I don't remember where I read about it. This is the kind of idea that sticks in your unconscious for so long that you forget about its origin. I tried to google it, without success.
How would it impact your life to receive 1 million dollars right now?
It's a simple thought experiment to assess whether or not 1) your lifestyle is aligned with your aspirations and 2) you are effectively working toward your dreams.
If you are already doing something you love, chances are that your life won't be much affected. This is something we should strive for: a lifestyle fitting you so deeply that even all the money in the world would not be able to change it.
Do you know what the best part is? You don't have to wait to figure it out. Most people don't want money, they want the freedom that comes with it. Financial freedom, also known as financial independence, is something we can act upon every day.
What would I do if I received 1 million dollars tomorrow? I would travel the world while writing for machines and humans alike. Ho wait, I'm already doing that. Maybe build my own little house and grow a garden like Thoreau? Find a nice lady and grow kids too. Work from home and watch over them. Hit the road when we feel like it. Visit my friends and family more often. Keep life simple.
I don't need one million dollars. And I never will.