How Money Changes Things
Here’s an interesting reflection about how our “charge” on money affects the results …
There are some fabulous folks that give rave reviews to my work – whether it’s the ezine, the Catalyst articles, the blog posts, or the ebooks.
Which I greatly appreciate! (Not just because it helps spread the word, but because it’s nice to hear my material is worthy of raving about!)
When I see that happening, I often invite the raving fan to sign up for my affiliate program.
Since they’re already sending me business, I figure they may as well get compensated for it! Which sounds good to them, too, since they’re already doing the “work” of promoting Good Vibe stuff – it’s easy for them to keep doing what they were already doing.
So I send them the affiliate link (which I don’t advertise anywhere – it’s by invite only) and they sign up.
And then something very interesting sometimes happens.
It seems like overnight their authentic, genuine rave reviews turn into something that sounds more like a traditional marketing pitch.
It’s as if now they’re trying to convince someone, rather than just sharing the love. Or they’re efforting towards results (trying to make something happen) instead of just enjoying the opportunity to share a resource they found valuable.
It’s like once they’re promoting me for compensation – things change!
(Not every time, but sometimes.)
Maybe it’s something else in play, but part of me wonders if this change came about because money entered the picture.
- Like, now that they’re getting paid for raving it takes the joy out of it.
- Or makes it feel tainted or less pure.
- Or they really really want to see some money come in as a result, so they try extra hard to be convincing – whereas before they didn’t care if you believed them.
- Or maybe they don’t want to let me down, or really want to contribute to my financial rewards for what they think of as great material.
Which makes me wonder what charge I might still have on money, because if I suspect I’m seeing it in someone else, it’s gotta be part of me, too.
So this is our opportunity to get curious about how or whether money affects us in our own lives. Would you approach something differently if money weren’t involved? Or if it were?
I wonder if I got paid for fostering these animals .. (which some people do! A friend of a friend makes half her mortgage payment by fostering a couple of dogs from California!) .. I wonder if I got paid for fostering if that would change the way I did it or how I felt about it.
Or blog posts – I’ve seen others writing affected when they started making money from their blog (for better and for worse).
Or that job I used to hate – the only reason I went was because of the money. (I think that’s a pretty good indicator of something worth changing in life. There are simply too many ways to make money than to keep doing something we don’t love!)
Maybe the way you run your business would be different if you weren’t worried about how to make money. If you were already rolling in it, what would you do or feel different about it?
That’s not only worth thinking about, that’s worth changing now – if you’re interested in aligning to more money, that is. (Because if you’ve got a negative “charge” on it, you’re repelling it.)
But maybe you don’t care about making money. And my suspicion (as well as personal experience) is that when that’s the case, you can’t help but make more of it.
Another example I’m entertaining: what if I paid for comments on this blog? How would that change things? I’m imagining a couple of things might happen:
- Some people wouldn’t post because they wouldn’t want me or others to think they’re posting just to get paid.
- Others might post who normally wouldn’t have, just to get extra money in their pocket.
- Some might be more thoughtful in what they post, since they might feel like they needed to be worthy of the payment.
- I wonder if the generous love and joy that you guys naturally bring would change?
What a curious thing money does sometimes, huh?
This is an opportunity to get more open (or at least more neutral) about money if we find it’s kinking the vibe at all.
As usual, I’m curious about your thoughts!
In fact, should we do an experiment? It would be easy to Paypal $1 to every poster (if you include a real email address where you type in your name) and we’ll see if it does change anything. It could also be a good opportunity for you to see if money affects how you do things! (I know a dollar isn’t much, but pretend it is.)
Let the experiment begin! lol I’m officially paying for comments on this post!! oh my gosh. (And not spam comments. Those guys still get filtered and deleted as usual.)
This isn’t to bribe you, though – just to see if anything changes once money is involved! May be interesting, huh?!