Money Makeover: Would Winning the Lottery Solve Your Problems?
There you go — that would solve all of your problems, right? I mean, even a million would make a dent in some of the worst of your worries.
As I type this, I’m listening to the news report about the twelve-state, mega-millions lottery. People are lined up out the door and around the stores to take their one dollar chance at the illusion of happiness.
And that’s all it is — the illusion. The fact is that many people who win the lottery end up in a much worse situation than they started in.
“Winning the lottery isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be,” says Evelyn Adams. Ms. Adams won the lottery both in 1985 and 1986, bringing in a total of over $5 million. Today she lives in a trailer. William “Bud” Post won $16.2 million, but his only retirement income now is Social Security. Suzanne Mullins not only lost the over $4 million she won in the Virginia lottery, but she also borrowed against it, so she’s in debt for nearly $200,000. Even Jack Whittaker, the $315 million Powerball winner who gave millions of dollars to build churches and funded the Jack Whittaker charitable foundation, has said he should have torn the ticket up.
We’re living in the land of opportunity. So why are we surrounded by discontented people? People who are having marriage problems, suffering from job burnout, and worrying about their debt problems. People who line up around convenience stores, buying their chance at riches.
Are you happy with your life? Are you where you want to be? Or are you waiting for a stroke of luck to solve your problems and propel you into the life you’ve always wanted?
Maybe you’ve tried some of these:
- Setting goals
- Learning motivation techniques
- Reading self-help books
- Reciting affirmations
- Practicing positive self-talk
It all comes back to using the right tool for the job. No matter how sincere you are or how hard you try, you can’t pound a nail with a sponge. Try long enough, and all you get is discouraged. Then, when you’re out of ideas, you resort to magical thinking: “I’ll just buy a lottery ticket. Hey, someone has to win, right?”
Let me show you the right tool instead. Learn how to discover your Core Desires and let them propel you into success like you’ve never dreamed of.