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A friend of mine shared they stopped buying lottery tickets when they realized that money wouldn’t solve their problems.

Hmmmm. There’s a lesson in there.

A few months ago, I gave the maintenance crew where I live holiday cards. Tucked into each card was cash — and a lottery ticket. One crew member thanked me when they came by yesterday to fix my dishwasher. They also mentioned that the ticket had been a bust. I had hoped the lottery ticket proceeds would turbo-charge my small holiday gift. Bummer.

Got me thinking. From what I’ve observed — the potential winnings from each scratch lottery ticket are tied to the cost of the ticket.

In other words, if you want to win a million dollars, seems it can’t be done with a $1 ticket.

There’s a logic here that can be applied most anywhere. It goes:

  1. What’s the potential (or likely) best case winning scenario from any work (or life) pursuit. Put another way, consider the potential upside to how you are investing your time and energy.
  2. Then consider that outcome relative to your priorities.

Are you investing your time and energy wisely?

Or, have you been buying lottery tickets, when money won’t solve your problems?

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Marilee Driscoll

Writer/published author/awarded poet. Meditator. Gardener. Badminton, running. Consultant/coach/biz owner/keynote speaker by trade.