This BORING post can make you RICH! – DO NOT CLICK!

December 18, 2008

I knew that my title would get you. I told you not to click, but you had to do it, didn't you? Ok, keep reading . . .

Many people come to the freebie industry to make an extra few dollars a month. A lot of people think to themselves “If I can only make $1,000 a month, that would be GREAT!” They are trying to meet their basic needs and maybe provide for their family. Now, don't get me wrong. There is absolutely NOTHING wrong with that mentality. However, it doesn't work for me!

You see, I have this issue of not being able to settle for what is average. As you might already know, when I put my mind to something, I have a tendency to go overboard. The reason for this is that I believe that the mind is a powerful thing and we can't even begin to understand it's potential.

Leslie, the Scientist

Let me put it this way (and please forgive me for getting a little too scientific). What you might not know about me is that I did my Masters of Science degree in Neurobiology. My research for my Masters was studying a neuron in a cricket. A neuron (just in case you don't know) is a nerve cell – the main type of cell that makes up the brain. My research was so complex that it took me all the way to Germany for 2 summers to study a species over there.

Now, you might be thinking to yourself, why in the world was I studying a cricket and what in the world does that have to do with freebies. To answer your first question – the reason I was studying a cricket is because I wanted to look at how individual neurons process information and how that processing can lead to a specific behavior. It is estimated that the human brain has over 100 Billion neurons. It's close to impossible to study 1 of those individual neurons in as much detail.

One of the things I learned from studying that ONE neuron in a CRICKET is that neurons are super complex. It has taken labs in different parts of the world MANY years to study that one neuron and we still don't fully understand what's going on with it.

Ok, enough about crickets. Wait, maybe one more thing. If a neuron in a cricket can be so complex, can you imagine what kind of processing happens in the over 100 billion neurons in the human brain? That thing is so complex and intricate that it's impossible for us to fully grasp what all it can do.

The Unfortunate Fact

Yes, it is very unfortunate, but do you know that we are conditioned to be underachievers? Come on, lets be real . . . bad things happen around us, we complain, and then decide that certain things aren't worth working hard for.

As a child, we might study for a test and still do poorly on it and decide that studying just isn't worth it.

As a grown-up, we might work hard at our job and get laid off and decide that we aren't good enough to make a decent income.

TV is full of examples of people just giving up on life, to the extent that people think it's cool to be lazy and do nothing.

So what does it take to get rich?

That's the famous question. If you are reading this blog, it's probably because you want to make money online. Unfortunately, the Freebie Industry is NOT the best place to start. The best place to start is with those 100 billion neurons that are right there in your brain. Start by working on you. Stop being lazy and start being an overachiever. Set goals and surpass them.

Like Henry Ford said –  “If you think you can, you can. If you think you can't, you can't. Either way, you're right”

Where do I start?

I'm glad you asked that question and that is the reason I wrote this post. One of my fellow Blog Mastermind students started a blog that answers those exact questions. His name is Steve Martile and his blog is called Freedom Education. I want you to go and check it out at www.freedomeducation.ca. Steve is a personal development coach and his articles are top notch. He even has a free ebook called The Genius Within YOU – How to unlock your inner genius, natural ability and life purpose.

So head on over and check it out.

Do you identify with anything I said here? If so, let me know about it!

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51 Comments

  • Hey Leslie,

    I’m shocked! I didn’t see that coming at all. Thanks for the vote.

    And yes, the title did catch me off guard AND it made me laugh too 🙂

    Steve Martiles last blog post..11 Ways You Create Your Own Recession

  • Aaron says:

    I totally agree with everything that you said Leslie. The secret to success starts in ones own mind. In order to persevere one must fail and not give up. Success will never happen without failure. Most people however give up after they fail. Rich people never give up. They know that failure is part of success.

    Here is a quote from I book I recently read and highly recommend.

    (As A Man Thinketh)

    Mind is the Master–power that moulds and makes
    And Man is Mind, and evermore he takes
    The tool of Thought, and, shaping what he wills,
    Brings forth a thousand joys, a thousand ills:
    He thinks in secret, and it comes to pass,
    Environment is but his looking-glass.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    If one can understand this quote then you can start to understand the complexity and power of a neuron.
    Great post Leslie. I needed a little inspiration today and this was an awesome read.

  • Nicole says:

    Wow. Insightful….I like his little fisherman story 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    Wow. Insightful….I like his little fisherman story 🙂

    • Hey Leslie,

      I’m shocked! I didn’t see that coming at all. Thanks for the vote.

      And yes, the title did catch me off guard AND it made me laugh too 🙂

      Steve Martiles last blog post..11 Ways You Create Your Own Recession

    • Leslie says:

      Hey Steve, that’s what happens when you have an awesome blog. People can’t help but linking to it 😉

    • Stefanomen says:

      Everything start’s with a tought… and everything dies the same way!

      So, knowing that you should choose your thoughts very carefully…

      Is you mind set for success or failure?

      Are you always the victim of some bad lick or the challenger happy to surpass the challenge?

      See, if you beleive very strongly, are willing to learn and TAKE ACTION success will araise at some point. When?

      As soon as your mind will be ready to accept it!

      A good book I first read 20 years ago is : “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill

    • Leslie says:

      Ahh yes, the world famous “Think and Grow Rich”. I’ve read it and I like it for the most part. It is very motivational. The only problem I had with it is that it almost makes it seem as if in order to be rich, the thought of being rich must consume your life. I know, I might be taking it a little too extreme, but I think that book needs to add in a little more balance. Life isn’t ONLY about being rich.

      That being said, I still thought it was a very good book and I would still recommend it. On that same note, I would warn them to make sure to strive to be a well-balanced person.

    • Stefanomen says:

      You are so right about the well-balanced factor.

      The major thing I liked about that book is the way of thinking to never let go your dreams before you reach it… never let go!

      Like a child, when they get a “NO” after asking they keep on asking until the reach their GOAL!

      So, if success (whatever kind of succes) doesn’t happen right away, don’t let go… keep on trying and sooner or later you reach it!

    • Leslie says:

      I agree with you there Stefanomen. Where that is concerned, the book has some solid advice.

    • Dani says:

      Hey Leslie,
      You always encouragement me to put on my thinking cap and you did again with this post. Now I know that its all those neurons in my brain that keep getting in the way…LOL. Seriously, everything you say is “neurons” for thought, sort to speak, the fact is that many of us have the capacity to do better for ourselves, no matter whether its financially, professionally, in our personal lives, etc…but we tend to doubt our own abilities. Sometimes, we need to let those neutrons kick in for us and trust our instincts, thoughts and brain farts. We just might find our niche in this big world we live in and trust ourselves more in the decisions we choose for ourselves.

    • Leslie says:

      You hit the nail on the head Dani. The important word in your last sentence is “choose”. It is all about choices. Every choice we make either brings us closer to our goal or away from our goal.

    • Nicole says:

      This is very interesting. Makes me really think and I like that Henry Ford quote there, it has always been one of my faves!

  • Stefanomen says:

    Everything start’s with a tought… and everything dies the same way!

    So, knowing that you should choose your thoughts very carefully…

    Is you mind set for success or failure?

    Are you always the victim of some bad lick or the challenger happy to surpass the challenge?

    See, if you beleive very strongly, are willing to learn and TAKE ACTION success will araise at some point. When?

    As soon as your mind will be ready to accept it!

    A good book I first read 20 years ago is : “Think and grow rich” by Napoleon Hill

    • Ahh yes, the world famous “Think and Grow Rich”. I’ve read it and I like it for the most part. It is very motivational. The only problem I had with it is that it almost makes it seem as if in order to be rich, the thought of being rich must consume your life. I know, I might be taking it a little too extreme, but I think that book needs to add in a little more balance. Life isn’t ONLY about being rich.

      That being said, I still thought it was a very good book and I would still recommend it. On that same note, I would warn them to make sure to strive to be a well-balanced person.

    • Stefanomen says:

      You are so right about the well-balanced factor.

      The major thing I liked about that book is the way of thinking to never let go your dreams before you reach it… never let go!

      Like a child, when they get a “NO” after asking they keep on asking until the reach their GOAL!

      So, if success (whatever kind of succes) doesn’t happen right away, don’t let go… keep on trying and sooner or later you reach it!

    • I agree with you there Stefanomen. Where that is concerned, the book has some solid advice.

  • Dani says:

    Hey Leslie,
    You always encouragement me to put on my thinking cap and you did again with this post. Now I know that its all those neurons in my brain that keep getting in the way…LOL. Seriously, everything you say is “neurons” for thought, sort to speak, the fact is that many of us have the capacity to do better for ourselves, no matter whether its financially, professionally, in our personal lives, etc…but we tend to doubt our own abilities. Sometimes, we need to let those neutrons kick in for us and trust our instincts, thoughts and brain farts. We just might find our niche in this big world we live in and trust ourselves more in the decisions we choose for ourselves.

  • Allan says:

    I once had a Gecko I had to feed 200 neurons a week! lmao
    It was a South American Gecko but that’s beside the point. I certainly agree we are all not only conditioned but dare I say “Programmed”to be underachievers! Henry ford may have said ”If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. Either way, you’re right” but I certainly believe “As a man thinketh, so shall he be”~James Allen

  • Allan says:

    I once had a Gecko I had to feed 200 neurons a week! lmao
    It was a South American Gecko but that’s beside the point. I certainly agree we are all not only conditioned but dare I say “Programmed”to be underachievers! Henry ford may have said ”If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t. Either way, you’re right” but I certainly believe “As a man thinketh, so shall he be”~James Allen

    • Leslie says:

      Wow Allan, that is my absolute favorite quote in the world (the one from Ford). It is exactly how I’ve chosen to live my life.

    • Paulette says:

      I did not know where that quote by Henry Ford came from but I have always liked it . It is so true, if you don’t at least put your all into something how can you say it’s not for you.
      Thanks

    • Leslie says:

      Actually Paulette, I didn’t know where it came from either until someone heard me say it and pointed it out to me recently. I love it though 🙂

  • Nicole says:

    This is very interesting. Makes me really think and I like that Henry Ford quote there, it has always been one of my faves!

  • Paulette says:

    I did not know where that quote by Henry Ford came from but I have always liked it . It is so true, if you don’t at least put your all into something how can you say it’s not for you.
    Thanks

  • David says:

    wow, that was so inspirational. Thanks! I wasn’t expecting to read an article like this on a freebie blog. By the way, my dad was neurologist and I’m fascinated by the fiels myself, though I never persued it.

  • David says:

    wow, that was so inspirational. Thanks! I wasn’t expecting to read an article like this on a freebie blog. By the way, my dad was neurologist and I’m fascinated by the fiels myself, though I never persued it.

    • Leslie says:

      Ahh yes David, it is my favorite subject in the WORLD! I’m considering going on for a pHD in Neuroscience. We’ll see how that works out.

    • Wendy says:

      I never thought of humans this way, but I guess you’re right. The majority of humans are underachievers. This has opened up an interesting train of thought for me to ponder!

  • David says:

    Leslie, you should go to http://www.ted.com because they have a lecture by a neurologist which is absolutely fascinating. I forget his name–he’s indian and he has a very long name. but if you can find the lecture on that site you’ll be fascinated by it.

  • David says:

    Leslie, you should go to http://www.ted.com because they have a lecture by a neurologist which is absolutely fascinating. I forget his name–he’s indian and he has a very long name. but if you can find the lecture on that site you’ll be fascinated by it.

    • Kathy says:

      Very interesting article. I have always told my kids and grandkids that they can be whatever they want to be, that they are only as limited as they think they are.
      Thank you for reminding us what a amazing and powerful thing our brains are and how much our thoughts matter.

  • Wendy says:

    I never thought of humans this way, but I guess you’re right. The majority of humans are underachievers. This has opened up an interesting train of thought for me to ponder!

  • Kathy says:

    Very interesting article. I have always told my kids and grandkids that they can be whatever they want to be, that they are only as limited as they think they are.
    Thank you for reminding us what a amazing and powerful thing our brains are and how much our thoughts matter.

  • MacroBucks says:

    Awesome article – love the way it’s worded. The message is very clear 🙂

  • MacroBucks says:

    Awesome article – love the way it’s worded. The message is very clear 🙂

  • Fran says:

    I totally agree about having thoughts about success in balance as with all things. But…..you must also have the emotion to go with those thoughts. E-motion is energy in motion. You really got to have all positive thoughts and emotions. If you are really focused on what you desire and you get that little nagging thought like “I’m not good enough” or “will I fail?” that will hamper all your good thought processes. Every time you get the negative thoughts or emotions about not succeeding or what you don’t want, let them go and keep focused on what YOU DO WANT.

  • Fran says:

    I totally agree about having thoughts about success in balance as with all things. But…..you must also have the emotion to go with those thoughts. E-motion is energy in motion. You really got to have all positive thoughts and emotions. If you are really focused on what you desire and you get that little nagging thought like “I’m not good enough” or “will I fail?” that will hamper all your good thought processes. Every time you get the negative thoughts or emotions about not succeeding or what you don’t want, let them go and keep focused on what YOU DO WANT.

  • Hector Olivera says:

    Hello Leslie,

    I just want to make some money with a blog and at this time, I’m checking different sites for ideas. Your site seem to have “what it takes” and I’m looking forward further coaching from you.

  • Hector Olivera says:

    Hello Leslie,

    I just want to make some money with a blog and at this time, I’m checking different sites for ideas. Your site seem to have “what it takes” and I’m looking forward further coaching from you.

  • Segedoo says:

    Hmm. Very educative. I'm beginning to move into a higher vibration. i think i'm going to mediate. Great post c ya.

  • Segedoo says:

    Hmm. Very educative. I'm beginning to move into a higher vibration. i think i'm going to mediate. Great post c ya.

  • Olusegun says:

    Hmm. Very educative. I'm beginning to move into a higher vibration. i think i'm going to mediate. Great post c ya.

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