How the lotto can help your career planning

The end of the year is a great time for some good old fashioned daydreaming. Clear your head and think about what you would do if you won $200 million in the lottery. Be as detailed as possible. Would you buy a fast car, quit your job in a hail of thrown paperwork a and profanities, do a Pretty Woman style shopping spree? Now what would you do the second week? The second year? At some point shopping gets old, so what are you going to do with the rest of your life, since money is no longer an issue. Would you start volunteering at the local woman's shelter? Would you start a foundation that uses a community decision-making process? Would you write a book about the intersections between community good and corporate profit making? Be as detailed here as you were in the shopping spree fantasy.

I'm willing to bet that winning $200 million in the lottery isn't what is standing between you and that dream. The things that you would do a few years into your lottery win are actually  your big, hairy, audacious goals. These are the goals that are so big that we are sometimes afraid to dream them. This year get over that fear and take the next step to getting to that goal. If helping battered women take the next step to independence is really your dream, then set up an informational interview with a director that you admire. If you want to start your own foundation, look for a job as a program officer and help other people give away their money more efficiently. If you want to write a book, then sit down and start writing a book.

A ticket isn't stopping you from reaching your goal, so take that first step.