Leading Thoughts

Powerball Mentality!


In the past few weeks I have heard a lot of  people talking about instant success by playing the POWERBALL lottery. If you’re not sure what POWERBALL is, it’s like the lottery on steroids. The prize is usually about ten times the size of the traditional lotto. Instant money is the desire of many but truthfully, the prize of few. When times are tough, the thought of overnight success is very appealing.

It’s not surprising that people think money will bring them happiness. Mostly because the lack of money appears to cause unhappiness. Sounds like a very simple equation, doesn’t it? But when you scratch a little deeper, you’ll find that even the rich suffer depression. So is money really the answer? It certainly could help relieve pressure, but it is not the source of happiness in itself.

Yet, millions believe they can sustain happiness with overnight success. Hey, I even bought a POWERBALL ticket! The issue isn’t really whether you play the game or not. It’s how you react when things don’t turn out your way. When I don’t win the lotto, I don’t fall into deep depression. I don’t even feel disappointed. I understand the circumstances of the game. I am not attached to the outcome. My happiness is not a possession I own, or need to acquire with a POWERBALL. Happiness is within me all the time, not matter what my circumstances.

By looking at things this way, win or lose you will remain balanced. And don’t get me wrong. Winning is fantastic. We had our first ever winner of the POWERBALL in South Africa last week and that makes me feel good. To think that someone’s circumstances could be improved because of the win is amazing. All I’m saying is that it doesn’t guarantee happiness. That should exist no matter what your circumstances. So the next time you buy a POWERBALL ticket, ask yourself why? Is it to improve your situation, or to find happiness. Believe it or not, they’re not the same thing.

Until next time…..


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As a columnist and speaker I have been able to connect with so many interesting people who have experienced wonderful adventures in life. I am fascinated with the limitless power of people and try to reflect my own experiences and thoughts through these pages.

1 Comment

  1. Melody Graham

    Hi John

    Just stumbled on your website by accident.

    Nice website… great to see that you’re doing okay.

    Really like what you have to say about Powerball.

    It’s been a few years since we worked together at Old Mutual. Are you still enjoying your running!

    Have a great day.


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