The Lottery MentalityFeb 07, 2022
Do you have the lottery mentality? If so, you're not alone. So many people dream about winning the lottery, getting rich without working for it. It's a nice thought, but it's not reality. The truth is that you have to put in the effort to achieve success. You can't just sit back and hope things will happen on their own. If you want something, you have to go out and get it.
A lottery ticket is not the way to success.
At some point in your life, you must have thought how it would be nice if you could win the lottery and earn a massive amount of money in an instant. But then, so many opportunities and options will suddenly open up to you, and you can buy and do lots of things that you were only dreaming of before. So nothing's wrong with dreaming big. But, before you get lost in your dream, let's go back to reality first.
A lottery is a game of chance. It is a form of gambling where you spend a small amount of money to place a bet by picking numbers. You then cross your fingers, hoping that you get the winning combination of numbers so you can win the grand prize. However, the odds of winning the grand prize are minuscule. For example, according to this article, in a lottery where you pick six numbers out of 49, the chance of correctly getting the winning combination of 6 numbers is 1 in 13,983,816. This figure translates to a whopping 0.0000000715% chance of winning! The percentage gets even smaller in lotteries with more numbers to pick from, such as the Mega Lotto. So you might as well not play the game anymore. However, even with such a tiny chance of winning, it doesn't stop most people from trying. If you think about it, as long as the percentage is not zero, the possibility of winning is there. So when does the lottery mentality come into play?
Relying on lottery tickets or luck for success
Nothing's wrong with dreaming of winning big in a lottery or in any game of chance where there is a big payout. The problem comes when you start relying on games of chance to change your life and achieve success. It can be very tempting to get hooked on such games when you can earn millions for minimal effort. However, good luck trying to score that winning chance when it could take you multiple attempts to win the grand prize. There's no guarantee you will win even if you diligently make bets every day. Some people make it a habit to place a stake in the lottery regularly, and they will do this for years. Sure, it only costs a small amount to pay for a single bet on a lottery, but if you add up all the bets you made over the years, the dollars you spent on betting could have been used somewhere else, like paying your debts or getting into investments. You can end up putting yourself in a more precarious situation by doing this.
On a positive note, let's say you managed to win the grand lottery prize. You now have in your hands loads of wealth, and your bank account is overflowing. So you should be thinking about the next thing: do you know where you should be using all that money? A horror story can start from here. There are stories of lottery winners who go broke in a few years after winning the lottery. They quit their job, didn't listen to expert financial advice, didn't invest properly, spent willy-nilly on expensive things, or indulged in a lavish lifestyle. Some even went bankrupt faster than an average citizen who didn't win the lottery. There's also the fact that you can gain more trouble in your life after getting the lottery jackpot. People will cling like leeches to you, asking for money, and you can be a target of criminals, especially once your identity as a lottery winner goes public. Your relationships with others can get destroyed when you say no if they ask for more money.
Being financially wise and having good habits can make you rich.
Not all lottery winners end up broke. Some can thrive and use their winnings to do good for themselves and others. The problem comes when you don't know how to handle money properly, so even if you win big, you'll most likely still have the same habit of mishandling money. One must be financially savvy to handle massive amounts of money, such as saving, budgeting, investing, and spending wisely. Many successful and rich people know how to spend and build up their cash. Listening to the advice of financial experts also helps, should you ever find yourself in the shoes of a lottery winner.
High achievers and successful people also practice good habits that help them have a winning mindset and achieve personal development and growth. For example, consistency, patience, persistence, self-discipline, staying committed, and time management contributes to success. In addition, having enough willpower and motivation can also help you achieve whatever you want.
Achieve something big by working hard instead
Suppose you want to improve your life and achieve success. In that case, you can get a better chance of attaining them if you rely on hard work and the good habits we mentioned above. But, on the other hand, waiting for the opportunity to earn a bucketload of money by playing the lottery or any game of chance that presents a massive payout for little to no effort can take a lifetime of betting, and you might never win at all. What's more, it's easier to appreciate what we attain by working hard than those things that we suddenly gain for almost zero effort.
You can try testing your luck once in a while by playing a game of chance like the lottery, but don't rely on games of luck solely to improve your life. There are many ways to improve our lives. Relying on luck is not dependable since we don't control it. Instead, you can gain more wins in life by exerting effort and having the proper mindset for success.