Yes and No, because I've heard and experienced this same argument before.
People who tell AND SELL you how to do things they have NEVER done themselves will lead a novice to wasted years and money on top of frustration and questioning if they even belong or can succeed in the field their in.
Then of course there are those few among us who ALL they need is ideas to get going on financial independence, which is good, but really, who can do that consistently all the time? Most people in this category are already some measure of go getter or some measure of success in some other field and they simply was inspired to focus their talents on making themselves entrepreneurs vs using their talents to makes others rich..., or if they are/were getting good money for their talents, they just used the "idea" to get MORE money for their talents.
The 3rd scenario is that the guru who HAS DONE and SUCCEEDED in the things he/she is selling or telling others how to do, simply adds twist and ideas to something ALREADY accomplished and within the same success range. Usually, these type folks , for example, who actually made a set amount of money doing something will simply give different ideas on that SAME target goal, usually twist that make it easier, simpler or using extra resources to attain the SAME financial goal a little cleaner.
NOT some character who consistently makes , say, $5 a day doing something, then sells something, and "idea" that says if you do this, you can make $10,000 a day when the author has and never been anywhere close to this goal using this same method, on top of not having achieved that goal AT ALL.
As one gets more prudent at buying and implementing methods, hopefully, one can come to a realization as soon as possible and develop a nose for KNOWING those purveyors of product that actually do what they teach and tell others and works as prescribed.
I was on some forum, for example, on another subject I was eagerly researching and mastering to get a handle on, and this "guy" always comes up the stuff to sell, of which I have never bought, but, he had a product that seem to appear to possibly have tools that may help me toward my goal.
I literally hand my credit card in my lap, ready to buy.
But when I seen the answers to questions that were asked of him, I put my credit card away.
Then, when I asked questions, he basically is telling everyone that the answer is in their implementation, he just gives "ideas", there's that word again.
In fact, that was his SAME answer when asked for statistics and test data on his method.
DUDE DID NOT EVEN TEST IT, but was making claims.
He said it is up to the purchaser to validate, according to their personal use of it, of the benefit it would give because everyone is different.
After reading these posts, I KNEW FOR A CERTAINTY, there was nothing in there that could possibly be of any use to the direction I was heading, and the ONLY reason I knew that was because I had some level of familiarity with that subject.
Needless to say, after that, I never went to that forum again, the integrity bit, on top of that, most of the posters are of the same caliber, I only went there hoping one , two or more bonafide persons of that field would visit once in a while, which never happened.
Jesus, what would happen if I was a wide-eyed, eager to learn noob with no idea of the subject, thinking it could help me?
I would be a "wide-eyed, eager to BURN noob, thats what.
My WSO purchasers are pretty much down AND I find about , maybe, 3 or possibly 4 people of stuff I am interested in that ACTUALLY do what they sell and teach, because it works, exactly as they say, almost EVERYTHING I have bought from them, without question.
Just wished I developed a nose sooner. I would say I buy maybe 97% of their stuff and 3% or less of other stuff, that includes WSO's.
Aren't most of you tired of the "idea" seller and want the person who actually did and does what they sell with the real results of the seller or close to it?
By the way, these 3 or 4 people's stuff is so good, even the stuff that I would not use or am not interested in, it is top quality,no fluff stuff that is so good, I STILL WANT IT, just for my library or in case I decide to try it, or help someone else going in that direction.
What say you?
The 13th Warrior