You may have seen late last week that Forbes published its billionaires list for 2017. It’s no surprise that Bill Gates ranks #1, and it’s nice to know too that he allocates a substantial amount of his wealth towards philanthropic causes, including the Gates Foundation. In a world where money talks, it’s hard not to dream of what could be. What would you do with that kind of money?
We all dream about winning the lottery, but the odds are stacked against us. My mom and I bought a 6/49 ticket each week for a year and didn’t win a cent, but won a few bucks on scratch tickets here and there… That is about the extent of my success with the lottery/gambling, and that is likely as good as it gets.
But I can still dream and I can make my own success too. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to buy whatever you want, whenever you want, and not even have to think twice? Want that fancy car? Get it! You want to book a 3-month vacation? Already done! Your daughter wants a pony? No problemo! Monitoring your bank account balance on a weekly (if not daily) basis would be a thing of the past. I wouldn’t even want billionaire status; millionaire status or even hundred-thousand-aire status would do just fine for me!
If I had a lot of extra money to work with, here’s what I would do:
Now I never say never, but the chances of my becoming a billionaire are slim to none (as is yours – sorry!). It is nice to know that the ‘wealthy folks’ who have made their own fortunes, or who have been lucky in life, aren’t all just wasting their billions on silly or materialistic things. They want to put their money where it counts and make a difference, and I hope they take great pride in that. Some amazing things are happening because of these people – people who don’t take their success for granted and who are giving back where it is deserved or needed. People like Bill Gates and William Buffett, the two highest ranked billionaires who have made the pledge to put the majority of their wealth towards philanthropic causes. Honestly, that makes me smile.
Here’s a current list of the 20 wealthiest people – check them out and see what they’re up to. I’m a huge fan of positive change and doing what you can to help others. Even if financial support isn’t an option, your time, attitude and emotional support counts too. Let the good times roll!
A millennial woman with 'old school' values, working my way through life in Canada and traveling when I can afford to. Seeking out my passions one day at a time.