ARE YOU A HOBBIT OR A DWARF?
by Theresa Cahill
Copyright 2003 - All Rights Reserved
Okay, I confess! With the release of the Lord of the Rings
series, I'm hooked once again. Thirty some years later and
out come the books, including the one that started it all,
The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
And after watching Parts I and II (many times over) and
re-reading The Hobbit, I've come to the following conclusions
which may help you determine your best path on the intense
internet marketing highway.
Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit that starts the whole series
flowing, makes a statement to the effect that one must be
careful walking out one's front door, because you just don't
know where your feet will lead you next.
Does that path lead to fame and fortune? Or straight to
the dragon's lair and all it's dangers!
Bilbo is thrust into an adventure that, under normal
Hobbit circumstances, just was unnatural for him to
undertake. He faces horrendous dangers, and yet finds
within himself a strength untapped. In fact, quite
beyond his wildest imaginings, he actually becomes
the unspoken leader of a troop of 13 dwarf companions.
And we all know the natural inclinations of dwarves :)
Dwarves, while stout-hearted in the best of moments,
yearn for wealth, instant wealth. They aren't afraid
to go after it, but grumble almost incessantly while
in pursuit of that wealth. They will also go to great
lengths to avoid work, unless given no other choice,
to attain that wealth.
Dwarves enjoy shoving "the other guy" forward to scout
out the landscape and warn of imminent dangers.
Hobbits, on the other hand, are basically mild mannered.
They enjoy the comforts of home and hearth, but aren't
above putting in that more than bit of effort needed
to ensure their own comfort. They understand the
necessity of effort, mixed with a huge amount of
caution, to reach their end goals.
Now ask yourself, are you a Hobbit or a Dwarf?
Internet marketers are natural adventurers, we have to
be to take the pounding most of us do - over and over -
and still opt to come back for more :)
But the problem lies not in our pursuit of "wealth"
on the net, but in our rather hasty, and often poor,
choice of path.
Over and over I watch as many opt for the path of least
resistance. The path that asks for nothing in return
from you, yet promises wealth beyond even the dwarves'
Be open, yet wary. Smooth talking, self-proclaimed
"wizards" are everywhere. Just as the troop needed
maps and advice to reach their goal, so do you.
And, the handiest map on the internet is the search
Have you recently stumbled across something interesting?
What was your FIRST move? Did you go to the search
engines and type in keywords to INVESTIGATE whether
the dragon was in and sleeping? Or did you just opt
to fall face first into the dragon's lair?
Research! At your fingertips you have the means to
find out everything and anything about interesting
programs and people. Opt to use your brain first,
and your wallet second!
Remember just before the Hobbit and his 13 companions
stepped into the Mirkwood forest, they were warned,
repeatedly, to not stray from the path on their quest
to the riches ahead.
In your quest for the gold laying deep within the
Lonely Mountain, many paths will also present
themselves to you.
Choose rightly and all goes well :)
But, stray from the path just a little, and...
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