The 100 Million Dollar Question
This is a question I love to ask my friends and my coaching clients:
If someone were to give you 100 million dollars every year for the rest of your life, what would you do with the money and your time? I want you to answer this question two ways: first, selfishly - how would you spend it on yourself, then unselfishly - how would you use it to help others?
Before you continue reading, stop and ponder your answer. $100 million every year for the rest of your life. I am aware that this question is unrealistic for most people, and that is partially the point of the question. If this number is too big, then imagine 1 or even 10 million a year. What if it were possible? What would you do with this kind of cash? Once you are done pondering, continue reading.
How you answer this question reveals a great deal about you, your value system and your dreams. Funny thing, most people have never considered a question like this. Why not? Because they can’t dream this big. Your dreams are only limited by your own imagination. What you believe about yourself and your future is either the greatest limitation or contributor of your future.
Have you ever seriously considered what you would do with 1, 10 or 100 million dollars annually? If not, why not? This question reveals your core value system. It unearths your deepest dreams. It shows me how big you dream and what you truly desire. Once I discover your core dreams I usually ask, “What is holding you back from pursuing these dreams now, even on the smallest of levels?”
Most people have no clue where to begin, so they never begin. Zig Ziglar gave us the answer of where to begin when he said, “You can have everything in life you want, if you will help enough other people get what they want.” Bingo. There is a direct correlation between you helping others achieve their dreams, and you achieving your dreams.
So what does this question and the answer have to do with your relationships? I often say, “One of the most loving things you can do for your mate, children, or friends is to help them discover and live their dreams.”
Love is a sacrificial giving of oneself to help others. More specifically, love is helping others achieve their goals and dreams. How can you help others achieve their ambitions and dreams, if you don’t know their dreams? Below is a short outline for how to achieve this level of success.
The Simpliest Formula for Achieving Success
Step 1: Help your mate, family, friends and others discover their greatest dreams and ambitions.
Step 2: Create new ways to help them achieve their dreams and ambitions.
Step 3: When you do this, you will achieve your dreams and ambitions.
So next time you spend time with that special someone or meet a new friend, at some point ask them: “If someone were to give you 100 million dollars every year for the rest of your life, what would you do with your time and money?” Then listen carefully, you might discover some things about them you didn’t know. Then make it your ambition to help them achieve their dreams and ambitions, and eventually you will discover yours also.