Since I started my company, two years ago, and took on President as my title it seems that I have been entered into a database of the Elite that every single investment company across the country uses. It’s funny, I don’t feel elite, my house doesn’t look elite, my cars say Toyota, my dinners are not caviar and fillet mignon, and my bank account (pausing for laughter……) certainly isn’t elite. The calls that I have been receiving are from investment companies that want me to invest in oil drilling expeditions. The first time I received this type of call I listened to what the person had to say and was quite interested with the information he gave me. After he was finished with his rant I asked him to send me some more information on this opportunity . He kindly explained to me that before anything could be sent out I would have to qualify for the investment. He had me on the first question, “Do you have long term assets of FIVE MILLION DOLLARS or more, I said no do you? He laughed and then asked me if I had current assets over TWO MILLION DOLLARS? Ah ha, I said hold on let me check my lottery ticket……( I actually had him on hold for an entire minute) NOPE. Sorry sir, you don’t qualify for this specific type of investment. Before he hung up I asked him to keep me in mind for future opportunities. I receive about 3-4 of these phone calls every month but instead of hearing them out I just tell them that I won’t qualify.
I’ve decided to keep a list complete with names and telephone numbers of all the brokers that call me with the same type of oil investment opportunity. The next time I receive a phone call asking me to invest in their expedition I will tell them that I don’t qualify, but that I have a friend that does. I will proceed to give them one of the names from the list.