12.16.2012

15 Minutes - You Won't But Someone Will

Hi. It's Joe.

Winning the lottery is a long shot. It's my intuition that people buy lottery tickets because they are unsatisfied with their lot in life and they are hoping that they will get lucky. Then they can tell their boss to kiss their ass and all will be right in the universe.

Why don't they just put in a little effort to make their lives better by doing some things that have a much higher likelihood of success and reward? I suppose it is because that means doing some work, whereas the investment in a lottery ticket is super easy. You can pick one up while you are buying gas and it's only a couple of bucks.

Understandable.

Investing some time and effort in making your life better can be considerably more costly and the payoff considerably less than a lottery ticket. But the probability of some modest improvement is immensely higher than even the lowest significant rewards of a lottery ticket. You don't have to be a millionaire, you just have to be a little bit happier and better off than you are now. Then just keep repeating the process, gradually making improvements until you have the life you want.

This also requires having some vision of the life you want. If your vision is to be a millionaire, that's probably overly optimistic. But if your vision is to be comfortable and happy and want for no basic necessities for yourself and your family, that's totally reasonable and accessible. The American Dream guarantees it. But you have to do some work and stand up for yourself.

You might have to punch a couple of douchebags in the head, because a lot of people out there don't want to see you succeed. Those people build themselves up by tearing others down. Don't take it. When I say punch them in the head, of course I mean that metaphorically. Tell them to F off in whatever way you can. They are not better than you.

It's very likely that you WON'T win the lottery. But it's fairly likely that someone will. That gives people hope, I guess. The probability that someone will get the right numbers can be as high as 1 in 5. The problem is that the probability of that someone being you is like 1 in several million.

Conversely, while everyone else is buying a lottery ticket, you could be improving yourself as a human being, learning a new skill, educating yourself at the library (that's free, last time I checked), saving money by doing any number of positive things: riding a bike or taking public transport to work, spending less on video games or booze or luxuries you don't really need (you just think you do), or joining a cooperative farm and getting your food at wholesale prices.

One of the most positive changes you can do to improve your life is to turn off your TV and ignore mainstream media. It's also one of the hardest things to do. Mass media is a proxy for human social interaction. We get a lot of our human social cues from the media. But we should really get these cues from interacting with other real human beings. Go out and see the world, meet people, socialize. The mainstream media is twisted. The social cues it teaches are cosmetic and shallow. The real world isn't like the soundbytes on the news or TV fantasy worlds.

Go forth and prosper.

Time.

 

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