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The 8 Lies Told by “the Secret” Exposed

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is a 90-minute DVD and a 200-page book which is a transcription of the DVD with additional content. The Secret claims to reveals for the first time all the pieces to achieve success. The Secret was released in 2006 and has become a worldwide craze. By March 2007, the DVD had sold 1.5 million copies and 3.75 million copies of the book were in print. This article has been written to correct the misguided advice of The Secret. The developers of book and video The Secret are much like the dishonest trader in the following story who took advantage of the Blackfeet tribe of American Indians. The story goes as follows:

A trader went to a certain Indian nation to dispose of a stock of goods. Among other things he had a quantity of gunpowder. The Indians traded for his clothes, hats, axes, beads and other things, but would not take the powder saying: “We do not wish for the powder; we have plenty.” The trader did not like to carry all the powder back to this camp, so he thought he would play a trick on the Indians, and induce them to buy it. Going to an open piece of ground near the Indian camp he dug up the soft, rich soil; then mixing a quantity of onion seed with his powder he began to plant it.

The Indians were curious to know what he was doing, and stood by greatly interested. “What are you doing?” said one. “Planting gunpowder,” replied the trader. “Why do you plant it?” inquired another. “To raise a crop of powder. How could I raise it without planting?” said the trader. “Do you not plant corn in the ground?” “And will gunpowder grow like corn?” exclaimed half a dozen at once. “Certainly it will,” said the trader. “Did you not know it? As you do not want my powder, I thought I would plant it and raise a crop which I could gather and sell to the Crows.” Now the Crows were another tribe of Indians which was always at war with this tribe (the Blackfeet). The idea of their enemies having a large supply of powder increased the excitement, and one of the Indians said; “Well, well, if we can raise powder like corn, we will buy your stock and plant it.” But some of the Indians thought best to wait, and see if the seed would grow. So the trader agreed to wait a few days.

In about a week the tiny sprouts of the onion seed began to appear above the ground. The trader, calling the Indians to the spot, said; “You see now for yourselves. The powder already begins to grow, just as I told you it would.” The fact that some small plants appeared where the trader had put the gunpowder was enough to convince the Indians. Every one of them became anxious to raise a crop of gunpowder. The trader sold them his stock, in which there was a large mixture of onion seeds (which it closely resembles) at a very high price and then left. From this time the Indians gave no attention to their corn crop. If they could raise gunpowder they would be happy.1

Just as the trader lied to the Indians and promised a gunpowder harvest to get the Indians’ money so do the creators of The Secret profit from the selling of lies which produce false hope and the illusion of happiness. The trader mixed in onion seed to give the illusion of growth and to mask his lies. Likewise, the most convincing lies taught in The Secret are masked by the slight addition of truth. By following the advice of the trader, the Indians were much worse off. They had less money because they had spent it on gunpowder seed and no corn because they neglected their corn crops. Equally, those who follow the advice of The Secret will ultimately be worse off.

Lie 1: “Whatever the mind . . . can conceive it can achieve.”2

The story of the Blackfeet continues that the Indians finally realized they had been cheated when they harvested onions rather than gunpowder. If we looked at this outcome through the lens of The Secret’s teachings, we could assume that the Indians should have had a great gunpowder harvest because they really thought and believed that gunpowder would grow. Why then did the gunpowder not grow even when the Indians strongly believed? It was because the growth of gunpowder was not based on truth. The Secret preaches that positive mental attitude can achieve anything. The teachers of “the secret” would invite the Indians to a seminar and tell them to think more positively. They would convincingly lead the Indians to feel that with more belief and hope onion seeds would surely grow gunpowder. The Indians would also be taught that if they don’t succeed at growing gunpowder, it would be their own fault for not having enough belief and hope.

A powerful illustration of the long-term effect of the belief that “whatever the mind…can conceive it can achieve” can be found in the study of various prison camps “. . . where everyday human nature, stripped bare, can be studied under a magnifying glass of accelerated time. Lessons spotlighted and absorbed in that laboratory sharpen one’s eye for their abstruse but highly relevant applications in the ‘real time’ world of now.”3

The following account of a prisoner in a Nazi prison camp during World War II illustrates the devastating effects of false hope and false expectation which will be created if one practices “the secret.” In February 1945, a fairly well-known composer in the camp believed that on March 30th he would be liberated and his sufferings ended. He was “full of hope and convinced his dream would be right. But as the day drew nearer, the war news which reached our camp made it appear very unlikely that we would be free on the promised date. On March 29th, [the composer] became ill and ran a high temperature. On March 30th . . . he became delirious and lost consciousness. On March 31st, he was dead.”4

The Secret is dangerous because it will eventually break people. It promotes believing and doing things based on false teaching, just like planting gunpowder. Then when there is no success, blame is placed on the person instead of the false teaching. Just as a false belief in the prison camps of a rescue by a certain date will eventually break and kill the prisoner when it doesn’t come to pass, so also the setting of goals and positive thinking not based on truth will eventually break the goal setter when the goals are not achieved.

The authors of “the secret” teach that we should ignore the facts and place our hopes and expectations on anything our minds can think of. This process creates a false world of fantasy. The student is also to pretend bad things do not happen or to dissociate from them so they don’t have to deal with the bad or negative. The end result in the prison camp was repeated disappointment and eventual death. The results of applying “the secret” in other aspects of life will be much the same: repeated disappointment, self blame, and eventual death of our ambitions.

Lie 2: You can defy the laws of nature with your thoughts.

The Secret claims, “The law responds to your thoughts, no matter what they may be.”5 The law of attraction as taught by The Secret is false because it teaches that you can defy the laws of nature with your thoughts. For example, The Secret teaches, “Food is not responsible for putting on weight. It is your thought that food is responsible for putting on weight that actually has food put on weight. . . Food cannot cause you to put on weight unless you think it can.”6 This is as absurd as saying, “You will only die of dehydration if you think you will. If you think you can live months without water you can.”

The false claim of weight loss from thinking that is found in The Secret greatly appeals to many because it requires no work, no exercise, and allows you to eat what ever you want and as much as you want. This misguided hope is illustrated in a comic where a woman seeing an ad reading, “Eat chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner and lose weight,” replies, “Finally, a diet that makes sense.” The problem is that just like the chocolate cake diet, “the secret” doesn’t work.

The Secret teaches, “Beliefs about aging are all in our minds. . . You can think your way to the perfect state of health . . . and eternal youth.”7 I guess now that millions have learned this secret, that morticians had better start looking for a different line of work because people are going to stop aging and dying.

The Secret also teaches, “It takes no time for the Universe to manifest what you want. . . Any time delay you experience is due to your delay in getting to the place of believing, knowing, and feeling that you already have it.”8 According to The Secret, a seed only takes four months to grow to harvest or a tree only takes years to grow tall because you think it does. If you think it will grow instantly, it will.

The Secret’s formula for getting out of debt is just as ridiculous as it’s formula for weight loss. You simply have to change your thinking by saying to yourself “‘I can afford that. I can buy that.’ . . . Say it over and over.”9 The truth is that the attitude that you can buy and afford everything you see and want will in reality create more debt as people make purchases on credit without the financial backing. Saying you can afford it doesn’t make it so. Oh, I forget, “the secret” is that purchasing things on credit will create debt only if I think it will.

Lie 3: All of life’s struggles are a result of your thoughts.

Why didn’t God create a world where pain and suffering wasn’t necessary? Wouldn’t life be better if there were no adversity, pain or opposition? The Secret teaches the following, “Up until now you may have been thinking that life is hard and a struggle, and so by the law of attraction you will have experienced life as hard and a struggle. Begin right now to shout to the universe, ‘Life is so easy!’”10

Given the two scenarios below, which of the two schools would you prefer to attend?

School #1

You are required to study and work. Your grade is based on performance, so some will get A’s and others will fail. Only those who fulfill the requirements will earn a degree. It is challenging and at times painful.

School #2

You must take tests, but all the tests are multiple choice. “C” is always the correct answer. You are required to answer “C” for each question, and everyone who takes the test receives a perfect score. Everyone receives a degree and graduates with a perfect 4.0 GPA. It is easy. It is free from work, pain and struggle.

When I have posed these two options at various Universities, the majority of the students will choose School #2. I will then ask, “How many would like to have a surgery performed by a graduate of School #2?” Obviously, no hands are raised. If such a medical school existed, everyone would graduate with a perfect score and a medical degree. They could be called doctor, but learning the necessary skills of surgery would not have been achieved, thus the diploma from such an institution would be worthless. Work, pain, struggle, and failure are part of the necessary education process to produce an individual with the specialized skills of a surgeon.

When work, pain, and suffering are taken out of school, the purpose of school is defeated. Likewise, if God created a world where no pain or suffering were necessary, it would defeat the purpose of life. Life was not designed to be an existence of endless bliss. Life was designed to create greatness in each of us. C. S. Lewis stated, “The command Be ye perfect is not idealistic gas. Nor is it a command to do the impossible. He is going to make us into creatures that can obey that command . . . [God] will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into . . . a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine, a bright stainless mirror which reflects back to God perfectly (though, of course, on a smaller scale) His own boundless power and delight and goodness. The process will be long and in parts very painful; but that is what we are in for. Nothing less. He meant what He said.”11

The Secret falsely claims that you can eliminate all pain, suffering, work and adversity by changing your thinking.

Lie 4: “Like Aladdin’s Genie, the law of attraction grants our every command.”12

The Secret teaches, “It’s like having the Universe as your catalog. You flip through it and say, ‘I’d like to have this experience and I’d like to have that product and I’d like to have a person like that.’ It is you placing your order with the Universe. It’s really that easy. . . You get to choose what you want . . . you can have, be or do anything, and there are no limits.”13 According to The Secret, if you want to be a mermaid, and live under water, simply ask the Universe and like a Genie, it will turn you into a mermaid. In the scores of biographies I have read, I have yet to find a person, who is not a cartoon, whose success formula was a genie.

Lie 5: No work required—the Universe does all the work for you.

The Secret teaches, “How it will happen, how the Universe will bring it to you, is not your concern or job. Allow the Universe to do it for you. When you are trying to work out how it will happen, you are emitting a frequency that contains a lack of faith—that you don’t believe. . . The how is not your part in the Creative Process. . . If you are in action to try and make it happen, you have slipped backward.”14

The Secret not only teaches that action and work are not required but that they are bad because it shows a lack of belief and faith in the Universe to do it for you. The Secret book and video claim that Thomas Edison’s and the Wright Brother’s success came as a result of using “the secret.”15 A simple look at the life of Thomas Edison and the Wright Brothers clearly illustrates they did not practice “the secret.” Thomas Edison taught, “I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work.” His biographies reveal an incredible work ethic, often working 16 hours a day.16

The Wright Brothers’ biography also reveals an action plan and a great deal of work to make their dreams a reality. In 1899, they began their flight experiments. Over the next four years, the Wright Brothers performed thousands of tests, experiments and flights. In 1901, they created the world’s first wind tunnel and tested over 200 different wing shapes 17 and just in the months of September and October 1902 they made 700-1,000 glides.18 After 4 years of work, on December 17, 1903, Orville, age 32, and Wilber, age 36, achieved their dream of a controlled, powered flight.

According to The Secret, farmers are doing it all wrong. The physically demanding labor and long hours are simply unnecessary. Farmers only need to think about and ask for a harvest and the Universe will plant it, water it, weed it, harvest it, and put the product into a barn that the Universe built for him. Ask a farmer what would really happen with this business plan.

Lie 6: “Your job is You . . . It is imperative that you tend to You first. Attend to your joy first.”19

The Secret teaches, “What’s really important to the whole Secret is feeling good . . . Sacrifice does not feel good . . . Sacrifice will eventually lead to resentment . . . Many people have sacrificed themselves for others, thinking when they sacrifice themselves they are being a good person. Wrong! . . . If it ain’t fun, don’t do it! . . . If it doesn’t feel good, then let it go . . . The only thing you need to do is feel good now.”20 If Satan wrote a book, I am sure he would cite these passages from The Secret. Abiding by such a selfish rule as “tend to You first” will result in neglected children and spouses and in the rapid degradation of families, communities and nations.

“Tend to You first” is the opposite of the words of Jesus Christ who taught, “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”21 The more you make the fulfillment of your needs your target, the further from the bull’s eye you will get. True fulfillment of your needs cannot be obtained by direct pursuit. True fulfillment of your needs will come as a result of your personal dedication to God and the service of others.

Lie 7: Truth is relative.

The Secret teaches, “You have nothing to do but convince yourself of the truth which you desire to see manifested . . . When you conceive something in your mind, know it is a fact . . . Whatever you choose is right.”22 According to The Secret, truth is whatever you think it is. The irrational nature of this idea is illustrated by the following paraphrased dialog of the ancient Greek philosophers Protagoras and Socrates.

PROTAGORAS: Truth is relative, it is only a mater of opinion.

SOCRATES: You mean that truth is mere subjective opinion?

PROTAGORAS: Exactly. What is true for you is true, and what is true for me, is true for me. Truth is subjective.

SOCRATES: Do you really mean that? That my opinion is true by virtue of it being my opinion?

PROTAGORAS: Indeed I do.

SOCRATES: My opinion is: Truth is absolute, not opinion, and that you, Mr. Protagoras, are absolutely in error. Since this is my opinion, then you must grant that it is true according to your philosophy.

PROTAGORAS: You are quite correct, Socrates.23

Just as there are truths which govern nature, such as gravity, there are also truths which govern our happiness, peace and prosperity. It is by learning and living these truths that we experience true joy and peace. The Savior said in relation to truth, “If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.”24 If we are committed to anything other than the principles of truth, we will ultimately be unsuccessful. No matter how genuine one’s belief may be in a falsity, it will not change that falsity into truth.

Lie 8: Your mind is the Creator.

The Secret teaches, “Your mind is the creative power of all things. . . Your ability to think is unlimited, and so the things you can think into existence are unlimited. . . We are the creators not only of our own destiny but also of the Universe . . . Every beautiful thing [earth, ocean, birds, sun, stars] . . . None of it can exist, without You . . . You are the master of the Universe.”25 According to The Secret, a person’s achievements are a result of their mind with no honor or credit given to God or others who helped in their achievements. Again, if Satan wrote a book, I am sure he would cite these passages from The Secret.

The truth is God is the Creator and Master of all. The first verse of the Bible reads, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”26 The New Testament says of Jesus Christ, “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”27 The teachings of The Secret would lead you to believe that you are the master of the Universe. Believing that “success is a result of your mind” will create the vices of pride, selfishness, and ungratefulness. The reality is that once we realize our total dependence on God and believe that all we have and are is a gift from Him, the virtues of humility, generosity, and gratitude will fill our hearts, minds, and souls. Only then will success and happiness be manifest in our lives.

Conclusion

The ideas taught by The Secret can be summarized by this false statement found at the beginning of the final chapter of the book. It reads, “There is no blackboard in the sky on which God has written your purpose, your mission in life . . . So your purpose is what you say it is. Your mission is the mission you give yourself. Your life will be what you create it as, and no one will stand in judgment of it now or ever.”28 The teachings of The Secret are false and the author is the devil, who is “the father of all lies.”29 The Secret is Satan’s counterfeit of true success principles. Teaching via secrets is the methods of Satan. In contrast, when asked about His doctrines, “Jesus answered . . . in secret have I said nothing.”30

Unfortunately, many will believe the lies of The Secret because of its illusion of ease. The Secret may include slivers of truth, but they are coupled with grand lies. Following The Secret will provide temporary and false hope and the illusion of happiness, but the end result will be disappointment and despair. The result of following the teachings of The Secret will not be success, but misery. We must be careful to avoid the allure of The Secret and its vicious cycle of false hope as well as the eventually breaking of our body and spirit.

© 2007 Cameron C. Taylor. All Rights Reserved. www.DoesYourBagHaveHoles.org

End Notes

1 Norman Wood, Lives of Famous Indian Chiefs, Aurora, IL: American Indian Historical Publishing Company, 1906, p. 704-706

2 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 95

3 Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale, A Vietnam Experience, (Stanford, CA, Hoover Press, 1984) p. 28

4Victor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, (New York: Pocket Books, 1984) p. 96

5 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 7

6 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 59

7 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 131

8 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 68, 63

9 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 102

10 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 41

11 C.S Lewis, Mere Christianity, (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996) p. 176

12 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 68

13 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 48, 47

14 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 51, 55

15 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. ix, 82

16 Harold C. Livesay, American Made, (New York : Pearson-Longman, 2007) p. 122

17 Academic American Encyclopedia, (Princeton, NJ: Arete Publishing Co., 1980) p. 212

18 “Wright Brothers”, Wikipedia. Retrieved December 7, 2006, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wright_brothers

19 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 119

20 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 85, 108, 118, 178, 179, 184

21 Matthew 6:33, King James Version

22 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 144, 169, 184

23 William S. Sahakian, Mabel Lewis Sahakian, Ideas of the Great Philosophers, (New York: Barnes & Noble Books, 1993) p. 28

24 John 13:17, King James Version

25 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 148, 175, 183

26 Genesis 1:1, King James Version

27 John 1:3, King James Version

28 Rhonda Byrne, The Secret, (New York: Atria Books, 2006) p. 177

29 John 8:44, Contemporary English Version

30 John 18:20, King James Version

Cameron C. Taylor
http://www.articlesbase.com/self-help-articles/the-8-lies-told-by-the-secret-exposed-138776.html



Managing Dental Practices: Doctor Reveals How He Promotes His Dental Practices

In this article, a doctor (our client at Dentist Profits) reveals how he is managing his dental practices. He will share to you the many ways and strategies on how to promote your practice as you are managing your dental practices. And this is something that we focus specifically at our managing dental practices website!

How our client is managing his dental practices:

In managing my dental practices, I developed systems that I leverage and tweak everyday. One is that for our Christmas event, we held this year a program called “Knock-Out Kid’s Cavities”. It was a cavity screening and I did it with the DIAGNOdent laser off-site to a bunch of Hispanic lower income area at a zoo. We screened like a thousand patients in just one day… and it was crazy! It was kind of those medical tours or things where you do a bunch of attractions and you donate time in Guatemala. We just had something like that, and we just had them lined up. They were all there for this “studio” thing, and then as a second bonus they got to see the dentist and the patients were a bunch of kids and the parents loved it, and basically it tied in very well with the “knocking out of kids cavities”. And then I got a letter from Sta. Ana, talking about the event. And so this letter goes into a book that I have created for my dental practices… and so this is a kind of leveraging for the things that I do in our office.

As for the book that I have mentioned, it is made inspired with the “Navigator”. For the cover, I had the idea from Dr. Dolson… and I used it (that’s what the navigator’s all about; it’s all about the sharing of ideas and using those ideas in managing your dental practices). In Dr. Dolson’s original format, he paid some nice graphic artist to do something fancy. Then I “stole” it, leveraged it, milked it, put in my patients, put it on the cover of my book… and I had all my stacks and photos and all the cases that I’ve been doing through the years put into it. You know, if you’re into dentistry as much as I am, I’m sure every doctor in here has that stuff laying around, and it shouldn’t be sitting in the back of the office or on the computer! You need to set up a little book, and just constantly having your testimonials and all those things from your patients. As for testimonials, I got a bunch of them. For me, I do mine in different styles. We have snail-mail testimonials, handwritten testimonials, e-mail testimonials (which I sent one to Ed)… and to top all of that, I also have a website that leverages all of the testimonials.

In managing my dental practices, I did the phenomenal health show that’s another new thing that I did since the last Super Conference. We had a system set up where we can go in and become the expert! In here, we made commercials where I spent $75.00 for half an hour. So that’s a pretty good amount of time on cable access. What I’m doing is that I’m leveraging that in the office. This thing is on the loop 24/7! Another thing is that I write dental letters, send it out and have people send it to their friends. Then I give them a $5.00 gas card if they e-mail me back with any feedback. And what I’m doing is all of a sudden I’m getting all these stuff and this isn’t costing me a cent (other than the initial investment). So this is my favorite one.

In managing my dental practices, Ed always tell me this: “You need to identify what it is that’s working for you”. And I say that this is what’s working for me! I just do these unique activities…. and I enjoy it as it really works for me in my dental practices!

Ed O’Keefe



Am I getting taken advantage of in my part of a start up mobile dental service provider?

I am the dentist in this small business that me and a lab guy that used to make my dentures at a previous place of employment. Here is a summery of how it played out.

I worked for a mobile dental company. Not too many of these types of dentists out there doing this, so I gained a bit of knowledge in how to provide that type of dentistry. What supplies are more important, how to approach walking in to a new nursing home (which is primarily what we see), what challenges to be aware of when treating a more medically compromised patient, what type of assistant makes the best mobile dental assistant, and several other keys pieces of info when doing what I do.
That company and I got to a point where we no longer got along, and lets just say we divorced. I called the guy that ran the denture lab that I had used rile at the company the previous 4 years because I knew he still made dentures for another guy that opened his own mobile dental service in another region of the state. I have NO INTEREST in owning my own business and knowing the field well and having be very successful at doing that type of dentistry I figured it would be a perfect fit. When I called the lab guy, he told me he had always dreamed of owning a company that managed different doctors that either temped or were placed permanently, and that he was interested in starting a mobile practice with me being the sole dentist at start up and the main dentist when it expanded. We agreed on a % that was on average what a first year graduate would make, because of the way we had to file Medicaid reimbursement, which takes up to a year to be paid and that only starts the time clock after treatment is completed. Being a start up business I wanted to make an effort to show my part of being a team player. He has made several mentions of ideas of how I would be rewarded handsomely in the future for doing such a thing. Now we have been doing it for about 6 months, and in that time, a few things have done all the way from shocked me to hurting my feelings, to leaving me feeling like a $2 whore in a third world country. To name a few of these-1) not listening to my advice on how frequently each patient is scheduled. We are much more successful than we anticipated and it is causing my promises to patients already started to become s. I say I will be back for the next step in the treatment in 3 weeks only to make it back 2 months later because I have sooooo many new patients and the company doesn’t want to upset a new client. 2) Ignoring my suggestions on the qualities an assistant should have or what type of material to order, only to learn the hard way that I knew what I was talking about to start with. I feel like I am setting myself up to build up this company in which I have no ownership in, by seeing all these new patients (which by the way pays very little compared to making somebody a denture which I have started over 40 cases but cant make it back in a timely manor to finish so I am not paid for that service yet) and doing so at a rate that is normal to pay a first year graduate when I have 11 years experience with 5 of those doing mobile dentistry. Then when it comes time to follow up with the things discussed back when we were forming this thing, I could be replaced by another less experienced dentist that they can then teach what I have taught them. Please don’t state the obvious. I know that I am not the most highly skilled business man alive. I am a dentist and that is what I do know. I never had a job before being a dentist so I have no skills with business, and no desire to learn at 41 years old. What is your advice? Am I being a cry baby or do I have legitimate complaints. When I do vent my concerns I feel that they say what it takes to settle me down but never follow up with what they said. It is my license that we are operating under. It is my ass if a patient decides to sue. I am at risk for them and the learning curve of dentistry alone not to mention mobile dentistry. Please help.
PS- I have a contract that was claimed to be very vague so we could make it more appropriate at a later date, but my faith in their word is fading fast.

If you came to us as a potential client we would want to know a few things up front. Main one is HOW are you being reimbursed for your services. Do you get a paycheck (with taxes withheld) or are you paid as an Independent Contractor (no taxes withheld)?

If you are paid as an employee (taxes withheld, etc.) then YOUR EMPLOYER has the right to dictate your schedule and hours. If you are a contractor, then generally YOU decide. However, you may be being paid as a PARTNER (an owner of the business). However, if there is not a formal Partnership Agreement filed with your name and SSN and ownership percentage listed then you are not "officially" an owner.

Since it is your license that allows the operation to continue you REALLY need to form your own business and start making the decisions regarding your actual practice yourself. You can hire someone to perform the office administration tasks (the actions a business owner would normally perform). Look for an individual Bookkeeper in your area that might be willing to handle all the regulatory filing duties. YOU can still make decisions based on their proposals. It’s really not that hard.

But, YES, to answer your actual question…you ARE being taken advantage of!

G’Luck…

Mike Womack, Sr. Partner
Zero Degrees Tax LLP
Moore, OK



Here are some tips for boot (Marines)?

Ok, I’ve been seeing the recruiters are still not telling enlistees very much (had the same problem). I went to boot late 2008 early 2009 so i’ll do my best to help. Every platoon/company is different as far as how they do things. Also this will probably help for other branches, Also if anyone else has tips feel free to put them down.

1. First off dont do drugs before leaving!!! I know this sounds like common since tip but at boot we had 3 people drop from popping on the drug test. They might tell you in the first 2 weeks if your lucky, we had someone drop 5-6 weeks into training. Dont try getting away with it, you wont.

2. Learn your general orders out of order, meaning you should know them if I ask you whats your 5th general order, whats your 2nd general order, whats your 8th general order. You will be in the sand pit alot less if you do so.

3. Dont go to medical unless you have too, you can only miss two PT days a month. Only go if you feel like you really need to, not for a damn headache.

4. STUDY! You have different phases at boot camp, each one you have a test for that you have to pass. Study during free time, this will help. The D.I will work with you guys to help you guys pass, as much as you think they want you to go home, they want you to succeed.

5. STRETCH/Hydrate- Every chance you get do so, they claim you can drink water whenever you want, this is not true. Honestly, you dont get much time to hydrate, so when you do get the chance drink up. Stretch during free time, when you hit the rack and the D.I is in his "house" stretch in your rack, look up different stretches online and your D.I will show you some also.

6. If you dont know how to swim, learn now. If your not a good swimmer, start practicing. Swim week is hell for those that arent good swimers. Go to a local pool and tred water and just swim laps, you will be doing different strokes in full gear in the pool (camies, boots, pack, m16).

7. Learn how to speak before leaving, there were many recruits that didnt learn how to speak properly for weeks into training. What I mean by this is, speak third person (this recruit request permission to speak to drill instructor sir). Look up online for tips

8. Do not look your drill instructors in the eyes, look above their eyes slightly in the center. This sounds dumb but you will be chewing sand if you look them in the eyes.

9. Learn the M16a2 service rifle, just go online and look at charts. You will have rifle week but it will help to have some knowledge before hand.

10. Your not wearing a hat, its a cover.

11. Start learning your ranking structures now, private, pfc, lance corporal ext…. The way we learned at boot and it helped was saying E-2= PFC One strip up, E-5=Sergeant 3 stripes up cross rifles in the center

12. Its all mental, dont be a suicide/gay case alright? Its going to suck, your going to be yelled at like you’ve never been yelled at before. They will make you feel worse then you ever felt in your life, but once you finish a day at boot you will feel more accomplished than you ever have before. As much as you think you will be ready for boot, you wont be. Its alot to take in, but you will get use to the life style after a while. If you have any questions feel free to message me
haha, No I’m not POG.

good thing weve got salt dogs like you to spread the word to those not motivated enough to learn it on their own.
‘pain retains’ must be old corps now i guess.

and a newsflash for the 03 humpalot boot
there are far more marines behind you making sure you have your beans and bullets and youre effective downrange than there are self-described triggerpullers. i know grunts with one deployment and no decorations asides from ‘hey ive been here’ medals, and ‘pogues’ with a star on their CAR and Vs on their NAMs.



Should I forget about dating/marrying a doctor because their schedules are so incredibly hard to work around?

I’ve been seeing this doctor who is absolutely everything I want in a man (maybe he could work on his wardrobe and domestic sense but those are things I can totally help him with). He’s tall, handsome, smart, sweet, commitment-minded, adores me and tells me how beautiful I am all the time. He’s such a genuine person I feel I can totally trust him as well. However, he’s a 2nd year resident and his schedule is BANANAS!! I see him only once/month, if that, but I’m not needy and I date others so I don’t press him for time. He claims it will get better once he completes his residency but I’m thinking not. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with this? Does it, in fact, get better once he starts to practice outside of his residency as a real doctor?

When I first started dating my boyfriend, he was starting his third and last year of residency. I can honestly tell you that it was hard because he didn’t have the time for me like other guys would. I didn’t know if he was serious about me or if he really was that busy. I can tell you now that the life of a resident is absolutely hectic and they really are that busy. You have to go out and occupy yourself with other things to do instead of sitting around waiting for him to call. It also helps if you know some other people who are also dating a resident and are going through the same things as you are.

It does in fact get better once he completes his residency but then again it also depends on what kind of medicine he is in and if he’s going to pursue a fellowship afterwards. I know my boyfriend’s schedule will become hectic once again when he starts his fellowship next year but we love each other and we’ll make it work. I’m sure that if you truly love him, everything will work out for the better. You just have to be patient and understanding of his schedule now because things will get better. Good luck!



What percent should I charge to market a medical practice?

I will be hired at a salary, and the "commission" will help augment my earnings.

That depends on how good you are at sales. Assuming you are inexperienced (otherwise you would know what % to charge), See what they offer you as base. Can you live on that? Don’t fall for a proposition where most of your compensation will be based on commission. This is simply a way for companies to reduce their risk.




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