A few years ago on a rainy and gloomy night, I was approached by some guy as I was hurrying home.
“Hey, listen, lemme tell you something. Do you want to know how to make money?”
I was pretty hungry in those days, but I was badly cynical too. As I walked on, he followed up and stopped me. Under the streetlight I could see him better and he looked friendly enough. And he was getting as wet as I was, so I listened to him.
“I have here one of the last copies of my book. This very book is all you will ever need to make money. Lots of it, if you want to. Everything is in there, this is your manual to make bucks. You want it? Only twenty Dollars.”
To be honest, it wasn’t expensive. And he seemed honest enough. Actually, I quite liked him.
I was getting very chilly and I was already soaked to the bone, so I just handed him the money, said goodbye and scurried off.
The next day, I picked up the book and opened it somewhere randomly. Two blank pages. I opened it again. More of the same. I thumbed through the entire book, back to front, and there was nothing in it, except a few lines on page two.
Here is what it read:
How to Make Money
Print at least 10 copies of this book. You can get it done for ten Dollars at MisPrinters on the corner of Sleazebag and Vine.
Sell it to people on the street for 20 Dollars.
He hadn’t lied. In my hands I had a manual for making money.
Does this sound familiar to you at all? Does any of that seem like the products that are sold online, all the frikking time?
It seems nowadays that every second blog you come across is aimed at doing nothing but selling you something that will teach you to make money.
Not that there’s something wrong with that in itself, mind you. In fact, if you can teach people how to make money, you are doing them a big favour.
Now it has been mentioned a while back that a lot of people are teaching people how to make money, by teaching others how to make money. Again, there’s nothing wrong with that. You do one person a favour, he does ten people a favour and so on and so forth.
Happy world. Rich people.
But here’s something I don’t get: where is the end to it? When will the last person on earth (read: the market) buy the last book?
Isn’t there something weird about an entire industry built around teaching people how to make money by teaching other people how to make money?
I’m not judging anyone with this, mind you. I’m honestly simply confused about this thing.
Is this ‘right’?
Is it ethical?
Is there more to life?
I’d love to hear your opinions. Please share them in the comments.