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The Big Investment Lie by Michael Edesess

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14Effective Pitches to Sell the Big Lie

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When I was a teenager, I had an experience that was very valuable even though I would never dream of doing anything like it again.

I was a door-to-door salesman. I sold magazine subscriptions. Almost everyone has had a magazine subscription salesperson come to the door. It’s often a young person, someone in high school or college. It was hard work, but educational and financially rewarding. In one of my summers of magazine sales, I contributed from my earnings about $1,800 in today’s dollars to my college education. I was proud of it.

But it was a very strange experience. It was not, I think, a good ...

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