I bought one ticket. Just one. Because why not?
The latest estimate is $900 million dollars after all. And like all of the other suckers out there, my husband and I batted around some ideas for how we'll spend our winnings.
I was only a little surprised when I heard myself say, "I'd keep doing what I'm doing." There was a time in my life when I would've quit my job in a hot minute if I'd won the lottery. Not anymore. I love what I do, all of it, the mishmash that is my career: teaching, coaching, writing, speaking, and yoga. It might not work for everyone but I have a clear, big picture in mind for the vision of my life: I'm here to inspire others to live their best lives.
I would, however, outsource all of my household chores. If I never unload another dishwasher again it will be too soon. I'd hire an amazing personal chef. And yeah, I'd buy nice things: clothes, cars, trips.
But what if you are one of the people who would quit your job? What insight can you gain by fantasizing about the lottery?
A lot of people say that if they win the lottery they'll quit their job and do nothing.
The main character in one of my favorite movies, Office Space, claims that if he won the lottery he'd quit his job and do nothing, really nothing.
I bet a lot of people would do nothing, at least for a while, because they're so burned out from doing the wrong job, the job they think they have to do instead of the job they were born to do. They're tired: physically and mentally exhausted. Trying to fit a round peg into a square hole will do that.
But my hunch is that after they did nothing for a while, they'd want to do something again, and that something would, in many cases, end of being the thing they were born to do.
In my work as a Career Intuitive Coach, our fearless leader, Sue Frederick, has taught us to ask what she calls the Five Million Dollar Question. In other words, you have a shit-ton of money, now what are you going to do with your precious life? But Sue adds an important catch to her hypothetical question. In order to get and keep the money, you have to work.
Play along. You just won the Powerball (now estimated at $1.3 million and growing). You have to work but you have more money than you know what to do with. What will you do for work? For many people, this will help to reveal your deepest passion and purpose. And in my experience, nine times out of ten, what you choose to do with your money will be in service of others.
So the real question isn't what you'll do if you win the Powerball, the real question is what's stopping you from doing that right now, just as you are?
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