Currently worth $116 billion, Jeff Bezos says he wouldn’t be where he is today if he had not ‘won a lot of lotteries’. While he acknowledges that it took a great deal of hard work and ingenuity to amass his fortune there was also another very important ingredient: luck.
While speaking at the Bush Centre during an event about leadership he said that, “I feel very strongly that I’ve won a lot of lotteries. Amazon is one of those lotteries.”
He also went on to say that he was fortunate enough to have a great support system while growing up, getting his business off the ground and finally while earning his billionaire status.
“I had another big lottery win with my parents.”
Outside of having a strong support system that allowed him to succeed, Bezos also acknowledges that having financial security allowed him to take the necessary risks and cushion the failures that were involved in growing Amazon.
In a nutshell what this means is that a small amount of financial freedom can let you focus on the things that could grow your personal wealth or business.
Let’s go back to winning the lottery; and we’re not talking about having a familial support system, but rather about winning the literal lottery.