Ever heard the saying time is money? This weekend I discovered its enhancement. Arnold Bennet claims that if you have time, you can have money. Whether you beg, steal, borrow or work for it, with time you can get money. On the flip side, with all the money in the world, you cannot buy time. We all have 24 hours a day. We cannot even take an advance on tomorrow. We have to wait patiently with the rest of the world to be allocated our next 24 hours.
One of the first motivation videos I ever watched in my life was by Les Brown. I was fresh out of college newly released to the unsuspecting public. He raised a question I am yet to address satisfactorily to this day.
How many hours a day did Martin Luther King, Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi and your favourite idol, hero or person you admire have, in order to achieve what they achieved in their lifetime?
And how many hours a day do you have? So what have you achieved?
Where am I going with this? Think of your day – 24 hours. The medical experts advice we should sleep 8 hours a night. For some reason, most of us claim we do not have the time to waste sleeping so when a deadline approaches, sleep is the first casualty. However, if we slept 8 hours a night, we still have 16 to play around with. 8 hours I believe is consumed by our work day but where does the remaining 8 hours go?
I am hunting for my missing 8 hours because clearly, I could hold another full time job and still sleep the recommended 8 hours! Never thought of it that way before. Please do not tell me about your daily commute. If you are commuting 8 hours a day, working 8 hours a day and sleeping 8 hours a day, you probably should be working in the transport industry.
Once you find the elusive 8 hours, think about investing the time in developing yourself. Be it physically, mentally, spiritually, academically and all other -allys you can think about. Do not waste the non-renewable resource that is time.