The biggest mistake in a person’s life is: We still have time.
Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t have it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it.
And once time slips away, you can never get it back.
The average life expectancy is 78 years, we spend 28.3 years sleeping, which took almost one-third of our lives, 30% of people even worrying about the quality of sleep.
10.5 years of life is at work, and half of the people want to leave.
Time is more valuable than money.
You can earn more money, but you can never earn more time.
We spend 9 years on television and online media, 6 years on daily chores, 4 years on eating and drinking, 3.5 years on education, 2.5 years on dressing up, 2.5 years on shopping, 1.5 years on parenting and 1.3 years on transportation. That means we have nine years left.
How do we use this time?
Steve Jobs said: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” This is good news, but also bad news. The bad news is that time is flying, the good news is that you are the one at the helm. Imagine that every day you wake up, you have $86,400, whether you’ve spent it or not, and at the end of the day, it will become zero.
But the next day, when you wake up, you have another $86,400, how would you use it?
If it’s money, you won’t waste it.
But why when it comes to time, you’re wasting it?
What is the value of a year? Ask the students who failed in the exam. What is the value of a month? Ask the mother who lost her child in the last month of pregnancy. What is the value of a week? Ask the editor of the magazine. What is the value of an hour? Ask a couple in a long-distance relationship. What is the value of a minute? Ask anyone who just missed a bus, train or plane. What is the value of a second? Ask the man who just passed away by accident. What is the value of a millisecond? Ask the runner-up at the Olympics.
If you think someone else is wasting your time, it is because you actually allow them to do so.