Not winning the $1.5 billion lottery changed my life

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First, to the actual winners of the biggest cash give-away in the history of mankind…suck it! Sorry, I’m an incredibly poor loser (I’m not sorry, and you can really suck it), and I had my heart set on winning. I was absolutely, positively sure I would win. I opened my heart to the Universe, as the Law of Attraction says you must, and said, “Show me the money!” Instead the Universe hit me with a metaphorical meteorite saying, “You have a better chance of winning a planet shrugging contest than a bunch of unearned cash…you maggot.” And I didn’t.

Well, I moped and cursed for a few days and hauled my sorry ass to work. I was tired and grouchy because I had lain awake the entire night before the drawing deciding who I would give money to, and how I would invest the rest. Having that much money brings a lot of responsibility with it! I needed lawyers and accountants and financial planners and contractors… it was exhausting and I hadn’t yet won a dime. I actually put in an order for breakfast from bed, for I hadn’t the strength to rise. My wife then enthusiastically beat me with a pillowcase full of batteries, calling it an “energizer” shake…I guess that’s what the poor people are having.

It made me realize, though, that I am a billionaire at heart…I just don’t have the matching bank account, and that’s probably why I’m so freaking angry! I am an entrepreneur, inventor, writer, artist, businessman, philanthropist and generally super-awesome…mostly in my own mind (ask my wife). All I lack is focus. I take plenty of action, just in 100 different directions. Not winning the gargantuan Powerball has led me to reevaluate my ADHD business life. I need to follow through with the projects that have merit and drop the rest.

I am a voracious consumer of business and motivational media: articles, books, podcasts, blah, blah, blah. I will now condense for you (and myself) everything you need to know to create wealth and financial independence.

1. Stop watching television (Yes, really; and Facebook, etc.)
2. Continually educate yourself
3. Own businesses and develop multiple streams of income
4. Work very hard
5. Learn from failure
6. Live on less than you make (If you can’t pay cash, you can’t afford it.)
7. Put your surplus money to work (Use it to create more money.)
8. Stay motivated, it takes time.

It really is that simple. Yet, it is also the most difficult thing imaginable. We have been programmed to go to school and get a good job, to find security. Trading hours for dollars is creating wealth for someone else. Regardless of your current knowledge and skills, your income potential is unlimited because you can learn to do anything. The biggest obstacle for most people, including myself, is not thinking big enough.

Money won’t buy happiness, but it will buy freedom. The freedom from the stress of debt and living paycheck to paycheck, the freedom of knowing your family is cared for, the freedom to help others, and the freedom to choose what you do with your time. Happiness is a choice at any income level, but freedom is only a choice if you can afford it. So, stop waiting (this is for myself as well as anyone who happens to read this) to be struck by lightning and take control of your financial future. Take action, any action, and follow through. Learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward every day. Surround yourself with positive people because life is too short to bitch and moan about all of the injustices that have happened to you. It serves no purpose and will get you nowhere.

I risked a total of 4 dollars for a chance to win the $1.5 billion Powerball. What the hell…you can’t win if you don’t play. Not winning the lottery has led me to rededicate myself to achieving financial independence. I am also available for life, business, and financial coaching; also for motivation, inspiration, and dirty jokes. Not winning may suck, but taking control of your financial future is awesome! Idaho doesn’t suck one little bit.

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