Last June I did something that I never thought I would do. I wasn’t proud of it at the time, especially being a devout Catholic, and it bugged me for months. I took $497 from a sweet old lady. I’ll explain how it all happened in a second, but first I want to share something else real quick.
I’ve mentioned this before in other posts, but Catholics suck at business – me included. I should say, most Catholics that practice their faith tend to either shy away from business or they see it as something dirty and unethical. There is almost a sense that if you own a business you either have to label it a “Catholic” business or, if you don’t give it the obligatory “Catholic” title, then you should at least go to confession every week (I am sure Hobby Lobby does).
If it’s not the supposed dirtiness of business that gets Catholics, there is another insidious thing I’ve noticed that gets them every time – laziness. Yes, sloth is alive and well from my experience.
I can’t tell you how many times good Catholic friends of mine ask me for advice on starting a business, but when I tell them they will likely need to stop watching television, go to bed late, wake up early, learn to sell, and be ready to make other sacrifices – they aren’t so excited. They politely agree and 1 month later when I ask them how their business is going they usually let me know how busy work has been and they changed their mind about starting up the biz.
Of course it’s not all devout Catholics that fall into this trap, but most do. Let’s face it, it’s hard not to play computer games, watch television, do fun things, etc. We are used to getting what we want right now, and although we know with our intellect that sacrifice is a good thing – our flesh doesn’t quite agree.
Anyway, back to the original story…
As I was saying, back in June 2013 I took $497 from an old lady that bought one of my courses that I sell along side my cousin where we show people how to sell on physical products on Amazon. She was living off of social security and wanted to prove to her family that she could start her own business.
We had a few phone calls and then I never heard from her again… I felt kinda bad because she had bought the course and maybe she had crashed and burned…
Fast forward to December 2013 and I got a voice mail from a number that I recognized, and sure enough it was her. My heart was racing because I was certain it was going to be bad news. However, her message was essentially “Thank you for believing in me, Dean. I’ve been doing well thanks to you! This month alone I did $6K in sales and now my family wants on board.”
Holy moly. that was not the type of voice mail I was expecting, haha. It was awesome!
The point is that if you are thinking of starting a business. One of the things that you need to get out of your head right away is the idea that you are doing something sinful by taking money from someone. This little old lady turned $497 into $6K+. Who wouldn’t want to bless somebody like that?
The key is though that you need to give back more than you are taking. It doesn’t have to be money that you give back, but the value of the money that is given to you MUST be less than what you give in return. If not, then it would be a sin ;).