Why I don’t need to win a million


How many times have you heard people say, when you asked them when they would do *insert dream* with ‘yeah, if I would win a million, I will do that’. If you ask people what they would do with those one million dollars (or any currency equivalent to a million dollars)… They usually come up with things that will change their lives. They would go on a six-month holiday, buy a big house, start their own company. Basically: do the things they always wanted to do, but didn’t have the money to do so.

I don’t want to win a million

Or better – I don’t nééd to. Yes of course- with money you can create great things. But if you see your goals in life as something you cannot accomplish unless you have a lot of money. How will you be able to live your current life to the fullest?

I don’t want to change my lifestyle based on having loads of money or not. I don’t want to need money to be able to be happy – to live the life I always wanted.

Winning a million would change my whole lifestyle, and I don’t want that. I want to follow my own path. Discover for myself what I am good in and what value I can add to the world. If I would just get a huge sum of money without having to do anything for it – how would that help me to discover what my true goals are in life?

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If you need money to pursue your dreams and you don’t have it, you have to be creative instead. To be able to do the masters program I am currently doing in Sweden, I needed to find funding. I had to define for myself why I wanted to do this, what my motivation was and make a plan of how I was going to get there. I had to convince others to give me a scholarship. If I would have all the money I needed already, it would have been way to easy.

It is the same reason why Melinda and Bill Gates will not leave their fortune to their kids. According to Bill Gates, he and Melinda are not making their kids billionaires, because ‘They need to have a sense that their own work is meaningful and important.” They said: “We want to strike a balance so they have the freedom to do anything, but not sort of a lot of money showered on them so that they can go out and do nothing.” (source)

Living without much money is way more adventurous

When you need it, it will come to you someway. You either have to find a way to get it or a way around it. You have to use your creativity, your imagination and challenge yourself to be able to reach your goals.

What do you think? Do you need to win a million to be able to accomplish your life goals?


  1. Zeny22 March, 2015 at 17:56 Reply

    Very interesting post! I agree on you that you shouldn’t have to need a million to accomplish your goals. But I don’t think it’s realistic to say that when you need it, it will come to you someway. I wish it was like that but unfortunately this luxury in life is not for everybody (for a variety of reasons). But I do think it’s an interesting topic. I was talking about this with a friend of mine a few weeks ago. We both love traveling and this came up. We both agreed that it would make it a bit too easy to travel around the world when you have a lot of money, almost taking the thrill out of it. Strange, because we both love to see the world so money (the lack of it or having a bunch of it) shouldn’t be any issue in our wanderlust. But it does changes your lifestyle, I do admit that. Like I said, interesting topic!

    • Kim27 March, 2015 at 10:42 Reply

      Hej Zeny, Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :) I agree with that is doesn’t always just ‘come to you’, you have to do something for it as well, but it you are letting yourself hold back by the fact that you ‘don’t have any money’, it would be a shame.

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