“What’s left to be prized? This, I think-to limit our action or inaction to only what’s keeping with the needs of our own preparation…it’s what the exertions of education and teaching are all about-here is the thing to be prized! If you hold this firmly, you’ll stop trying to get yourself all the other things….If you don’t, you won’t be free, self-sufficient, or liberated from passion, but necessarily full of envy, jealously, and suspicion for any who have the power to take them, and you’ll plot against those who do have what you prize….But by having some self-respect for your own mind and prizing it, you will please yourself and be in better harmony with your fellow human beings, and more in tune with the gods-praising everything they have set in order and allotted you.”
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 6.16.2b-4a
I will never play the lottery.
I don’t play the lottery because to become the person I would like to be I must endure all the trials and tribulations along the way to achieve my goals. With that, I gain an irreplaceable education, appreciation, work ethic, persistence, and a true sense of what is and what is not important in life.
People play the lottery despite the absurd odds of winning anything worth their while. It’s no surprise you hear so many multi-million-dollar lottery winners have terrible lives and go broke. I’m going to go out on a limb and say complacency and an obsession with material possessions have something to do with it.
Logically if I had won five million dollars playing the lottery I would build an asset of reoccurring income for myself. That way I and everyone around me will be supported for the remainder of our lives. But why do so few people do that? Seriously it boggles my mind.
Keep this in your mind: You are always better of putting it the work. Shortcuts in life can often be unethical and could come back to hurt you in the end. This is not to say work harder not smarter. Obviously work smarter. But if you do the right thing at every step of the way, no one can ever take that away from you. When you’re looking back at your life towards the end you will be so fulfilled knowing you went the extra mile to do the right thing.
Don’t tear everyone else building down to build the tallest one, just build the tallest one. I love that saying.