What is so resonant (and funny) about a million dollars?
I used to open many of my presentations on non-profit fund-raising with a riff on the old Steve Martin Saturday Night Live monologue about how you could make a million dollars, and never pay taxes: “First, get a million dollars…”
And that was before Dr. Evil made it one of the funniest ransom demands in movie history (with accompanying gesture).
A million dollars isn’t what it used to be, as Dr. Evil learned, but it’s still enough money to make a transformational difference in most of our lives; and, probably, in the budgets or outlooks of most non-profit organizations.
For today’s blog, I’d like to invite you to do a little exercise and maybe share your results in the comments section.
What would you do with a million dollars? If you won the lottery (with a scratch-off ticket that someone gave you as a gift, of course); or if a long-lost uncle left you an unexpected sum in his will?
Last night I did this exercise with my family, including my young adult daughters who were home for the holidays. Asking this question of different generations adds some interesting and illuminating perspective to the value and purpose of money.
So before I share my results and start to tie it back into the purpose of this blog, I’d love to hear from you – in as much or as little detail as you want – what would YOU do with One MILLION Dollars?