“If you say that getting the money is the most important thing, you’ll spend your life completely wasting your time. You’ll be doing things you don’t like doing in order to go on living, that is to go on doing things you don’t like doing, which is stupid.” – Alan Watts
How many of you resonate with this quote? How many of you know someone who’s only doing what they are doing because the money is good and whilst they are unhappy it affords the life they think they want?
I know so many people that are caught in this this trap of doing jobs that they don’t love because the money is good. They’ve numbed the pain by going on nice holidays, buying nice things, eating at lovely restaurants and by continuing to tell themselves a story that ‘it’s not that bad’.
Many will find themselves day dreaming about a life they wish they could have. The older they get the more acute their awareness of how time appears to pass faster and faster. Whilst the reality isn’t that time is going faster the real issue is that people are more aware that they are running out of it.
Time is our most precious commodity but so many devalue it.
Most people would trade all the money they had in the world to have extra time with loved ones they have lost but somehow many still can’t compute the value of the loss of their own time when they continue trade their happiness for money.
Last month a group of climbers trying to summit a peak in the Himalayas lost their lives when an avalanche hit them - Ruth McCance was one of those people. Whilst I only met Ruth once (through an introduction from a mutual friend) she touched my heart and made an impact in my world that she’ll never know. She was the one that introduced ‘Team Glin’ into my vocabulary and helped me see that when you commit to following where your heart leads (as I had leaving my corporate career) that it’s important to have the right people in your corner.
This week there will be a memorial service for her and I’m reminded of how precious our time here is and also why I continue to challenge myself and others to live their best lives.
Life is a one shot, no edits kind of experience and it’s easy to get trapped in a narrative that say’s it’s good enough.
The challenge is that when you settle for the ‘good enough’ narrative you don’t actually allow yourself to access what could be a ‘great’ life - that’s unfortunately what many people with jobs they don’t enjoy, with ‘good enough' money are now experiencing.
They traded time for money and the opportunity of a great life for good life with perhaps considerable more cost than realised at the time.
What would you do if you realised that it is your time not your money that brings you wealth?
What would you spend your time doing if you considered doing more of what you are good at AND what you love?
There really is an opportunity for you to have a great life - but you have to make your time your priority.
It’s not always the easy path but it’s certainly a path worth exploring.
Here are some great resources to help you ponder this some more:
One of my most favourite books: Live Your Truth by Kamal Ravikant (The title says it all)
A quote to give you some perspective: “Believing that the dots will connect down the road will give you the confidence to follow your heart.” - Steve Jobs
A great podcast worth a listen is: On Purpose with Jay Shetty - Episode with Chrissy Metz (On how she went from having 81 cents to being the star of ‘This is Us’)