Last Sunday, Celest and I heard her cousin Reverend Claire Henry preach. She said something that resonated with me: "For every dream, there is a scheme." She went on to give examples of how people who had dreams of owning a house but got schemed out of it by predatory lenders. Her comments made me think about all of the advertisements from people who can help you become an inventor, author, earn lots of money working from home, in real estate, and the list goes on. I also thought about the companies who have dreams of becoming digital that have spent millions of dollars on consultants and tools and are no more digital than the man in the moon.
I also thought about the times people tried to scheme me out of my dreams. Their pitch had one thing in common--They all were promising quick results and returns. They also wanted you to make quick decisions to take advantage of the "Deal" they were offering you. Truth be told, I fell for a couple of them personally and professionally. Those experiences taught me that anything that is quick is quicksand, not “Quikcrete”. In other words, it doesn't have a solid foundation.
Schemers are also great at appealing to your ego. To protect yourself against that, run whatever you are considering by a trusted advisor. You have to be willing to listen to the advice they give you and not brush it off.
Now, there are people who can legitimately help you achieve your dreams. They will always tell you upfront that it won't come easy. You have to be willing to put in the time and work, especially during the times when you feel like giving up.
I'm thankful that for every schemer I have had an adviser. The times I got burned were because I either didn't ask for advice or I didn't listen to it--the two things schemers hope that you don’t do.