This morning, completely unexpectedly, a phenomenally attractive opportunity came my way.
In the form of an email proposal from a person who's work I place in the highest category.
I knew straightaway what to do:
I need to give this careful consideration. I need to consult my advisers. I need to do a thorough risk analysis. I need to have much more specific information about what the guaranteed return on investment would be. I need to assess the opportunity cost. I need to fart about procrastinating. I need to be sure this will not fail and I'll make a lot of money out of this. I need to sleep on this for 40 days & 40 nights. How do I know you won't trick me into giving away all my greatest work? I must protect my intellectual property. I need to get my funding tied down before doing anything. I'll get back to you - leave it to me. Thank you very much for your email. When I've finished dealing with all the important things I have on my plate & the urgent day-to-day matters that pop up - I'll revert to you.
Meanwhile, have a good life.
Your job today: have a good laugh
at the absurdity of such a response to a "phenomenal' (no exaggeration) opportunity.
I've heard all of the above from potential clients as various stages of my long life in business. There has to be a more meaningful way to greet a proposal you like.
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