Today is all about money, the kind of money that you can claim to be rich. Millionaire kind of money. Of course, today’s millionaire needs to be a billionaire to qualify to be rich. It’s sort of like education, a bachelor’s degree use to be for the smartest of people, now it seems everybody has one and a master’s degree is what to strive for. Well, making money does not really define who we are, it defines what we are. Many find the more they make they more they spend, so that million dollars isn’t what it use to be. Still, most of us would like to have a million dollars! (There are times I’d like to have ten dollars!) Well today is the day for you to strive to become a millionaire, even if you don’t make it at least you’ve tries and certainly bettered your financial situation.
How to celebrate – Start today on your way to become a millionaire. Play Monopoly. Invest in the stock market. (But be careful)
So, who wants to be a millionaire!?! Well, probably most of us. Maybe a few of us are, not me! It is very unlikely that you will make a million working for someone else, unless you are an executive of a major company. But what the heck, it fun to pretend.
Just think what you could do with a million dollars! Naturally if you spend it, you won’t be a millionaire anymore, but what fun. You could buy a whole lot of useless stuff that you will later regret! Some of the cheapest people I have known have been millionaires. That’s because they want to continue to be millionaires.
A lot of lottery winners that are made millionaires over night end up being broke a year later. If you do make it rich you have to learn how to spend wisely. Thinking that money will always be there is a huge mistake. That’s why earning it means more than winning it. If you earn it, you will know it’s value.
Most of us will only earn a million dollars in monopoly, if even that. It is fine to earn that kind of money but don’t become a slave to it, after all it has already been proven that money can’t buy you happiness. It gets pretty darn close, but nearly always fails.
How to celebrate -Count your pennies! Play monopoly. Be happy.
Believe it or not, Parker Brothers had the general idea of the Monopoly game in 1883. They actually published the idea but did not develop the game until Elizabeth Magie came up with the final version in 1902. Since 1935, when the game actually hit the market place it is estimated that some 5 million people have played the game (I think that figure may be a little low).
We are talking about building a fortune here! Something everyone would like to do in real life but rarely can do (unless you are Donald Trump). But if you think about it, it makes sense since when the Brothers began developing the game the entire country was all about building. The strategy seems to be to own Park Place and Boardwalk and all the railroads… just like in real life (though the railroads don’t really apply anymore).
And apparently the idea has taken off to other countries as well. I think this board is Russian, who I believe have been trying to take over the world since time began! Though it might not be Russian but I find it interesting that while the title is another language the squares are all in English.
And since it is educational, (I say that with the wink of an eye), the Brothers have developed a child’s version. And why not, let’s teach children the idea of greed and ruling the world! But it does have some valuable lessons to learn. Waiting to make the right buys, trading, and spending wisely, and math.
And if ruling the country isn’t enough for you, you can try and win the Empire version! Or you can try to win with versions such as the Wizard of Oz, Steampunk Monopoly, or even, Communist Monopoly.
How to celebrate – Start a Monopoly game, it might not end for a week! Design your own special Monopoly game. Start building your own real monopoly, though the government will probably try to stop you at some point.
It’s something we all dream of, something we all hope for, but few of us ever obtain – to be a millionaire – free from scrambling to pay the bills, free to do the work we want to do instead of what we have to do, and free to turn our lives into what we want them to be.
No, money does not ensure happiness, or that you’ll have a wonderful life. But let’s face it, it does make things easier. Before the Industrial Revolution, the only real millionaires were those born into royalty where money was kept in the family. As industry grew across the world, the number of self-made millionaires grew as well. In 1816, Lord Byron actually coined the term, “millionaire”, as more and more businessmen became wealthy beyond even their own dreams. Today there are over 12 million millionaires in the world making it fairly common place these days. Of course, a million dollars today is not what it was back in 1816. In fact, if you only have one million dollars to your name, you will probably be considered just upper middle class. There are over 1,800 billionaires today making it the new goal for those entrepreneurs to reach.
No one knows who created the day or when it was created. Probably somebody who was dreaming about what could have been. If you live in the US you have the best chance of becoming a millionaire, followed by Japan, Germany, U.K., and then France to round out the top 5 countries that produce millionaires. So if that’s your goal in life, you have a better chance living in one of those countries.
How to celebrate: Play Monopoly but you’ll have to increase the money you can get, even if you take it all you still won’t have enough. Paint the town by pretending you are a millionaire – just make sure you don’t run into somebody that knows you. Watch Gilligan’s Island.