Back when I was doing social work, helping troubled youth who’d been kicked out on the street or who had gone through hell and back, I used to participate in the office lottery. Becky or Barbara or whatever the heck her name was, would load up on funds from around the office, and then she’d go drop $30 in lottery tickets for the whole office.
My first week at the job i was so excited with this activity. Yippie, I thought. My chances of winning were huge. Or so I though. About 3 years later I quit working there and I started working as a head hunter.
But I’ll never forget the money wasted on all that office hysteria and how I’ll never do it again for a few reasons.
The first reason is because now whenever I read news like this, 16 office workers win $58 million dollars and now they have to figure out where to cash a big check. Every time I read these stories about super big winnings, I get a little depressed to say the least.
For those people, they have a ‘way out’ of office life. Escape from the cubicle view and probably a comfy rest of their life sipping fruity drinks on some beach somewhere.
It urks me because I still hold out hope that it’s a potential option for getting out of the cubicle. When in reality, offices all over the world are probably dropping group funds on tickets each week. The odds of winning are slim to none. In fact, I used to know a guy who could afford to spend $50 each week on tickets and the most he’s ever won is $100. But he holds out hope that he’ll win – otherwise he wouldn’t even try.
So here’s my life-hack, if you can call it that for every office worker who wants to get out of their cubicle. Stop wasting your $5 a week or $50 a month or whatever you’re spending on these dang tickets. It’s a crap shoot.
If you really want to get out of the cubicle, upgrade your skills. Spend that $50 learning a new skill-set. Put it into practice. Gain some competency and get your butt out of the office.