I don’t often speak about my credit card business in the context of my LinkedIn work, and yes, this a LinkedIn blog, but it’s all a part of me, so here goes, and I’ll ask you to oblige me this once:

I successfully won a chargeback on a credit card sale of the video course I worked on with my business partner for speedier employment for recent college grads, using LinkedIn among other tools. Experience to share, but wait, there’s a speed bump….

In this saga it seems Dad thought he could trick the system:

  • get the video course for his son by purchasing it from his PC,
  • and we personally thanked him by email and
  • he replied via email that his son was excited to start our program, also on his PC and
  • then he claimed he never bought it to his credit card company and
  • he charged it back to us, and
  • then he closed the credit card. Think that’s a dead end? Nope.
  • what Dad didn’t know was he left cookie crumbs all along with his IP address in each of the above steps so I was able to document he had indeed purchased it, emailed us back to acknowledge the sale, and he also charged us back from the same IP address.

I made the case made with the cookie crumbs he left behind hm, with lots of icing.

Good things come to those who 1) prepare, 2) perspire, and 3) persevere. I don’t know about you, but I work for my revenue; it does not just come knocking at my door. And when I earn it and someone defrauds me, I fight like hell to get it back: for the money and for my own self-worth.

Moral of the story: as you work, you show why you know your craft, every time you practice it, you improve it every day, so staying visibly active will nurture those who recognize your value, rewarding you as much as you reward them back. Find ways to relate your work ethic in your LinkedIn profile by telling your why and having endorsers and recommenders tell how well you do your why.

Earn it.

That is, if you want to succeed and respect yourself.