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Written by Jeff Newman
March 25, 2020

It became very clear, over time, that I just didn’t know what I didn’t know—my blind spot.

Let me explain. I’m going to elaborate by using “time and money” as my vehicle for clarity.  As a young adolescent growing up, it was irresponsible that I took everything for granted. It wasn’t until adulthood that I was faced with what I describe as my eye-opener. Was my time valuable compared to what it was as a child? Or was my money omnipotent for my time?

One thing was true for me: both time and money were important factors for my lifestyle. What I was questioning was,”What was true and what was my Truth about these two values?”

Here are some fun facts:

  • The richest person in the world has 1,440 minutes per day to earn money. 
  • The most educated individual has 168 hours a week to learn.
  • The greatest athlete has 365 days a year to train. 
  • Most Americans watch between 3-5 hours of TV a day: that’s 67,000 minutes and 1000 hours of TV a year.

These sparked this thought:

“The amount of time calculated isn’t the problem for me. The choices I make within that time are!”

I was enlightened and realized something that I was already cognizant of: I, along with 7.5 billion others on this planet, all have the same 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year of time. All funneling back to the same 1,440 minutes a day. Why do some people have both their time and money, while others don’t?

What am I doing with my time? What are we all doing with our time?

I could hear the little voice in my head saying, “Jeff, time is money.” Wow! I immersed myself by reflecting back to all those activities, functions, events, and daily chores that I could’ve dedicated my valuable time to and be more productive, to increase my net worth. I dissected my thinking even deeper and concluded that I’ve been practicing the art of procrastination which was costing me both time and money. 

This leads up to a very empowering question . . . 

What do I value more, time or money?

Procrastination became a poisonous behavior that contributed to sabotaging all my important values personally, emotionally, and financially in attaining my definition of what it means to be successful. 

There would be times that I would promise a friend or family member to do something or be somewhere. When in actuality, I knew that my procrastination (my poison) would get the best of me and I wouldn’t do what I said or show up when I said I would. I was being inauthentic; I was just told that I had a lack of integrity by the ones I did this to. Can you relate?

At times, I believed that I wasn’t smart enough, old enough, confident enough to make any kind of money in a certain amount of time. But then I invested in myself with personal and organizational training. Why did I take that route? Because I realized I didn’t have money because of one reason: I didn’t value my time.

I then took responsibility for my limited beliefs. There would be no more limits when valuing my time and making money. Again, my challenge was valuing money more than my time and making decisions about money instead of my time.

I started to pay more attention to mowing the lawn, cleaning the house, folding the laundry, etc.  These activities were costing me time which had a direct correlation to my making money. Am I suggesting not to do these household necessities? No. I could have hired a housekeeper. Guess what? That would save me time but it would cost me money.

Also, reading, watching TV and listening to the news about stuff I couldn’t do anything about also costs me time and money. Social Media cost me a lot of time which costs me money.  

I’m certain that those of you who are reading my story can probably add your own inaccuracies. Let’s be confused together then! Let’s assume that we all want to make money and we also don’t want to give up our time for making that money. Do I have that right? And, you want me to provide you with an anecdote to have both? 

It’s very clear that when I say, “I can’t afford it,” it’s probably because I spend my time on things that never pay me anything. At the end of the day–for me–it’s getting what I refer to as, “The most fruit into my basket.” It’s not the ones who create all the noise and look busy trying to make the money to reap what they sow.

I ask you today, how much fruit will you put into your basket?

 

Jeff Newman has been a business entrepreneur his entire life. He practices Personal and Organizational Training and Coaching with impeccable advocacy in the area of Mental Health Disorder throughout the state of New Jersey. He’s a Father to Jared, Brad, and Amanda. Visit his website, www.rometraining.com.  

Photo Credit: Micheile Henderson, Unsplash.com