Get Rich Quick

The phrase “get rich quick” seems to be used as if it is synonymous with “scam” or “rip off”.

Yet it isn't necessarily so.

If we mean “scam” or “rip off”, we should say those things. But there is nothing inherently wrong with getting rich quick, is there?

I mean, which would you prefer: get rich quick, or get rich slow?

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  • Another thing that I question is what is considered “quick”? I think getting rich in a year is pretty darn fast. Even 2 or 3 years is a pretty quick time frame to get rich. Some people spend 20, 30, 50+ years trying to get rich and don't succeed.

    So I consider getting rich in a few years to be “quick”. I never really thought of getting rich quick as a bad thing…butting adding “scheme” to “get rich quick” brings up negative thoughts because “scheme” has been programmed in my brain as a bad thing when it comes to getting rich.

    Anyways, I'm trying to get rich quick (so far I believe I'm doing a pretty good job) and I don't feel bad about it at all.

    I personally want more money so I can help out my parents and fund my sisters' missions trips and help others through organizations like Kiva, so if I decided that getting rich quick was a bad thing and I tried to do it slowly, then I'm not just affecting myself and my business, but I am keeping myself from helping those that I want to help.

    That's my opinion on “getting rich quick”.


  • Most people I've seen who have become “rich” have done it quickly. It might have taken 1, 2 or more years to build it BUT when it was launched or released, it just HIT — an overnight sensation so to speak.

    The beauty of the Internet is speed or compression of time. You can test, get results, tweak, and get better results, much faster than most anywhere else. This could translate from hours to days to weeks to months, maybe one year. That's quick!

    We all have that power of technology available to us today. Use it wisely…and quickly!

  • Nice podcast, When listening to it, I got reminded of one of Clayton Makepeaces's ads in which he poses in front of his Harley and asks, “What's wrong with getting richer quicker?”

    Most people are very deeply programmed for “selling their time for low $ fees” (the classic employee model, which doesn't scale at all). It's hard for them to believe that there is a whole other world of opportunities.


  • Clayton Makepeace asks in one of his ads, “What's wrong with getting richer quicker?”

    Besides that there are some/many scam artists out there, there is lack of believe. Most people simply cannot follow the math of a scalable business venture. They are trained from early on to sell their time for comparably low $, which is limiting.

    A line from inspector Columbo (TV serial with Peter Falk), “Well, if I work 170 years and don't eat, I might be able to afford a house like this.”


  • I believe that there is nothing wrong in getting rich quick, if it happens … BUT it is the wrong set of mind to chase it…

    There are very few people who would succeed anyway (not quite so many really rich people compared to the rest, isn't it?) and it would usually just happen…

    There are examples of people – extremely rich people – who pursued their dreams for a very long time and built empires, but then again, these are yet another minority…

    Most people would be actually satisfied to be 'financially free' – and see it as 'getting rich' while they dream of it. IF and when they succeed, after a while, their own dreams changed meanwhile, so they may have a different goals(s) set by then… But that's another story…

    Back to the initial question though … I think what is worst is not to dream of getting rich, but to sell these dreams to others. Especially using deceptive tricks they wouldn't stand any chance against, like – coming up with just one single example – showing off the freedom lifestyle they all dream of as I said…

    I'd like to add, on top of that … many of the 'get rich quick' schemes sellers aren't rich at all but only foolishly chasing – subconsciously or not – the same dream.