The only thing one can do is say yes and see where the open door leads.
Max was certain success would find him once he'd hit one of those milestone birthdays (pick your favorite one--it doesn't matter), but his bank account remained an embarrassment. So puny! Where was the swimming pool filled with cash he'd seen in his dreams? Max said Yes. Many times, in fact. Wasn't the Universe supposed to help a guy out when he moved and shook things? I don't suppose we'll ever know what happened with all those affirmatives Max bandied about, but a Yes has been known to slam doors closed regardless of one's desires. No?