This is a departure from my normal posts. I've enjoyed my time here, and despite some headbutting on occation have found the members here to be a rather compasionate lot, so, I decided to ask. I have a friend (this fact may surprise some, but I do.) who has been dealing with some heavy stress. Family concerns that are based on aging parents not long for this world who are showing their age, if you will. A business that has consistently lagged behind his living needs, and his definition of 'success'. Health problems also are starting to be a constant concern, and the bill collectors are calling. Hope is fading fast for him, and it is showing. At what point, do you give up the dream of being your own captain, and go back to slaving for another's dream? When do you make the call? I've always counciled him to keep his eyes on the prize, to keep on going, that I felt success was just around the corner for him. Sadly, success has so far eluded him, and he's just about run out of hope. Is it time to quit? Or are there words of wisdom and encouragement I can give to my friend? I know he wants his dream very bad, but the constant beating is seriously in danger of crushing his spirit. I would like to help my friend, but I start to lose hope myself.