I got talking with a man a while back who told me his job as a chef made him “burnt out” and he’d decided to go “front of house” (as a server) instead.
“Is that what you really want?” I asked him. “Not really. Wanna know what I REALLY want?” He enquired. “Of course! Tell me!” I insisted.
“To win the lottery,” he told me.
I tried not to roll my eyes and give a heavy sigh but I’m not sure I succeeded.
“What would you do with the money?” I asked him, bored.
“Around the world, of course!”
“Hawaii!” he said with a hint of sparkle in his eyes.
“You want to go to Hawaii! Perfect!” I told him. “If you go right outside this restaurant you’ll find a timeshare stand with a guy called Ben offering a two hour visit to their property a 30 minute drive from here. Sit through their sales pitch and he’ll give you return flights and a two night stay in their property at Wakiki, Honoloulou.”
“What?! No way! What’s the catch?”
“There’s no catch. It’s what they offer to get people to see their properties.”
“There must be a catch.”
“There’s no catch!” I told him. “Just go see Ben, book an appointment to see their property and you’ll get a free holiday to Hawaii. You just have to sit through a two hour sales pitch, that’s all.”
He looked at me, dumbfounded. “It can’t be that easy!”
And this is most people’s problem: they don’t decide what they want and then take opportunities to get it.
They think “winning the lottery” is the answer to their prayers, when the reality is that they haven’t given any thought to what they actually want, let alone noticed that there are solutions everywhere if they’ll just open their eyes, recognize the opportunities, and take them.
If you’re an “if only I could win the lottery” type person, you need to read this to understand why you’re fooling yourself.