Interludium I made a promise in another thread to expose the inner workings of the so-called 'expert mastermind classes/lessons/courses/secrets...' as they are nothing but a refurbished and repackaged SCAM. *This guide will be posted in the Money Making section as it will allow some members to make xx, xxx or even xxxx passive amount of dollars a month. Psychologia Not a lot has been written against these schemes. After spending a substantial chunk of my personal time on trying to find at least something or someone speaking out against this injustice, this article somewhat hit the mark https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/237325 It could be summed up in a few words: 1) People lie, especially on the internet 2) only consistent and arduous hard work will get you results. Here's my problem with those statements, whose truancy I dare not challenge: a) EVERYONE knows that, even the biggest patsy on the planet would nod accordingly b) Following the logic from a), only stupid people would ever indulge themselves in such a charade. The latter statement seems to echo the opinion of the majority and I see that as the main reason as to why there are no far-reaching articles speaking against IM courses and why many would find this article in itself, redundant. Another major problem seems to be the failure to grasp the root of the problem, which is not that people are stupid and ready to eat any garbage thrown their way BUT That the sort of mental state embodied by the people who actually do BUY these courses is fundamentally different from what you or I may consider normal or stable. The word I'm searching for is 'desperate' and that's a state of being we have all found ourselves at one point or another. I'll delve into this topic in a later section. All the other articles I've stumbled upon really made me question my fate in humanity. Don't be mistaken, I'm not a prude and anyone that has read any of my posts can confirm that, but there are some barriers I simply don't breach. I'm talking about the absolute fringes of morality, where alleged course criticizers promote a course during the freaking article. IMAGINE THE IRONY: They speak against courses and then try to sign people up for their course?! How ignominious of them, targeting those most vulnerable to the drivel. I will not name these as they are undeserving of the potential traffic and/or backlinks they would get from this place, you can easily find them by typing in 'IM course don't buy' into your search engine. Never mind that, as it gives me ample material and supporting evidence as to how and why these scams work and why ANYONE, even sir @mickyfu could fall victim to them. One last, very important thing to note: Mental states are interchangeable and fluctuate in tune with our personal experiences. This means that even though we've been sad for the last three months, today could be the day where our entire mental sphere gets orbited into an entirely new and different realm of thinking. Some people, by their very own nature, are very prone to interpret THEIR ENTIRE WORTH by the outcome of their last project or two, as in, a short time period that is NOT representative of the entire picture. This is something we all do, yet it affects each and every one of us differently. That's why some people get more easily anxious, stressed, DESPERATE, happy, euphoric... You get the idea and here's the kicker: We cannot control it. Scientists believe that the amygdala is to blame, as it is guilty of storing our past experiences and reactions to stimuli as well as simulating and executing our future responses during subsequent inputs. Simply put, it's a storage of our own self that communicates with other parts of our brain, telling it what sort of chemicals (drugs) to pump into our bloodstream, thereby controlling our thoughts, actions, US. This role is especially exacerbated during times of duress; fear, stress, angst... and as we will later see, these are all agents that contribute to the decision of purchasing a guide or a course. Therefore, we can conclude that those that have more activity in the amygdala should necessarily be more susceptible to these types of scams. That is only partially true, but not for the reasons you may think. It is only becouse these charlatans appear with such a perfect solution at that moment and becouse that 'perfect solution' is hardly disputed (see: 'common knowledge' later on in the article), that these impulsive actions are made. When faced with emotional pain, we all want it to go away IMMEDIATELY and a partial culprit to this is our modern lifestyle. You're hungry? Open the fridge. You're thirsty? The sink is a step away. You need love? An escort is waiting for you. All of our physiological needs, disregarding the fact if immediate or not, can be fixed in a heartbeat. Why did I even bother with all of this? To simply counteract the notion that 'only stupid people buy courses' and to give credence to the existence of this article; Ultimately speaking, if someone is dumb enough to buy a course, he's dumb enough to be the type of person to send money to a Nigerian scammer, sign up to newsletters, download viruses etc. That is simply NOT the case: Many victims express grief at their perceived ignorance and shake their heads when confronted with their previous behaviors. Consider the following (it's a bit crude, but it will most definitely help you understand the concept of my theory): During heightened sexual stimulation, the visual input you're imbuing is appealing and very much a source of pleasure BUT what happens after the 'release'? Guilt, disgust and disbelief set it. It is not intelligence or a lack thereof that makes these people act so irrationally, but mechanisms that have been put into place and have guided us through thousands of generations working between the lines. We see that a mixture of uninformed misguidance as well as times of financial drought bring upon the sort of state I will hereby refer to as 'desperate', which simply bypass any sort of logical reasoning and therefore create a sucker. While I cannot interfere with the natural flow of chemicals in your brain, I can give your rational brain pointers as to why buying a course will NEVER be a suitable solution in ANY kind of situation. Next time, when you're 'desperate', these pointers will act as a buffer between your wallet and your visceral reactions. I hope that by now, I have proven a few things to you: 1) As our mental state tatters during continuous negative stimuli, so do our immediate emotions take the wheel (an extreme example would be, buying homeopathic water while fighting with a malignant tumor) 2) We hardly empathize with mental states other than our current ones, meaning that it is very easy to call someone stupid when he is OBVIOUSLY doing something very stupid(our perception), such as buying a course 3) Since most people are at baseline and in agreement that courses cannot help you, it has become 'common knowledge' not to buy them. 4) This 'common knowledge' is undefined and taken at face value, it is simply monkeys beating up the next monkey as he comes into the cage. You can observe it here on BHW with terms such as: do your own own diligence, don't put all of your eggs in one basket... 5) This 'common knowledge' might be widely known, but is vastly unapplied and VAGUE. It simply is a way of 'belonging to the tribe' and adhering to the social norms of the group you belong to (BHW for instance). The fact that it is vague only gives it more value as it can be applied in many situations, serving as the perfect middle of the road response that will get you many browny points with your allotted group. 6) People like you and me, not some sort of mentally challenged mirage we have construed, are the ones perpetuating the machine; If not actively (purchasing the course), than silently, by scolding and continually demeaning those that do. 7) Anyone, given the right circumstances, can fall prey to a scam. Most, if not all, won't admit that they have. Identitas Courses are an expensive lesson most of us can't afford to make, some of them reaching ludicrous fees well into the mid-four figures. And that's only half of the story, as many of these packages include a lot of appendixes which aim to serve only one purpose: Padding the bill and subsequently, bleeding more money out of your pockets. They are easily recognizable as they will oftentimes either be forcibly included into the package or they will appear as a 'super-duper discounted special' that will usually cost another 5-15% of the main product. That is not a coincidence, after all, what is a few more dollars for all the extra knowledge you'll be equipped with? And, didn't you already spend xxx or xxx,x amount of dollars? Why should another xx prevent you from paving your way to success?! These are the types of questions they WANT us to ask ourselves and if done correctly, these sneaky little tricks prey on our psychology and make us act like mice in a carefully orchestrated maze. What other tricks do we have to be leery off? 1) The Illusion Of Scarcity You've probably seen the websites display a certain time period that's left, a small number of courses left and oh look, someone just purchased one!, the number of users rising exponentially, flashing red lights... All of these have only one goal in mind: To make you act and to make you act NOW. If you had time to really think about it, you would never come to the conclusion of 'hey, I think that this purchase makes a lot of sense!' It builds upon the chemicals released by your amygdala, who have by now bypassed your rational barrier, and sets to get a conversion ASAP. The reason? Emotions are inconsistent and often change by the minute in states of desperation, just a small fraction can mean the difference between a conversion and a 'what the HELL was I thinking!' 2) The Elite Club Three figure courses have a bigger PPA than two figure course and four figure courses have a bigger PPA than three figure courses. This means to say that someone will make MORE money by pricing his course at 4997$ than if the same course was available at 49,97$ Please note that I'm not talking about conversion rates, just raw numbers. The reason is quite simple, people like to assume the following: ''The guy that sells his stuff at 50$ is probably not as knowledgeable than the guy pricing at 5k$.'' ''You can probably find the 50$ stuff on the Internet, THIS however, these are the secrets kept locked from the 99,99%!'' ''I mean, the guy selling at 5k$ must have really found it difficult to part with such special knowledge, therefore the astronomical price-point.'' ''He knows that only those absolutely serious to the cause will flock to him, therefore his wisdom will remain in good hands. '' ''Someone paying 5k$ will never share the secret, so the method will not be revealed to the public and it will work forever!'' And so on and so forth, instead of trying to lull you into buying it, they let you make-up your own story. This way, it is not Charleston Rodney that is making you spend 5k$, but you! And whom better to trust than you! 3) Unnaturally Generous Refund Policy ''If you can't make money with this course, I'll let you impregnate my sister!'' I'm obviously exaggerating, but the one thing scammers have really caught up on is all the stories and failures of past victims. Even with all the convincing and pushing, many but the most disillusioned will stray away from them as they must have heard some sort of news of someone getting suckered into shilling copious amounts of money and getting nadda in return. This is where the 30 day or lifetime refund policy comes in. It's a double whammy and I'll let you know why shortly. Not only does it make you construct a narrative in the likes of 'the 30 day policy is more than enough time to read this course and determine if it's worth it. After all, I can refund it whenever I so please!' but it also lulls you into a state of complacency where you aren't really concerned with the contents of the course itself. As we have already established, we can get our money back in no time! The way they get to keep your money is by either pocketing it as soon as it hits their fake accounts or by creating such ridiculous requirements for getting your money back, that they are near to impossible to fulfill. Be it as it may, UNDERSTAND THAT A RETURN POLICY MEANS NOTHING AND THAT IS NOT A GUARANTEE FOR ANYTHING. Some scammers go a step further and introduce even more monetary incentives. 'Didn't like it? Return it now and get DOUBLE the money back!' This is a surefire way of knowing that a) You will never get your money back b) By further interacting with the scammer, you risk losing even more money Cut your loses and get out. ''But sir, I paid with PayPal, they give money back!'' It's a toss-up, but know just one thing, the scammer has already converted your money into bitcoin and that bitcoin into monero and that monero back into bitcoin, all through different wallets. The above applies if he is from the US, if not, he's probably buying his family in Uganda a dinner or something. He doesn't give a damn about PayPal and their rulings, the moment his account gets limited or enters negative balance that amounts to more than it takes him to create another PayPal account, he's out. ''I don't trust you on that one, his content was top-notch! I know what a scam looks like, if he was from some shitty third-world country, I wouldn't have even read that trash.'' These people aren't stupid, they simply outsource their landing page content to a writer like me and voila; Sir Charles Carrick, expert SEO Jesus, is born! Other notable examples are odd numbers(49,99 or 977,77), tools that make things faster (why doesn't he use it?!), crazy discounts, falsified earnings (press f12 on your computer), questionable promises, free stuff, bright colors... I won't go in detail as they are pretty self-explanatory, please do PM me if you have troubles with understanding any of the ones mentioned. Mathēmatica Not all courses correspond with the above-written text and therefore, since the points outlined here aren't applicable, some may think that there are some 'legit' courses left on the market. I have always been an extremist: When I aim to prove a point, I go ALL THE WAY and when I claim 'You should never purchase ANY course for no matter what reason' I freaking mean it. Sharing a course that works would mean that you're purposely abandoning a long-term, mostly passive and secure moneymaking method in favor of short-term monetary gains. Now let me ask you a candid question: Why on earth would someone do that? Here are a few answers I came up with, let's go through each and every one of them. 1) He needs the money now for <Insert reason here> I won't even get into all the things that have been claimed in the name of a quick dollar or two, I will simply do the math and you do the reasoning. Let's assume that this method of his will allow you to make 50$ a day, is scalable (it always is, but he just doesn't have the time, does he?) and requires no more than four hours of your time every day. Seems pretty reasonable, it's also believable and manageable. The guide costs 97$ and only 500 will be sold, to prevent too many competitors from flooding the market (lol). So the maximum amount of money he'll be able to make is 50,000$ and let's say that it takes him, realistically speaking, 90 days to sell all of the copies. I'm being charitable here, mind you. So he's making around 500$ per day for three months for whatever IMMEDIATE cause he's caught upon. Three months. People die during that amount of time. Obviously, you'll not trust the number on the lading page that says 497 out of 500 sold. Additionally, with such a stable income stream, he would surely be able to get a temporary loan or two. In other news, people sell legitimate money websites for 30x their monthly income and idiots keep buying them! Why? Becouse it makes sense to sell something which might not make you the same exact amount in a year or two. On the other hand, if the guy is selling it becouse he's afraid of the method dying out, WHY THE HELL WOULD YOU BE THE ONE BUYING IT!!? But what if we were to increase the cost of the guide to let's say 497$? A cute idea but that would inevitably increase the time it would take him to sell all the courses (to at least a year) and it would also completely destroy any semblance of what's left of the claim that 'he needs the money now' Tinker with the settings all you want, the math checks out every time and it has one message for you: Stay the hell away from courses. 2) He's stupid This one's my favorite, as some of those course sellers actively claim to 'regret ever putting the method on sale'. It might sound fishy to you, but to a person that holds himself in high regard in comparison to his fellow humans, this is a perfectly reasonable assumption. If he's smart enough to put a price tag on it, he's smart enough to realize his lack of clarity. Someone stupid would release it for free. 3) He wants to help people This one seems reasonable at first, but when you come to think about it, why doesn't he start with his immediate surroundings? If I had an easy method of making money, I wouldn't share it with sir @Neon but with my primary caregivers, closest friends, relationship partners... Helping people sounds nice and assuming it to be correct, why the hell is he helping out someone that is thousands of miles away from him and whom he has no obligations/emotional connections to?! 4) He doesn't know how to monetize his knowledge Alright, let's say that you stumbled upon a literal goldmine. It's in your backyard and all you have to do is extract the materials from the ground and you'll be a rich man! You scoff at that notion and instead decide to let someone with the appropriate tools do the digging. No royalties required, you'll just take a one-time fee of 49,99$. Think about it this way: If you had a goldmine, would you share it publicly, for a fraction of the potential earnings? The answer is a most definite NO. Worst case scenario, you would JV with someone knowledgeable in the field (let's say a programmer or a coder) and split the profits. Oh, one more thing, he obviously does know how to monetize his knowledge, the knowledge of human nature that is. 5) He's afraid of the method leaking out/stopping to work. I briefly touched upon this one in the first bullet point, but I'll do it again just for the sake of absolute luminescence: The course seller is on a sinking ship for one reason or another (competitors catching whiff of what he's doing, the platform reacting...) and he's trying to make the most out of what's left. So what does he do? He sells you a ticket to a sinking Titanic, where you're left to rearrange the deck chairs on the Titanic. Meanwhile, he's rescue boat came in the form of your hard-earned money. He's gone. You're the one left to deal with the protuding water. Incunabulum If after all of this, you still want to read these courses, than please do me the favor and get them for free, instead of spending your hard-earned cash on regurgitated garbage that can be found online. Start searching the BHW download section and migrate to these links if unsuccessful http://libgen.io/ http://bookzz.org/ https://www.myanonamouse.net http://en.booksee.org http://mobilism.me blacklib.com general-ebooks.com http://gen.lib.rus.ec/ Udemy: freeudemy.me git.ir avxhome.se sanet.cd downduck.com Torrents: 1337x skytorrents torrentproject torrentz ''I feel bad for stealing from the creators!'' Nobody is preventing you from buying the book/course after determining it's validity. ''I can't find my desired course on the list.'' Do some searching of your own or buy from a middleman, start here https://www.reddit.com/r/SLRep/ and do your own research. Libertas To summarize this long-winded article, try to revel in the joy of no longer being at risk of having your eyes covered in dirt. You don't need those rose-colored glasses. I admit that reality can be daunting sometimes, but that is not a reason to further punch yourself in the gut, is it? Take the money you would have spent on your course of choice and treat yourself to some nice food, lewd company or anything that puts you in a better mood. Remember to always do the math while identifying the inconsistencies in the claims made by those trying to peddle their product to you; Good luck!