You Just Won 1.5 Billion Dollars.
Congrats. You did it. You won the biggest jackpot in human history.
How does it feel?
Maybe you’re skeptical.
That is a lot of money, and usually people find out on the news, not through some random post on Medium.
You might think I’m kidding, but I’m not.
Well, I sort of am. You didn’t win tonights powerball lottery.
You: *sigh* Steve why did you get my hopes up like that?
Wait wait. I still said I’m not kidding. You really did win the biggest jackpot in human history.
Not only do you exist, which was unlikely in the first place. In fact, the chance of you being born at the time you were, to the parents you were has been established of having a chance of roughly 1:400,000,000,000 of actually happening. But it did. You’re here.
And on top of that, not only were you born a human, but you were born recently! And you’re alive now. At a time in human history where the whole world is connected, anyone can talk to anyone else, and anything is possible .
Stop rolling your eyes. It’s cliché because it’s true.
Even better (I can’t believe you’re not impressed yet) is the fact that unlike the average human on planet earth in 2015, you know how to use the internet!
You’re in the 40% of people who are online already, connected to the insane opportunity to express yourself in any way you can dream of and have millions of people around the world see, read, or use it!
But you still want 1.5 Billion dollars don’t you?
Okay, let’s imagine you actually got what you came to this article believing you wanted…
Here’s what will change:
- You will spend more time with lawyers this year than you did last year.
2. You may feel compelled to take Mark Cuban’s advice quite seriously, which may or may not be an interesting change of pace for your life.
3. Your name will show up on this list of new billionaires next year.
3. A good number of your friends are going to freak out about this, and it’s unlikely that you’ll have the same group of friends now as you do in a year.
4. I hope you like the friends you have left, because making new friends is going to be a paranoia inducing experience. You have surprisingly good reason to be skeptical of who your real friends are.
5. For a lot of reasons, being the winner of the biggest lottery ever will make your life extraordinarily complicated. This is well documented.
But Steve, I’ll have 1.5 BILLION DOLLARS and these are all small worries compared to being able to do whatever I want, when I want, or have whoever I want do whatever I want FOR ME!
Okay, we’re going to move past the fact that that sounds just a little bit maniacal and look at how the things you can do with your life actually change when you’re a billionaire:
You can buy things. Just about anything, really. Yay you.
The real question is: what changes day to day?
What would you do next this evening? What would you do this week?
Next month? How would your days in 2016 be different from your days in 2015?
You want to travel? Where to?
Buy things? What do you really want to own? Where are you gonna put it?
Move? Where would you like to live? Several different places?
Maybe you’d just like to binge watch that show you’ve been waiting for the right moment to spend an entire week of your life on?
Would you hire an assistant?
Maybe your life would stay roughly the same with a few minor inconveniences and a few huge purchases. Are you pretty happy already?
Or maybe you’d finally feel like you could build what you’ve been waiting to build.
You’d hire a team and build that app you’ve been dreaming of.
Or would you build a company or begin investing in real estate?
Maybe you’d want to go back to school!
Here’s the real kicker about the fact that you waited to win the lottery to make these changes: You don’t need $1.5 billion to do any of those things.
You just need to do them.
Some are expensive, others are free.
Most of the things you’d do if you won the lottery just require you to take a step back, put some effort into determining what you really want, and then set out to make it happen.
The hard part isn’t winning the lottery. It’s not making a lot of money. Those are simple, and they happen to people all the time.
The hard part is figuring out what you really want. And the only person getting in the way of you knowing what you want is you.
I think the real reason people want to win the lottery is the same reason teenagers want to grow up and drive. You finally want to feel like you’re in charge of your life.
We all want to feel that way, but very few of us have ever had that unbelievable moment when you realize: you are in control.
You’re finally here. Adulthood. Sure, there are bills to pay. But you have no bed time. No one is telling you where to be unless you’ve agreed to let them tell you where to be!
The world is your oyster, and all you have to do is figure out what you want to do with this one wild and precious life.
What you decide you want doesn’t have to be final.
Fine, I know what I want but it’d be so much easier to get it if I didn’t have to work!
Bad news: even billionaires have to work hard to get what they want.
But you have the same cool advantages that billionaires have nowadays. Technology makes almost anything possible.
Think about it, seriously:
What are the biggest advantages you’d have with 1.5 billion dollars?
Well, you’d be able to talk to anyone in the world at any time. Everyone would be easily accessible and you could have any conversation you want with anyone in the world at any time.
The world would be your playground. Anything you dreamed you could make into a reality, and you could invite everyone you know to share in that wonderful experience with you!
Would you like to start and host a music festival? Maybe you want to take all your friends on trips around the world? You really just want to pay off your loans and buy your family the things of their dreams just to make them smile.
But the real magic is that once you decide what you want out of life, you have every opportunity you think you need money for already!
Not only can you talk to literally anyone you want to talk to (everyone has an email address and you can talk to them on Twitter, Facebook, or Youtube).
You can create whatever cool thing you want to see in the world, and it’s easier than ever to have other people pay for it or help you build it!
You friends and family don’t want you to buy them things or send them on vacations. They value your attention, time, and ability to listen to them and care about them more than they’ll ever care about a new house or a car.
Your student loans will get paid off eventually, I promise. They were a good investment. Any investment in yourself is.
The most unbelievable lottery you’ve won so far is that you’re reading this article now.
The odds suggest you won’t win the 1.5 Billion dollars tonight, but you did spend this evening reminding yourself just how good you have it.
And if you’re ready to step up, life is yours for the making.
I hope this article empowered you to decide what you want and go get it.
And then decide again, and go get it again. Maybe you’ll fail or stumble along the way. Maybe you’ll discover you didn’t want what you thought you did. You’ll learn a ton along the way. And on and on, one adventure after another one dream after the next. That’s what makes life fun.
Steve Moraco wrote this. For the last few years-whenever the topic came up-he's told people that if he won the lottery nothing would change. He aims to live his life in a manner such that he would be happy no matter the outcome: If it was his last day or if he won the lottery, he was doing the right thing all along.
He felt compelled to write this article in the hopes that other people will discover that they can live the life they're dreaming about now instead of waiting to win the lottery.
He is confused about why he decided to write the footer in the 3rd person, but it's too late to change it now.
If you'd like to learn more about him or what he's up to, his home on the internet is Mora.co
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