Stop The Lottery Mentality

“I wish I was born rich.”/ “I wish I’d win the lottery.” / “I wish I’d marry someone rich.” / “I wish my knight in shining armor will come soon.”

I often hear these words from different people. Even I would sometimes say one or two of these sentences once in a while. Oftentimes, we feel sorry about ourselves for all the shortcomings and trials that we encounter in our lives.

Admit it or not, most of us, if not all, dream of becoming rich and successful. However, how much time do we spend thinking and wishing about these things? And how much time do we spend thinking how we would spend our money if we become rich?

 Truth be told, sitting around thinking and wishing for these things to happen is not a good use of our time. That is actually  what we call the “Lottery Mentality”.

 It is the belief that someday one’s problems will go away without effort. It is a desire to become rich by winning the lottery or some other method other than earning it. This kind of mentality causes us to put our destiny in the hands of “fate” or “luck”.

If you would do a research on successful self-made millionaires, you will never see anyone who made consistent use the sentences above. They never dwell on an “if only” attitude. Instead, successful people have this what you call “Action Mentality” and an “I Can” attitude which turns negative thoughts into positive ones.

They realize that the only person that can help them with their dreams is their very own self.

They would rather focus on making their dreams come true by “working hard and working smart”.

Money may solve our financial problems, but if we do not have the right mentality, our life will not improve. If we view ourselves as victims and think that happiness is to be found in material wealth, we will only be sorely disappointed even if we do hit that lottery jackpot.

“Feeling sorry for yourself, and you present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.”

 -Dale Carnegie

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I Struggle, I Win!
Jeypi Kyu

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