On Sunday morning I awoke to an email alerting me I had won a prize in the Lotto. In an instant, my imagination was at full speed. Images of me on a tropical island beach, surrounded by a bevy of beautiful bikini clad women, a pina colada in hand, a yacht anchored just past the waves, a big bag of cash at my feet.
Finally, my dream had come true!
I read further in the Lotto email, as I was very keen to learn when and how I would receive the billions of dollars that I was surely going to soon be enjoying. My mind switched to transportation.
I’m currently in Cambodia and my winnings will be in Australia. It’s quite a long haul flight which I’ve done in the past in both economy and business classes. I positively know which one was preferred. Now I began to consider, should I purchase a first class ticket to go get my big bag of money?
Yes of course, I can easily afford that now that I’ve won the lottery. I quickly rationlized it thus: “Why the interest I make on my truckload of money each week will more than enough to pay for the ticket.”
Must remember the kids, how much should I give each one?
Enough to buy a house?
That’s quite a lot of money, maybe give them enough to buy a nice new car each. I don’t want to spoil them. Good parenting is important.
Ahh bliss, not only would I be living my greatest fantasy on a beautiful, tropical paradise, my kids would simply adore me for being such an amazing father.
Suddenly, my eyes landed on the amount of my winnings. Instantly all my imaginings shattered and fell in a broken heap on the floor.
I had to read it a few more times to make sure I was reading it right.
What the heck was I meant to do with $21.10?!?
Worse still, that’s Australian dollars not even US dollars. Sure, it’s better than nothing but as far as islands, cars and first class travel, it’s just not going to cut it.
Of course, many people would judge me for such a frivolous dream, but not you, I’m sure, dear reader. My dream doesn’t really matter, the point of this story is that it’s not impossible, but it’s highly unlikely, I or even you my loyal reader, will get to fulfill our dreams by winning the lottery.
Sure someone usually wins it but, it’s never me and it’s (so far) never been you.
Our destiny is to make our dreams come true by our own efforts.
Both of us know what needs to be done to reach our goals and dreams. You have your business, think of it as your vehicle. Your vehicle which is going to take you to your dreams. Like all vehicles, it needs maintenance and fuels and someone at the wheel to steer it.
A wise man once said to me; “Don, you cannot steer a ship which is not moving”. Same goes for every business. If it’s not growing, it’s shrinking and stalling.
Apache Leads has been my business since 2003, it’s getting to be quite a long time. It’s fed and sheltered me and others all that time, it’s taken me to dozens of exotic, interesting places all over the world and allowed me to have the time to enjoy those travels.
Often I sign off emails and posts with “see you on the beaches” why I say it is it’s lonely without you. There’s plenty of room for you on the beach, to get here, you just need to drive your business vehicle here.