OPINION: Poor decisions that would have changed my life
MORE THAN 20 years ago a young entrepreneur from Coffs Harbour told me I should get involved with a company he was forming to sell bottled water.
He'd organised to buy the rights to water from underground springs on Dorrigo properties and he was getting local milk producer Norco to do the bottling.
Having no idea of how big the bottled water market would become I politely told him that no one was ever going to pay good money for water they could get out of their kitchen tap.
Yes, that was another one of those great opportunities I blew as I charged through life believing I knew everything.
My other biggest mistake was not taking up an opportunity to bring a major Korean energy drink called Bacchus into Australia.
I was offered the chance way before Red Bull and the like were ever thought of.
The offer came about because my wife had the Australian rights to sell Catalina Geo Cosmetics in Australia for major Korean company Dong-A Pharmaceuticals, which made Bacchus.
A company director handed me a can of Bacchus at a welcoming dinner in Seoul and told me they were looking for someone to take it to Australia.
After tasting it, I politely declined once again believing no-one would ever pay good money for an energy drink that tasted like cough syrup.
I am sure I am not alone in letting go great opportunities, if only we could wind back the clock!