Originally Posted By: Al Roden
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I’ve got a natural tendency to distrust anybody trying to fish that much money out of my pocket all at once.
The free 'tele-seminar' had a few motivational characteristics that appeared to be pulled straight out of various self-help books - which is fine, but you can buy ALLOT of self-help books for the price of admission to 'the millionaire inspectors club'.
And there's wasn't enough biographical information about what Crow has done - except that he was part of a 15 inspector father and son inspection company in Dallas that sold out to U.S. Inspect. Based on that description, I couldn't really tell who exactly was the brains behind the operation - the father or the son. Not that the son wouldn't have allot to teach - but I want the truth, whatever it is, and if it was dad that was the brains, then I want to hear from Mike, and would probably pay to hear, what dad taught is son.
He also said that he went to work for U.S. Inspect after he sold his company to them and quit to pursue this endeavor after 3 years with them. During the teleconference, he alluded to one member who knew a big shot at U.S. Inspect, that there was a story to tell and that he would have to talk with him later - what's the story? Was Crow fired? Was he miserable there? Why EXACTLY was he miserable? Since he's using this as part of his sales pitch and he did allude to something more than what's on the surface, I'd like to know the REAL and FULL story.
He also mentioned his affiliation with a guy named Joe Polish - the self-proclaimed carpet cleaning guru. A few years ago, a woman named R.D. Skinner was doing the same thing in the pest control industry as Crow is doing here in the inspection industry - and she was a disciple of Polish as it looks like now Crow is. The stuff she was touting was crude, simple and just didn't work. She doesn't appear to be doing it any longer - but she did manage to land a husband who owned a small pest control company.
I'm just wondering if Joe Polish suckered Mike out of allot of money with dreams of becoming a nationally recognized motivational speaker or something? Not that Mike may not accomplish everything his heart desires - he may, but I personally don't thing his connection with Polish is the ticket. It may, if that's what is actually going on, turn out to be a terrific learning lesson for him and a stepping stone to greater things. Hopefully it won't include marrying an inspector - since he's already married.
Anyway, other classes that cost about the same, like the new construction class at inspectiondepot.com, at least give you a course outline that shows you EXACTLY the material or subject you'll be covering and gives the times that they'll be covering it.
So personally, I'd need more facts and background info to lob over that much money for a motivational seminar. The old and wore out phrase Mike gave during the 'tele-seminar', "If you think you can't afford to attend this conference, that means you REALLY can't afford to MISS this conference" is straight out of late-night get-rich-quick info-commercials that are after desperate people who can't sleep at night.
But don't get me wrong, I don't know Mike - and that's the problem I have with dishing out a grand or so for what looks like a pep talk and some form letters.
I hope I didn't offend Mike because that was not my intention. My intention was to inspire Mike to prove me wrong and sell me - I want to be sold but not suckered.