I ran a competition over the last few days.
It was very simple - I was just feeling generous and decided to give $100 away.
As I usually do, I thought I'd make it easy for anyone to get so that someone who may be struggling and could use $100 to get themselves started could get it without really needing to do much for it.
So I ran a competition on my blog asking people simply to look around for information about 'curation' and then post their thoughts.
Simple enough. I already did a 'starter for 10' post with a few links to other sources in, so I thought this was about the easiest $100 anyone could get.
The response - a handful of responses.
It was fellow warrior Mani that won it in the end simply because he didn't have much competition to beat so it was a no brainer.
I was really hoping that some people who didn't know what curation was might take the opportunity to do a quick Google, check out some sites and then post what they'd learned.
Considering how many people come here saying they desperately need or want money - but then when I'm literally giving it away they don't bother - I'm literally shocked.
It seems that it's harder to give money away than to sell products these days.
I was at the UK 'London Lunch' IMer networking event on Friday and I was reminded again by Martin Avis that 8 months ago I went along and told them about my new book and that silver was waaaay undervalued and recommended if they were looking for a good way to make money that they should consider it.
At this lunch the price of silver is over 50% higher than when I told them that.
Guess how many people took my advice and bought silver.
Even Martin hadn't bought any and he's a clever guy.
It seems that sometimes you can't give people opportunities on a silver plate (pun intended) and people are struggling so much that they literally won't take free money now - they've been trained that they have to 'work hard' to make money and they're determined to make that their reality.
Now - this $100 was literally just me looking to give it away to someone who needed it and giving it a useful and IM context, but if you're struggling - step back and take a look around you. There may be opportunities that you're missing just because you haven't been looking or believing they're there.