As the largest Powerball jackpot in history looms, countless Americans are dreaming up pie-in-the-sky fantasies about how they’d spend the incredible (though completely unlikely) enormous financial windfall. Okay, so it’s certainly easy and fun to wonder what one might do with an extra $700 million dollars. Would you pay of all your debts, quit your job, buy an island, clothe yourself in the finest garments and go on vacation with Beyoncé and Jay-Z? Yes, you’re only human. But is it going to happen? Not with odds as high as 1 in 292 million. You’re more likely going to be struck by lightning. Several times.
What sets entrepreneurs apart from lottery dreamers? Instead of relying on extremely unlikely odds to change their fate, entrepreneurs make a conscious decision to manifest their own destiny and create their own fate. Take some of these Hiscox customers as examples. Maybe they don’t have a Powerball ticket worth $700 million, but they also won’t have to wait until Saturday’s drawing to see if they won.
1. Coss Marte of conbody
When Coss Marte was sentenced to 7 years in prison on drug charges, being extremely out of shape was the least of his problems. But he turned that negative into a positive while in prison, losing 70 pounds and developing several grueling workout routines that he spun into his own business, conbody, when he got out on early release. Flash forward several years later and Coss is now a successful entrepreneur, in shape and out of trouble with the law, and he’s been featured in Men’s Health, NPR, and the New York Post. Read more about Coss Marte here.
2. Ryan Struck of Ryan Struck Photography
Ryan’s a 29 year old self-taught photographer who turned a passion for surfing into a thriving business, Ryan Struck Photography. In just one year, he’s gone from having a regular day job to traveling the world and working alongside top celebrities like Justin Beiber and Tom Hanks as the owner of his own photography business. Ryan’s key to success was to stop wondering what else he could do and actually making the move to pursue a business he loved. Learn more about Ryan Struck here.
3. Tamiko Kelly of Sleep Well. Wake Happy
Tamiko was living a comfortable life as a visual merchandiser for a major brand. But, coming from a long line of entrepreneurs, she never felt fully comfortable with her regular nine to five life. She’d been working on the side as a child sleep consultant and one day, without any savings, she made the leap to launch her own small business. “My client’s just wouldn’t let me say no”, she says. After starting and running a successful small business, Tamiko plans to take things to the next level in 2016 and start coaching fellow entrepreneurs who are struggling to monetize their ideas. Learn more about Tamiko here.
There’s nothing wrong with dreaming a little bit on life as an instant millionaire Powerball winner, but most of the people who buy tickets will still be in the same situation after the drawing on Saturday. If you really want to live the life of your dreams, you need to take fate into your own hands and create your own journey. To be clear, starting a successful small business takes time, energy and courage – but so does anything worth having. And once you do, don’t leave your dreams vulnerable to the twists of fate, make sure to protect your dreams with small business insurance.