Friendship in the Information Marketing World
Friendship is important to me. Much MORE important than money. From what I’ve seen among those who sell info products, not many people feel the way I do. Information marketing can be a NASTY business.
I’ve personally observed some horrendous behavior on the part of some information marketers. People throwing their “FRIENDS” under the bus for a buck.
The vast majority of the examples I have seen illustrate that for most people, MONEY trumps FRIENDSHIP.
Years back I remember a conversation I had with a THEN fairly well known internet/information marketer. His behavior seemed to indicate that for him it was “all about the money.” I ended up taunting him repeatedly. I kept saying to him, “So for you, it’s ALL ABOUT THE MONEY, RIGHT?”
I said it over and over again straight to his face. In the course of about 10 minutes I must have said it 20 times. Finally, when I said it for the 21st time (the last time, whatever that was), he looks up at me and says: “YES, for ME it’s all about the money!” I just looked at him and said: “OK, I get it!”
I haven’t spoken to him since. I haven’t seen his name very much in these circles. Maybe he’s RETIRED and living in the Bahamas with all his money. Perhaps. Perhaps not.
I wonder if when he dies anyone will give a rat’s a**. Frankly, I won’t be too affected.
I remember a number of years back when Cory Rudl died. Less than a month or so before, I remember spending some time with him in Las Vegas with a group of other guys.
I kept telling him to SLOW DOWN. He never did. May he rest in Peace!
Then there was my friend Phil Huff. As I understand it, Phil flipped his dune buggy with his father in law and they were both killed. Although Phil and I weren’t particularly close at the time, I felt bad. Particularly for his son. He was about 14 at the time and worshipped his Dad.
I recently had a “tussle” with a very close friend of mine. It doesn’t matter who it is or what happened. What matters is after it was all over (it took a few LONG weeks), we are still friends. Perhaps closer now than before because of it.
Hard to put a MONETARY value on this or any friendship. Friends are hard to find. My suggestion is to NEVER let a dispute over money make you lose a friend. It’s not worth it.
At least not to me.