Many of us play the game… if we won the lottery or the jackpot online or in Vegas, what would we do with the money? When I was a kid we would dream about the obvious materialistic things: quit our jobs, rent a yacht and invite the whole family to the playa for a month. Then we’d build a big house for each of our family members and live off the interest.
Today if you ask me the same question I’d say I’ve already won the jackpot. I have a job I love that I wouldn’t want to quit anytime soon (writing about people and projects that save the world, oh yea) and all of in my family are doing okay financially. Of course there could always be more, but I am grown up enough to know that money doesn’t usually buy happiness, it can buy sadness too. Some studies point out that lottery winners tend to lose their earnings fairly quickly, surprisingly: they make bad business decisions.
So what I propose is Plan B, a new way of talking about how you’d spend your winnings or striking it rich from building an exiting a startup. I started having these conversations with my friends and this is a short list of what we’d love to do to make this world a better place:
Hire a small production crew and tell stories. Meet the world’s healers, the unsung heroes and travel around the world making short movies all all of these people. Start creating really good stories, not second-hand backwash that sites like Buzzfeed are producing.
Support the coral reefs. I’d donate a significant part of my earnings or earnings to save the coral reefs. The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is almost completely devastated. I;d give money to support the unsung researchers studying reef ecology and proposing ways to converse and save them.
Greening the Middle East. Many people believe that the Middle East is conflict-ridden because people there lack the basic resources of water. By supporting projects like hydroponics and aquaponics we not only help conserve up to 90% of the water that would otherwise go to waste by just evaporating, we can help gainfully employ people and feed them healthy food at the same time.
If I were to win it big, I think the only thing that will change is that I will be able to support people and companies that matter in a bigger capacity. I don’t need a vacation on a yacht. Give me a canoe and the wilderness any day.
I also have to admit that I have a weakness for online gaming. Currently addicted to the League of Legends, see lol eune accounts. Of course my richer self would still have time to role play and get into these games as I’d always have. If you have an ideas for games that might make me feel like an underwater coral explorer and saver, let me know in the comments!