I've left a lot of money on the table.
When I think back to all the projects, pitches, partnerships and potential opportunities I said no to over the years, I’m it sure it adds up to a nice chunk of change.
But why dilute the enterprise? Why create something just for the money? Why say yes to a project just because it’s easy, popular or worst of all, monetizeable?
It’s just another cash grab.
Besides, just because the path is paved with gold doesn’t mean the destination will make me any happier. In my experience, the less passion it takes to start, the less meaning it creates in the end.
I don’t know. Maybe I’m too picky. Maybe stubbornness is getting expensive.
I guess what’s reassuring is, the more distance I get from the opportunities I rejected, the more thankful I become that I held out. Especially when I see the look of regret in the eyes of someone who got seduced by the power of the quick buck.
That’s the power of a positive no.
We are identified by what we do, but we are defined by what we decline.