When the Powerball jackpot hit more than $100 million this week, I did something I
never do. I bought a ticket, just one ticket. The way I figure it, if I’m meant to win, I’ll
win with a single ticket. Still, that one ticket held the promise of an exciting future and
even though I knew I had a better shot of being struck by lightning on a sunny day than
winning, I allowed myself to dream. Come on, admit it—you’ve done the same thing.
What would I do with all that money? In my mind I started listing all the things I’d buy if
I became $100 million richer. That’s when I learned an important lesson: I didn’t need
$100 million to get everything I’d ever dreamed of. I needed much, much less. That was
a soothing thought.
Now I sit here wondering what being rich really means to me. I always thought it was
getting out of debt, buying my dream house, having the money to travel anywhere I
wanted, and of course, being able to quit my job. Now I realize it means so much more.
Being rich, to me, isn’t about acquiring things; it’s about feeling secure. I want to be able
to relax a bit and not worry about the car breaking down, sending my future kids to
college or even being able to retire before I’m 90. Now that I know what I consider rich,
it sure will be easier to get there.
What about you? What does the concept of being rich mean to you? Maybe you aspire to
more than I do. Or maybe you want even less. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is
having a clear picture of what you’re after so you can visualize your idea and then build
on it to make it a reality.
Maybe you always thought you needed a million dollars to feel rich and now you realize
you only need $500,000. Well, now you’re that much closer to your goal. Figure out what
you really want and what prosperity means to you, and you’ll find it much easier to
actually get what you want.