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What’s a Good Story Without a Comeback?

If you read my previous post you will know that I have been blessed with an opportunity to write a book about my foreclosure experience. Many of you were quick to point out that the book will not carry any weight and will not be complete without a success story and me still being in debt.

Here is a message I got from a friend who has been following my story, noticing this point:

Casey,

I think that people are getting even more pissed off because they think that you got bailed you out with a book deal. Some of them are obviously behaving themselves like that because they are jealous, but most of them wanted to see you actually do something about your debt, not wait for a book deal to bail you out. Also, people feel like the book will not have an ending… some of the commenters even pointed out what I pointed out, people buy books to learn how to succeed and get inspired.

Your foreclosure story will not be complete without you paying off your debts and coming out clean. Think about it, when do you think the people will be inclined to read your book, when they know that you cleaned up your act and have permission to speak, so to speak or when they will know that you wrote a book on what to do and what not to do in foreclosure situations, while you yourself are still in debt and did not do anything about your situation other than write a book about your how you have failed!?

I think the answer speaks for itself. Can you imagine somebody telling you not to smoke cigarettes and the dangers of smoking, while they themselves smoke a pack everyday and can’t give up… I think you will agree that such a person will not have credibility in your eyes and you will not listen to them, on the other hand if somebody who smoked before, but successfully quit, will tell you about the dangers of smoking it will have a much more lasting and influential effect!

Same thing with your book situation and that’s exactly why your commenters are pissed off, they think you don’t have any credibility to speak unless you pay off your debts and come out clean…

So if the natural thing is to write a book when you have credibility, the next logical step is to get that credibility by unleashing and extraordinary comeback story and paying off your debts and coming out clean.

After thinking about what my friend wrote and thinking about what you my dear haters and supporters have said in your comments, I have to agree.

I shouldn’t give up. I need to pay back that debt, even if it means some crazy out-of-the box idea. I used creativity to get into my foreclosure situation. Now I will have to use a lot more creativity to get out, and do it completely above-board.

That got me thinking. Over the last several months I’ve been exposed to many different ideas, some quite crazy. I’ve expanded on those ideas and thought of few crazy ideas of my own too. However, some of these ideas are so creative that I wonder if they will work. But at this point though, what do I have to lose?

Isn’t it true that our Maker has given us the power to create reality with our intentions?

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.
John 15:7

He replied, “Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Matthew 17:20

Remain, ask, and believe. I can definitely improve on “remaining”. I already know what I need to do for that. Next, I need a specific outcome. “Make money” is too vague. How will I know I’ve arrived if the goal is not measurable? And after that I just need to believe.

So, I’m narrowing my ideas down to put together a clear goal. How much money do I need to raise and in what time-frame to repay every dirty penny?

The amount needs to be enough to cover my current unsecured debt, plus any additional debt or taxes from the foreclosures. On top of that it would be good to have some extra money to start a new life with a clean slate and have the seed capital to catchup on my my 2007 goal.

The time frame from the comeback story needs to be fairly quick because some of my unsecured accounts have already gone to collections. Legal action will come next. At that point I may have to file for bankruptcy protection, something I would rather avoid.

So, I will delay writing a book about my complete story until I attempt a comeback.

That doesn’t mean, as part of making money for my comeback, I can’t sell a book or info products on parts of my story that are educational, like a detailed case study of each one of my deals and loans (”What NOT to do”), or maybe sell other people’s books/products, to generate cash quickly. I may or may not do that, but that’s definitely an idea I’ve considered.

In closing… I wanted to thank all of you, my supporters and so called “haters” for constantly pushing me and giving me energy to move forward.

Yes, sometimes the negativity gets to me and I get angry at you guys. But when I stop and think about it, I feel that many of you deep down inside are all good people who are just showing me “tough love” and at the end of the day want to see me succeed and I appreciate that!

I understand that you guys are the blood of my blog and for that I’m thankful. Sometimes it may seem that I don’t listen to your advice, but I assure you that I do and my comeback attempt is going to be a proof of that. I’ll take a couple of days to think about all this and come out with a goal and some kind of preliminary plan. If you have any ideas let me know.

My hope is for all of you to turn from hatin’ to showing some love. The more positive energy the better. At the same time I know I can’t please everybody. But that will not stop me from attempting to do the right thing.

Sweet comeback… here we go!!

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