Things aren’t always the way they seem – The West Virginia Lesson

February 17, 2009

And the challenge continues. For those of you that have not read my post for yesterday, this week I'm challenging myself to learn a lesson in each state that I visit for the week. Today, I was in West Virginia and the lesson for the day just jumped out at me. I guess I need to give you a little bit of background info first.

The school where I teach is a very conservative Christian private boarding school. In other words, we have very strict rules that the students must follow or else they deal with the consequences. No, we are not some extremist cult or anything. However, we do have more rules than the average school.

When we go on trips, our rules follow us. Also, when we set schedules, we expect the students to stick to those schedules, or their grades are affected. In other words – To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late.

We stopped at a mall in West Virginia to get some food to eat at 11:00 am and were scheduled to get back on the bus at 11:45 am. So there we are, rushing to eat so that we can get back on the bus and head to our appointment.

So there we are in the mall at 11:42, and getting ready to head out to the bus. I turn to Subway and what do I see? A group of our kids, standing in the middle of a long line, waiting to order. To make things worse, they had Bags in their hands with clothes that they bought. In other words, on our limited time schedule, it seemed as if it was more important for them to go shopping than to fulfill the purpose we were there from – to nourish our bodies. Now we were behind schedule, and we (the teachers and administrators) weren't too happy.

As almost any faculty at a conservative Christian boarding school would instinctively do, I went to the students and almost rebuked them for wasting time shopping when they should've been in line. Ok, rebuke is a bit harsh, but it sounds better for the story. I really didn't rebuke them, but they could tell that I was not too pleased at what I had seen (or assumed).

At that point, I found out that the bags they had weren't from going shopping and that they had been waiting in line all along and there just wasn't enough time. My assumption had been wrong. In this case, it would have been more beneficial to ask questions first and draw conclusions later.

Things aren't always the way they seem

So how am I going to apply this to Making Money Online? It's pretty simple – Things aren't always the way they seem. You are probably here because you are looking for a way to make money online. You hear about the freebie industry, affiliate marketing and the like and might be a little skeptical. You make judgements about the entire industry based on certain things you've seen in the past.

However, by doing some research you will find out that things aren't always the way they seem. Ask the questions that will help you make an informed decision and come to a VALID conclusions. There are certain things that work and finding out what works for YOU is essential.

Now, this might seem like me just trying to convince you that what I do here is legitimate. To a certain extent, that is true. On the other hand, what I'm saying is actually a two-edged sword. On one side, you can get cut for making judgements against something without doing research. On the other side, you can get cut for blindly believing what you see.

As much as I would like to tell you that what I'm doing is legitimate, the truth is that I would be VERY disappointed if you just came here, read my blog, accepted what I said and jumped in head first. In my opinion, that is equally as bad. With whatever you decide to do in order to make an income online, study it first, ask the right questions, do a search for that term with words like reviews, proof and scam and see what other people have to say about it.

I know that a lot of you are doing that because when I check my statistics I see a lot of searches for “Freebie trading scam”, “freebie proof”, “the freebie guy scam”, which to me sounds bad, but I applaud you for that. One of my personal favorites was “does the freebie guy work”. That put a smile on my face.

The point is, don't make blind judgments or come to blind conclusions. Do research and come to an informed conclusion. Come Back tomorrow for . . . “The West Virginia Lesson” or Tennessee or somewhere else (I don't remember exactly where we are going to be).

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11 Comments

  • Onna says:

    Leslie- I really believe this to be true- and try to live my life that way. I try very hard not to judge a situation before I ask some questions. I am really enjoying your lessons you learn on each day!

    I think this lesson really does relate to freebie trading and business online! I love how you made that connection and I completely agree!

    I actually found Freebie trading while doing a search on another business to see if it was a scam. I discovered reviews of online businesses and saw that Freebie Trading was legitimate, so I investigated it further and 9 months later I am happy to say I am making a very good living doing this.

    Had I not done my research, I probably would have ended up trying the first thing I found which turned out to be a scam and never found Freebie Trading!! Which has turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened to me!!

    I look forward to tomorrows lesson, where ever it is from!!

    Onnas last blog post..Making a Podcast

    • Stefanomen says:

      Actually this lesson apllies to every aspect of life…

      Most of the time when we judge a situation without knowing enough about it we are taking a chance to be wrong.

      It is very important to get as much infos as possible before deciding to settle a judgment or to try something new, like making money online.

      There is certainly other ways to make money online beside freebie trading or affiliate marketing but one thing that I know for sure is that these ones works for real. Because I researched about it I can say without being wrong that this is the truth.

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  • Onna says:

    Leslie- I really believe this to be true- and try to live my life that way. I try very hard not to judge a situation before I ask some questions. I am really enjoying your lessons you learn on each day!

    I think this lesson really does relate to freebie trading and business online! I love how you made that connection and I completely agree!

    I actually found Freebie trading while doing a search on another business to see if it was a scam. I discovered reviews of online businesses and saw that Freebie Trading was legitimate, so I investigated it further and 9 months later I am happy to say I am making a very good living doing this.

    Had I not done my research, I probably would have ended up trying the first thing I found which turned out to be a scam and never found Freebie Trading!! Which has turned out to be one of the best things that could have happened to me!!

    I look forward to tomorrows lesson, where ever it is from!!

    Onnas last blog post..Making a Podcast

  • butterboy2524 says:

    Well, based on those areas in VA that you remember, I bet you passed through my town, or at least close by. Course, if you woulda’ blinked while passing through, you’d have missed my town anyway! Thanks for this great lesson, Leslie!

  • butterboy2524 says:

    Well, based on those areas in VA that you remember, I bet you passed through my town, or at least close by. Course, if you woulda’ blinked while passing through, you’d have missed my town anyway! Thanks for this great lesson, Leslie!

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