This might piss some people off, especially if you are somebody who has contacted me in the last few weeks. As my blog has grown, people email me and ask me if they can “pick my brain.” I’ve had people I haven’t talked to in over 20 years contact me for help with starting a blog. Derek Halpern actually made a harsh but true point in this recent video.
“The internet has turned people into panhandlers. People who wouldn’t be caught dead asking for a dollar on the corner are asking for much more than that in an email.” - Derek Halpern
Don’t worry. This is not directed at any of you who have contacted me specifically but it’s about a a problem that I’ve been seeing across the web.
What you have to realize is that those of us who have managed to build an online footprint have invested our own time and money into this process. I’ve spent over 1000 days working on building my platform. I’ve put hundreds of dollars into programs, courses, and design work. When you expect advice for free, it devalues the work that I do.
Unless you’re a lifelong friend, would bail me out of jail ,are related by blood, or been a huge supporter of my work,then asking me for free advice is a bit like asking me to do your work for you, and giving you whatever money gets made. Free advice doesn’t put food on our tables, allow us to pay the rent, buy surfboards or keep the lights on. So if you want my personalized advice I’m going to send you a bill.
My friend Tara Gentile was a guest on my show recently. I got to “pick her brain for an hour.” But when it came to getting advice tailored to my own business I paid her because she’s running a business, not a charity.
If you want free advice I provide plenty of it. So do hundreds of other people.
- There are nearly 300 interviews on BlogcastFM that you can listen to which provide tons of tactical advice. They don’t cost a dime.
- If you dig through the archives on The Skool of Life, you’ll find many ideas and insights there as well.
- I recently spoke at a group of MBA students at Pepperdine and shared my knowledge. Keep in mind that it was mutually beneficial. I got a chance to practice my speaking and a video, while the students got my insights.
Sure it might take some time for you to go through all that. But if you want free advice, that’s the price you’ll have to pay. If you don’t have the time you can hire me