If I Had A Million Dollars – by Ron White
I saw a movie a few years ago that had a very funny scene. One of the
characters asked the other what he would do if he had a million
dollars. He replied, “Nothing….if I had a million dollars, I would
just relax all day long and enjoy myself.” Another guy chimed in and
seriously stated, “Hey, you don’t need a million dollars to do
that…just look at my cousin…he is flat broke and he doesn’t do a
thing but sit there all day long.”
I think I laughed about that for an hour and it just caused me to smile again.
Although the line in the movie was a joke, it illustrates a truth of
life. Whatever it is that you wish to do – do it! Don’t wait!
Seriously, why put off your dreams until tomorrow or until you get all
your ducks in a row. Guess what? The ducks of life sometimes have a
mind of their own and tend to wander a lot. You may never get all your
ducks in a row.
I have been a professional speaker since I was 20 years old. When I
was 27, I was speaking with a woman and she said, “I am 59 years old
and by the time I am 65 I would like to have my Master’s Degree and be
working as a professional speaker.” I looked at her perplexed as I
inquired, “Why in the world are you going to wait until you are 65 and
have a degree? I am 27 years old with no degree and I am speaking
tomorrow!” You could tell that my statement shattered her reality and
she had no response.
This woman was waiting to pursue her dream until everything was just
perfect. Until she had everything that she thought she needed to
ensure maximum success when in reality the greatest thing that she
could have done is simply move in the direction of what she desires.
The greatest resistor of human dreams is the “If I had a million
dollars” attitude. Individuals dream that if they had a million
dollars, they could pursue their vision. No they wouldn’t! If you
don’t pursue your vision when you are broke – when you grasp a
million, you will create another reason why it isn’t possible. Or if
you are one of the few who would actually live their dreams if you had
a million dollars, what is the probability that you are going to save
a million dollars?
Ever heard this train of thought?
Once I get out of high school I am going to see the world and travel…
Once I finish college I am going to see the world and travel…
Once I get married I am going to travel with my spouse…
After our kids are older we are going to see the world and travel…
When our kids get out of high school we are going to see the world and travel…
As soon as we retire we are going to see the world and travel…
Now, I am out of school, kids are gone and I am retired – if I was
younger and my health was better I would see the world and travel…
Many questions of life are complicated and unclear. Yet, the question
of if you should pursue your dream or what until you have a million
dollars is as clear as the waters of Fiji. You are not promised
tomorrow. You are not promised a million dollars. Pursue your dream
today and inch closer or it will remain equally as distant as the
pages of your life near the final chapter.