Maybe its always been here, and now that I see what is possible and have a positive outlook it might just be standing out more to me. (kinda like when you buy a new car and then every car you see on the road is just like yours)
I know the numbers. Yes, most people here will fail and fail miserably in IM. But really, its not IM's fault, and its not marketers faults. Failing is 100% on the individual. So for us to think that someone will fail, or that a "Goal" is too lofty is rather presumptuous of us. We don't know the make up of each individual, their fortitude, their passion, their WILL to succeed.
Sure, every day we see people come in and even more leave, or some come in and tell us how much they want to make only to never even START.
But come on, really? Maybe I am forever an optimist, but instead of putting down someones goals as being too lofty, sometimes its just as easy to have a word of encouragement than it is to downplay someones intentions.
There are many people here who have just got into IM and can make more in one month than others who have been trying for years. Personally I think the difference is determination...and who are we to stereotype all newcomers into the "can't do it" column?
If someone has great expectations...no need to pummel them with sour grapes. A word of encouragement can go a long way to the right person.
(see how I ended my dialog by tying it into my title)