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Ferociouskitty
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Username: Ferociouskitty

Post Number: 634
Registered: 02-2008

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Posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 - 05:54 pm:   

Carey:

I try not to offer unsolicited opinions, and I can't say what I would do if were you...I can only say what I would do if it were me...and since you asked:

My time is limited. As a freelancer, every day I have to gauge, as best as I can, if a given project is or will be worth my time and effort. As you know, some things pay immediate dividends, others longer term; some pay cash dividends; others pay in terms of experience, connections, stepping stones, and other resources.

So...if it were me, I'd gauge this opportunity accordingly. Does time spent on it take away from time spent on something that may be more of a sure or useful thing?

Then we have the issue of the producer's reputation, etc. By nature, I'm a rather risk-averse person (Vegas HATES me); I am not a gambler. (Now some would say freelance writing is a tremendous gamble, but that's about as much risk as I can handle, and you can believe I have my eggs in more than one basket, e.g., teaching and public speaking. But I digress...) This producer represents a greater risk--based on these reports--than I'd be willing to take.

But...if your cost-benefit analysis tips the scales in favor of this opportunity, then go for it. If you think the potential reward is worth the risk/gamble, then go for it.

If not...move on to the next opportunity.

Earlier, you wrote something that, if I had to sum it up, I'd say you described yourself as having a "ride or die" mentality. You also wrote about being a friend. I have to admit, I'm surprised that you would apply those admirable qualities to someone whom (based on my admittedly limited knowledge) you barely know, and who seems to have some shadiness in his character. Yes, we all fall short, but some of us make it a habit, and unrepentantly so.

Not everyone is deserving of your loyalty, your friendship, or your trust. Choose wisely. Loyalty is great, but misplaced loyalty is folly. There's nothing wrong with falling down on one's face; we learn from our mistakes. But there is something also to be said for being discerning and steering clear of folly when you can avoid it, because of course making mistakes isn't the only way to learn. There's a time to take chances, and a time to play it safe. If it were me, I would play this one safe.

At the end of the day, you have to live with your decision--not any of us here. So be at peace, whatever you decide.

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