Thursday, February 01, 2007

Is It Possible?

Is it possible to help people and make money at the same time? Of course. But why are we instinctively hesistant to believe there are people out there who really do want to help people even though they make money doing it? Why are we inclined to believe they only want our money? How can they gain our trust if they truly are sincere? What can they do to be believed?

No one says anything when Jane, who loves to quilt more than anything in the world, decides to sell her creations, hold classes in quilting and maybe start an online forum all about quilting, it seems like the most natural progression in the world. But when an alternative health care pro, for example, who hates standard medicine and what it stands for, opens his practice and does the same thing as Jane, all of sudden it's not that he cares about what he does or believes in what he does; instead what you hear is that all he wants is to draw more people to his front door so he can make more money. And there's nothing he can do short of working for free that will make people believe otherwise. Or is there??

5 comments:

notyouraverage.... said...

i don't see why this altenative health practioner would be viewed as any less true in his want to help people. People don't view 'regular' doctor's (at least I don't), as just wanting to make a buck, so why would i view the alternative doc that way? maybe the reason is that alternative or naturopathic health care [at least here in Canada - nautropathy is not covered under our health care system] is more expensive/ and you have to pay out of your pocket and people therefore see that as a sort of greed, when really, alternative methods are likely better for you, especially since they tend to work from the standpoint of prevention, where as traditional medicine is now more based on cure, which is esentially too late.

Shawn said...

Hmm! I don't know what this is all about but I know that people are just not very accepting of alternative health care. The practioners in that field are expected to give away their services. People they think they're doing the business a favor by soliciting their services.

I think you can make money helping others but you have to get comfortable hard selling to get people interested and sometimes to keep people interested.


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The Gig said...

I believe you can make money by helping people too. A person can choose how he/she wants to make money by what they are interested in doing, that is why there are specialists in many different fields. Yes, many are out for the money, but in my opinion, others choose their specialties by what in health or any other occupation they are interested in. That is what makes a person exceed in their profession.

Miz JJ said...

I think the theory is that with alternative medicine you are suppose to care about your patient. However, caring and charging for your services are not mutally exclusive.

Proactiff said...

What about Midwives? They are truly the alternative to all things hospitalized. Interesting and thought-provoking post.