What would you do if you won the $100 million dollar Powerball lottery? I ask this question frequently in helping candidates discover their true calling.
CXO Powerball Question Assumptions
There are a few assumptions that accompany this question:
- We're assuming that $100 million dollars is "attitude money" - more money than you'll ever be able to spend in a lifetime (including paying off all debts, investing, etc.).
- We're also assuming that there will be a "grace period" - a period in which you blow off everything and celebrate the win.
The goal of the CXO Powerball Question is to discover what you would do on a day-to-day basis if money was not a concern.
CXO Powerball Question Results
The results of this question might surprise you. Here are a few answers that I hear frequently:
- Give more
- Spend more time with family, friends, etc.
- Start a new business
- Write (book, blog, etc.)
- Do more things I enjoy (fishing, golfing, etc.)
- Read more
- Do something I've always wanted to do (climb a mountain, run a marathon, etc.)
- Further my education
- Quit my job
CXO Powerball Question Analysis
The answer to the Powerball Question tells me quite a bit about the person. Are you self-focused (quit my job, do more things I enjoy, etc.)? Are you an entrepreneur (start a new business)? Are you interested in bettering yourself (read more books, further my education, etc.)? Honesty, there is no right or wrong answer. The cool thing about the question is that most of the answers revolve around embracing life and focusing on areas that have an impact. Even more exciting, most of the initiatives in the answers don't require winning the powerball.
Ask yourself the CXO Powerball Question. Next, ask yourself why you're not doing it now. Is it really the money?