General Results: Who’s worse: Dream stealers or dream sellers? 16 years ago6 Commentsby Kim Klaver3 Views Results so far: FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestLinkedIn
Kim and all,
Dream stealers are often to be pitied. They have given up themselves and that is why they can’t fathom you or I achieving, it reminds them painfully of their own failures. Dream sellers, if we are talking about those who hype the 5 big lies, are criminals. IMO those who sell false hope thru hype should be…well, you wouldn’t post it…
I find that an interesting split on the vote since no one can “sell” someone a dream unless they already had it inside of them to begin with. Any loser can sit on their behind and be negative and critical=dream stealer. It takes faith and a lot of internal desire for change to swim upstream and achieve the life of your dreams! Anyone who has read the biographies of great men,(Walt Disney & Thomas Edison, for example) can tell you that failure is a part of the process to success. It’s the one who can continue to get up and never ever quit that finally gets the prize. The day that people stop dreaming is the day death sets in. Prov. 29:18″Where there is no vision the people perish!”
And to quote Edison:
“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
“Results! Why, man, I have gotten a lot of results. I know several thousand things that won’t work.”
And this is perhaps my favorite one because I am in the health and wellness field. Edison truly was a wise man…
“The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but will interest her or his patients in the care of the human frame, in a proper diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.”
Sorry folks, but something told me to add a few of Walt Disney’s too:
“All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them.”
“All the adversity I’ve had in my life, all my troubles and obstacles, have strengthened me… You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.”
“If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started with a dream and a mouse.”
Okay, I’ll quit now! 😉
“Since no one can “sell” someone a dream unless they already had it inside of them to begin with.”
Actually, they can and do all day, every day of the year.
Check out most of the Google MLM ads, the websites of reps, the Myspace or Facebook pages, and you’ll find everyone offering the “best deal in the history of the world” and “make big money fast” and “get your financial freedom here.”
So yep that is the big problem with MLM: people selling dreams who have never made a dime, referring all to some mysterious upline who has presumabely made it, whatever that means. For some, big money is $800/mo. For others, it’s that they earned a $50 bonus check.
Neither qualifies as “financial freedom” think?
Hi Kim and all,
This is a great question; both have cost me plenty in my own learning path.
Perhaps ‘stealers’ and ‘sellers’ are opposite ends of a ‘dream’ continuum. Dream stealers want you to buy what they’re selling, be it shared misery or their own opportunity they promote as being better than the one you’re involved in. Dream sellers play on longings and desires that are written all over us. Either end of the continuum is about wanting something.
Most people enjoy being right, and it’s easier to knock down others than to apply ourselves to our own chosen tasks. How many people have left a company, secretly wishing it would go under — thus justifying the decision to leave?
I wonder if dream ‘stealers’ are not simply dream ‘sellers’ whose hopes have been crushed. We may be business people, but before any of this we are simply people wanting better lives.
Dream stealers take all the precious fuel of life from you, your hope, your faith and your belief that your future can be better.
Unfortunately they are almost always standing in the shadows when you see someone reeling from the terrible pain associated with grabbing onto a dream and then failing.
It’s the failing that hurts, not the dream, and all too often there was a dream stealer on the scene who worked very, very hard to ensure failure.
Of course, there are dream stealers that offer dreams that are really just fraudulent, but they are just another variety of dream stealer.
You write: “Of course, there are dream stealers that offer dreams that are really just fraudulent, but they are just another variety of dream stealer.”
Interesting and yes, the frauds are just that in their own way. However, most of the folks promoting MLM are not personally fraudulent. They just hope SO much and dream SO hard that they will make it, that they just repeat what they wish to happen, as fact.
That’s when the trouble starts. No one knows for sure if they’ll make it or not, and telling others, “Oh, I WILL” or worse, “I AM” when this is not so, just perpetuates the false belief. Anything is possible, but one has to put in the time and effort and almost no one does that.
They thought it would be easy and quick, you know?