How can I get rich quick? I’m sure you can look up a hundred ways right now to do that very thing. But I’m here to tell you that get-rich-quick schemes are just that…. schemes and scams. Please read on below to educate yourself on get-rich-quick schemes and why you should steer clear of them.
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What is a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme?
“A get-rich-quick scheme is a plan to obtain high rates of return for a small investment. The term “get-rich-quick” has been used to describe shady investments since at least the early 1900s.” From Wikipedia
Sure, there are some legitimate get-rich-quick schemes, but they are hard to spot among the thousands of others meant to take your money and leave you with nothing but an empty promise.
Why Do We Fall For It?
Unfortunately, it is human nature that causes us to jump at the chance to get rich quick.
“Ask your physician how to feel good, and he’ll look you squarely in the eye and say, ‘Eat right and exercise.’ Yet for every dollar spent in fitness centers, Americans spend nineteen dollars on cocaine. The reason? Two seconds after you snort cocaine you feel like Superman. Two weeks of diet and exercise just makes you hungry and sore.” Roy H. Williams, The Wizard of Ads from CopyBlogger
We are a society of instant gratification. We want our good life, and we went it now. Just like we want our hamburgers now. We want our internet super fast for movies downloaded now. “I have a structured settlement but I need cash now!” (You’ve seen these ads, haven’t you?) We want money so we can live the life we want, now! Those who advertise get-rich-quick schemes understand this human tendency to “want it all and want it now.” (The new GrubHub jingle, hmm!)
There is also a tendency for humans to be distracted by glitz and glamour. You see bold, sparkly ads with lots of brightly colored text and exclamation points, so you will go “ooo shiny” Then they hook you in with promises of houses and boats and cars and vacations that you can buy when you get rich. Just buy our book, blah blah blah…..
Why Do Get-Rich-Schemes Fail?
People fail at the get-rich-quick scheme because once they get into it, either they find out it’s a scam, or they find out that there’s work involved. They find out the “quick” isn’t as quick as they hoped it would be. They were not granted their instant gratification, and the luster of the scheme tarnishes. So, they move on to the next scheme, hoping that it’s better than the first. It’s a vicious cycle. (because another thing our society does is resist learning from our mistakes, but that’s a whole other blog post!)
Often the scheme calls for you to buy a book or a DVD that will tell you “secrets” to getting rich quick. Perhaps the only person getting rich quick is the person selling the book or DVD.
“They do not usually fail for the person selling the scheme. There are plenty of people willing to believe, or wish, that there is an easy way to make lots of money. People desperate to make money or become rich are willing to believe that: 1.) it is possible to get something for nothing, or very little effort. 2.) that someone who knows this secret will share it with them for a price.” From Quora
Getting Rich Isn’t Quick
Tom Corley published his study of the time it takes to get rich in the Lifestyle and Budget section of Credit.com in 2015. This is what he says:
“How long does it take for the average person to become rich? Ten years, 20 years? How about 32 years. That’s how long it took the average self-made millionaire, according to my data. In my Rich Habits Study 76% of those who were wealthy were self-made millionaires. They came from non-wealthy households: 31% of these millionaires came from poor households, while 45% came from middle-class households. What’s more compelling about the data I gathered is the age in which these self-made millionaires actually struck it rich. Here’s the breakdown:
- 1% (2 out of 233) became wealthy before the age of 40
- 3% (6 out of 233) became wealthy between age 40 and 45
- 16% (38 out of 233) became wealthy between age 46 and 50
- 28% (66 out of 233) became wealthy between age 51 and 55
- 31% (73 out of 233) became wealthy between age 56 and 60
- 21% (48 out of 233) became wealthy after the age of 60″
From Fox Business
Affiliate Marketing is NOT a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme
I came into affiliate marketing, thankfully, with an education of get-rich-quick failures under my belt. Have you ever heard that song by Aaron Tippins that says “You’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything”? That’s kind of how I was raised. My parents went from one get-rich-scheme to the next, never making it to millionaire status. In fact, they died nearly penniless. I even fell for a few before I wised up and realized that there is no such thing as getting rich quick.
In order to make money at affiliate marketing, you have to work. It is not for the faint of heart. It is not for the person who gives up at the slightest onset of hurdles. You have to hit it every day, work hard, learn from your mistakes, and persevere until you make it, and then you have to work hard to maintain the level that you reach. It’s not easy, but luckily, it is fulfilling work, because I love helping people, and that’s direction I’m taking it.
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Take Your Money Quick
Get-rich-quick schemes should be renamed to “Take your money quick”. Getting rich quick is a myth at best. It happens to very few people if it happens at all. Hard, steady, stubborn years of work is what it takes to get rich.
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