As I write this, the Powerball is at an historic $800 million. That is a WHOLE lot of dough and as you might expect you can’t turn on the radio, the TV, open your web browser, talk to your neighbor, or pretty much anything else short of going completely off the grid without hearing about it.
Alright, so let me come clean – I don’t play the lottery. It isn’t on any kind of moral grounds or anything like that. No, the fact is I am just cheap. Sure it’s a couple of bucks, but the odds (292.2 million to 1). The odds of getting struck by lightning are 1 million to 1. I’m just sayin’. The fact that I normally don’t play doesn’t mean I haven’t caught myself daydreaming about what it would be like to win. I may be cheap but I’s also human, and I have thought of some creative things I could do with that kind of money – a new pair of hiking boots and an Apple Watch are two things that spring to mind immediately (I’m cheap, remember?). Anyway, this brings me to the point of today’s entry:
What would you do if you won the lottery?
In HR we often use it as a way to sell succession planning. Does this sound familiar? “Well, , you see we need to have a succession plan in place in the event that you win the lottery” sounds so much better than “Well, , you see we need to have a succession plan in place in the event you quit or are fired.” We choose the first option, even though statistically speaking the odds are much higher that the manager will get caught embezzling funds or will get another offer closer to their house with better insurance. I know, there are those pesky odds again….
But, I digress.
So, what would you do if you won the lottery? Is it that different from what you are doing now? For me, it’s not. I would continue working (with the only difference being I would drive to work in a different Ferrari for each day of the week and take my vacation on my own private island). You see, I do what I do because I enjoy it. Sure some days more than others, but the majority of the time I genuinely do enjoy it and I can’t see myself sitting at home indefinitely – I would need something to do and my hobbies just are not that interesting.
But what if you are not in the same place as I am? What if you are one of those people who, should you win the lottery, would just not show back up for work? If that is you, think about what you would do if you did win the lottery, and begin moving towards that goal. If you would genuinely stay home and not do anything, that’s OK to – I would just advise that you start maxing out your 401(k).