This week I sent you an article on “Why you should never organize a health retreat”. One reader wrote me an angry and moralizing response:
“Thank god not everyone in the world is as profit motivated as Frederic Patenaude. Some people do things for little or no monetary compensation to help their fellow humans for the pure joy of doing so and to make this world a better place. Earning money to provide the essentials for yourself and your family is everyone’s right and obviously important. Just don’t make the pursuit of money your main goal at the expense of other more noble ventures.
Many health pioneers of the past like Max Gerson and Herbert Shelton treated many patients without being reimbursed. They understood that it wasn’t just about the money.
Perhaps Fred, while you are gallivanting around the world, you might try volunteering some of your time and skills to help those less fortunate than yourself. You would find it spiritually rewarding I’m sure. If you are already doing so, my apologies” Jeff Ferguson
Let’s clarify a few things here, as I’m about to go on a MAJOR rant.
First of all, anyone subscribing to my Do What You Love Tips should have the goal of making a living doing what they love. By making a living I specifically mean making some MONEY.
If that is not your goal, then this is simply not the list for you. You can find plenty of other lists to subscribe you that won’t offend your anti-capitalist sensitivities. I suggest you unsubscribe from my list immediately and find something more suitable for you.
When I write an article such as “don’t organize a health retreat,” my motivation is not to prevent people from doing certain things out of the goodness of their heart. My goal is to show people who really want to make a living doing what they love and yes, help others in the process, to succeed.
I have known countless people who have tried to make a living in the natural health movement and crashed and burned, eventually either going bankrupt or giving up entirely, because they falsely believe they should charge less than what they’re worth.
While our reader Jeff likes to pose a moral judgement on myself and everyone who is making a living in natural health, I wonder what the real motivation behind it is.
Why is it that anytime someone is doing something that ACTUALLY helps people they are not supposed to earn any money from it? Why are these people supposed to become slaves to other human beings, completely neglecting their own needs?
Yet, if my job was something very mundane, such as working as a server in a restaurant, then absolutely no one, including Jeff, would complain if I made any money and how I chose to spend that money.
There is a giant moral corruption in the natural health world that makes me absolutely mad, and it’s this idea that as soon as you’re doing something to help others, such as teaching information that improves other people’s lives, you’re not supposed to get paid for it or even make much money at all from your venture.
Many good-hearted people decide they want to make a living in natural health with that idea at the back of their head.
They underprice their products.
They let other people take advantage of them.
They lose money while organizing live events.
These people work HARD to give a lot of value, but eventually there’s so much they can take. Many of them have no intention of becoming a millionaire, but just want to be able to be rewarded for their efforts and make a living. Eventually, they can’t take the hardship and give up entirely. They find another job, perhaps in a company that is not fully aligned with their value.
And the greatest tragedy in all of this is that they no longer have the opportunity to spread the word to as many people as they could before!
I know someone personally who put together a GREAT YouTube channel, giving his views hundreds of hours of awesome free content. Everything went well until he started asking for some donations. Then suddenly, his entire audience turned against him and accused him of being an evil capitalist bastard.
Anything wrong with that picture?
No one says you have to be a slave.
If you want to organize a health retreat, I’m here to tell you what the possible costs are.
I don’t want you to be one of those people who starts with great intention but ends up losing money, possibly going bankrupt, because of lack of financial sense.
If you charge what you’re worth, you’re going to get a lot of naysayers that complain about the price:
“It’s too expensive!”
“I can’t afford it!”
You have to have the spine to stand your ground and realize that nobody is forcing anybody to pay for anything. If they can’t afford coming to your health retreat, what makes them think that YOU can afford to do it for free or at a loss?
I really believe in the value of giving away great information, but charging what you’re worth for more in-depth knowledge.
One comment I hear again and again from people I meet at live conferences is how much they appreciate all of the information I give away for free on my blogs, in my videos and in my ezines.
Some people like Jeff think that my main motivation is profit.
Let me tell you that although I’m able to earn a living full-time doing what I love, I’m far from being a multi-millionaire. If my main motivation was to make maximum profits, I wouldn’t be wasting my time spreading what I believe is the unpopular truth about health that few people want to hear. I’d be selling people the magic cure.
How you live your live and what you do with the fruits of your efforts is your business alone! No one has the right to tell you what you should be doing with your money, or moralize you that you should be offering more for free.
I also have nothing against people who make the accumulation of money their main goal in life. It’s their business!
I personally don’t see why someone would be so obsessed with money, as this way of thinking never brings you any happiness.
Everyone has the right to their own pursuit of success, however they may want to define “success.” No one, and I repeat NO ONE, has the right to tell you how you should be living YOUR life according to THEIR sets of beliefs.
If you earned your money rightfully, without hurting other people, then you have the right to do whatever you please with that money. You can take care of your needs. You can indulge in luxuries. You can give away some of it to help people close to you that you love, or some worthy cause. This is all UP TO YOU!
Why is it okay for a regular doctor to make over $250,000 a year while mostly treating symptoms and never actually showing people how to lead a healthy life — and not okay for someone to teach others the principles of health that can literally extend their lives and save them tens of thousands of dollars… and not make a decent living doing that?
This hatred of money, this form of envy of other people’s success is a big disease in the natural health movement, especially in the raw-food movement. It is exactly what will prevent these ideas from going mainstream!
Everyone has to make a living. Not just the “bare essentials” but make enough to live a good life and be rewarded for their work.
Doesn’t it make more sense to make a living doing something that you love and that is in alignment with your values, than doing it doing something you hate that goes against your values?
Because I’m traveling the world, people tend to imagine that I’m some kind of multi-millionaire, laughing my way to the bank, while watching the poor populace starve to death in third world countries from my patio on the penthouse of a five star hotel.
The truth is that I’m just a regular person, with enough creativity and skills to succeed at making a living doing what I love.
I’ve been doing what I do for over 10 years!
Surprisingly, in many cases, it doesn’t actually cost me more to travel the world than to stay at home. Some people want to know how to do that, so I decided to teach these principles in my course How to Move to a Tropical Paradise
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If you’re sick and tired of earning a living doing something you hate, if you’d rather make a living living your truth and doing something you love, then you owe it to yourself to try out my Do What You Love Success Group.
Yes, it costs a little money. When you become successful yourself, you’re also going to charge a little money for your products and services. That’s part of the game.
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If that’s not fair, then I wonder what is?
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