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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Live Off Your Passion

I'm a great admirer of Leo Babauta who runs the "Zen Habits" blog.  

Nevertheless, I just read a guest post on his blog written by a "snake oil blogger."

What's a snake oil blogger? It's a self-acclaimed "expert" offering a magic formula that promises to revolutionize your life. There are, I suspect, hundreds or probably thousands of snake oil bloggers, each with a scheme up their sleeve to sell you fulfillment, happiness, empowerment...whatever you desire, whatever you're missing in life.

The introductory sales pitch starts with an attention-grabbing hook such as "Live Off Your Passion."  In other words, make money doing something you love. Wow! I'm interested, who isn't?

Next, they build momentum through hyped optimism while vaguely outlining a plan that is a sure-fire solution for revolutionizing your life. All you have to do is buy their e-book or an online step-by-step course. It's easy!

And you can't deny the fact that a small percentage of individuals in this world are, in fact, living a charmed life. That's proof that it can be done. If they can do it, why can't you? All you need is a positive mindset and a 29-dollar e-book packed with a proven step-by-step program.

The TRICK here is that you'll be helping snake oil bloggers "Live Off Their Passion" while wasting your time and money!

If you want to improve your life - or at least give it a go - then buy the book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People." This book has amazing insights and is the bible from which most of these hawkers draw their inspiration.

If that doesn't work, you can always read this blog to while away your time, and it's free!

What's wrong with being a beautiful loser with something to say?

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