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If You Won the Lottery, What Would You Do?

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The headline is my all time favorite question, especially when the jackpot is over a billion dollars. The mere thought of winning makes the person asked excited immediately, and encourages thought about lifestyle possibilities.

However, the reason I love asking this question, is because it takes the money variable out of the equation for our life’s solution. Instead of having the excuse, “I don’t have money to live my dreams”, you articulate what your dreams are, and have no crutch to lean on for an excuse.

Some people I have asked don’t know what they would do with the money. This always surprises and saddens me, because I think they are scared to dream. Most people know exactly what they would do with the money, and some people think they wouldn’t live their life any differently.

I realized, when I started asking the title question, that I wanted to be a person who wouldn’t live my life much differently if I won the lottery.

I realized how money isn’t an obstacle to my dreams. My lack of faithfulness and planning is the main hindrance.

Plenty of people have millions of dollars, but they aren’t necessarily living their dreams, and they aren’t pursuing what could be their life’s purpose. Some of the most unfulfilled people I know are rich and don’t know what they want to do with their life.

Having money is a responsibility. People are always asking for something, and no amount of money can buy you loyalty or love, or a day back with your dead brother. Money is not the solution to our happiness.

Many “poor” people generate ideas and receive money from investors but it doesn’t make their dreams reality. Many people raise support through grants and other methods, and/or work hard and save up, in order to fulfill their dreams. Sometimes receiving money helps, and sometimes it doesn’t make a difference. Money is not the solution to your success.

Benjamin Franklin’s family couldn’t afford to finance his education after his 10th birthday, but that didn’t stop him. Ralph Lauren was dirt poor, and it didn’t prevent him from becoming a billionaire, by starting one of the biggest brands in history. We won’t even get started on all the challenges Oprah encountered, but one of them was being poverty stricken.

Not having money has helped countless people become strong, resilient, successful people.

Of course, winning the lottery could help some of your problems, but it won’t solve all of them, and could possibly give you more problems. If buying hookers and cocaine is your dream goal, then you are only going to have more problems. You would most likely be one of the many lottery winners who lose all of their money and are worse off. 

When you ask yourself, “If I Won the Lottery, What Would I Do?”, take notes and dream big. Then start working towards those dreams by making small goals to obtain them. This helps tremendously in knowing exactly what you want, without limiting your standards because of funds.

For example, if you always wanted to be a rock star, yet you’ve never practiced a day in your life, then if you win the lottery, you will not be a respected rock star.

Money, or winning the lottery, is not our life solution; it is only a means to perpetuate what you are already putting in motion.

If You Won the Lottery, What Would You Do?

 

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