How horse sense can save you money

How Horse Sense Can Save You Money

W.C. Fields:
“If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bull.”

Doesn’t that seem to be the theme of a lot of pushy sales copy? One has to wonder, what’s in it for me?

Learn to use horse sense to make decisions. Here are the three horse sense rules to use, along with your common sense, to survive the avalanche of outrageous sales pitches, outright scams and abundant junk that’s out there.

Horse sense rule one

Here’s a couple of quotes that say it well:
W.C. Fields:
“Horse sense is the thing a horse has which keeps it from betting on people.”

Author Unknown:
“Horse sense is stable thinking”

We live at such a hurried pace, in the world of instant gratification and constant fear that opportunities will pass us by if we don’t pull out our credit card right now.

Whoa Nellie, let’s get back to some common sense.

Do you want to start an affiliate marketing business to support every crackpot offer you see?

Or would you like to get smart and pick and choose the best.

Evaluate before you buy, do your due diligence.

Read reviews, ask questions in forums, get educated and think before you buy.

Those $27, $47, $97 offers add up.

I speak from experience. The sales letters are designed to make you panic. They want you to act on impulse. All sales people are trained in these techniques and yet they are the easiest people to sell. We’re a goofy club.

I hope this article will help you rein in your impulses and get you started making common sense buying decisions.

Here’s the formula:
 Read the pitch, then read it again. What are they really offering?
 Read reviews, lots of reviews
 Contact one of the people who gives a testimonial. Check it out.
 Look for contact information. Do they give you a phone number, an email address or a fax number?
 If not, then buyer beware.
 Sleep on it.

I bought ebooks written by three of the big name gurus in early 2000.

But my franticness, my fear of missing out, caused me to look for something better, quicker, easier.

My fear of failure and my conceit caused me to go on a spending binge, buying lots of  get rich scams.

Will Rogers:
“Common sense ain’t common.”

I’ve come a full circle and repurchased those first three programs. Now I’m  making them the framework of my affiliate review business. Guess what, I’m finally profitable.

I wasted a lot of time and money frantically chasing get rich schemes, looking for an easier, softer way.

My horse sense kicked in; I’m currently a recovering get rich quicker addict.

I never buy without at least sleeping on the idea.

My credit cards are literally locked in a box. I have to get the key and open the box before I buy. That’s enough time to start my evaluation thinking.

Unknown:
“Reckless buying arouses the suspicion that much of the horse sense of the good old days was possessed by the horse.”

Horse sense rule two

Evaluate before you buy – don’t rush – sleep on it.

Do a Ben Franklin.
Make two columns, list the pros in column one and the cons in column two. One list will be longer then the other. This graphically clarifies your decision.
There are a lot of good programs out there. I’m simply  suggesting you use some good old-fashioned horse sense to pick the ones you buy.
 Evaluate – read reviews, check out forums, contact the people giving testimonials, contact us at a1 affiliate review.
 Compare – run google comparisons and reviews. Look at side by side comparisons.
 Read more reviews – Take time to read reviews and weigh the benefits.
 Follow through – wait two days, see if it’s still a worthy purchase.

Harriet Beecher Stowe:
“Common sense is the knack of seeing things as they are, and doing things as they ought to be done.”

Follow one plan at a time. 

Ask yourself, if I buy this, will it derail my work plan?

You do have a work plan for the day, week, month and year, don’t you?
 Evaluate – Look at your Ben Franklin.
 What did your google search turn up?
 I know it’s only $27 but 100 of those purchases equals $2700.
 Keep your credit card locked up, by the time you get the key you may have changed your mind.

W.C. Fields:
“A rich man is nothing but a poor man with money.”

Horse sense rule three

How many leaders can you follow? Find one you like and stick to their plan. After you complete it, try another one if you’re not making money. 

Don’t spend all your time chasing ideas and never creating your business.

You’ll find a pattern in all the information. Some gurus express it better then others.

Ask:
  What’s their track record?
  Can you talk to them?
  Do they answer emails?
  Is there a contact fax or a  phone?
  Do they give you an address? Or are they incognito?
  Read Scam alerts
  Read forums
  Read Reviews
  Google them

Find a mentor that you can relate to and believe in. Get excited and follow their advice.

Dale Carnegie:
“Flaming enthusiasm, backed up by horse sense and persistence, is the quality that most frequently makes for success.”

Summary

Return to common old horse sense and build yourself a profitable business.

Unkown:
“There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.”

So to sum it up:
  Slow Down
  Focus
  Follow through
  Finish
  Evaluate

Dale Carnegie:
“ One reason why birds and horses are happy is because they are not trying to impress other birds and horses.”

Copyright © Wee Dilts 2009

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