Every time I walk into a supermarket or a local shop, I always see someone paying for lottery tickets as if they’re life depends on it.
Hoping and wishing they’ll get lucky and earn £100’s of millions of pounds.
Some of these people have done this for years and are well into their 50’s or 60’s. Yet have failed to win a significant amount of money for decades.
I’m sure the same thing is true for those living in a city like Vegas.
And even though your chances of winning the lottery are barely in your favor, the similarities are a lot like life in general.
Everyday we’re playing the lottery and we don’t even know it.
There’s always something to lose and something to gain.
Why Life Is Like Playing The Lottery
1. You fail more often than you succeed
According to this lottery website in the UK, your chances of winning the lottery are 1 in 14 million.
And not only are you chances 1 in 14 million, but that doesn’t guarantee you’ll earn millions of pounds If you do win.
If you do the math, 1 in 14 million is around 25% of the UK’s population. So It’s no wonder you’re bound to fucking fail more often than not with the lotto.
Life works the same way
The amount of times I’ve failed in my life is immeasurable. I fail often. I “failed” my GCSE’S in high school, miserably. And I love it.
The amount of mistakes I’ve made in life is immeasurable.
I make mistakes often. Like when I trusted a “friend” as a kid with a toy BB gun of mine, only to realize that “friend” can’t be trusted.
And that’s because in life, you’re guaranteed to make mistakes no matter how hard you try to avoid them. And you’re bound to fail much more often than you succeed.
It’s just a part of the learning process and becoming a better, more successful human being.
2. There’s always a risk
Whether you’re gambling in Vegas or playing the national lottery, the risk is your money. How much of your money depends upon what it is you’re gambling on.
Other associated risks are making a fool of yourself and looking stupid if you lose. That is, if that’s a problem for you personally.
Life is the same way
Want to start your own YouTube channel? That’s a risk.
It might not work, or better yet, you might be too afraid of dealing with trolls who spew negativity all over your videos.
Want to start a business? That’s a risk. You might be overestimating how much work needs to be done, which could put you out of business.
Want to start a family? That’s a risk, not all pregnancies end up the way parents expect them to turn out.
Or you could be in a relationship with the wrong partner and not even know it. She or he could be a fraudster for all you know.
Want to change jobs? That’s a risk. You may put yourself in jeopardy. Everything in life is a risk, but what’s important is how you manage, deal and minimize those risks.
3. Luck plays a role in what you do, but it isn’t enough
When you’re playing the lottery, there’s no way to influence the outcome of winning. It’s based on sheer luck and nothing more.
Because after all, you’re not in control of who gets what. Luck is also a big part of life, but it works a little differently.
The harder you work and the better you position yourself, the luckier you get.
You don’t suddenly become an internet celebrity overnight because “luck” happened to drop on your lap.
It happens because the “overnight” success put in the work before becoming an “overnight” success.
As well as putting themselves in a good enough position to increase the likelihood of succeeding.
To believe “luck” is all you need to get what you want is nothing short of stupidity. And someone ought to slap the stupidity out of that head of yours.
4. Perseverance is key, but it’s not enough by itself
Do you recall what I said in the beginning of this post?
There are people who have spent their entire lives playing the lottery, yet have nothing to show for it. And that includes all over the world, not just here in the UK.
Life is the same way
Perseverance isn’t to be underestimated, it is an absolute must. But relying on perseverance by itself isn’t good enough.
You also need to add skills, knowledge, experience, learning from your mistakes and self discipline to the equation. One thing by itself is never enough to achieve anything, especially goals and aspirations that are life changing.
Do you have any more to add to this list? Let me know in the comments.