I attended the Real Estate and Wealth expo at the Javits Center a month or so ago. The Learning Annex produced it. It seems the get rich quick market it huge. At least 15,000 people attended this event. I am of course very interested in finding a method of income that will remove "job" from my vocabulary as were the 15,000 other attendees. I don't like jobs or their requirements and yet would like to make enough money to live excessively well. For me that means live in Manhattan, summer in the Hamptons, winter in Aspen despite no interest in skiing, fringe festivals, comedy festivals, wine tastings, art exhibits, strange performance art events, Knick games, Broadway plays and having friends I don't give a shit about. I would love to do things because...everyone else is and get there by doing something no one else is doing. Of course, attending an event that 15,000 people are at hardly means finding a method no one else is doing.
The get rich quick world is highly suspect and should be. It plays on people's desires, not intellect. Where does 1 draw the line between a high pressure sales pitch for a fraudulent "program" and a high pressure sales pitch for legit program that can in fact make you money IF
you do the work?
I arrived late on both days so I caught only a few "sessions". The Learning Annex did not mention the times of the 4 major headliners but hinted Trump would close on Sunday night. I was going for Jim Cramer and he did 8am Saturday morning. I missed him so I was pissed.
Everyone who speaks is selling something and they are always getting you to Act Now!
. Here is how a lecture went. they would tell you how great their system was. They would talk in generalities. Than the sales pitch would come. You sat through a 30 minute commercial. Every program started out at $10,000 and came down to btween $1500 and $2000. Specific investments got into details. Donald Trump, Robert Kiwosaki, Jim Cramer and Tony Robbins were the headliners.
The first "lecture" I attended was for Raymond Aaron
, a self help coach who gave a 90 minute commercial because he was just selling coaching. It made certain sense. Sports teams have a team coach to get winning records. Individual athletes have coaches and trainers to improve their game. Actors have acting coaches, managers and agents to improve their acting and career. You need to do likewise for your financial and personal life and this guy was the guy to do it so says he IF he accepts you and you pay $2000 if you act now. After 20 minutes I didn't want to sit through a commercial and I sat through the whole 90 minutes.
I attended the Tony Robbins lecture Saturday afternoon. He was a headliner for the show on the first night. He 4 hours or so and I loved it. He did his motivational stuff, said alot. He got specific. He was selling something but his lecture did not turn into a sales pitch. The selling of his products was soley done in the "dealer's room" Yes they had a dealer's room!
After Tony Robbins another lecture started immediately. This guy was selling an investment strategy in tax liens. For 60 minutes he gave lots of specifics. A tax lien is something out on a property if the owner does not pay his property tax. If he does not pay eventually the house can be forclosed, you yourself can begin the forclosure process. The tax lien lecture was the third I saw but the first one where an actual system to make money was discussed. The 2 previous lectures were motivational guys/coaches. This guy pretty much said that getting rich quick was bullshit but here was a good way to invest your money that is better than a savings account or CDs. He talked for 90 minutes, the first 60 was good, the last 30 was his commercial. For $2000 you got his system to teach you how toget into tax liens but I felt that I could probably get this info for like $100. He gave the impression not a lot of people buy tax liens, they were secure...if you checked the underlying propery out first. After him it was 10pm I had sat down for 8 hours of lectures and saw only 3 guys.
Sunday came. Same deal, I came late. Started off with a commercial real estate lecture. It was interesting. I believe the system was sound but not my cup of tea. Once again 60 minutes of details and 30 minutes of commercials. A $10,000 program reduced to $2000 if you acted right than!
2nd lecture was a hypnotist. He was very interesting. Dealt with training your subconscious for success. I liked what he said and have since bought 2 $15 cds, 1 for weight loss and the other for self estreem problems. Of course his program was $2000. He was alot like Tony Robbins but he staed in his time limit. It did not surprise me he started his career as a magician becuase he was a stage hypnotist and did a show the night before. But once again a $2000 dollar CD program with going to an upcoming hypnotherapy weekend with the ability to go to future ones for free. Too much money. I can get several sessions with a hypnotist for $500 or listen to the 2 cds I bought for $15 dollars which I enjoy very much.
I saw Donald Trump give a speech. He is a character for sure. Did not learn a damn thing from him. Of course his books/real estate programs were on sale in the dealers room. Did not gain much from anything he said.
I bought 2 Tony Robbins CDs totaling $50 at Barnes and Noble and 2 hypnotherapy cds for $30 also at B & N. My friend is a real estate lawyer and can get me tax lien info for free or at least point me in the right direction.