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The Mega Millions Lottery Winner

“You need to recognize that your entire life is in your head. It’s the way you think. It’s the software system for your life computer, and if you want to change your life, it will have to start with the way you think. Choose your thoughts carefully.” ~ T. Harv Eker

I was reading an article the other day about this lady who’d won the lotto more than five years ago. She’d purchased one of these ‘scratch n win’ cards and she’d won $945,000 instantly.

This was a shockingly large amount of money for her. She was a nurse making less than $40K a year and was up to her elbows in debt. When she won she was all over the local news, the happiest she’d ever been, and excitedly told everyone how this money was going to save her and her family and set them up for the rest of their lives.

In the article, they had tracked her down all these years after winning to see how she was getting on. 

Apparently, not so great. She was now even more in debt than before. Her husband had divorced her and her children (now in their young 20’s) no longer wanted anything to do with her.

She told the story of how in the first six months after winning, everything was great. Immediately she’d gone out and bought a Porsche and a Range Rover, and then put down a $300,000 deposit on a six-bedroom home.

She quit her job, and took the family on an around the world trip, staying in 5-star hotels and flying first class.

The money did not last long. And as soon as it ran out, the interest on the debt and the mortgage started to pile up.

Would This Happen To You?

I’m sure you’ve heard this kind of stories before, and how most people who win the lottery end up losing it all. They lose it because they don’t know how to handle larger amounts of money. They don’t know how to be comfortable with it. 

Your financial mindset in regards to money does not adjust with your new level of wealth – and in the end, the mindset will always win! It’s in your programming.

It will get you right back to where you’re most comfortable. If that’s debt and struggle, then that’s where you’re destined to end up, no matter how much you win.

And it’s easy to say “silly woman – that would never happen to me if I won that kind of money.”

That’s just not true. Most people would end up in a similar position because they’d consider all the new money to be ‘excess’ money which they didn’t need – unconsciously they’d find ways to get rid of it really quick. 

Believe me, I know from personal experience; a million dollars cash doesn’t last long when you don’t know how to handle it. 

How This Relates To You                       

The same thing can happen when your business takes off. You put the right systems in place and now you’re growing faster than you ever dreamed. The money flows in fast, and you become a ‘sudden success.

Instantly you start to think of how you can spend that money, what you’ve always wanted to buy or go and do. Right? It’s only natural for each of us to instantly start dreaming.

Many entrepreneurs who experience wealth to quickly can end up destitute, unhappy, and alone in just a few years. Do you know why? 

It’s because they didn’t develop any skills to get their money, and they have no idea what to do with it once they have it. And they sure don’t know how to hold onto it!

The reality is, there’s a tremendous amount of self-satisfaction that comes from overcoming adversity and dealing with all the headaches and hassles that come from hard work. It teaches you how to handle the results of your newfound success once you do finally experience it.

Let’s say it takes you 10 or 20 years to accumulate the millions of dollars you’ve always dreamed about. Now you’ve got the money, and you’re on top of the world. You’ve worked your fingers to the bone, but look at what has become because of it. 

That’s what makes it all worthwhile. That’s what a lot of people don’t get – that the education you acquire, and the feeling of satisfaction you feel and the skills you develop in the struggle, is as much of the reward as the money is.

The money is great, don’t get me wrong! But if you ask me if I’d rather have those skills or the money, I’ll take the skills and the mindset that goes with them. Because having skills means I can go get the money again and again. 

Experience Is Worth Its Weight In Gold

When you go through years of work and build on smaller successes, you develop all the skills you need to handle a big success like that when it occurs. You understand what’s going on. That it could be an anomaly or a short-term hot market, and that it probably won’t last forever. So you’re able to take all the money you can out of that, find another market then “rinse and repeat” over again. 

That’s another good reason it’s important to face those business headaches out there and overcome them as they occur. In the process, you’re learning how the marketplace really works.

Here’s something to keep in mind: Business could be considered nothing more than a series of constant failures, interrupted by the occasional big success. But here’s the key: The big successes can more than makeup for the constant failures. 

When you have the proper mindset and develop the skills to overcome those intervening failures, when you get to the big success you’re able to exploit it fully, to keep all the money, and move on to the next opportunity. I’d never trade the skills for just the money; no way. They are that valuable!

With that said, what works and what doesn’t can evolve over time, for reasons that might be social, legal, or otherwise. You might know that something worked in the past and even have the numbers to prove it. But what worked then may no longer work today. The market changes and shifts over time, and we have to be willing to adapt and change with it, or else.

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  1. Hi. Yes the “Mega Millions Lottery Winner” story does resonate for me because I thing a lot (and I think a lot of people do this as well) about having a lot of money and what it will do for me. But like you mentioned, in business you need to fail and learn from those failures. You also need to learn how to manage cash flow, debt, and how to grow on a shoestring budget. If you’re not ready for a large amount of money to suddenly fall in your lap you are going to still repeat the bad money habits from when you had a small amount of money. Great post and thanks for sharing!

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