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Glenford Smith | Is internet income opportunity for real?

Published:Wednesday | February 17, 2016 | 2:00 AM

I once heard you speak at a HEART Trust/NTA graduation at NCU in Mandeville a couple of years ago. It was inspiring and credible and it's against that background that I write questioning the credibility of your Sunday, January 31 article titled "Making Internet income in Jamaica". Thanks for your interesting and motivating article. Is it really for real?

Carla M.

SMITH: I well recall the NCU experience, Carla. I'm happy you found that presentation inspiring. I welcome your question regarding the credibility of the Internet income opportunity revealed in the article. Your email has been edited for length.

Let me assure you that you're doing the right thing in being cautious about this or any other online moneymaking opportunity. You should never jump blindly into any scheme or grab any moneymaking offer without first verifying its credibility. Gullibility, blind trust and simple-mindedness are the stuff that scams are made of.

Thanks for your confidence in my credibility in seeking my further clarification.

One part of your email also requested my opinion on whether or not you should attend an upcoming Internet Income Jamaica boot camp. You wondered whether it would be worth your while or you?d regret being fleeced. Let's explore your crucial credibility concerns.

It's unclear what aspect of the article incited your incredulity. I'm assuming, however, that you're wondering whether you can actually make money using the sites mentioned. In other words, did the woman mentioned in the article actually make US$1,000?

If my interpretation is correct, the plain answer to your question is yes it is really for real. The people I met at the Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing workshop I attended at Internet Income Jamaica are doing everything mentioned in the article. Also, I know individuals who are independent of that company who earn their livelihood working at the sites mentioned.

I'm not associated with Internet Income Jamaica in any way. My interest in writing the article was to expose you and others to the online earning opportunities others are taking advantage of. It's, however, your responsibility to do your due diligence before investing in any of the company's trainings.

You should take the time necessary to check out both the online job sites mentioned as well as Internet Income Jamaica. Call them up. Talk to someone who's actually enrolled in a programme you're interested in; get their experience. Only after you've satisfied yourself that the opportunity is legitimate and right for you should you register.

Whatever you decide to do, please take note of the following:

* Any course, training or boot camp you enrol in is valuable only to the extent you diligently apply what you learn.

* I can definitely testify to the value and usefulness of the training I received at the publishing boot camp I attended. I found the people I met at the class, who shared their experiences of other boot camps, credible. But you should do your own checks and make up your own mind.

* You should decide based upon facts you find out, not out of fear, blind trust, unchecked impulse, uncritical optimism, risk aversion or uninformed scepticism.

• Glenford Smith is a motivational speaker and success strategist. He is the author of 'From Problems to Power' and co-author of 'Profile of Excellence'.

glenfordsmith@yahoo.com