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:
- 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.
- 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?