This is a continuation of a series of articles I started yesterday on The Little Things in Life.
- Value Time More Than Money
Imagine the richest man in the world, in order to celebrate a special occasion in his life decides to dispense his largesse to you. So he shares a part of his wealth with you by offering you $8.8bn on the condition that you will be observed for 365 days. You are expected to make each hour count. How will you handle that? You’re most definitely going to be excited and put your thinking cap on. You will want to set goals, strategically plan by drawing a to-do list and seeing to its execution. You won’t want to leave anything to chance, will you? You swing into action because you have an opportunity to be financially liberated by just setting probably a goal and pursuing it to fruition.
Now imagine each hour of the day is worth a million dollars, so every day you stand a chance to earn $24MM and in 365 days, which make a year, you’re likely to earn approximately $8.8bn. So you’re potentially wealthy but you’re stuck in a financial rut. You will only get out of it the moment you begin to treat time with respect. You’ve got to value it.
Time is of the essence. It is a leveler, just like death. It is what both the rich and poor have in equal proportion. You may not have the same wealth that Bill Gates, Warren Buffet or Jeff Bezos has. But thank God for this—time is what you all have in common.
What separates the rich from the poor is what I call mindset. While the poor places more emphasis on cash (for example, just focusing on the remuneration when signing an employment contract at the expense of the work hours), the rich focuses on time (the reason why they are their own boss). A rich woman knows that if she can manage her time well, she will escape the rat race (a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power) and thrive in life.
The irony of it when you value time more than money is that eventually, you’ll be financially free. Isn’t that what we all want? If you are financially free, you can get the good things life can offer at the snap of your finger.
So the next time you have a project to work on, approach it with utmost seriousness. You’ve dated that lady for years. It’s high time you popped the question. She will be glad you put a ring on that finger. You should plan visiting that fave holiday destination of yours. Make it happen this year. Commit to it. Don’t go to that bed without having a to-do list that will ‘regulate’ your activities the next day. It helps you track your progress. Detest distractions and procrastination with passion. These are the major impediments to productive living.