Forbes: Spam Central

(a rant)

Because entrepreneur.com seems to make it oh so simple to become a millionaire.

Entrepreneur.com is a great resource that I really enjoy. In fact, I try to read an article a day to get my creative juices flowing and get me headed in the right direction. The problem I'm finding with their articles is the concentration on making it big. 

When I say this, I'm talking about making it big for yourself. Most of their articles are about getting rich and really don't have any focus on the consumers that you should be caring about with you being an entrepreneur. 

This bothers me. 

Are you looking to grow your reputation as a business owner based on how fast you make money? I hope not. Expectantly, you're someone who strives to do their best by pleasing each consumer while making a name for yourself and your brand. 

Clicking on the Top 50 articles of the month on entrepreneur.com brings up their list. 6 of the top 15 articles listed have to do with becoming a millionaire in some way or fashion. 

"How to Become a Millionaire in Under 5 Years"

"7 Mental Shifts That Allowed Me to Become a Millionaire at 22"

"7 Tips to Becoming a Millionaire"

"10 Powerful Habits That Will Make You a Millionaire"

"10 Secret Mindsets of Multi-Millionaires"

"5 Essentials to Becoming a Millionaire Before You're 30"

Of course this is click-bait, but it's the most self-guided click-bait there is.

Let me take a second to say this; I'm the kind of guy that will not click on something click-bait-y no matter how intriguing the title is.

That being said, the top article of the month is "How to Become a Millionaire in Under 5 Years". AWESOME! Who wouldn't want to be rolling in the dough within 5 years? So, with these simple tips, I too, can become monetarily rich. 

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Let's take a look at some of what this article says. "Dealing with People" is the first item on the list. Somewhere along the way to becoming a millionaire, you'll have to deal with people that betray you. Well, I agree. Not much to say about that one. 

Next is "Forgiving People". Forgiving people is a good thing that I think we can all agree with. In this instance, the man pulled a cousin aside at a family gathering and told him how he felt. The cousin then died a week later, unexpectedly. "

If I had not forgiven him for his transgressions, it would have haunted me for years." Then there's a quote stating, "Forgiveness is the best revenge." Wait, what?! Do did you forgive your cousin or did you just want to make him feel bad?!

Either way, it's good to forgive people and all, but I'm not understanding how this relates to you becoming a millionaire. It's a sad story, but it's also what my college professors would call "fluff".

"Handling Finances" is up next. Overdraft fees and failures and selling his car. "Soon enough, I began to prosper and my income skyrocketed 10 times in the next year." He's gonna tell us how, right?! Nope. 

The rest of the points are as simple as the prior. Now, I'm not trying to completely discredit the man who wrote this. After all, he did become a self-made millionaire. 

All I'm ranting about is what is becoming a very click-bait driven website that is somehow very respected. There's no real content in an article that clearly states how you're going to learn how to do something.

I'm not sure what's going on.

Rant over. 

 


Colton Mathieu is the founder and lead writer of UnnecessaryDetails.com, head designer at CocoTheBear.com, and king of chicken-tender-loving at TenderLovingThoughts.com.

In his free time, he wrecks kids on Xbox and loves on his german shepherd named Ava.

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