man smart, Women Smarter: Defining franchisee illness

carpentersWhen I was growing up, no one knew about eating disorders as a class of medical problems.

It was only through the suffering of many (mostly women) that society and the medical establishment has recognized things like bulemia nervosa and anorexia nervosa.

Karen Carpenter raised awareness by her death at age 32. Many psychiatric conditions are left untreated, women disproportionally between the two genders. You cannot treat a cluster of behaviours until it is defined.

I believe franchising failures are such a powerful, life-altering  force that it not only can, but predictably does, trigger serious illness.

The human body and psyche has limits and when those are exceeded, the mind/body systems deteriorate. These affects are usually acted out through major relationships as well as lack of sleep, danger to self/others, occupational adjustment problems, etc.

I have seen many franchise people who have had to deal with depression, violence and suicide.  I think the answer is to organize into a form of geographically-based chapters to keep touch with each other.

I think women are strong enough to do this type of work although I recognize that there are male partners that can help too. Everyone is busy but I think like other traumas, it’s often better dealt with in a peer-to-peer mode.

This is why I think a Partners in Franchising chapter should be formed.

Every human being requires security of person and a minimum economic stability. Without those basic conditions, your mental and physical health is damaged.

To be maintain mental health, you need:

  1. a job,
  2. a home and
  3. a friend.

Only the generous know that the helper receives much more than the “weaker one”. We regain our strength by helping others heal.

That’s how we are wired as humans. Only the deluded and those that profit from misery think otherwise.

Man Smart, Woman Smarter, Carpenters

Let us put man and woman together
And see which one is smarter
Some say men but I say no
The women got the men like a puppet show

Aint me, its the people they say
The men are leading the women astray
But I say, its the women today
Are smarter than the men in every way
Thats right! the women are smarter
Thats right! the women are smarter

A little boy sat down and cried
An old man passing asked him why
He said I cant do what the big boys do
Old man sat down and he cried, too

Repeat 2 x

4 Responses to man smart, Women Smarter: Defining franchisee illness

  1. Carol Cross says:

    I agree with you! Completely!

    But the “system” itself silences those who would and could speak up to save future prospective franchisees who will fall into “bloody franchise” waters and drown financially and emotionally.

    Those who still have some financial resources and want to fight are warned by their attorneys NOT to post and tell their story publicly for fear that the judge or the arbitrator will be unhappy and that the matter cannot then be settled.

    The deck is stacked in both arbitration and the courts because the franchisors are protected from charges of fraud, but the franchisees don’t find out until too late —-and this is often the second victimization of the franchisees who don’t understand that fraud has been enabled by government regulation.

    That is, if selling franchises without telling the buyer before finalizing the sale that a good percentage of the franchisees have failed and a good percentage of the franchisees have not earned any actual profits does constitutes common law fraud.

    How can we reach all of those who have gone down the tube who have faded away into silence and despair and those who have recovered and just want to forget t he whole thing?

    I think your new website or is it will do much to help amateur researchers, like me, throughout the world to understand that franchising has been pushed by the status quo to appear to be safe and rewarding self-employment and the negatives have been few and far in between times.

    Apparently, behind closed doors, this “ugly and unfair” business model is protected and rationalized as serving the greatest good of all of the special interests involved, i.e. the franchisors, the banks and the lenders, The American Bar Association, the Landlords, The Mall Developers, The Construction Industry, and the government, itself, elected and appointed, who get to tell the public that they are helping the small business owner, the heart of commercial success of the Republic.

    Are we fighting windmills, my friend?


  2. Les Stewart says:


    There are no windmills. We only owe a duty to try, not to succeed. For some reason this was put on our doorstep. Our responsibility is to do what we can and leave the result to Fate.

    Yes this beautiful mansion has become a whorehouse: no question. We can only do our part and do it the best we can. If we’re on the right path, others will be clearing the path, unknown to us. That’s what I took from Joe Campbell & Bill Moyers’ talks, anyway

    Row, row, row your boat
    Gently down the stream
    Merrily, merrily, merrily
    Life is but a dream or .com or .net — it doesn’t matter.



  3. Carol Cross says:

    But, how long will we “row, row, row, our boats” in a “river of blood” as says our friend, Bloody!

    I just wish Michael Moore or Andrea Huffington or someone who is followed by the public would really look into the Beast of Franchising and confront the beast!

    Are you getting any increased hits on Franchise Fool and your new website I still don’t understand how you can gather news articles and post them on this webcite. I know there was an article writen in the WSJ concerning the huge turnover and unprofitability of the UPS Store by Gibson a year or more ago, but how would one get that posted on your site?



  4. Les Stewart says:


    I post the articles on WikidFranchise although I do not own them. The journalists and media outlets know what I am doing but they don’t seem to mind.

    If you know of an article that is not on WikidFranchise, tell John Johnson and we’ll work to get it up (if it’s up to our standard).

    You’d make a great contributing editor while you’re waiting for M Moore or someone else to ride up to save the day.



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