If you’re reading this, you’ve already won a lottery.
A century ago virtually everyone made a living by performing some type of physical labor. Most people, nearly 90%, worked somewhere in the agricultural supply chain. Irrespective of his level of income, virtually everyone could only make a living while being physically present at his place of employment and while performing a specific task. From plowing a field, to stitching an artery, everyone had to be at his physical factory, warehouse, office or farm if he wanted to get paid.
In the 20th century a trend accelerated where intangible work – intellectual property – began to be recognized for its ability to deliver enormous value. Today, multi-billion dollar companies like Microsoft and Oracle produce only intellectual property that weighs nothing and can’t be held in your hand. That’s a huge change compared to growing corn or making automobiles.
We live at this exciting time in history when our intellectual property is recognized as being worth a lot of money – and – because of the Internet, we can create it anywhere and distribute it everywhere.
These 3 elements give you more potential than any lottery:
- Being alive at this time in history
- Being able to read this in English
- Having personal access to the Internet
In short, for the first time in human history, a good idea or useful information – from anyone! – can easily be offered to a worldwide audience for significant financial reward.
A person can create something of value and turn it into steady and substantial income without ever leaving his sofa. Moreover, this is a strong pillar of the future, not a fad or flash in the pan.
In the early stages of this paradigm shift, most people don’t even realize they’ve already won a lottery. And it’s the early adopters who will benefit most by adapting to and embracing this new economy.
Almost all of us have an idea or an experience that contains value other people would pay to have. Adopted, and tracked down your birth parents? Graduated from an American college without going into debt? Bought farmland in Costa Rica and got it operating? Spent twenty years restoring wooden boats, or making a living doing voice-over work, or helping children overcome emotional challenges, or know how to negotiate the lowest price on a new or used car?
If you have expertise other people could benefit from, you have a dormant financial asset sitting on your sofa every day – you!
Realizing how your knowledge and experience can be leveraged is one of the cornerstones of creating your own resilient personal freedom. There are hundreds of well-traveled paths leading away from the rat race, but this is one of the major highways. You might already be sitting on a winning ticket.