Day 1: I am a Millionaire

Welcome to I am a Millionaire

A lot of business people I talk to individually or in groups want to be successful. Specifically millionaires. If I do a show of hands in a workshop – Who wants to be a millionaire? – pretty much all hands go up.

So we talk about it.

In a workshop we do an A/B partner activity. I get them to partner up and ask: Why do you want to be a millionaire? Why else do you want to be a millionaire? They each take turns answering that question for ten minutes each. One person talks, the other scribes.

While everyone agrees being a millionaire would be great; and they can talk about life once they become a millionaire, the conversation slows down – sometimes to a grinding halt – when we talk about how to become a millionaire.

So I give them seven minutes to come up with as many ways as possible to become a millionaire. Not six minutes, not eight. Seven. When the alarm goes it’s times up, pens down and game over.

Some people write a flurry of ideas. Some sit there and ponder. Some muddle through.

It’s an interesting activity.

Forget the ideas for a moment. I’m interested in how people engage with this activity. And if they are engaged.

Some see it as a game. They secretly believe that they aren’t going to really be a millionaire or really going to come up with million dollar or million pound ideas. Some people quickly get annoyed, lose patience with the activity and tune out waiting for the real stuff to happen.

They can’t imagine being a millionaire. And they struggle to come up with million dollar ideas. But the issue isn’t ideas.

I am totally convinced that sitting on top of you neck is a brain with over 100 billion neural connections and I am pretty sure it can come up with countless ideas of how to create a million pounds. If you let it.

Two things stop that.

  1. You don’t believe it’s possible. (Actually you do believe it’s possible for someone else  – just not you).
  2. You haven’t decided to be a millionaire. By that I mean, you haven’t made a clear decision: I am a millionaire. You like the idea – you’ll buy a lottery ticket and if you win you’ll be delighted of course – but you have not made a firm decision: this will happen. And: I intend to make it happen. Period. Big difference. Different parts of your brain.

So there are a couple of activities that you need to try out before we go any further. I suggest you either create a journal for these activities or use a voice recorder App. So here we go …


Your Turn

  1. Do you want to be a millionaire?
  2. Why do you want to be a millionaire? Why?
  3. In seven minutes write down as many ideas as you can think of that you think might make you a millionaire.
  4. Pay close attention to how this makes you feel. Step 4 is very important.


Andrew Priestley is an award winning business coach, best selling author of The Money Chimp and Starting! and listed in the 2017 Top 100 UK Entrepreneur Mentors.

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Disclaimer: It goes without saying that this is for information only and does not constitute clinical, legal, business or financial advice. The author is not responsible for any losses or damages that occur as a result of reading this material.

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