out.
Most short cons take a relatively small amount of money from their victims and then vanish.
However, really smart con artists, opt to run the long con. The payoffs are bigger with less effort; however, the risks are much bigger.
Running the long con typically takes months and months of prep work, involving dozens of fellow cons artists and running smaller scams to pull off the long con. The mark (victim) is groomed and conditioned over an extended period to harvest a bigger score. The Long Con requires that the mark be lured into a feeling of security. The con artist’s goal is lie to build trust.
Unfortunately, with today’s declining economy, mass layoffs, and the threat of little to no financially sound retirement, people are afraid. Scammers offer huge returns on investments and people fearful of the future, bite.
The LIFE Business and Scams: The Truth Exposed
Frankly, I don’t get the beef the cowards have with the LIFE Business.
Here’s the deal…if you’ve nothing else do with your time such as helping the homeless, reading to children, etc., and really, really feel compelled by the superhero cape you secretly wear under clothes to expose a scam, above all, be 100% sure of your motivation.
If you’re spending countless hours trying to tear down someone, ask yourself the intellectually honest yet tough question; is this person or organization really a scam or more truthfully, am I attempting to cover up my own failures?
Most of the time, people who’ve failed at something (e.g., the LIFE Business) did so based on their own shortcomings. Typically, they didn’t possess the requisite skills, weren’t willing to learn them, or most likely, weren’t humble enough to be taught or tenacious enough to keep trying.
Then, rather than acting like an adult
and accepting personal responsibility, they blabber on in blog posts about how
the LIFE Business is nothing but a scam so they can drown out the sound of
their own failure.
You should never Google and accept the words of people who’ve either failed at something or worse, use assumptive investigations and guesswork to patchwork answers. Too often, honest people are turned from the truth.
Have you been deceived by the usual suspects?
Ironically, these anonymous cowards are scammers in their own right. Have you seen these characteristics in those who attack LIFE?
- The scammer establishes the illusion of a genuine and meaningful concern for the reader that will be the victim
- The scammer slowly earns the trust of the victim
- The scammer gives the air of authority yet never cites original sources
- The scammer doesn’t give verifiable credentials
- The scammer receives some form of financial benefit from the scam
5 Keys to Exposing Scams
This brings us to five simple keys to detecting and exposing someone or something as a scam. Simple yet effective, each point should be used as you weigh anything you read or hear about the LIFE Business.
Key #1-Go to Primary Source, NOT Secondary Ones
The first key to exposing a scam is going directly to the source in question, not secondary information. Previously, we discussed this; but here’s the short of it: go to the source, not the symptom.
I guarantee that you’ll get better answers going directly to the primary source faster than you will from the half-baked opinions found in secondary sources.
Is LIFE a fraud? Simply ask someone in LIFE…not some coward who’s never been successful in LIFE (pun intended).
Key # 2-Use logic, sound reasoning divided by a gut check to get
Ask yourself; is what I’m reading or hearing making logical sense? Is there sound reasoning behind what’s being said? Can I detect any subversive motives? Finally, take all the hard, cold evidence and use your gut to determine the motive of the author.
Key # 3-Never Trust a Bald Barber or a Fat Doctor That Smokes
This simple and perhaps slightly irreverent maxim speaks volumes.
The wisdom goes that a bald barber has no respect for your hair and you should never take advice from someone who doesn’t follow what they preach.
Therefore, if you read anything, ask, ‘does the writer have any direct, personal experience with what they’re talking about?’
I never served in Civil War. My father’s
family served in the Missouri Regulators as Unionists while my mother’s family
fought for the South; in fact, I’m related to Robert E. Lee. Both of these
points should qualify me to make a statement about my relatives experience
during the Civil War; but I can’t; I wasn’t there.
If you wanted to really know what it’s like to be war, sign up and go to war. Second to that, ask someone you trust who’s served on the front lines, taken fire and come back. No amount of reading, discussing and debating by sideline commentators and pundits can take the place of real experience; go straight to the source.
My grandfather fought in the Battle of
the Budge, my dad in Korea, my uncle in Vietnam, and my wife’s uncle Black Hawk
was shot down in Iraq.
It would seem I’d have quite a bit of knowledge of combat and war; but, I’ve never served on the front lines.
Back to the point: rather than read what others say (including me) about the LIFE Business, or anything else, you must critically ask, ‘has this source actually had any measurable and documented experience with the subject?’ If not, then it’s just someone’s possibly biased opinion…nothing else.
Key # 4-What’s Their Motive?
Everything we do is based on an agenda; that’s just the way it is. Whether motivated by love, hate, fear or money, something drives us. Naysayers are no different. Everyone has an agenda, that’s just the way it is.
However, as you investigate something to see if it’s a scam, keep asking yourself: ‘what’s this person’s agenda? What’s in it for them? Is it to inform or deceive?’
Therefore, if something is negative, not uplifting or designed to malign then you have your true motivation.
Key # 5 – Show Me Your Results – Then Help Me Replicate Them
How many times have you met someone who talked a good game but, can’t provide any evidence that they’ve ever stepped onto the field?
If someone makes a financial claim, ask for records and proof. Magic doesn’t exist; things can be replicated; including success. If someone makes a claim, nail their feet down and have them show you how they did it.
If they’ve been successful, they
followed a formula which they can teach you so you too can be successful.
Circle back to LIFE.
- Does the LIFE Business offer coaching and mentoring on success? Yes.
- Does LIFE offer you the same materials and techniques used by others to achieve success? Yes.
- Is there a pattern of success I can follow? Yes.
- Will I have help along the way to success? Yes.
- Can I ask questions and get actionable answers? Yes.
- Do I understand that lasting success requires hard work? Yes.
Therfore, is the LIFE Business a scam? The answer is an emphatic NO!
Unfortunately, I’ve met my share of
charlatans, cowards and evil people. I’ve seen the dark side of humanity both
in life and business.
I’ve refused to sell products and services to people I knew couldn’t afford them. Then, despite my protests, I’ve watched in disbelief as another salesman talked someone into signing over their last $175 dollars for a down payment. Shameful.
My experience with the LIFE Business has been amazing. You get what you produce. But, I advise you to only take my word at face value; it’s my experience, not yours. Do the right thing, go straight to the source, the LIFE Business and find out for yourself.
I’ll end as I did previously, by citing the best source, the Bible ‘Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.' (Matthew 7:20).
Ask the critic to show the fruits of
their own results. They can’t; that should speak volumes and, there’s your