How would a massive lottery win change you besides the fact that lack of money would not be a problem any more?
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Image by Lisa Brewster via FlickrOh how we dream of that big win. That screaming crazy moment when one would realize that those numbers we have on our little piece of paper are going to change our lives forever.
Just imagine as the lottery ads say here in B.C. Just imagine ... as the woman goes up on deck of her beautiful sailboat. Just imagine that you have all this money. How is this going to change you?
I wonder what challenges would be coming right along with those dollar signs.
Of course sharing your windfall is a wonderful thing. I am a generous person but I am also a realist and know that pouring money on something isn't going to fix it.
I know that the requests for cash would be never ending and that would be hard to take. I am not a pushover and would not be feeling guilty about turning people down.
Winning a large sum of money would require you to manage it like a business.
You can't nor should you give money away just because people ask for it. You have to understand that you don't owe anybody anything...unless of course you do actually owe someone money... then pay up sucker, you just won the lottery.
If you had worked your tail off and had a successful business would you feel obligated to start giving your money out to the myriad of people who would be asking for it? Of course not. You earned it. Not to say that you shouldn't give to charity but you do not owe it to anyone to give them money.You can't give to everyone but you can certainly give what makes you feel good.
Though helping our sons financially would be a wonderful thing you also don't want them to end up with no sense of self having worked and earned a living. How many members of the "lucky sperm club" as we refer to the children of extremely wealthy, have gone down the drain because they don't have to work for a living and become a productive member of society.
So how would winning big bucks in a lottery change me? I am pretty sure I would be much thinner because I would have a chef prepping my food. Well that is if I am not having the chef prepare ice cream sundaes every day.
Image via WikipediaI would have a masseuse on call to knead me into a loosey goosey relaxed body almost daily. I would be so thrilled to help out family and friends who I feel do deserve it.
Sadly though I would be wary. I would question the motives of people all the time. I would worry about the safety of my family. With the money would come a lot of concerns.
How would I sleep at night. I think for a long time I wouldn't. My brain would be spinning faster than a top. What to do first. Who to help. Who to refuse. People who are angry because you turn them down.
There is a saying "heavy hangs the head that wears the crown" or something like that. With the great power that a large amount of money gives you it also gives you a lot of responsibilities and angst.
Image by Akbar Simonse via FlickrWould it be worth it? If you are the same smart person who doesn't let people push you around now then you will still be that person. Just with a great tan and a much nicer home (or 3).