Doing Business With Liars Lome, Togo West Africa Thursday, June 7, 2007
Is it possible for the majority of people in a country to lie more than the tell the truth? The answer is no, unequivocally no, but sometimes as a rich many in a poor country I believe the answer is yes. However, then you say to me, - I am not rich! -
Sorry, I am sorry, perception is more important than reality, and the truth is you are rich walking around in 80 percent of the countries on the planet, and in about 2 percent you are poor.
Assume the average United States person earns 30, 000 US per year.
What would you think… if a person told you, I paid 60,000 US for a plane ticket to Africa? You say, - You are RICH! -
You are rich, if you come from the USA, Europe, in some way took an airplane flight into West Africa, then you must be rich.
The average person in Togo is earning about 730 US Dollars per day.
A round trip ticket from Chicago to Togo should be about 1500 US Dollars, and wildly higher is you do not know what you are doing and an travel agent takes the advantage.
Congratulations, if you always dreamed about being rich, you can be, travel to India, Africa, Southeast Asia and you can revel in the joys of being rich. Taxis, cars, women, bars, all the debauchery and the fast life you could every want, you can be a jet setter, for once in your life you will not have to work for the man and you will be rich.
Also enjoy the good life, every person will come up and beg for money, ask you for favors and tell you many lies to try to earn money from the rich man. You will be famous, every person will stare at you, look at you and never allow you a moments peace.
These are the four major types of reason people lie off the top of my head with very little thought on the planet.
1. Lies for financial gain. 2. Lies to avoid to not be proven a fool. (Save Face) 3. Lies to increase appear a higher class level. (Not be low class) 4. Lies for protection of privacy, safety, and to remain separated. (I am not from the USA) (I do not make much money.) (I have to leave, I have an appointment.)
Doing business with liars? Ok, who is a liar? I was a Estate Broker in the USA and I often am asked, why did you stop, I say, - Who wants to listen to liars all day. -
Could you imagine being a car salesperson?
People think it is the sale person who lies, the truth is when it behooves a person to lie, when they believe they can say one small lie and make 1000 dollars.
Hello sir, - How many miles doe you trade in have on it? - Your answer is, no use in explaining, you now the lies you will tell.
Buying a home, buying a business, an the number is 100, 000, 200,000, 300,000 USA Dollars, one lie and the believe the can increase their gain by about 5000 US dollars. In my estimation when I was a Real Estate Broker, at least 9 out of 10 people I did business with started the relationship with massive amounts of lies and slowly started to open up and tell the truth.
Hello, my name is Andy, how can I help you. Blah Blah Blah and then I ask, - What is your telephone number? - The say, - 523-0000 -
Thank you, I am looking at the caller ID and think, wow, they could be a little smarter, this one is on the slow side.
Did you lie on your taxes last year?
If the answer is yes, then please think, try to understand, so did all the other people you know, you can hear them brag about how they cheated the government out of tax money in the bar, the restaurant anywhere. I am amazed how people will just tell me, I did this and that and saved 20,000 dollars in taxes.
So how do you do business with liars? The truth is, you do it every day, all day, ever minute of every day. If the richest man the world walked into your life would you ask him for money, a small amount of money to set you up in business, or would you ignore him.
I am in Togo, I walk into a business here, I am the richest man they ever met.
You assume I cheated on my taxes, wrong, I did not, but I did lie, I showed I owed more money than was the truth, and then paid more last year the was correct. This is true. I did not want the government of the USA to think I was greedy, paying no taxes puts up red flags. Shame on me, I paid more taxes than I truthfully owed.
Lies, Business Section, Export Import, Togo, Money