What Would You Do if You Were a Millionaire?

“What would I do if I was a millionaire?” That’s a question that many love to dream about. “I would travel the world.” “I would buy a new home.” “I would change my car.” “I would…” Fill in the blank.

People would do so many different things if only they were millionaires. One of the most popular answers I’ve heard is this: “I would quit my job.” And often, by digging deeper, I realize that many of the people who give that answer are unhappy with what they’re doing with their lives. And that’s unfortunate.

So many people see their job as a necessary evil. They work because they have no other choice. They only see work as means to earn the money they need to support their lifestyle. Although this is true, work is much more than that. For instance, work is also a way to serve clients, contribute to your community, tap into your potential, and sharpen your skills. Work brings so many benefits that go beyond receiving a paycheck.

In some cases, people would quit their job if they were in a financial position to do so not because they don’t like what they do, but because there’s a more significant work they would love to do.

One of the merits of asking this question (What would you do if you were a millionaire?) is that it gets you to think about your real work: how you dream to contribute and make a difference in the world. I mean after you’ve traveled the world and bought all the gadgets you desire, how would you use your time, talents, and energy to add value to your community?

There’s nothing wrong with traveling the world and to own gadgets. The point isn’t to discourage traveling and owning gadget. The point is to remind you that you have a valuable contribution to make.

Your life has meaning. The fact that you’re here implies that you have something to offer. And you can be so busy making ends meet that you lose sight of your true work and legacy. The “Millionaire” question can help you reconnect with your real work. Your answer(s) to that question brings insight into your passion and perhaps purpose. Life is too short to spend it doing things that don’t nourish your soul.

Taking time to reflect on your contribution to your generation is time well invested. Perhaps I can change the question slightly: How would you serve others if you had all the money you needed? That’s how you want to add value to your community. A follow-up question to this is: How can you organize your life so that you can begin to do just that?

When you have a clear idea of how you want to add value in the world, there’s no reason for you to wait before beginning your journey in that direction. It’s true that you may not be able to quit your job and go to pursue your dream. However, there are steps you can take to begin moving forward. In fact, you can close the TV and sacrifice a few hours of social media to do meaningful work. All you need is a pinch of drive and discipline.

About The Author

Vladimir Elie

I help people learn and apply success principles and strategies so that they can get the results they want in life.