I'm sure the ending of this strip caught some of you off guard. If you have never tried to make a living as a freelancer (or anybody who helps people for a living, really), you may have never had the special frustration of having people ask you to help them, only to sabotage your attempts to do so.
Why do they do this?
The short answer more often than not is Fear.
Fear of failure. Fear of change. Fear of what people will say, etc.
Helping my clients and friends overcome their limiting beliefs is probably the most important thing I do (when I'm not battling my own).