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The Engines That Drive Millionaires- Part 5

FOURTH ENGINE: CHAMPIONS CONTROL THEIR OWN DESTINY

Games based on luck have been popular since centuries. Poor people play lotto, while the rich play poker, slot machines and bingo at casinos or bet on thoroughbreds and harness races at the turf. What is the basic difference? Firstly, lotteries are most certainly based on uncertainty, while some of the games that the rich play are based on skill and experience. Secondly, the poor play to try their luck, if they can make a fortune whereas the rich play for the fun of it.

Lotteries and online lotteries are hot favourites among poor people, who try their luck regularly to see whether they are ‘the chosen one’, whether Lady Luck is bestowing her favours upon them. In many countries the local government has tried to wind up lotteries and online lotteries because poor families are being drained of their resources.

Let us see what one’s chances are of winning a typical lotto game. In a typical 6 from 49 lotto, 6 numbers are drawn from 49 and if the 6 numbers on a ticket match with the numbers drawn, the ticket-holder is a jackpot winner – this is true regardless of the order in which the numbers are drawn. The odds of being a jackpot winner are approximately 1 in 14 million (13,983,816 to be exact). To put these odds in context, suppose a person buys one lottery ticket per week; 13,983,816 weeks is roughly 269,000 years, so in a quarter million years of play, one would expect to win the jackpot only once. These figures make it obvious why many governments want to ban it. Yet it is ignorance about these facts and the ordinary people’s common belief that the fortunate ones are chosen by the hand of destiny which makes lotto still so popular. Recently there has been a boom in online casinos which are accessible by anyone, where anyone can try a game or two with very small amounts.

These disturbing facts only point to one truth – the poor believe that good fortune will land on them by chance. If they are lucky they will be fortunate. The champions of the financial games, the millionaires, never think like that. They believe that the joystick of one’s destiny is in their own hands. It is we who have full control over our fate. Fortune never lands on anyone merely by chance, one has to work for it.

Ashley is a charming 15-year-old who is my next-door neighbour. I know she is a die-hard believer in astrology and tarot card predictions. Whenever she comes over to my apartment to have a chat with my wife Sara, the first thing Ashley does is flip through all the newspapers and magazines that I subscribe to, devour the astrology columns right away, and depending on what they have to say, she expresses her delight with whoops of joy and her disappointment with nail-biting anxiety. She can argue with me for hours when I pull her leg saying that these predictions are quite useless. She strongly believes that our achievements are totally in the hands of fate. Recently she was very busy studying for her exams and had not visited us for almost three weeks. I happened to meet her outside the supermarket and asked, “What’s the matter, Ashley, you seem to have vanished from the face of this earth?”

She showed me the fat book in her hand, twisted her face into a grimace and said, “Final exams.”

I got an opportunity to pull her leg, “What do your astral predictions say?”
“They say all my ventures will be successful.” she smiled, offering me some popcorn.

“Great!” I said, “If success is your fate this week, what is the use of wasting your time and energy studying? Go watch a movie and freak out.” She made a face and moved on hurriedly, without an answer to my teasing.

She knew of course that she had to study in order to achieve her goal, though she believes it is fate that controls our destiny. Likewise it is also true that one has to work out one’s own financial destiny. We can never be rich by depending on fate to select us and bestow special blessings. That reminds me of an aspiring young man of about 24, whom I met in Dubai during one of my seminars, a couple of years ago. He was a very talented singer, but never got a good break because he was homebound and an introvert. I took some time to explain to him that he was wrong somewhere. He was mistaken in thinking that he would get noticed if it was his destiny. I explained that he would have to move out of his house and visit all the music companies and if possible, take appointments and meet the top bosses. He had to meet producers of television shows and give them his music samples. It was only if he worked hard and worked smart that he would get his first break. After that, if his talent was noticed and if people loved him, he would stay in the race; if not, he’d fade away. On my recent trip to Dubai, I switched on the television in my hotel room and was in for a pleasant surprise. I saw him featured in a music video. I later got to know that he had become a popular singer. The day I was returning, I coincidentally met him at the airport. He embraced me and thanked me profusely for my advice. He had worked on it, leaving nothing to fate, and the results that he had achieved were spectacular.

If you are financially unsuccessful, do not panic because you have come upon this book at the right time (you can also use the two free passes to my Secret Millionaire Blueprint Intensive Seminar on 14th-15th December in Mumbai. Click here to register.) but never offer philosophical excuses like money is not really important in life. If you think money is not important, then you will never get money. We never get what we think is not important to us. Would you have won the heart of your partner if you had thought that he or she was not important in your life?

People who are financial failures in life firmly believe that fate ought to bring success to them. They try to pacify their failure by accepting statements such as ‘money is not important’, ‘money is the root of all evil’, ‘money doesn’t buy happiness’, ‘rich people are dishonest’ etc. They also hold others responsible for their financial failure. Their fate, their job, their education, their locality, their country and its economic policies, the government, their colleagues, their boss and God are all responsible for their failure. No, they never hold themselves responsible for their own failure. They think they are faultless. It is always others and external factors that have caused them to fail. They also expect others to sympathize with them for their situation. Instead of offering sympathy, it is harsh words that often set them rolling for working hard towards their dreams.

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