I touched on this before but it bears repeating as I recently came across a formerly active member (and a personal referral) of My Advertising Pays (MAP) who has a fearful and negative mind frame when it comes to his personal success.

This person, who I will call “Dave” (This is not his real name but I changed it for anonymity purposes), was excited when he first learned about MAP.  He was looking for an online business where he could be successful with a limited marketing skillset.

So I showed him the MAP business model and he joined and even bought a few credit packs, and was excited about making money for the first time ever.

But, after about 2 weeks, he came across a website that thrives on negativity about MAP, and many other businesses and people.  Whether true or untrue, this website thrives on stirring up controversy and obviously uses this method to generate unique content to rise in the search results of Google. Ingenious really, but it lacks morals.

The True Culprit: Fear of Failure

Anyway, the information on this site (mis-information, actually) was enough to make him change his mind and immediately consider MAP a scam, ponzi scheme, etc.  He then proceeded to try to explain to me why MAP was a “ponzi” scheme while at the same time, confusing a ponzi with a legitimate referral program which MAP actually uses.

Fear of Failure


Mind you, Dave is someone who has never made any money online before, telling someone who has made tens of thousands of dollars online, all the reasons, which he thinks he’s just learned, of why MAP is a scam!

So, Rather than go and look up the actual definitions of these terms he was now attempting to throw around, as I suggested, Dave decided to believe misinformation and outright lies that he read online somewhere with no verification whatsoever.

There was no explaining any truth about anything to him anymore.  I tried a little bit longer but then gave up, seeing how he just sank right back into his negative mind from which he was so accustomed.

This very sad willingness to fore-go the truth and believe anything someone says in opposition to your dreams is nothing more than a mind operating on fear and negativity.

You see, Dave had already told himself that he could not succeed. He never understood the MAP business model, nor sought out how it actually works from the company itself and others who actually know, and figured it “must” be some sort of phlegm-flam. 

I don’t know why some people think this business is “too good to be true”.  There is nothing shady or experimental about it.  It’s simply online advertising.  Even billionaire Sheldon Adelson built a fortune running vending machines and selling newspaper ads before he became a casino mogul.

Instead of selling newspaper ads, MAP is selling online ads.  A very old and proven business model, this selling advertising thing.  Yet this was apparently too much for Dave.  Had Dave done the proper research, he would have found no reason to fear it so.

If You Search For Negativity, You Will Find It

So Dave went searching for information online that would confirm his negative, fearful mindset.  Of course, he found exactly what he was looking for and promptly turned on his own dreams of succeeding online overnight.If you look for the bad in others, you will find it

To make matters worse, Dave, being very inexperienced, also tried to explain to an experienced marketer his new found misinformation.  A perfect example of how misery loves company.  The negative and fearful always try to drag you down to their wavelengths with them. I refused to go.

When you have a mind that operates on fear and negativity, it is much easier to believe negative things you read online that will only crush your dreams and put you back where you were before: on the road to nowhere!

All kinds of negative things and even death threats have been hurled at many very success people and companies including: Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg, McDonald’s Corp., and on and on…

Yet it did not stop a single one of them from becoming the best at what they do!

These are the sort of forces that successful people must battle on a continuous basis. 

It takes COURAGE to be successful. 

It takes courage to buck the trend of fear and negativity that come from all directions in the form of friends, family, co-workers and colleagues, websites, TV, news, etc, etc…

Most people don’t show up for their own lives.  The point of this post is to remind you to show up and be courageous as you will be in a battle for your own personal growth and success.

This is why developing a positive, fearless personal mindset is so important.  Even though ‘My Advertising Pays‘ is a simple business model, any kind of success with it, or with anything else, will elude you if you do not believe that you can succeed to begin with, like our friend Dave.

Tragically, Dave is going to have this problem with anything he may attempt unless he changes that mindset from one of fear and negativity to one of positive belief and courage to succeed.

It is much too easy to fall back into things we are used to such as: job/employee mind-frame, negative friends and family, talking down on others who are trying to make something of themselves, calling everything you see a scam even though you don’t know the first thing about it, etc, etc…

Don’t become a Dave and operate in fear and negativity. You must be courageous in the face of adversity as it will surely come.  Success does not come easy. It takes a fearless mindset to be successful.

Are you going to be a “Dave” and cower in fear with tail tucked between your legs when adversity hits or are you going to grab your own success by the horns and make it do your bidding? I sincerely hope you choose the latter.

To help you along, please visit the M.A.P Success Library in your back offices on a daily basis.  If you are not a MAP member yet, CLICK HERE to join and then you will be able to access the Success Library too.


“If you have belief in yourself and stick to it, there’s nothing you can’t do” ~Michael Strahan

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