Just gonna say this here.
Every so often, I humbly ask for reviews. Because people on the Internet want to check out reviews of things.
No big deal, but it’s an easy way to add a tiny vote of confidence.
Also costs nothing, takes two minutes, and it also makes me happy.
Been doing this for years. Asking for reviews.
Now 18.000 member group. Total reviews over how many years … 300 or so.
One of my dear business Internet dude friends, very successful, laughs at me every single time we meet up for lunch over the years. He says, “goldmine, charge for it”. He says, don’t do free things. People suck, and nobody appreciates free. People will take however much you’re willing to give. People are all casual looters.
He says, a tiny minority aren’t. 1%, being generous. Everybody else, leeches.
I don’t agree with this. I’m a hippie at heart.
But the numbers don’t seem to add to my emotional wishful state, vs. multi-multi millionaire Internet entrepreneur’s comment. He says put out reviews and teasers and some basics, and charge, charge, charge for everything else. Be happier, get paid for providing value, stop trying to save the world, which can’t and won’t be saved.
What’s really in it for Jake, spending 3-4 hours a day mainly on free stuff? Having to pay an admin to weed through 700+ e-mails a day, much of which is people asking for free, one-on-one help no less?
I really have very minimal regard for humanity.
Super annoyed. On the flipside, focused on that 1%. Guys I met who I’d never have met if it wasn’t for endmyopia, insights I gathered, amazing sharing and time investing and finding those humans who when receive value, want to share value. Also questioning my own leech-ey-ness, recounting when I did what annoys me as much here.
In retrospect, I’m probably at least partially guilty of this myself.
So … hypocrisy. And yet, there are definitive days when I think how much better I could use 3-4 hours a day laying on the beach or doing something fun with friends, vs. reading “WUT ABOUT FLOATERS, BRO” Facebook posts.
Take this as the internal monologue of a dude who is definitely not meant to be an actual guru of any kind, ever.