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Things We Want But Can’t Have. Or Can We?

Posted By Cliff Tuttle | November 8, 2018

No. 1,586

The newspaper says that Pittsburgh is not likely to be selected by Amazon for the fabled HQ2.  Things looked promising when we were selected as one of 20 semi-finalists.  But the initial visit by the selection committee was a long time ago and there have been no follow-ups.  Meanwhile, chatter in the New York Times and other publications points to one or two places in the vicinity of Washington DC and New York.

Amazon will make that decision and we cannot do much more than say thanks for the opportunity. But that should not be the end of the story. There are other things that Pittsburgh can decide to do. After having studied numerous site locations to prepare the proposal for Amazon, we may be able to develop ideas for something just as good  (or better) that another enterprise could build.  After all, we went to a considerable amount of trouble to pitch potential properties to Amazon, developing subsidies and other incentives, including additional infrastructure.

You and I are constantly facing these kinds of opportunities and don’t even realize it.  Maybe you applied for a job, but were not selected. Then you don’t bother to ask yourself what to do next. You did a lot of research to prepare for an interview and you know about the industry. Should you employ this information by continuing to look for similar jobs? Or maybe something else you hadn’t considered before looks interesting.

Too often, you wanted something and didn’t get it.  And so, you just quit.

Too bad.  You may have almost reached your objective.  Or you may have been on the verge of discovering something better.

On the other hand, lets say you are completing a project that caused you to be unhappy most of the time.  What was it that made you miserable?  Should you turn down the next project of that type?




CLIFF TUTTLE has been a Pennsylvania lawyer for over 45 years and (inter alia) is a real estate litigator and legal writer. The posts in this blog are intended to provide general information about legal topics of interest to lawyers and consumers with a Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania focus. However, this information does not constitute legal advice and there is no lawyer-client relationship created when you read this blog. You are encouraged to leave comments but be aware that posted comments can be read by others. If you wish to contact me in privacy, please use the Contact Form located immediately below this message. I will reply promptly and in strict confidence.

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