A question that gets asked regularly around my house is: “What would you do if you won the lottery?” and also “What do you love to do most?”
They make a good match those two questions.
Seems we all love to dream about endless holidays, the dream house, dream car, dream bach or what have you. Daydreams are free after all, so why not get swept away… Still, have you ever noticed that it’s a question that tends to elicit a response that has more to do with what stuff we’d buy if we had sudden wealth, not what we’d do with our ample free time.
The second question is a more substantial one I think because it forces you to reflect more seriously on how you would like to spend your life. I guess it’s more realistic. It’s a question that we should all be asking of ourselves on a more regular basis I think, unshackled from the thought of it making us “rich” because in reality, what makes us “rich” has more to do with the stuff we love doing and the people we love being with, and less about externalities. I’m not minimising the importance of money here rather placing the value of money in a wider context.
My answer, no surprise, has to do with yoga. More classes, more training, more retreats… I’d do it if I were rich, or poor, happy or sad, old or young. It’s why I quit a full-time job sitting in front of a computer doing another skill I’d honed over 20 years but at the expense of my passion. No, there wasn’t enough time for both, not when you add in two kids and a dog.
When you take these new age quizzes about how to find your purpose or passion, at the top of the list is a question about what you most love doing. That’s meant to hold the key.
In my book, I make a similar point. The original title for the book was “Find Your Flow.” My hypothesis? When you find your flow, the money will follow. Don’t worry, I’m also hugely practical and realistic so the book is full of pragmatic stuff too that falls outside of the Law of Attraction principles. I’ve tested this theory and found it to be true, by and large, however I would qualify my findings and add that doing what you love is no guarantee of becoming a millionaire, at least not overnight. Neither is the road to success, however you define it, a linear one.
Simply put, research has shown that by doing what you love, you end up (through a whole lot of repetition) becoming very skilled at it, which in turn increases the likelihood of you earning a decent living from it.
Clearly, some skills and services are more in demand and more specialised so it’s not an equal paying field. The consolation for those individuals who love what they do but operate in a saturated field with a low barrier to entry and little remuneration, i.e. yoga, is that they are at least happy on the job. I can attest to this too. Admittedly, there are many happy but frustrated yogis (and other low wage job lovers) who wish for more money in their lives. Money management is a suitable cure for most of what ails these folks, although there is no doubt it’s a harder road relative to other more lucrative professions.
So… because I know so many people who are stuck in jobs they either hate or are simply a means to paying off the mortgage and financing holidays that they google and plan for while slogging it out 9-5, I thought I would invite readers to craft a short essay to inspire some passion and purpose.
The reward for the most inspiring story (to be issued at an upcoming Auckland-based event I will be involved in – the details of which will be announced next month) will be a 4-day pass to Wanderlust Great Lake Taupo, Jan.29-Feb.1 It’s worth about $550 in value. I will also throw in a free copy of Money Matters; Get your life and $ Sorted.
In 500 words, or less, please tell me what you would do if you won the lottery and why, not in terms of the material stuff you’d buy but how you would spend your time. You don’t have to be a yogi to join this contest either. I invite people from all walks of life. Just bear in mind if you are an international reader, the ticket doesn’t include airfare to NZ:) If you have no interest in the ticket and want to share your story, I welcome that too as I know many of you live outside of New Zealand.
You can post and share your story in the comment thread or drop me an email at email@example.com. Please ensure you leave an email where I can contact you if you are the successful Wanderlust ticket winner.