“Your waking adult life is going to be spent in what you do professionally, so you’d better like the journey and not just aim for the destination.” ~ Darren Hardy
“So often, people take a job because it pays well. This scenario enables you to have a lifestyle that is supported by that money, and therefore, you find yourself stuck in that job for the rest of your life. You become a slave to the money, working to keep up with the lifestyle you’ve grown accustomed to instead of enjoying the moment. When you grow dependent on money, you won’t get to follow your passion. This is why I always advise people never to take a job for the money – especially when you are young and just starting out. Passion breeds excellence. When you are good at something, the money always follows.” ~ Blake Mycoskie
“If you can create a career built on passion, your chances for success, fulfillment, and longevity are far greater than if you take any old job simply for the paycheck.” ~ Katherine Schwarzenegger
“Do not educate yourself to be rich, educate yourself to be happy. That way when you get older you’ll know the value of things, not the price. In the end, you will come to realize that the best days are the days when you don’t need anything extreme or special to happen to make you smile. You simply appreciate the moments and feel gratitude, seeking nothing else, nothing more. That is what true happiness is all about.” ~ Marc Chernoff, Blog
I watched a video the other day that moved me so deeply that I was just about on the verge of tears (it’s included in the list below). It got me thinking about how precious our time here together, on earth, really is and how it can be so easy for us to lose sight of what’s really important in our lives. Moreover, I was reminded of just what it meant to live a full and happy life – and how money had little to do with it.
It scares me to think that we are all growing up in and living in a society where people are literally trained and brainwashed into thinking they need to lead lavish lifestyles or that they need to have certain things in order to find joy and meaning in their life. I feel like priorities are being completely thrown out of whack and that many people are falling victim to the vicious cycle of always wanting more.
“Money is like manure. If you let it pile up, it just smells. But if you spread it around, you can encourage things to grow.” ~ Gun Denhart
“Money is another pair of hands to heal and feed and bless the desperate families of the earth… In other words, money is my other self. Money can go where I do not have time to go, where I do not have a passport to go. My money can go in my place and heal and bless and feed and help. A man’s money is an extension of himself.” ~ Bruce Larson
“Would anybody be offended if we gave a $150 million bonus to Gandhi? How about a $250 million bonus to Mother Teresa? Do we have an issue with that? None at all. Great leaders would never sacrifice the people to save the numbers. They would sooner sacrifice the numbers to save the people.” ~ Simon Sinek, TED
“Do not pay too much attention to fame, power, or money. Some day you will meet a person who cares for none of these, and then you will know how poor you are.” ~ Rudyard Kipling
“If a person gets his attitude toward money straight, it will help straighten out almost every other area of his life.” ~ Billy Graham
“Money doesn’t change men, it merely unmasks them. If a man is naturally selfish, or arrogant, or greedy, the money brings it out; that’s all.” ~ Henry Ford
“Money has yet to make anyone rich.” ~ Seneca
Given the choice, would you rather save time or money?
Most people focus on dollars. But how you spend your time is much more important than how you spend your money. Money mistakes can often be corrected, but when you lose time, it’s gone forever.
Your priorities determine how you spend your time, and time is precious. The following statements may help you put time in perspective:
To know the value of one year… Ask the student who failed the final exam.
To know the value of one month… Ask the mother of a premature baby.
To know the value of one week… Ask the editor of a weekly newsmagazine.
To know the value of one day… Ask the wage earner who has six children.
To know the value of one hour… Ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.
To know the value of one minute… Ask the person who missed the plane.
To know the value of one second… Ask the person who survived the accident.
To know the value of one millisecond… Ask the Olympic silver medalist.
Your time is priceless. As Ralph Waldo Emerson advised, “Guard well your spare moments. They are like uncut diamonds. Discard them and their value will never be known. Improve them and they will become the brightest gems in a useful life.”
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Source: Today Matters by John C. Maxwell