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The Lottery of Life – Would You Re-Draw?

Lots of people I meet complain that they don’t have the luck to achieve the success and wealth that they want. “If only I was luckier, life would be alot easier and I would be alot happier”, they would say. Many people pray of the day they could draw that lucky ticket and win that million dollar lottery that would change their life.

What many people do not realize is that the fact that they are comfortably reading this BLOG means that they have been lucky enough to be one of the few winners of the biggest lottery of all….the lottery of life! They were lucky enough to draw the ‘right ticket’ and be born where they are.

Imagine that 24 hours before you were born, God gave you a bowl of 100 tickets. You had to draw one ticket that would determine your sex, country of birth, wealth, intelligence etc.. What would have been your chance to end up where you are now?

Let;s look at the odds. If you were to take the entire earth’s population and shrink it to 100 people (represented by 100 tickets), with all existing human ratios the same, it would be made up of the following:

49 would be female, 51 would be male
80 would live in substandard housing. 20 in acceptable housing.
67 would be unable to read. Only 33 would be literate
1 would have a university education. 99 would not be able to attend university
50 would be malnourished and 1 dying of starvation
33 would be without access to a safe water supply
16 would have access to the Internet
17 would live in a developed country. 83 live in underdeveloped/developing countries

If you were given the chance to turn back time and go back to 24 hours before you were born, would you choose to return your current ticket and re-draw a new ticket from the 100 again? If not, then consider how lucky you are!


15 Comments so far

  1. Adam Bauthues on January 13th, 2009

    Hey Adam!

    Coming from another fellow “Adam” I just wanted to tell you that I love this post of yours and the message it represents.

    I don;t find real mind-bending posts like this often…at least not ones that really make me stop and think about the world.

    Thanks for this.

  2. Yew Heng on January 13th, 2009

    Hi Adam,

    Out of 100, only 16 has access to the Internet. Then i consider myself ‘Born right’ as i have access to the internet. That’s where i read your blog. That’s where i conduct my business online.

    Whow… I realized how blessed i am now. Thank GOD!

    Yew Heng

    PS: Adam, when is your new books coming out?

  3. Aaron on January 13th, 2009

    No i would not…
    I know i am considered lucky because i stumbled upon you and then later stumble upon stuart.

  4. Millionaire Acts on January 15th, 2009

    Hi Adam, I just want to let you know that you are one on my list of most admired bloggers. Keep it up! 🙂

  5. Adam Khoo on January 15th, 2009

    thanks man. I appreciate it

  6. Elvin on May 12th, 2009

    I would definitely appreciate everything i have today!

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  7. Chen on May 12th, 2009

    Hi Adam,


  8. Jinap on May 14th, 2009

    Hi Adam,

    I am appreciate all that whatever I have today. May God Bless.

  9. Tam on May 20th, 2009

    Hey Adam,
    just want to share with you…
    I was quite upset about HDB repainting our flats into some luminous orange with kidney red combination…but now the colors look more appealing after what my 6years old daughter said “mum, just think that we are very lucky as only the 2nd floor get painted orange” 😛

  10. 1d on May 26th, 2009

    Thanks for the great reminder, Adam! We shall be grateful for what we have and only with that we can pursue what we don’t have to live a beautiful life.

  11. Airport Car Hire on August 29th, 2009

    On your quest for finding the perfect life, happiness should be one of your top priorities.

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  12. Vehicle Rental on August 29th, 2009

    The majority of people really don’t think about exactly how lucky they are to be alive. We wonder through life with a thick cloud of fog covering our eyes, going through the motions of life day in and day out.

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  13. Michael on November 19th, 2009

    I think I would not re-draw in life. Heck, I think I have it good.

  14. Mike on November 27th, 2009

    Really like this article. Very meaningful.

  15. Move on April 7th, 2011

    This is seriously meaningful.
    I really felt how luck i am!

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