You need $5,000 by the end of the month when all the bills are due.
$5,000 seems, or is, impossible to get.
Should you throw yourself off a bridge?
If you can’t raise $5,000 then do the next best thing – divide and conquer.
Try raising $1,000.
Call a colleague and say “I need a favor; I need to raise $5,000 and I wondered whether you might help me raise $1,000 of it”.
If the answer is yes, than your $5,000 problem has been reduced to a $4,000 problem, which is way better than a $5,000 problem.
In short, if five colleagues can help you to raise $1,000, your original problem is as good as solved.