James Smith presented a motivational seminar in Seattle, WA, in July of 2011. My husband attended and was very impressed. Mr. Smith used faith and the blessings he'd been given as a way to get the word out about his real estate company.
In August of 2011, we attended an M5 in Phoenix, AZ. Here, too, we heard about blessings and faith. We were so sure that the men and women presenting were being honest and understood our desire to work hard and reap the benefits we could while also being good stewards of any blessings we might be given through this adventure.
Just a week before the M5, we were contacted by Wealthrock (at the time, I believe it was still called James Smith Co.) about a special mentoring program. We were so hesitant....but the man kept talking about faith and blessings...we agreed to be mentored and paid more money than we had for the program.
The mentoring sessions did teach us things we didn't know, and we worked to put the new found information into practice, but it was very difficult. After 12 months of trying, we called Wealthrock and asked for an extension to our contract. They willingly gave us extra time and sessions with our mentor. They repeated their original promise from back at the M5, "We will not leave you until you've made the money you invest in our company back." We were still not skeptical; we truly trusted.
It's been 3 months since our mentor has called us, and he doesn't return emails. I've emailed Wealthrock more times than I can count, and finally looked at their website today - it's closed. A quick google search turned up my worst fears.
I feel like an idiot, as do most of Wealthrocks customers. But I'm especially sad that James Smith and his company used God and faith as their in. In shouldn't surprise me...we live in a sinful world. But our faith is our cornerstone; it makes my husband and I who we are. And it truly hurts to have been swindled. It hurts to know that we really weren't being good stewards of the financial gifts we'd been blessed with before James Smith came along.
I do wonder if Mr. Smith and his company believed what they were teaching. I really think they did. And I think it could have been a great success, but greed crept in. I suppose greed was part of our issue, too, though I'd like to think it wasn't. Again, we're sinful, and we make mistakes.
I'm more than willing to forgive, and I'd also like to see my money back.