2. The Check before the Cheque
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After I picked myself up off the floor (yes literally! - and I have the bruise to prove it) I got to work researching the Brick Lane Gallery. Once I started looking I immediately found several negative reviews. Accordingly I found several glowing reviews that matched my own excitement. I read them all - negative AND positive. I thought, in a further attempt, to uncover why their experiences had rubbed them the wrong way that maybe I should research the authors to look at their work and their successes. Luckily I stopped myself and here's why...
Lesson #2 - Opportunity knocks only if you recognize it as one. Opportunities are seen through our own personal filters. No one opportunity is the same. If you are constantly seeing the glass as half full rife with commonplace pitfalls then those opportunities will always come with caveats. Ones that make you insert more doubt into the equation than normal instinctive cautions would certainly avoid. I weighed the time, the energy, and the finances required in the preparation for this "unexpected" invite versus the gratitude and joy at having the the time, having the energy and having the financial resources available to actually move through this process.
I filled my "glass" with that gratitude and joy then sent my acceptance of the invite.