I spent 5 days in Las Vegas, which is probably my least favorite place to be. I was there for a conference on how to grow my network marketing business through social media. While I found the event to be highly effective and I learned a crap load of information about marketing, I seriously hated walking through the smoke filled casino just to get a bite to eat. I will never understand the attraction people have with gambling their money away. Some of these people stay up all night long, just hoping for that BIG win only to walk away empty handed, shattered and depressed.
As I walked through one morning I wondered “Did these people get any sleep at all? Do they have any money left? Where are their families?” I’m certainly not a ‘debbie downer’ I like to have fun, but not with my money or my future. There is a lot of money in the world, plenty for everyone but working for it gives a sense of accomplishment and joy. I could not imagine sitting hour after hour putting money into these slot machines, money they probably worked hard for.
This is a danger zone…..with gambling addiction rising, people losing their homes and families this is not a life I would choose. Boy was I grateful to get home to my safe haven, quiet and calm without the constant ringing and clanking of change dropping into the machine. I decided I’m all about the sure thing, like a new pair of shoes….yes, I will take my money and buy something tangible and useful.
Las Vegas can be fun, but for me one day is enough and I want to walk away with some value being taken from it. If I spent on shoes what some lose in those machines I could own a shoe store!!! Bottom line, what I learned? I love my life and wouldn’t trade any of it, not even for a billion dollars.