Time and money - spooning, but not quite the same thing. Image courtesy of iStockphoto/Thinkstock.

Remember the time when you couldn’t wait to get your first job and start your career?  All you could think about was all the cool things you could do with the money you would get.

You’d spend days on end dreaming about the future and what it would bring.

Then your career happened.  You found a great job and something you loved to do.  This was the moment you had been waiting for your entire life.

After some time in the grind, did you ever stop and take a look around?  Did you ever wonder what happened to your life, your dreams and all of your free time?  Did you start to realize that your life took a backseat to your career?

It’s at that point in time when you have a moment of clarity – where your life isn’t just about how much money you make or what your title is at work.

Actually, life is about living life.

There is that old adage “time is money”.  Quite honestly, I can find 100 successful people that can probably tell you their time is more valuable than money.  Time spent with their loved ones, time spent pursuing their hobbies and time spent for introspection are precious commodities that are hard to come by.

Ultimately, the commodity of time gives you the buying power for happiness.  Each spare second, minute, hour or day that you have should be spent pursuing the one thing that any person really needs – self fulfillment and satisfaction.

So if you are one of those people that work 60 – 80 hour weeks, make sure to take a breath and look around.   If you are about to start a career, make sure to think about that benefit of personal time.  If you are in an unhappy and dead end career, make a change for the better.

There is no time like the present to make time for yourself.  Do it soon and do it before it’s too late.

ESM

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