<I>Guess what? According to another reply, I'm a pessimist. As such, the original poster was told to ignore my advice.
Like Steve said--perhaps the person who said to ignore me had a product that didn't work well with my answer.</I>
When you think about it, answers like ours contradict all of the people who are selling products and service that promise untold riches in 90 days or less, (or anything of a similar nature) so it is in their best interests to call us nay sayers and pessimistic.
Well we may be pessimistic about an individual with no marketing experience expecting to get rich and quit his job next week after buying a guru product, it doesn't mean that we are pessimistic about anyone's ability to succeed if they use a fair, reasonable approach and are willing to build some sort of equity into their business. But you're right. It takes, long hours, and hard work -- there's no free ride, and you certainly aren't going to buy your way to success waving around a measly $100 bill. It just doesn't work that way.
Of course, we recognize that there are exceptions to the rule. But exceptions are not the norm.
Becky, I've read numerous posts by you on different forums, and I've seen you offer inspiration, goodwill, and great advice to those seeking it. There isn't anything negative or pessimistic about you. Anyone who would suggest such a thing, doesn't know what they are talking about.