Okay, so I've been thinking about a story that was related to me by some of my students. It's an example used in a book that first year business students are reading. A woman decides that she wants $100,000 and goes about figuring out how to best (legally) get it and she successfully achieves her goal. She decides that she wants to achieve her goal by writing a book and then researches what books sell the best, discovers it's weight-loss books and then churns out a weight-loss book (not really having any expertise in the field whatsoever) and in 6 months her book is wildly successful (in terms of sales).
I'll grant you it's clever. But so is running an ad in the NY Times requesting people send you $5 and then making $100,000 that way, being a gossip columnist or marrying someone who is fabulously wealthy, childless, lonely and very old. Perfectly legal and not forcing anyone to do anything that they don't want to do.
But all of these just strike me as dishonorable ways of making money, particularly if the point is simply to make lots of money. Making money this way is just taking advantage of someone's willingness to trust, vulnerability, etc. I happily grant that no one is being forced to do anything against their will but it just seems like taking the low road, sacrificing doing your best, working to do something that someone could really take pride in.
Do folks really want to be the sort of person who would do this? I can sort of get being willing to, if the situation gets bad enough, but wanting to be this sort of person?