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    Margien Matthews

    A member was recently provided with an opportunity he's always dreamed about. He was offered the opportunity to set up his own business with financial support from some-one he looks up to. Initially it seemed great. Although there was plenty of risk on his side, it would open up enormous possibilities. What's not to like about this scenario?

    Well, a lot, as it turns out.

    Our member had just completed Day 70 and decided to apply the critical thinking skills that were provided during that session, to ensure that he had a realistic perspective of the situation. Instead of being positive and idealistic (as he describes himself to be), he decided to put a different hat on and look at things from another perspective.

    This led him to draw up a list of questions to discuss with his sponsor. It turns out the deal was not as sweet as it looks. The financial support that his sponsor was prepared to offer was much less than is needed to launch the business, and the sponsor has an expectation of quick returns which our member feels is unrealistic.

    After much discussion he's withdrawn from the opportunity and has to defer his dream. The risks were too high and the likelihood of success was low. He's very relieved that he stopped to critically examine the situation instead of rushing ahead and hoping for the best.

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