Archive for June 1st, 2010

Stealing Is Not Love

What does love mean to you?

How about in the global sense, toward people who aren’t your family or friends? Strangers even.

I mean, we probably don’t “love” people we don’t know in the same way we do our family,  friends and those closest to us.

But isn’t it safe to say that most of us wish our fellow human beings well? I think so.

If you spend any time on the internet, you really gain an overall sense of what I think is a predominant sentiment — that we are all here on this earth to help each other and do good.

Get to the core of anyone’s passionate purpose and my bet is you’ll see that as the root (well, most of the time maybe, lol).

Fame and fortune aren’t what make people truly happy.

They are often byproducts of finding one’s passion and purpose, but it’s doing something good and helping others where people find their true purpose and sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.

Would you agree?

This is how I see the world. That we are all here to help one another. It’s a form of love, if you like. It’s what makes the world go ‘round.

Those of us who have been in business awhile, who have actual expertise and success, often create products and training that we charge for. And rightly so.

There is nothing wrong with making money from the expertise and intellectual capital you have fairly and squarely earned and want to share. In fact, it sets a good business example for those who would like to become successful in their own businesses as well. Catering to the poverty mindset is not helpful to anyone whatsoever.

Unfortunately, there are many folks out there who aren’t experts, who have no background, who haven’t accomplished any level of success in their own business, who haven’t in any way, shape or form put in the time and sweat to earn and develop their own intellectual capital, and will stoop to stealing from those who have and offering their work as their own.

Stealing is not love, folks.

It’s not a form of flattery. It’s not a compliment.

It’s theft of the recognition and remuneration of the rightful owners.

Stealing breeds distrust and dishonesty. And we can’t tolerate that kind of thing in the world, much less our profession, if we expect to make it a better place.