Apparently, some writers think it’s perfectly acceptable to email someone like me and ask that I give them my books and courses, sometimes even coach them– for free.
You invest 20 years of your life learning everything about the industry the hard way, with your own money, sometimes at the expense of paying rent. You have read more books, more times in a year than many people will in a lifetime, volumes that could fill an entire library. You’ve invested six figures on materials and education to find the nuggets of information that are actually helpful, tested them to see which ones worked and worked fast. You’ve done the work, endured the heartbreak, gone broke, and fought your way back…
… only to have some entitled twat who doesn’t want to pay the price you’ve paid, do the work you’ve done, or make the sacrifices you’ve made, mozy along into your Inbox with an 800-word email full of excuses but no follow-through “requesting” that you hand it all to them on a platter for free.
And you know what happens when you give things to people for free, don’t you?
Not only do they not appreciate it, they don’t use it.
In fact, of the many, many courses and materials I’ve generously donated over the years (300+), I can think of only about 3 people who did anything with them.
The remaining 99%?
Most didn’t even go through the whole thing.
You know why this is?
Because they had no skin in the game. They had nothing on the line. They did not have to work overtime every night for five weeks straight in order to earn enough money to buy the course (as I did the first time I bought something) and therefore, they had little to no reason to show up and actually IMPLEMENT the teachings.
Here’s what I’ve learned: If I give you something for free, I’m basically taking away your incentive to get off your arse and actually show up for your own success. I’m doing you a disservice. And so yes, I’ll sometimes offer things up as a bonus or for a low price so that people who are struggling but need guidance can have access to it. People like that, I love. I was, in fact, one of them. I saved every penny I had to invest in a simple book at first—and I did everything (absolutely EVERYTHING) that book said in order to get my career going. But don’t come knocking on my door asking for freebies. I have too much respect for the struggles I’ve gone through and the sacrifices that I’ve made—and that you will have to go through and make—to insult us both like that.
Instead, spend the $99 to join The Finishers and actually show up and implement what I teach.
If you’re as serious as you say you are, one single assignment will pay back your monthly subscription several times over.
But you’ve got to commit. You’ve got to have skin in the game. And you’ve got to show up as though your life depended on it.
Because it does.
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