Have you ever dreamed of winning the lottery? Planned out your life and what you would do with all the money? Thought about how all your worries and anxieties would magically disappear because you’d be filthy rich? I’m going to tell you how I win the lottery every single time I play.
No, this isn’t a sure fire system for picking lucky numbers. It’s not a way to game the system. I’m not rubbing two lucky stones together and then reading the clouds. I don’t have a magic crystal ball and I’m not calling Miss Cleo on some 900 number. To be quite honest it’s not really that big of a secret either.
“If you really want something in this life you have to work for it. Now quiet, they’re about to announce the lottery numbers” ~ Dan Castellaneta
Have you ever really thought about what your chances are of winning the lottery? Here in the US one of the largest lotteries is called Powerball. It frequently builds up to over $100 million dollars which creates a frenzy at all the convenience stores with people lining up to get their tickets with the hope of striking the big one and never having to work again. And when those winning numbers are randomly selected and announced millions of dreams are squashed in a single moment.
“I figure you have the same chance of winning the lottery whether you play or not.” ~ Fran Lebowitz
The odds of winning the Powerball Grand Prize (according to the Powerball website) are 1 in 195,249,054. Yes, that’s 1 chance in approximately 195 million. That doesn’t sound too bad does it? Let’s compare that with the odds of a few other things that could happen to you.
- Chance of being killed by lightning – 1 in 2,650,000
- Odds of dating a supermodel – 1 in 88,000
- Chance that the earth will experience a catastrophic collision with an asteroid in the next 100 years: 1 in 5,000
- Chance of dying from flesh eating bacteria – 1 in 1 million
So what does this tell us? It tells us we have a better chance of dating a super model that then dies from flesh eating bacteria before getting smashed by a giant asteroid than we do of winning the lottery. OK, maybe it’s not so cut and dry but when you look at the odds you can see that you are much more likely to die from a lightning strike than you are of winning the lottery.
How many people do you know that think that winning the lottery is the only way to become financially secure? I’ll admit that I’ve been guilty of thinking that once or twice (OK maybe a few more times than that). Oh the thoughts that I can conjure up on quitting my job in some crazy eventful way that people would talk about for years and the exciting and exotic locations I would travel to, first class of course. Sounds great doesn’t it? Of course it sounds great! Who wouldn’t want that. OK, so here is the moment you’ve been waiting for. It’s my secret to winning the lottery every time. Are you ready for it?
Be where you want to be, and do what you want to be doing.
The day I decided to take this sabbatical and fully commit to it was the day I quit playing the lottery. You see, I’d much rather bet on myself than some random numbers with a 1 in 195 million chance of winning. If I put my mind to something, if I live my passion each and every day not only do I have a 100% chance of succeeding but I will have won the lottery every day of my life because I will be doing exactly what I want to be doing.
Now you might be thinking “Yeah that’s great but the things I want to do cost money.” That is so true. Life costs money, but how much money do you really need to do what you want to do? I was surprised when I started to think about what we would need to have saved up before we could take a 1 year sabbatical. You know what I found? It’s a lot less than I had thought. You might be surprised as well.
“Forget the lottery. Bet on yourself instead.” ~ Brian Koslow
I will say this though; I don’t want to spend any more time doing things I don’t want to do. I don’t want to waste any more time not living my true passions in life. Playing the lottery may be gambling with my money but feeling trapped in a life that isn’t my own is gambling with my health, happiness and legacy.
“He who trusts all things to chance, makes a lottery of his life” ~ Proverb
Now I could sit around and wait for everything to line up just perfectly, for all the numbers to match on my ticket in the game of life. But the truth is that it’s never going to happen. There will always be something that knocks me down, some unexpected event that crops up and throws me off balance or stops me in my tracks. Life happens. But I’d much rather take my chances out there in the real world and be living and experiencing an exciting and fulfilling life rather than waiting for things to happen on their own by chance.
And that is why I am so excited to be taking this sabbatical. It’s an opportunity to experience world travel and adventure, to seek out and discover more about myself, to learn and grow as a person, to discover and expand upon my passion, to spend more time with my family and to teach my kids that no matter what anything is possible when you bet on yourself.
How do I win the lottery every single day? I play my own game.
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