Walking in the Questionable Footsteps of Others May Not Get You Where You Want to Go
How to recognize a pipedream in the making
Every once in a while, I’ll hear someone say, “I’m going to try/do that.”
And I cringe when I hear the words.
Why? In my opinion, it’s because the thing being considered usually carries a heavy risk factor — a failure quotient that has the potential to produce frustration, disappointment, and stress.
Before you get your hackles up, allow me to clarify …
When someone is fired up by an exciting possibility, in my opinion, they tend to overlook the potential pitfalls and failures that typically underly the process.
In blind anticipation, they’ll push the likely consequences into the background — the result of acting in the heat of the moment, or needing an ego boost, or attempting to make a connection with someone in the mistaken belief a lasting bond will be forged.
And that’s when the problem starts.
When I see this type of situation begin to develop, I have to wonder what happens in the minds of those so willing to step off a cliff — what internal trigger causes the kind of tunnel vision that can pitch reality right to the curb?
It’s simple: In most cases, the person has just witnessed a sales pitch like no other.
I’ve seen this happen too many times. And I understand it’s hard to turn your eyes and hypnotized brain from an incredibly brilliant success story — especially if the victor is waving a discount and a flashy smile as confirmation that you, too, can achieve a firm grip on the golden goose.