In life, being honest goes a long way. In the last few days, I had the opportunity to be dishonest with strangers. Fortunately for them, I corrected them thus paid for what I was supposed too and they earned the money that was due to them.
In the first case, I had given some outsource work to do for my Internet Marketing business. But because of bug in their system, one of her colleague gave me $10 more but he was unaware of fact. I could had taken it but I did not. She was glad that I was honest with the company. On the plus side, the next time she will remember me and be more open to listen/help to me.
The other case happened during the past night. I was in a resto-bar with friends for a birthday party. When our waiter ask me how many Diet Coke I took, he mentioned 2. I corrected him and told him that it was 3 but even I was not sure either. I was correct and he was also glad of my honesty with him.
Of course, those a just little amount of money. But it's the principal that matters since those are hard working people. They work and get paid.
Internet Marketing Scam
Recently, there is a plague that I find dishonest in Internet Marketing: Limited copies of new IM products. But the sad truth is that's a scam that Internet marketers are doing more for newbies and pro alike. They turn around and telle affiliates that they sold 10000, 20000.. units when they offered 254, 300, 324 copies. Limited copies my eye!
I did a few posts about scam offers recently but cease because it was too much work exposing them. I hope they will stop this dishonest behavior soon or at least really mean it.
For me, it also devalue a product/service that could be great but because of the scam marketing tactic used for it, they have lost a potential customer in me and others. In fact, because of poor service(never got the product) , I even removed myself from a well known Internet Marketer list because of that.
Greed is good?
Yes, I believe that greed is good(from Wall Street movie) because it will force a person to go above it's own limitations by thinking outside of the box. But that person needs to deliver the product or service to make an honest profit. Should it be: Honest greed is good instead? ;)
I know, the definition of profits could be seen has a negative greed depending on the context it was done.
You reap what you sow.
That's another saying that I believe in. Karma, the Universe, God ... or whatever you believe in will give what you sow one way ... or another.
For example, if your seed is negative to others, negative things will happened to you later when you harvest what you sow to others.
But if a person do realize the negative impact it did cause to others, I hope it's not too late for that person to fix it the best way possible. Maybe Karma, the Universe, God ... or whatever will help that person to cancel out that negative impact before more harm is being done to others.
With that in mind, it comes back that being honest goes a long way. You will reap the positive effect of that honesty later on.
I know, I only slept around 3h30 and felt a little philosophical that I finally decided to write this long over due post.
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