an example of the "money blueprint" at work

My good friend Josh Hewett loaned me a book called, "Secrets of the Millionaire Mind" by T. Harv Eker. Since I'm not a millionaire, I figured there might be a tidbit or three in there that I could learn.

I'm not halfway through the book and today I experienced an example of what Eker calls the "money blueprint." The money blueprint is basically how one is programmed to handle money. It's like the firmware in your iPod or PS3. It's in there but it's not hardwired and can be changed if you know how to do it--or if the manufacturer sends an update, not an option with us humans though.

Through the site Craigslist (no relation, lol) I had contracted to buy a used Jump Stretch platform. If you don't know what that is, it's a metal plate with some fittings on the sides that allow you to attach jump stretch bands. In the end, it's not really that important what it was, only that I wanted it, the price was right and the seller agreed to sell it to me today.

Via email, we made arrangements to meet in his neighborhood--halfway across town from me-- at 8:30 pm. I got out there a little early so I called his number to let him know. There was no answer so I left a message. I waited at a nearby McDonald's and called again just after 8:30 pm. Still no answer. Maybe the seller got busy at work or maybe there was an accident, things happen. So I left.

When I got home I noticed that the seller had sent an email while I was away at work. The email said,

"I am sorry but someone offered me $100 for the base and I kind of need the $ if he doesn't pick it up I will let you know."

Huh. The selling price we had agreed to was $75. A couple thoughts ran through my mind:

He had my phone number and he could've called but probably wanted to avoid a confrontation.
He knew I wanted the platform and could've called to see if I wanted to get into a bidding war for it.

But I really couldn't stop wondering if the reason his financial crisis was so acute that the last $25 mattered was because his money blueprint drove him to be an irresponsible business person. How many other times had he reneged on a deal? How many times had he failed to see an opportunity to leverage demand? How many times had he simply avoided asking for the sale?

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