I don’t. Not even a little bit. And you shouldn’t either.
The reasons? Here are 2.
1.Enjoy The Struggle
I have no desire to win the lottery because I don’t want to be handed success. I want to earn my victory and so should you.
We should genuinely want to put in the work and struggle to earn our success. There is something beautiful about the constant fight of people forging their path in the world, and we shouldn’t want to ruin our opportunity to do that.
Navigating life is like solving a puzzle. It’s never as fun when someone else tells you the answer, you want to find it for yourself!
The journey is where satisfaction comes from. Putting in the hard work and sweat is what makes success so sweet. The harder the struggle, the more valued the victory. Imagine if you work and save for your dream car for years, then finally buy it with your hard earned savings. Now imagine that car was a gift from your parents in high school. Which car would you value more?
Ask any top performer how it felt to break through after years of struggle. They will tell you it was one of the most rewarding points in their life because of all the hardships along the way.
Winning is the goal, but it’s more fun to win through good ole competition than it is by a forfeit.
2.The Thrill Of The Unknown
Enjoy the thrill of an uncertain future.
If you’re willing to put in the work, you’ll find a way to be successful. You might not know how you’re going to do it just yet, but that’s half the fun.
Trying new things is thrilling, because on any given day, you could stumble onto your true passion.
Knowing that in 5 to 10 years you’ll be figuring out your way in life should excite you to continue exploring for that moment when you start realizing your calling.
Like most people in their 20’s, you’re probably bouncing around between all kinds of things that interest you, with no clear idea of which one will be your craft. That’s okay! Use your enjoyment of learning to guide you to new and fun experiences.
Most people graduate college without a clear idea of what they want to do with their life. Many young professionals tend to get discouraged and settle on a career path that simply pays the rent.
Winners don’t stop searching until they have found their passion. They take huge risks, work hard, and go through rough patches before they finally break through on their purpose, but once the discover it, their life is much more full! Imagine a career path that excites you, a job you enjoy, and a life that holds meaning.
So how do you find this calling?
Stay hungry, ask questions, be productive. Ask people to explain things to you. Here are a few examples:
“Ooo that marketing stuff is fascinating, how does that work?”
“Wow, so your job is to write stuff that convinces people to buy a product, please explain?”
“You’re telling me that you have been blogging everyday for 5 years, tell me more?”
“So you seriously have changed people’s lives just by motivating them, I’m all ears.”
“How does one actually flip a house, where do you start?”
“You mean people actually get paid just to speak in front of a crowd, where can I learn?”
Each day you wake up to infinite options of things you can do to build yourself up for success. You make your bed, drink some water, then take a step into the unknown and begin exploring the options the world has given you!
Being handed a pile of money would get in the way of your search for purpose. It would make you complacent, satisfied with where you are. Avoid anything that will take away your hunger, because it is what will lead you to your true calling.
So next time you see a friend or family member buy a lottery ticket, just tell them “I don’t want to win the lottery, and here’s why…”
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