by Brandon Steiner February 25, 2013 0 Comments

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Even as a teenager, I understood the difference between the journey and the destination.

When the first $1 million New York Lottery jackpot came around, I was around 15. $1 million was an absolute fortune back then, and my friend Cliff really wanted us to go in together on some tickets.

But I said no. Even though I always dreamed of making it big, I didn’t want it that way, without any work.

This little story has turned into an ongoing debate in my family:

“If you could take a 'success pill' that would result in the following two scenarios, which would you choose?”

You receive a fortune instantly.

OR

You work really hard for years and eventually become very successful, earning a fortune.

To me, there’s only one right answer.

To me, life is all about the journey, not the destination.

The journey is where you have all the fun; where you go through triumphs and adversity; where you love and lose; where you laugh and cry; where all the blood, sweat and tears go. The journey is what makes you feel like you’re really living.

To me, it’s obvious that the money without the earning of it - without that journey - would just make you feel empty and dissatisfied inside. You’d just end up wanting more money, and since you didn’t take the journey, you wouldn't even know how to get it.

My kids, both in college, have always had a different take. (Shocking, I know.) They maintain that you’d be a fool not to take the money on the table; that a bird in the hand is always worth two in the bush, period, end of story.

I wonder if they'll feel the same way when they've been through a bit more of life. When they understand what tends to bring lasting happiness in life, and what the quick fixes tend to bring you.

What about you?

If you won the lottery right now - what would you do and how would your life change?

Would you quit your job?

Or would you keep it, because you’d still want it to be the thing that gets you up in the morning?

Do you feel you need a winning lottery ticket to get where you want to go?

Or would winning the lottery just be a bonus because you already know what you need to have in place for your journey, and you're going to take all the steps yourself?





Brandon Steiner
Brandon Steiner

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Brandon Steiner is the founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia, the largest company of its kind in America. Considered a sports marketing guru, Brandon is a permanent fixture in the media as a regular on ESPN NY Radio 98.7 FM and as host of "The Hook-Up with Brandon Steiner" on YES Network. He has appeared frequently on CNBC, CNN, MSNBC, ESPN, and in newspapers including the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. The author of The Business Playbook: Leadership Lessons from the World of Sports and You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, Brandon lives in Scarsdale, New York, with his wife, Mara and children Crosby and Nicole.



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