The guy who just sold me my hot ticket for the now $252 Mega Millions lottery asked if I’ll quit my job if I win. But before I could answer, the guy standing next to me said “Oh no! Never quit your job! A job keeps you from spending too much time thinking about your everyday problems.”
Funny…from the comments I get on this blog, for most people jobs seem to be a major source of their everyday problems. The stuff lottery dreams are made of!
But I also know I’ve had times in my life where I didn’t have a job and, to be honest, although I love my days off more than I could ever express, when I wasn’t working at all I actually missed the challenge and regular social interaction. And I got cranky. Plus there’s just something about getting that paycheck…
I’ve seen stories about people who win the lottery and then stay in their jobs anyway, even if it isn’t a job you and I might call a dream job. Would that be you?
As for me…if you ask whether I’d quit my job – as wonderful as my current boss is (especially if he’s reading this) – I would most definitely quit my job. It’s been great having an extremely flexible part-time consulting gig and working with nice people, but since I’m thinking it may be time for a career change anyway, a spare 50 mill or so would be most welcome.
So let’s see…what would I do if I did win $50 million after taxes? It’s fun to play with lottery dreams (and career dreams) as a spur-of-the-moment free-writing exercise and see what pops out. Here I go…
First I’d set aside about $5 million just for me so I’d never have to work again unless I wanted to. Then I would probably volunteer my time offering free individual coaching and/or business consulting to companies doing work I believe in. And I would take taxis everywhere (or hire my own driver) without even thinking twice about the cost. (I don’t like to drive.) I might also go back and do a little acting again or maybe even help manage a theater.
Oh hell…I could build my own small neighborhood theater!!! (Another few million for start-up costs and sustained operating capital should do nicely. It is small, after all.) My theater would have plays and readings (sometimes by me) and art from local artists on the wall and original music and classes and workshops and opportunities for people to hang out and express themselves creatively through all kinds of art. (Wheeee! This is fun.)
Plus of course, I would visit friends all over the country – and elsewhere. Then I’d put another $15 million or so into a foundation I’d create to donate money to organizations I think are doing a great job – without them ever having to apply. Just a surprise donation. More fun! The rest I’d divide among friends and family and maybe invest in an environmental project or two I believe in. Oh yeah…and while I’m thinking about it, I’d use some of my original pot of money to buy myself a nice QUIET 2-bedroom apartment (it’s all I really want) and…most wonderfully…a full set of completely new undies that don’t have even one piece of fruit on the label!
Hey…I like all that. Cool stuff. Not bad for lottery dreams, huh? Hmmm…maybe I better go out and buy myself another lottery ticket right now.
So what about you? What are your lottery dreams? Would you quit YOUR job if you win a big lottery prize? Why or why not? What else would you do if you won a cool $50 million or so after taxes?
Just for fun, please take a moment and try the exercise I just did…whether you share the results with us or not. (But I hope you do.) Just let your lottery dreams run free and wild without any self-censorship or even too much conscious directed thought based in the dreaded reality. And remember to spend every penny of that $50 mill.
Like me, I hope you wind up seeing something wonderful pop out you never even realized was in there! (Luckily stuff we can pursue anyway.)
Good luck. See you in our dreams!
News flash…I didn’t win the giant lottery yesterday!!!
But it’s ok…I still have my rich dreams – and my friends.
(And there’s always another ticket.)
About the author…
Ronnie Ann, founder of Work Coach Cafe, bases her real-world advice on her many years as an organizational consultant where she helped interview and hire people, added to a certificate from NYU in Career Planning & Development and her own adventures as a serial job seeker. She can also be found on her new blog, Career Nook and on Google+.