By Melissa Cohen

Money: Why Isn’t Everyone a Millionaire?

Why Do Lottery Winners Go Broke?

Abundance is everywhere. Just like love, I suspect you may not be seeing the signs because your attention and beliefs keep it at bay. Let me explain.

Contrary to what you may believe, everyone does not want the same things as you.  Hard to believe isn’t it?  Yet, if you really look around you, you know it’s true. If you don’t know this is true, let me ask a few questions.  Are you a Bronie?  Do you love stamp or coin collecting? Do you love camping? Do you believe you should wait for marriage before having sex? Please note that whatever your answer may be to the above questions, there are others who would answer yes to your no, and no to your yes. 

When it comes to money, the majority of people think that everyone thinks like them.  I mean, really, doesn’t everyone WANT to have money?  Doesn’t everyone want to be like Bill Gates, Oprah, or Warren Buffett? Doesn’t everyone want Lucky Brand jeans, a red Ferrari, a personal airplane, a 6 car garage with an assortment of vehicles? The reality is NO.  We each have a cap on what we think is “reasonable” or within the realms of our self imposed “worth.”

For many people, getting hired for the first time is a huge deal and any pay seems like a gift.  Do you remember the jitters of the first day on the job?  Wondering if you could do what they required? No matter what job we get next, it is usually in comparison to the job we have or had and therefore the expectation is “within reason.”  “Within reason” usually means a standard increase of 2%- 5%.  Let’s put that in numbers.  If you made a minimum wage of $9.00/hr and worked 40 hours a week, every week for a year, no time off,  you would make $18,720.00/year.  A 2% increase would be $0.18 an hour, equaling  $374.40 a year extra.  Under these circumstances, what would be deemed “reasonable” as an increase?

Let’s consider that there are others who get a college education and feel worthy of more money.  Perhaps they start out at $19.24/hr, or $40,019.20/year. The 2% increase would be 0.38/hour,  or $800.38/year, which would bring the hourly rate to $19.62/hour.   Is that too much to ask?  What would be “reasonable” to expect? A 5% raise? More?

I posit that the vast majority of the world feels a 10%, and gasp if you will, a 20% increase from where they currently are, is a sum that seems unattainable and out of their immediate vision zone.  My point is that much depends on where you start from and really depends on your beliefs about money and what you feel you are worthy of. The operative term is feel. Let me clarify this worthiness point.  Worthiness has a value base attached to it.  Are you worthy of making $10/hr.? $100/hr.?  $1000/hr.?  What’s your limit?  How much is too much?  How much is too little? If you say yes to the $1000/hr., do you feel any thoughts of guilt or greediness for thinking of that number or do you feel comfortable as if it were like asking for a drink of water when thirsty?

Everyone views the people around them and makes assumptions. Assumptions happen and can turn into internal beliefs. If you see someone who has a lot of money and is a jerk, greedy, or tyrannical, you may attribute that jerk/greedy/snobby/ tyrannical trait to the money. The undercurrent thought might be, “If I have money I may become an snobby jerk.”  So, why would your brain help you achieve money that would change you into a snobby jerk?  Also, if you think people with money are (fill in the negitive word here), won’t others think you are (fill in the negitive word here) if you get money? Think about it. Is your brain saving you from yourself by not giving you the positive cash flow?

Then, of course, not everyone wants the scope of what you/I want.  Not everyone puts money at the top of his/her list of desires.  Take the case of someone I met in the mid 1990s.  I was hired to shoot the cover photograph for an album that was a mix of local Santa Barbara Rock music.  The working title of the CD was Unsung Heroes.  The producer of the album thought a picture of one of our local homeless people would make for a great cover.  We went out searching for the right person for the shoot.  We found our guy on State St., near Canyon Perdido St. He was someone all of the locals knew if you said, “the bongo guy.”  He was always happily banging away on the bongos. With all of the daily practice he had, it was fascinating that he never had a standard rhythm. He really did move to his own beat.  We asked him if we could take his picture and offered to pay him.  He asked what the picture was for and we told him.  He didn’t want any money because he had enough, so he said. He said he loved sleeping n the park with a view of the sky.  He loved not having the encumbrance of keys and what they attach to.  He loved his freedom! What he wanted was to be recorded and put on the album. The producer agreed to do it and brought him to the studio and recorded him.  His bongo recording is on the album…just for about 6 seconds and he has a credit.  I imagine that it was his law of attraction in action to fulfill one of his dreams of being recorded.  To him, being recorded was much more important than money.

For many people, bad mouthing or disparaging anyone who wants or has more is commonplace.  Judgments about what someone spent on something flow freely.  How many times have you heard comments like:  “Can you believe she got those shoes.  I can’t believe she spent $blankety blank on them!”  “Look at the blanket blank he just bought! I could put my kids through school with that kind of money?” “If I had money, I’d never spend it on frivolous things like blankety blank.”  Basically, the blankety blank doesn’t make a difference, but the attitudes one embraces do.

If you look at the history of lottery winners, you can clearly see that getting money doesn’t mean that someone has the mentality of worthiness about money.  According to a couple of on-line articles about lottery winners, about 70% of people who win the lottery, or people who come into large sums of money, ended up broke within seven years. If you had an unexpected windfall of money, what would it do to your life? Are you part of the 70% who would blow it all and wonder what happened?

It is your relationship with and to money that makes the difference in what you have in your life. What are your perceptions?  What are your core beliefs about money and people with money? 

If you use the Visible Law of Attraction to see and understand what comes your way and how it comes, you will have a better grasp of what you can do to get what you desire in other areas of your life. Please note that I’m not suggesting that you manifest hearts. I do suggest that you pick something you would like to see on a regular basis.  If you are having a hard time with all of this, I offer up the different hearts I’ve manifested as motivation. I started this site to inspire and help those on a quest to better understand the law of attraction.  Imagine that you decided to manifest hearts and the photos I’m presenting came into your life. What impact would these have on you if you had manifested them on a regular basis?

I wish you well on your path of understanding.

Much love and happy manifesting,