There’s so much more to sweepstakes than just the thrill of winning. Sweepstakes can actually teach you some very valuable lessons that you can apply to the rest of your life as well. Here are 4 life lessons that I’ve learned from sweepstakes.
Good Things Come to Those who Wait
Sure, everyone’s heard of this old saw, but people who enter sweepstakes really live it. Sweepstakes wins rarely come overnight, and patience is one of the most important traits of successful sweepers. When you see how diligently entering sweepstakes every day (even when you feel like you’ll never win again), pays off in the long run – you can apply that same lesson to other trying situations in your life.
Help Yourself by Helping Others
If you want to increase your odds, a good way to do it is to stop other people from winning, right? I don’t think so. I’ve always found that sharing the fun of entering and winning sweepstakes increases my own success, as I wrote in my article, Why I’m Not a Sweepstakes Hoarder. Helping others succeed at sweepstakes helps to keep me motivated, learn new tips, and win more. Applying this lesson to other aspects of life has caused me to be more of a team player, which I’ve found makes hard tasks more fun and helps everyone to succeed.
Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Things
The sweepstakes world is always changing and adapting to new technology. A few years ago, your options to enter sweepstakes were to send your entries in by mail or to use drop-boxes in stores. Then the internet came along. And blog contests. And Twitter sweepstakes. and Facebook contests. And YouTube video contests. But by being open to these new ways to win and trying new things, I’ve won prizes that I would never have received if I’d just stuck to what I know. Refusing to be stuck in a rut is a lesson learned from sweepstakes that I apply to my life in general as well. Being open to new things, whether it be a new type of cuisine or traveling to an unknown location, has opened up a wealth of opportunities that I would have missed otherwise.
Concentrate on the Good, Forget about the Bad
“Enter It and Forget It” is a motto among sweepers. If you always look at all the prizes you didn’t win, it’s easy to get discouraged. By focusing on the sweepstakes you do win, you can keep a positive outlook and have more fun with sweepstakes. But this theory applies to many aspects of life as well. In his book, The Luck Factor, one of the traits that Dr. Richard Wiseman found that lucky people share is the confident assumption that they are lucky. How do they hold on to this lucky feeling? They emphasize the good things in their while downplaying the negative.
What about you? What lessons have you learned from sweepstakes that you apply to your daily life? Share your answer in the Comments section below!
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