I’m an avid scuba diver and have traveled extensively participating in the sport. One of the places I’ve been fortunate to visit is the Great Barrier Reef off the coast of Australia. On more than one of my many dives I encountered the Crown of Thorns Starfish, a plague that is threatening the natural habitat for many of the smaller reef fish.
Photo courtesy of and 1997 Jeff Jeffords (Thanks Jeff!)
What does this have to do with Search Entrepreneurs, Career Agents Network and the newest evil, Zeal Sales? Let me describe the Crown of Thorns Starfish in greater detail.
The Crown of Thorns Starfish is a coral predator. It destroys the coral reefs, depriving endemic species like the Clown Fish, Blue Chromis, and others from their nature shelter and home. A hungry starfish climbs up on the coral and pulls its stomach out of its mouth with its feeder tubes. They have thousands of these feeder tubes, each ending with a little suction cup. The tubes pass the stomach from one to the next until the huge yellow stomach is spread out over the coral. Then the stomach bastes the live coral with acidic digestive juices. The cells of the stomach slurp up the bits of dissolving coral. When the starfish has cleaned the coral down to the white calcium carbonate skeleton, it sucks in its stomach and creeps away. Nothing of value is left.
The two organizations in operation, Search Entrepreneurs and Zeal Sales are the Crown of Thorns Starfish among business opportunity seekers. They slither up on top of the budding home-based business person, promise them the riches of the sea, then wrap their greedy yellow stomach around their 20-50,000 dollars and rapidly digest it. The only thing left in the wake of this destruction are broken homes, bankruptcies, and the bleached bones of what was promised.