Bur first, some background.
About a year or so ago, one of my best friends, Ryan, and I started a screen printing company, Convicted Printing. We have put in a whole lot of time, effort, money, blood, sweat, and tears into building this company and as of yet we have seen only a portion of that work rewarded. However, having done our research, we understand that businesses take time to grow, and we are in no rush. As every truly successful individual will tell you, we understand that good things take time and that success is a matter of determination.
So, back to the story.
This last Saturday, my business partner and I were headed to an event to help promote our company and we had to stop at the gas station to grab some snacks and fill up the tank. When we walked inside to grab some snacks we saw that the line at the cash register was almost out the door. As we got in line we realized that there were two registers open and one of them was ringing up lottery tickets. The lady at the register not selling lotto tickets kept yelling out that she could take anyone not getting a lotto ticket. And as it so happens, my business partner and I were apparently one of the few people there not buying lotto tickets. So we checked out and proceeded to our event.
Reflecting back on what had just happened, I realized a stark contrast between my business partner and me and just about every patron in that gas station. While the rest of those individuals were lining up to purchase their hopes and dreams, my partner and I were actively working towards ours. Instead of relying on the off chance that we happen into riches, Ryan and I have decided to take life by the reins and demand that success becomes us. (The irony, of course, is that while our lotto buying counterparts were looking to make quick money by waiting around in line, my partner and I were rung up quickly and sent on our way to earn our success.)
Now, before everyone gets all huffy and puffy, I am not intending to criticize any of the individuals who were playing the lotto that night, or anyone trying to win the $900 million ($1.3 billion) jackpot. Rather, I am hoping to inspire something deeper. So, I would like to ask everyone this question. While so many are busy trying to chance their way to success, how many people are choosing instead to work their way toward something more meaningful?
But, I suppose this reflects on a deeper issue in our society. I would say that none of us are satisfied with the world. The problem, however, is that instead of working to change the world, or even just our own situation, we are content to simply hope and dream according to the "opportunities" we are given by others. If we really want to make a difference in our own lives and in the lives of others, we have to stop being distracted by the little nuggets of "hope" that we are fed and start returning to the understanding that nothing worth having is ever handed to us, that a worthwhile life is bought with a price, and that nothing that comes easy will ever last.
In conclusion, I would suggest that if you want to win the lottery, stop wasting your time with distractions of instant grandeur, put your head down, get ready for the long haul and spend your time and effort creating something worthwhile, something that you can look at and really be proud of!