Quit playing the lottery with your dreams

Most of us treat our dreams like they are the lottery. I watched the frenzy unfold over the $587.5 million Powerball jackpot a few weeks ago. Just in the state of Tennessee, thousands of tickets were sold in a second. All of us heard the news or saw the billboards and thought, what would I do with that much money.

Here is the deal with the lottery, most of us lose. Many “play” with the hope they will win. The odds are terrible like 1 in 175,223,510. I am pretty sure the odds of winning the Superbowl or becoming Miss America are better. You would probably do better buying oceanfront property in Arizona. Most of us treat our dreams like that. We are looking for low investment, high return schemes to make our vision a reality. America somehow has moved from the land of dreamers willing to do the work, to the land of the dreamers hoping the “Prize Patrol” from Publisher’s Clearinghouse are gonna swing by. If your dreams are becoming reality without a lot of work, then chances are your dreams are really small. Dream bigger dreams.

Having worked in the music industry, I know it’s full of lottery dreamers. We hosted a training event for artists with top notch speakers and trainers and discovered no one cared. Many skipped sessions and just came to perform for a chance at the prize. They missed out on the information that really would have helped them really win. Funnier still, those that actually won the prize still weren’t willing to do the hard work to make their dreams a reality.

We say things about dreams like, “I am just waiting for that big break”, “I need so and so to make it happen”, or “I am just going to wait on the right open doors”. I have been reminded of a very hard lesson. No one is going to care more about your dreams than you do. Doors don’t open themselves and dreams don’t come true in gas stations. They come true while you are working not waiting. I love what Tyler Perry says, “Don’t wait for someone to green light your project, build your own intersection!” Having spent most of this last year working on two book projects I noticed something, books don’t write themselves.

No one wants to actually do the work, they just want to win. Dreams take a big investment of time, energy, and resources. The prize patrol is not coming today. The ticket you bought from the place that keeps the key to the bathroom behind the counter attached to a broom handle is not going to change your life. Although today you have the power to use your mind and your hands to do amazing things. Stop playing the lottery and get working…you might actually win!

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