“My favorite things in life don’t cost any money. It’s really clear that the most precious resource we have is time.” Steve Jobs
“Time has no meaning in itself unless we choose to give it significance.” Leo Buscaglia
I know many of you have more than one source of income. Maybe another job, working spouse, investment income or maybe even a side business. Takes more than one today doesn’t it?! We also know many that seem to make their life happen on only one. Happiness has many forms. Majority of us want it all; hence the multiple income approach. Happiness is a choice that just takes some effort at times.
If you are like most of us, we were raised to believe that you must do well in school, go to college so you can land a good JOB, Right! I have a niece that has already slaved through 21 years of education awaiting selection to a hospital as a Doctor, (Resident) but still has a number of years before she can practice. We counted just recently that she will be in her early 30’s before she has the title of Doctor. A Great salary will of course come with all the hard work. Then many hours a week, some say 80 to 100 for a number of years. So proud of her! Here to tell you, I couldn’t or wouldn’t sacrifice most of my limited life for what our society has sold to the masses as the path to happiness. Trust me, I’m already sharing some options to her.
The basic key to a happy life is to do what drives you and get paid for doing it! Don’t know what that might be for you, just know that if you are too busy working for what you thought was a good job; running out of time to enjoy it becomes the norm. For my niece above, she worries how she can include starting a family while she is still of the age to enjoy it.
Let’s take some personal inventory. Take out a piece of paper and write out the title, Happy Life – Starting NOW! In any format list several key areas that must be addressed: Monthly Income, DEBT Service, Social / Family Status, Retirement Status
Now use Time and Money as the two items that you now have as resources. For example, under INCOME; 160 hours a month, 40hr / week, and $4000, (just example) where you must then subtract total of hours a month, 720, (30×24) minus hours of sleep, 240, (8×30), balance being 320 hours for the balance on the month. Not including travel time to work, emergencies, vacation, taxes, debt service, and other time and money users. Yeah I know, its just math! Now if you did finish through all of the areas a common theme will arise; basically, you run out of month before you truly enjoy your efforts.
The new RICH is having the MONEY and TIME to truly enjoy your life! In most every personal case researched, this new Rich and happy group has made TIME their friend. Each story is unique, but all properly use technology or digital tools to multiple their efforts and therefore their time. Its like having more than 24 hours a day and the money earned every extra minute in turbo drive!!