There is something I’ve noticed.
Since I started this crazy adventure of financial freedom, networking, and pseudo-self-employment, here is one thing I’ve discovered: There are people who see opportunity and pounce.
On the other side of the coin are people who are either not at all interested in risk. Tire kickers. They ask all the right questions, they inspect the car, they look under the hood, and even though the deal may be absolutely amazing, they simply do not pull the trigger.
Mind you, I appreciate a healthy skepticism. And by all means, do your due diligence. Ask the tough questions and get references. If you’re going to start a new endeavor that involves risk, start small and go for a short term. If you’re not comfortable with the business model, or if something doesn’t make sense, move on to the next opportunity.
However, there comes a time when you simply have to make a move.
Stick with me for a minute.
In the New Testament there is a parable about a king who held a marriage feast for his son. The king sent out servants to call those who were invited, but they wouldn’t come. In some extraordinary display of patience, he sent out more servants, telling those who were invited, “I have prepared my dinner. My cattle and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage feast!”‘ In scripture it says they made light of the invitation and all went about their own business (Matthew 22).
Now, because we’re not first century Palestinians, we don’t see the absolute madness of this story. A marriage feast for a king’s son is a once-in-a-lifetime event! To deny a king’s invitation, much less a wedding feast for his child, is an absolutely ludicrous idea. To make light of it, to prioritize yourself with something as trivial as your day-to-day, to handwave it would truly be an act of mania.
Why do I share all of this?
A while back I had the opportunity to tell an insurance salesman about what we do, about how much money you can make with our private lending. He learned about the radical generosity and vision of our CEO (who considers anything under seven figures a “small deal”). He knew all of our measures to reduce risk. There was more than enough capital to put into motion. He had everything lined up, including a one-on-one phone call with the man himself, a self-made multimillionaire.
And what did he do? “Oh, sorry. I’ve just been so busy. I’ll try to connect with him later.” This excuse happened more than once. A “king” held a feast. This man received a gold stamped invitation and he passed on it. He passed on what could have easily been the opportunity of his lifetime.
And you, dear reader? What about you? Do you go about your day-to-day, prioritizing the incidental?
Or do you pounce?