TransContinental Talent,Inc./ cultlike activities within emp
Date: January 10, 2003 06:19AM
This is my first post.After reading so many messages about the experience people all over the country had with groups like Equinox,Trek Alliance,Rick,Omitrition and a few others,I thought I'd mentioned the experience I had with "Dare To Be Great" scheme which was created by Glenn Turner who still lives in Orlando,Fla.
During the early 70's,I was going through a bitter divorce and was feeling depressed when I was approched by a character about the same age as me at the YMCA in New Orleans (Dick Egle) ,asking if I would be interested in making money part time in a business that had hardly no competitors.I guess I must have been a little vulnerable.He said I would have to go with him to their next siminar at the White House Hotel in Baton Rouge that following week-end in order to get a full understanding about the business.I figure I 'd check it out to see what it was about and it became one of the worse mistakes I made in my life.
That's how I got involved with Dare To Be Great.Men the same age as me and younger wearing expensive suits,women wearing expensive dresses and jewelry,all of them flashing $ioo.oo bills to all the marks.They was all jumping up and down as though they was really excited about being in DTBG,and I fell for it line,hook and sinker.
It cost me $2500.00 to join DTBG and was told I would get a $1000.00 commission from everyone I bough into the pyramid.Well,it just so happend I got four people into DTBG and never collected a penny commission.That's because Glenn Turner was a little slow when it came to paying commission.All the people in the higher echelon got their checks without any problem.I guess Turner knew if he tried to jerk those characters around,his pyramid would fall apart.
DTBG also had that saying "fake it till you make it" and "a lump on the hip puts a smile on the lip".A lot of people had to file bankruptcy for trying to fake it by buying expensive cars,eating at expensive restaurants and leaving $30.00 tips,paying for their marks lodging,food and transportation to Baton Rouge and back to New Orleans.Plus,not every mark was interested in DTBG.If you was able to get your mark in,then you had the problem of collecting your commission.
They would get the people in the lower level of the pyramid to parade around on stage wearing jewerly and expensive clothes,trying to impress all the marks that's the results for getting involved in DTBG,and the marks not knowing the people wearing all that expensive stuff was in hock up to their ears.
They would always have meeting,meetings and more meetings.Training siminars after training siminars.Everytime there was a gathering,they was always hitting you for money for one reason or another,such as books,tapes,breakfast siminars,dinner siminars.Even if you didn't have a mark for the following siminar in Baton Rouge,they still wanted you to commit for at least two bookings.If you had other plans,that's no excuse.Find somebody and get them on the bus with you.
I went see my young cousin at that time to see if he was a possible mark.As I was going into my routine about how great Turner was and all the good things he did,plus all money that could be made working for him when his eighteen year old wife interrupted me and said "these people told you all these things about this feller Turner and you believed them at face value without proving anything they say about him?" When she said that,it was like a door opened a little head. As time passed,that door began to open more and more until it was completly opened and my nostrils cleared and I was able to smell all the stink that was around me.
I left DTBG and looked upon my experience as a lesson in life and that's "beware of wolves in sheep clothing".