by Haris Quintana

Success stories have, for a long time, become a regular part of our culture thanks to their supposed motivational benefits. To many people, success stories are seen as “if they can do it, I can also do it” cases. They provide ideas, they can help motivate you and they might even encourage you to try something new. However, there’s a sinister motive behind many success stories and it’s important to identify the trap before you find yourself falling into it.

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The internet takes advantage of the gullible

From becoming a successful business owner to losing weight in under 24 hours, there are all kinds of ridiculous claims that people will make just to get attention. The claims are wild and there’s usually some proof that it works, such as a before-and-after image of someone losing weight or a bank balance photograph that shows someone making hundreds and thousands of dollars within just a week with their new business.

But it’s time to realize that these are fake and there’s virtually no chance that these could ever be real.

You see, the internet thrives on clickbait and outrageous claims because they get people talking and they get people interested. Even if you know that it’s probably a load of rubbish, you’re probably still going to click it anyway because there’s that very slight chance that there may be some truth to those success stories.

Unfortunately, this usually isn’t the case.

Success stories are, for the most part, malicious because they claim things that just aren’t true and they’ll eventually try to rope you in and get you to purchase something. This is completely normal for these clickbait titles and stories and you see them everywhere on the internet now. However, it’s important to realize that there are some ways to take advantage of these click bait articles, but you need to understand what these success stories can really mean for you.

What success stories can actually mean

There are plenty of success stories that can actually motivate you, especially if they aren’t asking for straight-up payment and the things they say actually makes sense. Take the Dan Doyle story as an example as a motivational story that can help you actually be more productive from the moment you read it. It’s not promising anything fake outrageous nor are the claims ridiculous.

Success stories can also be a way to help you understand what’s possible and what’s not, especially if they’re written by credible sources that are more than happy to speak with you instead of instantly selling a product. For example, there are many success stories written by entrepreneurs and business owners (potentially like you) that are shared on social media, community forums and message boards.

These are real people with real stories, not fabricated lies that are essentially advertisements for a product. If you want to be motivated by a success story, then look for the ones that are made by real people that you can interact with, not fake ones that promise you the world as long as you subscribe for $4.99 a month.