It was Jim Rohn who said, "Time is more valuable than money. You can get more money, but you cannot get more time". Letâs take a few minutes ofâ¦time to think about that. I assure you it will not be wasted.
How much time would you say it takes you to commute to work, find parking, shop for groceries or cook the food you just brought home? Let's go a step further; How much time do you spend on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or just scrolling through your phone looking for something to catch your attention? The answer is; More than you can afford to.
Look at the year that just passed. By the time 2016 ended published reports claimed that close to 200 celebrity deaths had occurred. Many at a relatively young age. Why bring up celebrity deaths you ask? Simple, because when grandma passes away you unfortunately kind of expect it, but when your childhood celebrity crush dies you start to question your own mortality. So, what's all of this have to do with time?
If you stop and come to terms with the reality that you will not be here forever you may just start living your life a little differently. The time you waste flipping through senseless meme's and news articles or binge watching the latest Netflix series could be used to ensure that the rest of your life rewards you for the work you are putting in now. In addition, if you have kids you might be thinking of ensuring their success and longevity.
When you really break it down, time is just math. Numbers. An apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future. The most important number to us would probably be 24, as this is the number of hours we get in a day. Think about this; In this fast-paced world, we now live in you can get news seconds after it happens, order food and have it in front of you before you can pull the money out your pocket, buy a dress for the prom and have it delivered to your doorstep, or even move millions of dollars with the push of a button without leaving your seat. Do you really think time is going to wait for you figure things out?
Just like every other math problem, time can be manipulated. For example; There is more than one way to solve an equation, right? There is more than one way to spend 24 hours. Take me for example. I have a set list of things to do today. I set aside 1 hour to write this blog. When that hour is up this is done. It gets checked off the list and I move on to the next thing. A sense of accomplishment is felt and I get the motivation to continue the process. No, it will not always be pretty, but at least youâre putting the wheels in motion and driving forward, not stuck in neutral.
If you're a young go getter and find a way to make a million bucks flipping a few properties or trading on the stock market, there is a possibility that you could lose it. The good news is that you will have time to pick yourself up and do it again. Even better is the fact that this time you know what mistakes not to make. On the other hand, if you are sitting around hoping that the good life just falls on your lap right in between the Cheetos and remote you're doomed to be watching a re-run of your life until it ends.
The moral of the story here is; Just DO It. If your kids moved out 5 years ago, and you're still living in a 5br home with your wife, don't you think it's time to downgrade and spend some of the extra money on a few nice trips? Oh, you say your investment properties are finally starting to pay off? That's great! Now go get another one or maybe two. What are you waiting for, interest rates to go up, warmer weather, next year?!
You can tweet, surf Facebook, post memes on Instagram, watch the Walking Dead, or smell the damn roses after you're comfortably set. Right now, while you have the TIME and ENERGY to meet your goals; GET IT DONE. Iâm not saying you canât sit back and relax or recharge. Of course, you need to do that, youâre human. Too much of anything will hurt you, even work. What I am saying is, if you never get off your butt and fight for what you want in the first place, then you donât deserve to rest. You donât need to recharge if you havenât even used any juice. Your battery should be on full. 4-5 bars.
What should you do? Cut out the unnecessary âtime vampiresâ in your life and concentrate on setting aside more time for YOU and your FUTURE. I donât care how smart or tough you are, Father Time is undefeated.
The 3 Things You Cannot Recover in Life:
1. The moment after it's missed.
2. The word after it's said.
3. The time after it's gone.