Did you know: why the Wizard warned Dorothy to 'pay no attention to the man behind the curtain'? Similar to con-men, the Wizard created an illusion of power in-order to maintain his control over others. He knew, had Dorothy exposed the truth about his wizardry he would be powerless.
There are three primary elements to all criminal behavior: motive, opportunity, & justification. While we can do little to eliminate motive or justification because those are traits of the psyche, we can however control opportunity by the choices we make. When we simply make smart and practical choices that are based upon truth and fact 'opportunity' is greatly diminished and in many situations eliminated.
How did an insurance company lose $300,000 in paid but unearned commissions to a new sales-agent who wrote more than a 1000 policies in under 90 days? How did a number of printing companies, over a decade, lose millions to a Canadian Con-Man that specifically targeted U.S. printers because they were seen as 'easy targets'? And how did Madoff manage to go undetected by the authorities for decades while running the largest Ponzi scheme in US history?
All these victims relinquished their control over 'opportunity' by falling for the wizard's illusion of big profits and they were blinded by fraud and chicanery.
Had the insurance company been more like the Scarecrow after he found his brain, they would have understood the statistical improbability of a newly licensed agent's ability to write in excess one-hundred (or more) policies each day, for 90 consecutive days. With just a little more thought the agent's scheme would have failed making him evil, flying monkey prey!
'When a man's an empty kettle he should be on his mettle' sang the Tin Man to Dorothy when they first met. She was a stranger, and he had a goal: he was really thinking 'can she help me find a heart' or 'is she in my way?' Imagine! Had the printers accepted this same logic they could have saved themselves from huge financial losses, but sadly, many instead, fell forever asleep in the Poppy Field having believed the customer's hocus-pocus!
Had Madoff's victims been more courageous like the cowardly lion after he found his courage they would have simply thrown water on Madoff and watch him slowly melt, melt away into obscurity and without their money!
So what lesson did Dorothy learn in Oz that can help you?
Always have the courage to look, despite fear of loss, because what you ultimately see may save you from disaster!
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