So I am sat here in my training room that looks out over the sea front here in Bournemouth while the cleaner is vacuuming the room and my students are yet to arrive for the 3rd day of my intensive hypnotherapy diploma training…

No, I did not win the lottery.

I am guessing from accounts I have read about lottery winners and research surrounding them, that I would be initially incredibly happy with lottery winnings… Yet I can also say, it would be a much different sensation to the one I had following these first two days of training my latest intake of students… We had huge amounts of laughter and personal development yesterday and as a group of strangers two days ago, transformed into budding, bonding hypnotherapists over the past couple of days… I was filled with a depth of satisfaction that only comes from this kind of work… Work that I choose to do.

Let me ask you that question… If you won the lottery and had enough money to live comfortably the rest of your life, would you continue to work?

Lottery Ticket

In a huge survey conducted in the US, two thirds of Americans said they’d continue to work. It is an illuminating discussion when you look at how much it has changed over time. The numbers of people stating that they would continue to work has decreased… Maybe because of a change in society and work ethic, maybe because of a wide variety of other reasons…

Some people look at today’s society, especially western cultures as being much more hedonistic and valuing other things among work… Yet for me, my work is so enjoyable it covers many of those bases too.

To be honest, I am particularly cautious about taking people’s answers to such questions at face-value. “Would you carry on working if you did not need to?” For one thing, the answers do not tell us what people would actually do, were they to win the lottery. We only know what they say they will do. The trouble is not only that people do not accurately tell us what is happening in their minds, but that very often, people do not know their own minds.

Some lottery winners may quit their jobs on the day they win; one my friends told me last night he would write his resignation letter that very minute he found out… Though he said he may well start applying for new jobs three months after they win.

There is much research to suggest that people are mistaken when they believe that winning the lottery will make them deliriously happy on a permanent basis… I tend to think having fulfilling work and other interests is one of the keys… Ok, students are arriving…