When my wise old grandmother adopted me at the age of 11, one of the things that she instilled in me was the belief that humans are basically good.
She did that one day when I came home from grade school with a torn shirt and all bruised and bloody from my first encounter with the school bully.
Her 80/10/10 rule explained people:
“Ten percent of the people you meet will love you because that’s the kind of people they are. Ten percent of the people you meet will hate you because that’s the kind of people they are. Eighty percent of the people you meet will love or hate you depending on your actions and words, so be nice.”
“Basically good,” to me, also means “honest.”
Working on IBOexchange (see my post) led me to several micro job web sites. Micro jobs are easy online tasks that anyone can do from home and which pay, usually anywhere from 5¢ to $20. Five cent jobs are things such as liking someone on Facebook or YouTube. Twenty dollar jobs are usually more time-consuming, such as perusing a web site and writing a testimonial.
Of course, the $20 jobs piqued my curiosity so I checked out a few of them and just cannot convince myself to write a fake testimonial. Maybe if the pay was $200 instead of $20.
I now wonder if I can ever trust an online testimonial again. More importantly, I wonder if I will succumb to needing money so badly, or simply needing something to do, that I’m writing fake testimonials. I guess only time will tell.
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