The Value of Time

It is a bad thing if we constantly obsess over time. But sometimes, we need to be conscious of it. The reason for this is simply because we don’t get time back. Whatever position you happen to be in, ask yourself some serious questions. In the past, have you used time wisely? On a scale of 1-10, how much do you put value to time? Do you go about the day not even worrying about the time that passes by?

Most people won’t worry about time passing by. This is because we do not wish to let time pass by. We grow older as it passes by and not everybody likes this, and not everybody wants to know the future.

But I think if we use our time wisely, it will make us more confident of our future. Whether you like it or not, whether you choose to ignore it, time will pass by anyway no matter what. If you think about it, anything can be exchanged for. I can exchange money for an item, and I can exchange an item for money. But I cannot exchange money for more time, and I cannot exchange an item for more time.

Everybody more or less has time. Not everybody has a nice house and not everybody has a nice car, but everybody has time. It’s really what we do in that time that separates successful people from unsuccessful people.

If you’re a busy person than you probably have a busy schedule such as going to work from 7 in the morning to 5 in evening, coming home and having dinner with the family, doing some paper work, watching some TV, then going to bed at 11 and then waking up at 6. I know some people who go to school and work at the same time and have only a couple of hours of the day for “free time”.

But there are people who just wake up in the morning like at 11 or 12, eat brunch or lunch, go on the internet or maybe watch some TV for a couple of hours, eat something that makes them tired so they take a 1 or 2 hour nap, wake up and receive a phone call to go out with friends for dinner, come home late, go on the internet or play computer games until 2 or 3 in the morning, then go to sleep.

This is an example of not using time wisely – duh.

What I’m trying to get across is that if you’re trying to make more money, or set some type of business, or just have a project that you have in mind that is going to be a lot of hard work, time is your best friend.

Whatever project that you have in mind, chances are that there’s a good chance that hundreds of thousands of people that you don’t know about are doing the same thing, except they are using time in doing it while others are wasting their time not doing it.

All I’m saying is be aware of time. Time is leverage.

If you have more time to do something than another person, that is worth so much.

People don’t value time these days, because, well, it’s not money. It’s not something that you can touch or hold in your hands. You can’t really see time. You can see time passing by on a clock… but that’s not too exciting is it? Although passing time isn’t that big of a concern to most people, time in fact is one of the most precious things we as human beings have.

Time really is more powerful than money. With 10 hours work, one can get $100 worth on money. But with $100, one cannot get 10 hours back in his or her life. Those 10 hours are gone forever.

Each hour that passes by is an opportunity to make money. Notice I didn’t say each hour that passes by that you will make money, but each hour that passes by you can use that hour to build something that will make you money in the future.

If you work in a job that basically gives you, for example $10 an hour, then you’re basically trading an hour of your life for $10. This isn’t a bad thing at all, but if you are complaining about not having enough money, realize that you are the one who has accepted trading 1 hour of your life for $10. There are many ways to earn more than $10 for 1 hour of your time.

For example, if you spent 10 hours making a website that was promoting a product or service such as a… I don’t know sleeping nightime CD’s for people who have trouble sleeping and these CD’s cost $20 and you got 50% commission or $10 for each time helped promoted this item, a person who is working 10 hours will get $100, and if you’re just working on the website for 10 dollars, you will get $0.

But on the 11th hour, you might make a sale and get 10 dollars, while the other person working will also get 10 dollars, and 11th hour you might get 20 dollars, while the other person gets 10 dollars, and on the 13th hour you might get 30 dollars, while the other person gets 10 dollars and I think you get the idea. If we were going by this scale, by the time the other person has worked 20 hours, they will receive $200. By the time you reached 20 hours, you will have made $550.

Of course this is only an ideal case. But you can see how valuable time is if you use time wisely. Even if you aren’t making money in a set amount of time right now, you can always be able to produce something of value with the time you have and exchange that for money later.

The most important thing I think we should understand is that time is going to pass us by anyway so we have the option to choose to let it pass by and just let it pass by with nothing really happening, or choose to let it pass by but knowing that something positive will result in the future because we are doing something right now.

And it doesn’t have to be just for money, it can be for a skill that you want to learn like playing an instrument or any other type of goal you wish to achieve such as losing more weight or gaining more muscle. Whatever it happens to be, understand that time doesn’t wait for us. It always continues. And it is what you choose to do with time right now that will ultimately determines the outcome of your future.