Sunday, September 20, 2009

Then What?

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#1274 Wings Over The Mountains of Life

Then What?

What if you won the lottery?

What if you won a big one, like 100 million or so?

What would you do?

Let's go down the usual list.

Pay off the home (no make that buy a mansion - cash).
Buy several exotic cars
Buy clothes
Travel to exotic places
Hire servants (maids, chefs and chauffeurs)
Take care of relatives (mama at a minimum)

Then what?

What do you mean "Then What?"
I hear many of you asking, "Isn't that enough?
How can there be a "then what" after all of that?"

You see people; it's the "then what" stuff that makes the real
difference in life. All of the stuff on the above list, you will
get tired of in six months or less. The excitement will wear off.

You will get bored. People will be after you for your money.
You will get paranoid. You will discover relatives that you
didn't know existed or at least you hadn't heard from in years.

They all will want one thing and it won't be your companionship.

So, you will get paranoid, as everyone wants your money.

Then what?

We often make the mistake of assuming that money will solve all
of our problems. Money will only solve money problems.

In my experience in business and in ministry, I usually find
that it's the "other stuff" that's the real problem, not money.
Often the "other stuff" is the reason for the money problems.

Let's start with the list of what you would do if you won a big
lottery and I want to show you how you can live just as happy
(if not happier) without the big lottery win.

Pay off the home (no make that buy a mansion - cash).

A house is NOT a home. Many have houses but not homes.
Many have mansions but not homes.
You can't buy a home, only a house.
A home is made with love, friendship, and loyalty.
You can't buy those either.
But you can get them without a big cash influx.

Buy several exotic cars
I have a fairly fancy car now but it pales in comparison to my
first car. A Corvair. Not a Corvette, a 1966 Corvair.
That was the car Ralph Nader campaigned against because he
thought it was unsafe. I paid $125.00 for it. It leaked a trail
of oil wherever it went. It smoked. It jerked. It might not
get you where you intended to go, but it was mine. It was exotic.
I got more thrill from that Corvair than from my fancy car now.
Exotic is in the mind. Notice the hot graphics on the bus you
are riding? Exotic is in the mind.

Buy clothes
A friend of mind saw Stephen Spielberg in a bookstore.
Spielberg is the big movie producer of many of the all time
great Hollywood movies.

Spielberg is worth hundreds of millions if not billions.

He was dressed in shorts, tennis shoes with no socks, and a
floppy hat. You can afford to look like multi-multi millionaire
Stephen Spielberg. Is that exotic enough for you?

Travel to exotic places
There are still a world of things in my city that I have never
seen. Places that I have never walked. Streets that I have
never driven. People whom I have never met.
So it is with your city. If you are not happy in your city, you
won't find happiness on top of some foreign mountain or in some
posh village.

Hire servants (maids, chefs and chauffeurs)
Invite your little niece or nephew over and pay them a toy to
help you clean up. That will liven up your day.

Take care of relatives (mama at a minimum)
If your parents or grandparents are still alive, I can guarantee
that they want to talk with you more than you talk with them.
Talk costs you nothing but time and you don't have to win the
lottery to have that. They want a little of your time, not a
new house. Take care of them.

No matter how little (or much) you earn, always put something
aside. I have seen that saving is a habit that's not dependant
on income but on discipline.

The things that you do after the "then what?" will ultimately be
more important than your list if you won 100 million.

If you've understood this,
congratulations on winning the big one.

~A MountainWings Original~

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Dexter Black

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