Leaving Las Vegas

“I have just been to Hell and returned. It is a city in the Nevada desert called Las Vegas.�?

Not long ago, a New York journalist wrote, “I have just been to Hell and returned. It is a city in the Nevada desert called Las Vegas.”

Well, last week I was speaking to 300 people at one of the massive hotel/casinos on the Las Vegas Strip. The taxi pulls up a long sweeping driveway, after you have passed dozens of huge neon signs advertising shows, entertainment and gambling delights, and deposits you in front of huge glass doors.

The registration is neatly situated about 150 feet away from the door so that you have a chance to stroll past a few slot machines and get a good look at the gaming floor on your way to check-in.

Once you are registered, to get to your room, you have to walk across the entire casino, past hundreds of people, tables, slot machines, poker rooms and tote boards before you get to the elevator.

When you get into your room and click on the television, you get 24-hour per day, non-stop advertisements and inducements to play, play, play!

In my book, Something For Nothing, I explained that the gambling craze is a desperate and ultimately futile attempt to get “something for nothing.”

All the advertisements show pictures of happy faces and people laughing with delight at all the money they are winning. But the reality is quite different. As you walk around the casinos, there is not very much joy or happiness. People have a glum, resigned look on their faces, like cattle moving inexorably down the chute toward the slaughter, unable to stop their forward momentum.

The tragedy is that the people losing money at these tables cannot afford it. By the way they dress, groom, wear their clothes, hats and hair, they are obviously “working people” who are spending their grocery money in a vain attempt to capture the will ‘o the wisp of “something for nothing.”

The fact is that nobody ever wins, at least not for long. The executives and supervisors of the casinos will tell you that “gaming is a form of entertainment; people must accept the fact that they are here to lose money, not to win it.”

When I flew into Las Vegas three weeks ago from Austin, it was a Thursday night and the plane was full of loud, boisterous, laughing, happy people, looking forward to a weekend in Las Vegas.

But on the flights out of Las Vegas on Sunday and Monday, there is no more joy. No more laughing. The money is gone and reality has begun to set in. Now, the hopeful gambler has to return home and work, maybe for weeks and months, to make back what he lost in a few brief minutes at the gaming tables.

The moral of this story is that there are no short cuts, no get-rich-quick schemes, and no easy ways to make money. It is only by working hard, becoming good at what you do, and then carefully saving and investing your money over the years that you will achieve financial independence.

This has always been true, and it is still true today.

Talk to you again soon!

About Brian Tracy — Brian is recognized as the top sales training and personal success authority in the world today. He has authored more than 60 books and has produced more than 500 audio and video learning programs on sales, management, business success and personal development, including worldwide bestseller The Psychology of Achievement. Brian's goal is to help you achieve your personal and business goals faster and easier than you ever imagined. You can follow him on Google+, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Linkedin and Youtube.

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