There are two types of currency being traded in our lives.
Cheddar, coin, dough, green, cash, Benjamin’s. Pretty obvious right?. I spent the first decade of my career working to accumulate this currency. I counted it, I helped make it, created it, I saved it and every day I search to find better ways to invest it and grow it for my family’s future.
I don’t think money is a bad thing or the pursuit of money is a bad thing. I think money is a great tool and every day I learn it is actually more of a resource. Have I been greedy in pursuit of money? Maybe? When I was younger money was a way to keep score and I’m an achiever. I like to see the scoreboard. Today I still like to make money, I just frame it as a tool/resource to open up more doors and experiences in my life. However, money alone will not bring happiness, but if I can choose between being poor and happy and financially comfortable and happy I’ll choose the latter.
Any ideas on the second type of currency you traded today?
Time is the most valuable currency we own and the crazy thing is we each get the same amount to use every single day. I’m sure you’ve heard this, so I won’t belabor the point. Actually I will, I would like to drive it home like an ice pick into the icy side of a frozen mountain pass.
Everything changed for me on July 30th 2014. This was the day my son was born. I’ve learned so much in the three months since then I can’t even believe it took me this long to understand it. Today everything revolves around the question, “What is the best use of every second of my time?” Where can I get the most time with my son? Where can I get the most time with my wife and family? How can I maximize my time to spend with cherished friends?
Where can I invest my best strengths and talents to generate the biggest return for everyone involved? Everything I think about now revolves around time investment and return. This is much different than simple bottom line return (scoreboard & money).
What I encourage you to do is think about the relationship of money, freedom, and time in your life. Have you earned enough money to have the freedom should you choose to exercise it RIGHT NOW? Can you leave what you are doing this very second to be with your family if needed or pursue another opportunity? Can you take that vacation you’ve been talking about to create a lifetime of memories? If not, it’s time to start thinking about how your currency is being spent or find ways to make more money today to get closer to freedom.
Whatever you choose, don’t be a cheapskate. No one likes a cheapskate!
Your resources(time and money) are in constant competition for your willpower and your goals. I’m asking you to consider more “experiences” instead of things. I’m asking you to save a little now for the overwhelming pleasure to pursue freedom if you choose later.
The iconic Steve Jobs says it perfectly.
ACTION ITEM: If you’re not happy with the track you life is on I’ll ask you to evaluate to simple resources. How are you spending/wasting money? How are you investing/wasting time?