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Greed Gone Wild!

Recently a phenomenon has swept our country… the pursuit of the current Powerball prize that is estimated to stand at over 1.5 Billion dollars. Yes, that figure is correct! Somebody stands to win (even with the one time payout), over a billion (that’s with a B) dollars!

Understandably, that amount of money has peaked the curiosity of the masses, as many believe (I’m not sure why, when you look at the odds), that this is their shot at receiving their piece of the American dream. The lottery system is not a new found one, but there has never been this much money at stake that someone stands to win. It’s all over the news, flooding social media’s streams, and it seems like every other conversation involves some sort of discussion about what you would do if you came into that type of money? Even the gas attendant tonight told me “don’t forget to get my numbers in for tomorrow”.

And I guess this is why I am writing this blog post… Because of that question. What would you do if suddenly obtain a billion dollars? Imagine, one day you’re paying bills, going to work, taking care of your regular obligations. And then out of nowhere it hits you, I have more money than I can ever spend it 3, 4, 5 lifetimes!! None of those things that occupied my life, matter to me anymore.  Workquit!  Billsgone!  Can I afford it?no longer a relevant question!

While all of those things sound enticing to the average person, I would like to introduce a line of questions that most haven’t considered. What would life be like if nobody could tell you no? What would it do to your sense of self and your outlook on others, if nothing was no long inaccessible? What would the enticement of potentially self-destructive situations and behaviors be like if you had unlimited power with no accountability?

For most people, the answer is simple: you would ruin your own life because GREED has no limits! That is why, and statistics are my side (if you don’t believe me Google it), people who work for their money do a much better job of managing their money and living meaningful, fulfilled lives. What’s wrong with working hard to achieve success? So many people want to cut corners and take the easiest route possible, but when you don’t work for something, you don’t value it as much and you tend to waste what has been given to you.

I wish the winner nothing but the best, but something tells me that in the not so distant future, what first appeared to be a blessing for that individual, will end being a burden.

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