Today was my first day off in a while. It was a much needed day off because of the long hours spent commuting to and from Mississauga. It was slowly starting to get to me. Plus, it was a nice day out so I didn’t want to spend it cooped up inside.
I spent the first part of the day going to a meeting with some folks from Philly who wanted to introduce to my friends and I a business opportunity. It was about an E-Commerce trend that was expected to grown within the next few years. Right now, the business is currently in its growth stages and is expected to mature within the next decade. It was a very informative session and I learned a lot. The presenter was also a Software Engineer so I understood most of the things he was talking about.
He started off by asking us to have an open mind while he talking. Then he went and asked my friend the question, “If I gave you five millions dollars, would you jump off a plane? What sort of questions would you be asking me?” My friend hesitated to answer but then asked, “Do I get a parachute?” To which the presenter replied by saying, “I won’t be giving you anything. Not a parachute, not a glider, nothing. Would you still jump?” That’s when my friend said “No.” I probably wouldn’t either. What good is five million dollars if you aren’t alive to spend it? The he came to me.
Presenter: Don, let’s say that I double the money to ten million dollars. What sort of questions would you ask?
Me: Ummm… is the plane in the air?
Presenter: Ahhh, that’s the right questions. When I was giving this question, I also said “No” but I see that Don is smarter than I am. Most people like to jump to conclusion. It’s human nature to jump to conclusion but I don’t want you to do that today. That is why I ask you keep an open mind.
Little did he know that I read that someone in an email that someone forwarded it to me. I rarely spend the time to read forward emails but that one time, I made an exception and it paid off. Thanks to that, I am now smarter than a guy that’s making give times my salary. Felt good!
The presentation lasted about an hour or so. In the end, they took down names and gave us a booklet to read. I’ll probably take a look at it when I have time. But they’re not giving me much time because they need the booklet back which I found a little strange. If they were making good money, you’d think that they can afford a few extra booklets.
I think this seems like a good opportunity for those who are willing to work hard to reach their goals. But at the moment, I don’t think I have the commitment it requires to successfully do this job right. It may not require a lot of time but I think that if I don’t put forth the amount of work needed, it’ll just end up being a waste of time.