Are You a Volkswagen or a Ferrari?

In this week’s Success Newsletter, I would like to pose the question “Are you a Volkswagen or a Ferrari?” and explain how that relates to our deeper beliefs about our self-worth and the way we let people treat us.

First a quick update:

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Now, let’s talk about your self-worth: Are you a Volkswagen or a Ferrari?

Recently, I was speaking with a friend who asked me for some advice. Amanda had met a man to whom she was very attracted and they had been dating but soon he stopped returning her text messages and calls. Without blinking, I responded with “You slept with him, didn’t you?”

With a look of surprise, Amanda said ‘Yes. Why?’

“How long had you been dating?”

‘Three weeks.’

“There’s your answer.”

‘Three weeks isn’t a long time?’ Amanda said with a look of bewilderment.

Before I reveal the rest of our conversation and some other interesting aspects to Amanda’s story, I would also like to share a comment from a reader on my blog, Peggy:

“I’ve hooked up with this man a few times within the last year. A relationship did not develop any further than that. However, I do like this man more than as a “hook-up buddy” or even booty call. A mutual friend of ours said recently to me that he would like to start fresh and feels terrible for how he’s treated me in the past as just a woman he’s slept with. Does this mean he’s implying an actual relationship with me to begin, or could he be just all talk, feeling guilty so he has to say that?”

Peggy speaks about the man feeling terrible or guilty for the way he treated her, but this is not the point at all. The way he feels is completely irrelevant to the way he has been treating her.


What matters is the way Peggy and Amanda allowed themselves to be treated in the first place.

I said to Amanda, “Are you a Volkswagen or a Ferrari? Do you know why men want a Ferrari? Not because it is fast or sleek or has a beautiful design. No. Men pine for a Ferrari because it is hard to get. They have to work hard to get it and when something is hard to get, it becomes valuable; extremely valuable.”

“Amanda, are you valuable? Are you a Volkswagen or a Ferrari? If you want to be valued and respected, then act like a Ferrari. And if you were a Ferrari you wouldn’t just let anyone drive or ride it would you? No. You would carefully choose who sits in it; you would carefully choose its driver. If this man truly wanted to be with you, to date you, then he would wait and work at it. But you made it so easy that now he thinks anyone can have you.”

Now, bear with me, because there is more to this story.

What Amanda had also told me was that she also found out that this man had a girlfriend and was also sleeping with other girls as well. And this was the second time she had experienced this in dating. The man she was dating before had the same story – he had a girlfriend but was also sleeping with and dating Amanda.

Amanda is a beautiful, intelligent, sensitive, stylish and successful woman. She definitely does not have an air of low self-esteem. So why would Amanda still want anything to do with a man who has a girlfriend and cheats on her?

“What do you want from this man now Amanda?”

‘I can’t seem to let him go.’

“What do you want from him? What are you afraid of?”

‘I want him to change his image of me. Is that possible?’

“Probably not; because it is close to being set in stone. Once we form images of people it takes a lot of work to change that. But again, what do you want from him? What image do you want him to have of you?”

‘I want him to like me.’

“Oh, you want his approval and that’s where you made the mistake. You set out to get someone’s approval and when you make that your intention or your goal, you will do almost anything; you will give up your real self, your real values and then he won’t value you either because he senses your desperation and your lack of self-worth. He saw you as a worthless Volkswagen. He doesn’t believe in or value you because you don’t believe in you nor do you value yourself!”

Of course, this principle of valuing and respecting oneself applies to all of us, regardless of gender, and it applies to every area of our lives. Men can act just as stupidly when it comes time to gaining the approval of a woman; some men will go into deep debt to impress a woman or win her over – again, another act of desperation and seeking someone else’s approval.

I would like to share one more, brief story with you from a client of mine. Joanne was married to a highly charismatic man who turned out to be a sociopath and who completely ruined her financially, ruined her self-esteem and then fled the country. For years, Joanne wasted much energy Googling him and trying to track him down. Eventually, Joanne found him but realized he had no way of paying her back even if he decided to do so. And yet, Joanne told me she couldn’t get him out of her mind or let him go. I asked her the same question I asked Amanda “What do you want from him?” The final, core answer was that Joanne wanted him to value and respect her. And who else hadn’t valued or respected Joanne? Joanne’s father. Thus, for Joanne the key issue was to change her subconscious beliefs about her self-worth; that she is valuable and deserves respect.

For some of us, it can simply be sufficient to make a conscious choice to break the habit of letting people treats us like cheap used cars. For others (the majority of us) we need to change at a deeper level what we feel we are worthy of and deserving.

Unknowingly, we often attract or are attracted to situations, people and circumstances that reflect our deepest beliefs about what we deserve in life. I call this the Law of Deservedness. Accordingly, I have created a brand new six-module audio program to transform and renew your subconscious beliefs about your value and self-worth; to end the self-sabotage and engage your subconscious mind to work for you rather than against you. I haven’t yet released it to the public but you can have first access to it, click here.

If you would like more insights and strategies to help you value yourself, read my Success Newsletters

“Value Yourself” – January 15, 2008.

:Are you good enough?” – March 12, 2008.

“Validate Yourself” – January 7, 2009.

But remember to check out my new program now.

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I wish you the best and remind you “Believe in yourself -You deserve the best!”

Patrick Wanis Ph.D.
Celebrity Life Coach, Human Behavior & Relationship Expert & Clinical Hypnotherapist

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    Cezar Santana says:

    hi patrick
    Thanks for writing back! I didn’t even expect an answer at all, just felt like sharing my point of view after reading your article…I agree with you that it all depends on the intention – that’s why generalizations fall short so very often since there’s a whole set of circumstances in any given situation…a volkswagen is certainly a lot more useful than a ferrari if you’re driving on a dirt road, looking for the trail that leads you to a waterfall – if that’s the purpose of the ride…good stuff to think about though, best,

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    Cezar Santana says:

    I read this article and although I agree with parts of it it’s absolutely not the rule or the unquestionable truth. I slept with my girlfriend on day 2 and we’re still together, two years later. I never thought she wasn’t worth it or so…actually I liked her spontaneity and the capacity of surrendering to a “feel right” situation…
    The hard-to-get game does NOT attract me at all – it can be a big turn off for me…if things flow, they flow: why make it a “game” in the first place?
    Going to bed with someone you like might be just what you need to do if you know when…

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      Patrick Wanis says:

      Dear Cezar,

      thanks for openly sharing your story and of course, there is always an exception to the rule.
      I think the other key point is “what is the intention?” If the girl’s intention is to win the man’s approval then sleeping with him quickly will definitely kill the relationship. You made a good point – “I liked her spontaneity and the capacity of surrendering to a “feel right” situation…” That is vastly different to someone who might have slept with you only so she could get you or because she was afraid that if she said “no” you would walk away. In this case, she would be acting out of fear – and no relationship can be built on fear.
      All the best,

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