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The Building Blocks of an Empire

If you were going to build an empire, how would you do it?

I've been thinking on this lately. I want to choose the imperial path first, last, and always. Every decision I make ought to be to the end of building. We can get into the "why" of it and philosophy another time, but I think pretty much the meaning of life is to expand, the mid-term goal of humanity ought to be to spread outside of Planet Earth and diversity our habitats a little bit, and I'd like to participate in doing that.

That's a really long discussion though, so we'll save that for another time. Yesterday I was in a really nice cafe and I was thinking, "You know, I want to always be choosing the empire-building way. When choosing between options, when prioritizing, when picking activities, when picking projects - I want to choose expansion and empire."

I thought about that and I don't have any really good heuristics for what's conducive to expansion and what isn't. So today I went to a cool little Vietnamese restaurant where the owner is friendly, got some coffee and tea and bread, and started brainstorming a little bit.

What to do if you win the lotto? Practical advice to keep the hyenas at bay.

On The Lottery

In the USA, nearly 70% of the people who win massive lotteries are broke within seven years and in South Africa winners have the same experience. Sadly, there are real risks involved in winning the big one. Suicides, murders, drug addiction and divorces are common themes in the stories of these previously ordinary people whose lives were ruined by big jackpots. So my first piece of advice to a big winner is, DON’T TELL PEOPLE!

Take things slowly

Take two or three months to think about what you are going to do, before you do anything with your winnings. If possible speak to people who are wealthy and find out how they live their lives. You can learn a lot from other people’s experiences so that you don’t repeat their mistakes.

Get used to the idea of being wealthy and try to plan your life ahead before you start splurging. Don’t quit your job immediately as this is a sure sign to all your friends and family that your life has changed. If you really hate your job or your boss, try to develop a plan for what you are going to do with your time before telling the boss where to go.

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