1) Don’t get lured into exploitative direct marketing or pyramid schemes. I recently was invited to an Arbonne event by someone. Arbonne is a “natural” beauty company sold through representatives in the vein of Mary Kay or Avon. At first, I thought this person was just asking me for a friendly drink. Then it turned into: watch these chicks get Mercedes for selling skincare. Despite the aggressive tactics, it is almost impossible to make any money with the slim profit margins in these shady ventures. If they ask you for money up front, back away.2) Why waste energy on enterprises that don’t value what you have to offer? As you well know, life is short. You can waste yours lining unworthy pockets or you can refuse to settle for anything less than a fulfilling use of your time, talent, and resources. 3) Please don’t resort to performing sexual favors; depleting your plasma; permanently moving back in with your parents; signing up for a reality show; sacrificing your pride and dignity, or staying on at a job you truly loathe.
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